ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- It's been 18 months since Joe Manchin became a U.S. senator. Now he's going after a full six-year term on Capitol Hill, starting with the Democratic primary against an opponent he's faced before.
Former Monongalia County legislator Sheirl Fletcher garnered just 6 percent of the vote in the 2010 special primary two months after the death of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. She's using Manchin's actions in office to try to drum up more support for herself in Tuesday's primary.
Manchin come under recent scrutiny about his decisions and party loyalty, in part for saying he's not sure whether he'll vote for President Barack Obama or presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in November.