With their latest poll showing Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito up over West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) 50 – 33, Rasmussen asks, “Is the West Virginia Senate race turning into a rout?”, perhaps Tennant having Elizabeth Warren in to stump for her in mid-July wasn’t the bright idea Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post thought it was.
Few expected Tennant to pull this off but the race shaping up as a route may well have national implications for Democrats this fall. Michelle Obama said Tennant’s election was critical to the administration when she endorsed her.
The increasingly unpopular Democrat in the White House and the party being on the wrong side of the agenda on issues from energy to immigration will cost them the Senate this year if this latest West Virginia poll is a sign of things to come.
Tennant has done everything she can to distance herself from Obama and, in some ways, her party, all seemingly to no avail. The same can be said of Democrat after Democrat now fighting for survival in competitive states. Unfortunately for them, the current administration and its policies, particularly on immigration, has given Republicans a hefty cudgel and they’re taking a real beating for it in West Virginia and beyond.