Key Democrat Gets Bad News

( – Democrat US Senator Joe Manchin, known for routinely blocking the left’s lavish pork-barrel spending bills in the last Congress, now has the second-worst approval rating of any Senate member, a poll has found.

A former governor of his state, Manchin, 75, has been the senior US Senator from West Virginia since 2010. He still hasn’t decided if he will run for reelection in 2024.

A new public opinion survey by Morning Consult shows that his approval among West Virginians stands at 39%, while his disapproval is at 55%, for a net rating of -16%, Breitbart News reports.

The only US senator with a worse approval rating is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 82.

The top Republican in the Senate has a net rating of -29%, with 32% approval among Kentucky voters and 61% disapproval.

“Manchin faces an uphill battle if he runs for reelection in a state that has turned deep red over recent years,” the report comments.

It notes that the leading Republican candidate for Manchin’s US Senate seat is West Virginia’s governor Jim Justice, “who is widely liked.”

Justice has a net approval rating of +29%, according to a governor’s poll released by Morning Consult last week.

Thus, if the governor wins the GOP nomination for the Senate seat race and Manchin runs for a third term, the latter is expected to have a tough time competing against Justice.

A poll conducted in May by East Carolina University revealed that the governor had a 22-point support lead over Manchin in a potential election matchup in 2024.

The other bidder and Justice’s rival for the Republican senatorial nomination in West Virginia is US Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV).

Last month, a Virginia Chamber of Commerce poll showed Justice had a 37-point lead on Mooney – at 56% to 19% support in the GOP primary.

Meanwhile, Manchin has been rumored to become a possible third-party presidential candidate on behalf of the No Labels movement; a group focused on centrism and bipartisanship.

“I’ve never been in any race I’ve ever spoiled. I’ve been in races to win. And if I get in a race, I’m going to win,” Manchin told a No Labels forum in New Hampshire in July.