CHARLESTON — A new poll in the race between 1st District Congressman David McKinley and 2nd District Congressman Alex Mooney shows a slight lead for McKinley entering the May Republican primary in the new northern 2nd Congressional District .
According to the results of a poll conducted by North Star Opinion Research and sent to the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce on Friday, McKinley maintains a slight lead over Mooney in a five-man race and a head-to-head race.
“We found that while Congressmen David McKinley and Alex Mooney are also known to voters, McKinley enjoys a modest lead and the potential for growth once voters learn more about his consistent work on behalf of voters. voters in the state,” the North Star Opinion Research pollsters wrote. Dan Judy and Jon McHenry.
Pollsters found McKinley would lead Mooney 38% to 33% in a five-point race – a difference of 5 points. Another 25 percent of respondents were undecided.
Morgantown resident Susan Buchser-Lochocki, Wheeling resident Rhonda Hercules, and West Union resident Mike Seckman are also on the May 10 Republican primary ballot.
In a head-to-head contest, pollsters found McKinley would edge Mooney by 7 points, with respondents supporting McKinley at 46% and Mooney receiving 39% support and 15% undecided.
According to the poll, McKinley is strong in the electorate, leading among absolutely certain and very likely voters (45% to 40% and 51% to 34%, respectively), and among Registered Republicans and Unaffiliated voters (45 % to 39%). percent and 49 percent to 40 percent, respectively).
McKinley and Mooney both enjoyed high notoriety and similar levels of approval and disapproval. McKinley had a name ID of 78%, with a favorable rating of 41% and an unfavorable rating of 24%. Mooney had a name ID of 81%, with a favorable rating of 40% and an unfavorable rating of 24%.
“Alex Mooney maintains a substantial lead in this race, and this poll differs from several other recent polls,” said Teemu Garrity, Mooney’s campaign manager. “Voters rallied to Alex Mooney’s side in growing numbers as they learned of President Trump’s endorsement of Rep. Mooney and McKinley’s liberal voting record.”
The survey was conducted among 400 likely Republican and unaffiliated primary voters by telephone with live pollsters. The poll has a margin of error of 4.9%.
A request for comment from the McKinley campaign was not returned Monday afternoon.