In the realm of West Virginia’s Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate, Governor Jim Justice (R) stands as a dominant figure, leading by a considerable margin over Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) and other contenders. A poll released on Wednesday by American Pulse Research and Polling, in collaboration with WMOV, a local West Virginia talk radio station, indicates Justice’s overwhelming advantage, securing 55.7 percent of likely Republican primary voters. Meanwhile, Mooney trails significantly with 19.9 percent, and 22.1 percent of voters remain undecided.
According to the survey memo, the retirement announcement of Senator Joe Manchin has dramatically reshaped the political landscape, positioning Jim Justice as the likely successor to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate. The poll underscores Justice’s leading favorability among Senate candidates, boasting a remarkable 73 percent favorable impression.
Dustin Olson, the lead pollster for the survey, highlighted Justice’s strong position, stating, “With the recent retirement announcement from Senator Joe Manchin and the strong Republican tilt of the state, Jim Justice is in the catbird seat to be West Virginia’s next senator.”
Senator Manchin’s decision not to seek re-election has significantly shifted the Democrats’ prospects in retaining the Senate majority, creating an opportunity that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman, Steve Daines (R-MT), views favorably. Daines expressed confidence, stating, “We like our odds in West Virginia.”
The survey conducted by American Pulse in collaboration with WMOV involved 414 likely Republican primary voters and was conducted between November 13 and November 14. The poll bears a margin of error of 4.8 percent, illustrating Justice’s substantial lead and the prevailing uncertainty among voters leading up to the primary.