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Election 2008: West Virginia Governor
Landslide Win Likely for Democrat Governor in West Virginia

Governor Joe Manchin appears headed for a crushing reelection win in West Virginia. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race finds Manchin leading Republican challenger Russ Weeks 71% to 21%.

The Democratic incumbent leads by nearly 40 percentage points among unaffiliated voters and even picks up 38% support from GOP voters.

Manchin is seeking his second term as governor, after defeating Republican Monty Warner 64% to 34% in 2004. Currently, he earns good or excellent job approval ratings from 58% of voters, while 25% say he is doing a poor job. Weeks served one term as a state senator beginning in 2002 but was defeated when he ran for re-election in 2006.

The governor is viewed favorably by 74% of voters and unfavorably by just 25%. Weeks is much less familiar to voters. The challenger is viewed favorably by 37%, unfavorably by 40%, and 23% still have no opinion.

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West Virginia Governor Safe Democrat

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Average

RR Mkts

In Trade

2004 Results

Weeks

21%

21%

34%

Manchin

71%

71%

63%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 20, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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West Virginia Trends: Weeks vs. Manchin

Date

Weeks

Manchin

10/20/2008

21%

71%


Favorable Ratings for Gubernatorial Candidates in West Virginia

 

Weeks

Manchin

Very Favorable

10%

34%

Somewhat Favorable

27%

40%

Somewhat Unfavorable

26%

12%

Very Unfavorable

14%

13%

Not Sure

23%

2%


About Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.