Poll suggests dead heat in race for attorney general

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A poll released Monday by the Doug Reynolds for Attorney General campaign shows a dead heat between the Cabell County delegate and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The poll by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group shows the Republican incumbent Morrisey with 37 percent and Democrat Reynolds at 36 percent.

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“This is race is a statistical tie,” Reynold’s campaign consultant Larry LaCourte said Monday on MetroNews “Talkline.”

There’s lots of money being spent on both sides including advertisement from outside groups linking Morrisey to the state’s prescription drug epidemic and Reynolds to Hillary Clinton.

The poll indicates there remain a lot of voters who have yet to make up their minds in the race. It shows 18 percent of those polled as undecided, LaCourte said.

“It’s not unusual for voters to continue to watch the campaign, listen to the candidates and their messages and then decide who to vote for,” he said.

Another poll recently released by the West Virginia Republican Party had Morrisey with a 46-38 lead over Reynolds. Morrisey said on “Talkline” Monday he doesn’t believe the race is a dead heat. He said as voters continue to learn about Reynolds he will have “a good chance at prevailing” in November.

“Doug Reynolds is a maxed-out contributor to Hillary Clinton. He’s a very liberal candidate. He really has no experience to run the office,” Morrisey said.

LaCourte said Reynolds has repeatedly said he doesn’t believe in the things Hillary Clinton believes in.

“He’s certainly diametrically opposed to her on coal,” LaCourte said.

The same Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group shows Jim Justice with a 13-point lead over Bill Cole in the race for governor.

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