CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A national pollster calls the challenge Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is facing with her U.S. Senate campaign an “uphill climb.”

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows 49 percent of likely West Virginia voters will support the likely Republican candidate, Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, while 35 percent will support the likely Democratic candidate, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

In that poll, four percent prefer another candidate in the race while 12 percent said they were undecided.

“Capito is the congresswoman, she’s probably got better name recognition at this point, from what our numbers show, and so, to some degree, it’s hers to lose ground and Tennant’s to gain ground,” said Fran Coombs, managing editor of Rasmussen Reports.

On Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” he said, for better or worse, national factors are affecting Tennant’s campaign.

“Right now, in your state, our numbers show the president is very unpopular and his health care law is very unpopular and that is helping the Republican and hurting the Democrat big time,” said Coombs.

The poll of 500 likely voters in West Virginia was conducted on Feb. 19 and 20.  The margin of sampling error is 4.5 percentage points.

The spokesperson for the Tennant campaign dismissed the poll’s results and questioned the credibility of Rasmussen Reports.

“It’s no surprise Congresswoman Capito would have her Washington friends try to buy support with a flawed poll, when it’s clear West Virginians are rallying around Natalie’s campaign to put West Virginia first,” said Jennifer Donohue in a statement.

A recent poll from Clarity Campaigns showed a six point difference between Capito and Tennant.  The poll of 1,727 West Virginia registered voters was conducted on Jan. 29 and 30.

In that poll, Capito received 45 percent of the potential voters, Tennant received 39 percent and 16 percent said they were “unsure.”  The margin of error was about two percent.

The 2014 Primary Election in West Virginia is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13th.

In addition to Capito, Larry Butcher of Washington, W.Va. and Matthew Dodrill from Parkersburg are seeking the Republican nomination.

In addition to Tennant, Dennis Melton from Buckhannon and David Wamsley from Williamstown are seeking the Democratic nomination.

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Comments

  • Larry

    Tennant has my vote!

  • opinionated1234

    Shelly Capito has a low voting record and I don't think she is great but if my choice is Tennant or Capito, I will take Capito. She has a 47% voting record which means she voted 53% of her time against her party and with the Socialists! I don't know Matthew Doddrill but his bio looks good. Good Conservative Values and I like what he has to say...of course you never know???

  • Debra

    Rasmussen told us Romney was going to win. Oops. He also told us Rease was going to win by 7 in 2010! Oops again. I don't know who is going to win, but I suspect that it will be much closer than you think.

  • george

    The Dems record speaks for itself......besides we are the most miserable State in the Country ....remember....Since the Dems have been in office we are last or next to last in every good category...as for as the bad , we are near the top.......it's got to stop..................

  • Independent View

    “It’s no surprise Congresswoman Capito would have her Washington friends try to buy support with a flawed poll, when it’s clear West Virginians are rallying around Natalie’s campaign to put West Virginia first,” said Jennifer Donohue in a statement.
    It makes little difference which side made this statement. Had it not been made in the realm of politics, a major lawsuit would have ensued surrounding such an outrageous and totally unsubstantiated allegation. If Ms. Donohue worked for me, she would have been immediately fired for making such and outlandish statement!
    As for Ms. Tennant, here is her resume':
    1)Wore buckskins as WVU Mascot; 2) a newsreader at Clarksburg and Charleston TV Stations 3) Miserable failure as secretary of state. Cost the taxpayers millions by missing an election milestone date 4) hmmmn, that's all folks!
    Another empty-headed Lefty in a pant suit that mimicks Hillary by coming outside each morning, wetting her finger to check the political wind and then, running to get out in front of the herd!
    I'd vote for an A. James Manchin clone before voting for Ms. Tennant.