Democratic election

But in the Senate, the 66-year-old upstart stands out as a rare breed: a back-slapping, gun-owning Democrat who attracts widespread support from working-class whites in an increasingly Republican state. (D- WV).  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Democrat Sen. Manchin Seen As A Friendly Blue In A Red State

Many locals around here see Sen. Joe Manchin as one of them, so much so they greet the 30-year veteran of West Virginia politics by his first name more often than by his title.