A timely article from a lefty mag is describing another fascinating race shaping up in W.Virginia.
The reason I'm fascinated by W.Virginia are it's labor history and politics. Another is the deafening silence for any political examination in how the Democratic party has so alienated itself from voters who were solidly blue. For me V.Virginia represents a broader dynamic going on in the Democratic party between genuine progressives and inclusive populists pitted against the corporate wing. Between the Steve Smiths and the Joe Manchins, Sanders vs Clinton, etc..:
"A contest between Manchin and Smith will draw a line in the sand, forcing those interests that have traditionally adhered to the state Democratic Party’s coalition to decide whether they believe in a party that continues to be dominated by corporate interests or one that seeks to build a genuine popular movement to benefit working people."