Everyone in West Virginia has an opinion on Joe Manchin — some more than one. Manchin backs the coal industry and limited regulation while skirting the social issues that increasingly define his party nationally. And yet, the centrist Democrat who seemingly coasted through his first election has come under attack from voters who once launched his political career, coal miners.
Thousands crowded into Soldiers & Sailors auditorium hall, pouring into the streets and huddled together in the rain for a candlelight vigil. The teary-eyed crowd spoke of resilience, healing, and gun control the day after a mass shooting claimed the lives of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue.