A poll released on Friday exclusively to Breitbart News by Gravis Marketing shows Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) currently leads the Republican party’s nominee, State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, by 13 points, 53 percent to 40 percent, in a head-to-head match up for the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia five months before the November general election.
The poll of 543 likely voters was conducted on May 22 and has a margin of error of 4.2 percent.
When coal magnate Don Blankenship is added as a third party candidate, Manchin’s lead over Morrisey remains virtually unchanged. With Blankenship in the race, Manchin leads Morrisey by 12 points, 51 percent to 39 percent, with Blankenship pulling in a mere 5 percent.
Blankenship, who finished in third place in the May 8 Republican primary, has threatened to enter the race in November as a third party candidate. He may face a legal challenge if he does make that move, under the terms of West Virginia’s “sore loser” law.
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