Republicans Going All-Out To Win West Virginia Hick Demographic


The competitive Senate race in West Virginia between Governor Joe Manchin and businessman John Raese just got a little more interesting.

A Republican ad that shows a couple of regular-looking guys commiserating in a diner about West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) turns out to have been shot with actors, from a script, in Philadelphia.

But not just any actors: “We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look,” read the casting call for the ad, being aired by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks.”

Sadly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has pulled the ad from YouTube, but here are the list of clothing suggestions from the casting sheet to give you an idea of what you would have seen:

Work boots
Flannel shirt
Denim shirt
Dickie’s type jacket with t-shirt underneath
Down filled vest
John Deer hats (not brand new, preferably beat up)
Trucker hats (not brand new, preferably beat up)
No Thin Stripes

And here’s the script. It’s not often that you see what a political party actually thinks of its voters, but when it does happen it is delightful!