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W. Va. Democratic Leaders Skipping Convention

Governor, two members of Congress elect not to attend


West Virginia may be a red state, but there is some blue mixed in here and there. Just don’t expect to see it all represented in the Democrats’ convention in September.

According to a press release from yesterday, Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and Rep. Nick Rahall will skip the event. This follows news that the state party requires all Democratic candidates to support the full party ticket. Manchin and Tomblin have publicly stated they might not endorse Obama in the election.

Manchin, however, says this is not to blame for his missing the event in Charlotte on September 4-6. He said the reason he will not be there is because he will be working to represent West Virginia, and not working on behalf of national politics.

Still, it’s not surprising that top Democrats from West Virginia would shy away from an event that is essentially a giant pep rally for Obama. In May, 41% of voters in the state’s Democratic primary voted for a prison inmate instead of Obama.

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor

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