Politics

New Ad Targets West Virginia Senate Seat: Manchin ‘Fakes’ State’s Values

Restoration PAC, a conservative political action committee, made a $500,000 ad buy to support Republican Patrick Morrisey in his Senate race against Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.).

The ad declares Morrisey "the real deal" and contrasts him with Manchin, who "fakes West Virginia values." Morrisey has served as the state’s attorney general since January 2013, and the ad touts his authenticity and support of tax cuts.

"In West Virginia, you have a choice: someone who fakes West Virginia values around election time or someone who lives them every day," the ad begins. "Patrick Morrisey is the real deal."

"Unlike Joe Manchin, Patrick Morrisey wants you to keep more of your hard-earned money," the ad says. "And unlike Joe Manchin, Patrick Morrisey will move President Trump’s agenda forward."

Morissey is tying himself to a president who remains quite popular in the Mountain State. President Donald Trump had 61 percent approval from West Virginia voters in Gallup’s poll released on Jan. 30—the highest numbers of any state.

Earlier this year, Manchin had to defend himself against attacks from Vice President Mike Pence over his "no" vote against Republicans' tax cuts.

Restoration PAC has also paid for ads targeting Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.). In a press release about the Morissey ad, the PAC said it would get involved in another Senate race next week.