Three West Virginia sports stars are backing Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) in new ad called “Coaches” released by the Manchin campaign.
The ad features Bob Huggins, the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers men’s basketball team; Nick Saban, head football coach at the University of Alabama; and former Los Angeles Lakers player and NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West.
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“Joe and I grew up together in West Virginia and he never forgets where he came from,” Saban says.
“He loves our state,” West chimes in. “He’s dedicated his whole life to West Virginia.”
Manchin is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats running for reelection as he seeks to hold his blue seat in a state that went to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE by double digits.
The sports stars in the ad refer to Manchin as their “friend.”
Recent polls have shown Manchin leading his Republican challenger, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, even as Trump, Vice President Pence and Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump Jr. calls elderly supporter who was assaulted Trump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going ‘establishment,’ ‘acting like Hillary’ Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders MORE continue to campaign on behalf of Morrisey.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report slightly favors Manchin in the race, rating it as leaning Democrat.