PARKERSBURG - The presumptive Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate next year has a 14-point lead over the leading Democrat, according to a poll released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling,
The pollster said Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has 50 percent of support among respondents over Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's 36 percent. The poll, assuming a contest between Capito and Tennant, was conducted several days after Tennant last week announced she would run for the Democratic Party nomination for the Senate in 2014.
"The key to Capito's early lead is winning over 30 percent of the Democratic vote, while losing only 11 percent of Republicans to Tennant," Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling said. "She's also up by almost a 2:1 margin with independents at 54/28. Capito has the early edge with both women and men and voters in every age group."
The poll surveyed more than 1,100 residents between Thursday and Sunday.
Among the announced candidates for the Democratic nominaton is David Wamsley of Wood County.