Morrisey’s poll shows him leading for Senate

WHEELING — A poll released Wednesday by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s campaign has him leading in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate this year.

The survey conducted by Osage Research — a division of the ColdSpark Media public relations firm in Pittsburgh utilized by Morrisey — shows Morrisey at the top in the six-person race, and getting the vote from 24 percent of respondents. Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is second with 22.6 percent; U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., is at 17.4 percent; Bo Copley is at 2.5 percent; Tom Willis is at 1.4 percent; and Jack Newbrough has an unregistered amount.

The poll indicates it took place Tuesday, and registered the responses of 500 likely Republican primary voters.

The results flip-flop Morrisey and Jenkins from a survey issued by Jenkins recently. That survey, by Harper Polling of Harrisburg, Pa., showed Jenkins with 29 percent of the prospective Republican vote; Blankenship 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.

Each candidate said their polling is superior.

“Liberal Evan Jenkins has misled voters about his record repeatedly, from his support for cap-and-trade, which kills coal jobs, to his rallying for Hillary Clinton, to his votes for gun control,” Morrisey said. “It’s not surprising that Jenkins is now releasing junk polling. West Virginia voters deserve a conservative senator who will stand up to the liberals in Washington, not someone who will say one thing and do another.”

Jenkins said Harper Polling has won numerous awards “for the quality of their voter surveys and the website.”

His poll was conducted March 5 and 6 of 400 likely Republican primary voters.

“I am confident that Harper’s results showing me in first and Morrisey cratering are completely accurate,” he said.

“I’m not surprised Morrisey has drummed up a bogus poll from a firm no one has ever heard of to try to save his failing campaign. Morrisey’s deep ties to the drug industry, that’s pumped millions of pills into our state, his last run for Congress in New Jersey on his Jersey values platform, and years as a well-healed lobbyist in Washington, does not sit well with the West Virginia voters.

“Republicans know I’m the conservative choice with strong West Virginia roots and the only candidate that backed Donald Trump in the election and is working with him each and every day to get our state and nation headed in the right direction.”

Blankenship’s campaign said they weren’t shocked by the dueling results.

“While we don’t put a lot of confidence in other people’s polling, it is unsurprising that Jenkins was ahead in his poll and that Morrisey was ahead in his poll,” said Greg Thomas, spokesman for Blankenship. “The only thing consistent is Don Blankenship has all of the momentum. Republican primary voters know that Don Blankenship is the best person to work with Trump to put America first to create jobs, control government spending, and build the wall.”

(King can be contacted at jking@theintelligencer.net)


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