The three-way Republican primary between Rep. Evan Jenkins, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in the critical Senate race to knock off incumbent West Virginia Democrat, Joe Manchin, is heating up – but not the way many expected, at least according to the polls:
The survey by Harper Polling — and commissioned by Jenkins — also shows West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey losing considerable ground and falling to third place in the race to unseat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
The polling lists Jenkins with 29 percent of the prospective Republican vote; Blankenship now close at 27 percent; and Morrisey at 19. Tom Willis and Jack Newbrough are each listed with 4 percent of the vote; and the sixth candidate, Bo Copley, at 2 percent. The survey reports the remaining 13 percent as undecided.
Jenkins said one month ago he was at 33 percent; Morrisey, at 25 percent; and Blankenship, at 18 percent — but that was before Blankenship spent $1.8 million on advertising, according to Jenkins.
Much of Blankenship’s advertising has been focusing on Morrisey, his alleged relationships with the pharmaceutical industry and the role of his wife, Denise, as a Washington, D.C. lobbyist.
At the beginning of the year, most expected the race to turn into a dead-heat between Jenkins and Morrisey, but so far that’s not the case.
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