Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) leads Secretary of State Natalie Tennant by double digits in the Senate race for outgoing Sen. Jay Rockefeller's (D-WV) seat, according to a new poll.
The Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday found Capito leading Tennant 50 percent to 36 percent among West Virginia voters.
Broken down by party affiliation, Capito takes over half of independent voters and also a third of Democratic voters, the poll found.
Even better for Capito, the poll found a plurality of voters have a favorable view of Capito while only 36 percent have an unfavorable view of her. Meanwhile roughly a third of voters view the secretary of state favorably and a third also view her unfavorably.
The poll's finding's come less than two weeks after Tennant, who Democrats see as a strong candidate for the seat, formally jumped into the Senate race.
The poll, conducted among 1,110 West Virginia voters between Sept. 19 to Sept. 22 had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points