|Incumbent||Joe Manchinprofile||GOP Primary|
|Party||Democrat||May 08, 2012|
|Years in Senate||2 years||Gen Election|
|Previous Victory||53%||Nov 06, 2012|
West Virginia is on our 2012 Watch List because presents conservatives with a major pick-up opportunity. Incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin is extremely vulnerable. Manchin narrowly won the special election in 2010 to complete the term of the late Senator Robert Byrd. He's now running for re-election in a state President Obama lost in 2008 by 13 percentage points.