HUNTINGTON – Recent polls show Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin with a large lead in his primary race against Paula Jean Swearengin.
Manchin, who is also a former governor of West Virginia, is seeking a second full six-year term in the U.S. Senate. He first took office after a 2010 special election following the death of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
Swearengin says she is a coal miner’s daughter and claims she is the only candidate for U.S. Senate in West Virginia who is not a member of the political elite.
They are the only two candidates for the post in the May 8 Democratic primary election, with the winner facing off against the Republican nominee in the November general election.
Here is a look at the two candidates and their views:
Manchin, 70, says he is running to create good-paying jobs that allow West Virginians the opportunity to support their families and save for a secure retirement.
“I want to continue to bring Republicans and Democrats together to find common-sense solutions in the U.S. Senate,” he