UPDATE: WVGOV: Tomblin, Tennant Neck to Neck?

By westvirginia on March 21, 2011
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By Steven Allen Adams
steven@westvirginiawatchdog.org

Are Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant still the frontrunners in the 2011 Democratic primary for governor? New polling data suggests that is the case.

According to polling data obtained by The Washington Post reporters Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake,  Tomblin and Tennant are still the top two candidates in a field of six.

From the article:

The poll, which was conducted by Greenberg Quinlian Rosner and obtained by The Fix, shows Tomblin at 31 percent in the special election Democratic primary, with Tennant close behind at 27 percent. Among Democratic primary voters, the two have identical 45 percent favorable ratings and similar unfavorables (12 percent for Tennant and 15 percent for Tomblin).

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The Greenberg Quinlian Rosner poll was commissioned by the Tennant campaign. A poll commissioned by the Tomblin Campaign gave him 35 percent and Tennant 22 percent. A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling back in January had Tomblin and Tennant neck-and-neck at 25 percent and 24 percent respectively.

The article doesn’t say when the poll was conducted. Last week House Speaker Rick Thompson received the endorsements of the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Education Association, and the state AFL-CIO. State Treasurer John Perdue locked down the Farm Bureau endorsement, and Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler received the endorsement of the state Fraternal Order of Police. These endorsement could have an impact on the opinions of voters.

The primary is May 14.

UPDATE: Thanks to Twitter followers we have the full polling data. According to Greenberg Quinlian Rosner, “the survey of 600 likely primary voters was conducted by telephone March 10th-15th. The margin of error is 4.0 percentage points.” The WV-AFT and WVEA didn’t announce their endorsements until March 15.

The full survey data is below:

Tennant Well Positioned for WV Governor Race

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