A Repass and Research America Inc. poll for West Virginia Metro News (8/11-20; 400 WV likely voters drawn from each of the state’s 55 counties) finds Sen. Joe Manchin (D) faring well against both of his Republican competitors. Opposite Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-Huntington), the Senator posts a 50-40% advantage. If Attorney General Patrick Morrisey were the Republican nominee, Sen. Manchin would fare slightly better. The ballot test from this configuration is 52-38%. We can expect a hard fought Republican primary that will be decided on May 10, 2018. The general election will immediately follow and is rated as Lean Democratic, but could easily turn into a toss-up situation.
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