Democrat Joe Manchin Wins Re-Election Against Morrisey

Several networks have projected that Joe Manchin is the winner over Patrick Morrisey in a contentious U.S. Senate race in West Virginia with national implications that drew a lot of attention from President Donald Trump.

ABC, Fox News and CBS projected that Democrat Manchin has defeated Republican Morrisey.

The numbers at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday with 47 percent of precincts showed that Manchin had 51 percent and Morrisey had 45 percent.

Trump, who backed Morrisey, made several visits to the Mountain State during the campaign. Morrisey said he was the candidate who could best push through the president’s agenda. Manchin, meanwhile, called himself an independent senator who has backed Trump 70 percent of the time.

Recent polls showed the race between the two, which included a heated, televised debate and a parade of political advertisements, was close.

In the televised debate, Morrisey and Manchin differed on their support of Amendment One that stipulates there is no constitutional right to abortion. Morrisey said he supported Amendment One and that he opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. Manchin said, however, he would vote against it. He said he has been pro-life his entire career with exceptions for the life of the mother, rape and incest. He said the Republican Legislature failed to add those exceptions.

The two also traded barbs over the opioid issue. Manchin chided Morrisey over money he said Morrisey and his family made lobbying for the pharmaceutical industry, which he said poured millions of pills into the state. He also said, Morrisey, as attorney general had the state settle with pharmaceutical companies for a fraction of the amounts that should have been received

Meanwhile, Morrisey pointed out that Manchin’s daughter is the chief executive officer of Mylan Pharmaceutical that sold EpiPen for excessive amounts.

The attorney general repeatedly criticized Manchin as a liberal who supported former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and who has close ties to Democrats such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Manchin said Morrisey is an outsider from New Jersey who does not understand West Virginia’s problems and lost in a congressional race in New Jersey.

The two also differed on Trump’s next round of tax cuts.

Morrisey said the economy needs to be stimulated and that can be achieved through “Trump’s pro-growth policies.”

Manchin said the corporate tax needs to go back up to what it was a year ago. He said it needs to go back to 25 percent and “take all the exemptions off from all of his wealthy friends that have benefited from this.”

Manchin was seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate for a seat he first gained in 2010 in a special election when he succeeded the late Robert Byrd. He was re-elected to a full term in 2012. Before the Senate, Manchin was governor of West Virginia for six years.

Morrisey was elected in 2012 as the state’s first Republican attorney general since 1933. He was re-elected in 2016.

 

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