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Election 2008: West Virginia Senate
West Virginia Senate: Rockefeller Cruising Towards Re-Election

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D) of West Virginia doesn’t have to worry about losing his bid for re-election in November. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Senate race in the state finds him leading challenger Jay Wolfe 61% to 33%.

Before entering the Senate in 1985, Rockefeller served two terms as West Virginia’s Governor. He is currently chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence in the Senate. Wolfe is a former state Senator and 2002 candidate.

The incumbent dominates his opponent among unaffiliated voters, 52% to 34%. Rockefeller leads 59% to 37% among men and 63% to 30% among women.

Rockefeller is viewed favorably by 64% of voters and unfavorably by 33%. Wolfe’s ratings are 46% favorable, 35% favorable, and 19% have no opinion.

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Governor Joe Manchin, who is currently seeking re-election in November [link to gov race], earns good or excellent ratings from 57% of voters in West Virginia. Seventeen percent (17%) say he is doing a poor job.

John McCain currently holds an eight-point lead over Barack Obama in West Virginia’s presidential race.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on September 24, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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