Poll: Capito Leads Tennant By 17 In West Virginia
11:01 AM, Aug 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Shelley Moore Capito leads her Democratic opponent Natalie Tennant by 17 points, according to a new poll of the West Virginia Senate race from Rasmussen Reports. An even 50 percent say they support Capito, the congresswoman and daughter of former governor Arch Moore, while just 33 percent say they support Tennant, the secretary of state. That's the widest gap Rasmussen has found in the race since its February poll that gave Capito a 14-point lead.
"Is the West Virginia Senate race turning into a rout?" asks Rasmussen.
Capito has led solidly from the beginning of her campaign to succeed retiring Democrat Jay Rockefeller. A seven-term member of the House, Capito is benefitting from the Mountain State's steady turn toward the GOP in national elections. Her first election to Congress came in 2000, the first of four consecutive presidential elections where the Republican nominee won the state. If elected, Capito will become the first Republican senator from West Virginia since the Eisenhower administration.
Read more about Capito and her bid for Senate in a May article in THE WEEKLY STANDARD. Here's an excerpt:
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