W.Va. Democrats Skipping Obama's Nomination
Governor, senator, representative won't attend convention
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2012 8:01 AM CDT
Updated Jun 19, 2012 8:08 AM CDT
In this Dec. 17, 2011 file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – You may not be surprised to hear that President Obama is not too popular in West Virginia, considering that a felon serving time in prison actually won more than 40% of the vote against him in last month's presidential primary. That unpopularity apparently extends to the uppermost echelons of Democrats in the state: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin, and Rep. Nick Rahall have decided to skip Obama's formal nomination at the Democratic National Convention this summer, USA Today reports. Jay Rockefeller, West Virginia's senior senator, will attend.

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Jun 19, 2012 10:50 AM CDT
What I like hear, is that the way they state that 40% voted for a convict. Twist It around and say that the president received 60% of the vote that's the truth, but it sounds better the other way to get people worked up. Shit most elections are won by a margin of maybe 5%, ether way the country is divided pretty much right down the middle always has been, always will.
Jun 19, 2012 10:34 AM CDT
Mebbe he can use the time to get pesky GED. Dang, it's hard!
Jun 19, 2012 10:03 AM CDT
In that photo Sen. Joe Manchin seems to be saying that he would rather a large breasted female nominee...