Here are the latest updates on the West Virginia Senate race between Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin
and Republican John Raese
and the gubernatorial rematch in Maryland between Democratic incumbent Martin O'Malley
and his Republican predecessor Robert Ehrlich
Manchin leads Raese, a businessman who owns a variety of media properties, by 50 percent to 43 percent, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Sept. 19
. That result is about the same as in a poll conducted Sept. 8. Six percent are undecided or prefer another candidate. The margin of error is 4 points.
Sixty-nine percent approve of the job Manchin is doing as governor.
Manchin's favorability ratings with voters are even better than his job approval numbers, with 71 percent viewing him positively compared to 27 percent who see him unfavorably, with 2 percent undecided.
Raese is seen favorably by 53 percent and unfavorably by 41 percent, with 7 percent not sure. But 22 percent of voters see him "very" unfavorably compared to only 9 percent who feel that strongly about Manchin.
This race has been close in every match-up between O'Malley and Ehrlich done this year by Rasmussen Reports, and the latest poll is no exception.
O'Malley leads Ehrlich by 50 percent to 47 percent with 1 percent preferring some other candidate and 3 percent undecided, according to a Rasmussen survey conducted Sept. 15
. The margin of error is 4 points.
In mid-August, O'Malley led 45 percent to 44 percent.
Fifty-one percent of voters approve of the job O'Malley is doing as governor while 46 percent disapprove, with 3 percent undecided.
Both candidates are seen favorably. Fifty-four percent regard O'Malley favorably while 43 percent do not, while 58 percent view Ehrlich favorably compared to 38 percent who do not. The remainder is undecided.
Ehrlich is doing better among fellow Republicans than O'Malley is in terms of support from Democrats -- 83 percent for Ehrlich vs. 73 percent for O'Malley. Ehrlich leads among unaffiliated voters by 59 percent to 36 percent with the rest undecided or preferring another choice.
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