Poll for group supporting Morrisey shows he has strong support in governor’s race

A poll conducted for a political organization supporting Patrick Morrisey’s campaign for governor shows he’s ahead.

Patrick Morrisey

The poll for Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia shows Morrisey with the support of 29 percent of likely Republican Primary voters. The poll shows House Judiciary Chairman Moore Capito with 18 percent, Secretary of State Mac Warner with 8%, businessman Chris Miller with 6% and Martinsburg resident Rashida Yost with 1 percent.

However, there are a lot of undecideds, 19 percent. And another 18 percent said they would vote for some other candidate not among those listed. Together, that’s 37 percent, which would put ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in the lead.

The poll asked undecided voters which way they’re leaning, and Morrisey came out somewhat ahead there, with 12 percent leaning his way compared to 5 percent for Capito, 4 percent for Miller and 2 percent for Warner. But even when pressed for a lean, 72 percent of the undecideds described themselves as still undecided.

The survey of likely Republican Primary voters from October 3-4 included 811 participants through live calls. There’s a margin of error of 3.4 percent.

The race for governor is very active because two-term incumbent Jim Justice, a Republican, is up against a term limit. No Democrats have officially entered the race yet, although Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is widely anticipated to be running.

Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia, which advocates for a free market approach to the economy and education, supports Morrisey, a three-term Attorney General.

Jason Huffman

“The observations here are really good for his candidacy,” Jason Huffman of Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia said on MetroNews’ “Talkline.”

“You know, 50 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Morrisey, and only 29 percent of likely Republican primary voters haven’t heard of him or have no opinion. That’s good name ID. That puts him in strong position.”

This poll is stronger for Morrisey than some other recent polling, although consensus is that he is a front-runner in the race.

Last month, the MetroNews West Virginia Poll showed 32 percent favoring Capito, Morrisey with 27 percent support, 9 percent for Miller, 6 percent for Warner and 26 percent undecided. That poll had a confidence level of +/- 4.9 percentage points.

A July poll on behalf of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce showed Morrisey receiving support from 31% of respondents and Moore Capito receiving 30 percent. The poll also showed Warner at 9 percent and Miller at 5 percent. The poll also reflected 3 percent support for J.B. McCuskey, who was running for governor at the time.

Seventeen percent of those polled said they aren’t sure what candidate for governor they favor at this point, and 5 percent said they’re backing another candidate not reflected by the poll. The poll for the Chamber had a 6% +/- margin of error with a 95 percent confidence rate.

The poll for Americans for Prosperity demonstrates the organization’s support for Morrisey is justified, Huffman said.

“Patrick Morrissey is probably one of the best examples of a guy who communicates with voters about what he’s doing. And frankly, he’s had some pretty noteworthy wins. He’s taken things all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States and set major precedents that affect not only West Virginia but the country in terms of fighting back against against federal overreach.”

Capito’s campaign responded that the polling actually shows a ceiling for Morrisey’s support.

“Reading between the lines on Morrisey’s bluster: you can tell that Patrick is actually very, very worried by these odd numbers today. There are currently at least two major anti-Trump organizations who are using a lot of muscle and money trying to prop up Morrisey. The anti-Trump group that put out these numbers today accidentally highlighted that Morrisey hasn’t grown any support since he entered the race,” stated Capito spokesman Kent Gates.

“The panic you can feel in Morrisey’s recent rants prove that he is frightened by his polling flatline and knows that when voters start asking him why major anti-Trump SuperPACs have pledged to spend more than $10 million elect Pat while also spending a fortune trying to stop President Trump from becoming the Republican nominee, he can’t give them an honest answer.”

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