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NRSC Ad Hits Manchin After Justice's Party Change

It's unknown whether Justice will get involved in the Senate race.

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Kimberly Railey
Aug. 7, 2017, 10:27 a.m.

The NRSC launched a digital ad casting Sen. Joe Manchin (D) as “out of touch” for his Democratic Party affiliation and past support for Hillary Clinton, after Gov. Jim Justice switched his party affiliation to Republican. The 40-second spot, which will run statewide on Facebook throughout August, includes footage of Justice saying, “I can’t help you anymore as a Democratic governor,” before displaying a quote from Manchin that he is “disappointed” over the news. Then, Manchin is shown saying he is a “West Virginia Democrat” and speaking in support of Clinton. (release)

JUSTICE FALLOUT. In the wake of Justice’s party change, “Manchin’s name barely surfaced on West Virginia’s political talk radio programming on Friday. And neither Manchin, the Democratic infrastructure backing him, nor any of his Republican challengers immediately changed their strategies in the aftermath of Justice’s surprise move. To some Democrats, it’s confirmation that the fallout from the party switch will be limited.”

“It’s not clear yet whether Justice will get involved in the Senate race.” Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-03), "who said he reached out to the governor’s office to try to schedule a sit-down, indicated he wasn’t totally sure of the governor’s new allegiances and couldn’t say whether Justice would hit the campaign trail with the GOP nominee next fall.” (Politico)

Justice told Manchin of his decision a day before he announced it. (AP)

SPEAKING OUT. Asked if GOP attacks affect his policy stances, Manchin said, "I don’t give a s--t, you understand?" (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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