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WV-Sen: Political nonprofits spending big bucks on Democrat Joe Manchin's re-election campaign

Political nonprofits are spending big bucks to support Sen. Joe Manchin's (D) re-election campaign in West Virginia. Manchin reportedly has a 7-point lead over Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D) recently pulled in some financial support from political nonprofits that don't want him to lose his bid for re-election in West Virginia, The Washington Examiner reported.

Duty and Honor, a 501(c)4, has dropped nearly $500,000 in TV advertising in an effort to boost Joe Manchin's Senate re-election campaign and Duty and Country, a super PAC, reported spending $80,000 in expenditures in digital ads for the senator.

Manchin is facing tough competition against Republican Patrick Morrisey in a state where more than 68 percent of voters cast their ballots for President Donald Trump in 2016.

What do the ads say about Manchin?

A Duty and Honor ad for Manchin targeted at President Donald Trump's supporters points out that the senator voted for the president's border wall.

"Joe Manchin was one of three Democrats to vote with President Trump to fund the wall … the fact is, Joe is one of us," the voice in the ad stated, The Examiner reported.

In a recent interview with WCHS-Radio, Manchin criticized Trump.

"I would just say Mr. President, you are the President of all the people. Democrats, A lot of Democrats in West Virginia voted for you. We want a President that is a President of all the people. And that is what I hope he gets back to," Manchin said.

What does Morrisey's campaign say?

Morrisey's campaign spokesman Nathan Brand noted in an email to TheBlaze that Manchin, who signed onto Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bill to halt the family separations of immigrants crossing the border illegally, has flip-flopped on immigration policies.

"Joe Manchin is clearly deceiving West Virginia voters about his radical open-borders record, and his support for the Obama-era catch and release policies in the Manchin-Feinstein border bill," Brand told TheBlaze in a news release. "West Virginia voters will see through Joe Manchin's pattern of voting like a pro-Hillary Clinton liberal when in Washington, then putting on a facade when talking to voters in the state."

The incumbent senator has a 7-point lead over Morrisey, according to the Monmouth University poll published June 20.

In April, The Cook Political Report rated the West Virginia Senate race as a toss-up.

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