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Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) may be the GOP’s trump card in the long-standing race to unseat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Justice, a favorite in a hypothetical GOP Senate primary, edged out Manchin 52% to 42%, according to a poll commissioned by the Senate Leadership Fund gauging the race. He is the only Republican surveyed who tops the centrist Democrat.

Neither Manchin nor Justice has declared their candidacy for the hotly contested seat. Manchin has technically even left the door open to running for president in 2024, though he has given no indications that he is gearing up for that. Read more…