In many parts of the country, President Trump and his unpopularity is a liability for Republicans in 2018, but not in West Virginia. In the 2016 election, West Virginia supported the president more than any other state. Trump carried the state with 69 percent of the vote. And to this day, the president remains well liked here. In fact, he's so popular that local Republicans are trying to align themselves with him, hoping his reputation will help them defeat incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, this fall. Although officially registered Democrats in West Virginia outnumber registered Republicans (a product of inertia and bygone family politics, as one analyst explained), in recent national and local elections, the state has swung strongly to the right....
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Republicans Might Want To Run Away From Trump This Year, But Not In West Virginia