GOP Primary Shocker
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.