West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey leads his Democratic rival Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in a new poll released on Friday.
According to a poll commissioned by WPA Intelligence, Morrisey comes out ahead of Manchin by two points, 46-44.
A majority of West Virginians—51 percent – suggested that it was “time for a new person to be in the U.S. Senate.”
WPA Intelligence conducted the poll on Thursday. Morrisey beat the establishment-backed candidate Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) and coal businessman Don Blankenship on Tuesday in the Republican primary.
Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin cheered Morrisey’s victory in a statement on Tuesday night:
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund congratulates Patrick Morrisey on his victory in the West Virginia Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. Our supporters urged us to back Patrick because he has proven himself to be a strong constitutional conservative with the fortitude and conviction necessary to dismantle Big Government without getting stuck in the Washington swamp. We are proud to have endorsed Patrick, and urge The Mountain State to send this conservative leader to Washington, DC.
National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Executive Director Chris Hansen cheered Morrisey’s victory in the West Virginia Republican primary. Hansen said in a statement:
Congratulations to Patrick Morrisey on his hard-fought victory in the West Virginia primary,” said NRSC Executive Director Chris Hansen. “Unlike loyal Democrat Joe Manchin, West Virginia families know that they can count on Attorney General Morrisey to fight for conservative values, and will send him to the U.S. Senate this November.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News that only a true conservative can rally Republicans and conservative Democrats alike in a state such as West Virginia to defeat Sen. Manchin in the general election.
Several prominent conservative Republicans, including Sens. Paul, Ted Cruz (R-TX), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sebastian Gorka, and Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin have endorsed Morrisey for U.S. Senate.