CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A poll commissioned by the campaign of U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall shows the incumbent Democrat with a substantial lead over his Republican challenger.
Rahall leads former state Supreme Court justice Elliott "Spike" Maynard 59 percent to 34 percent, according to a poll taken last week by Anzalone Liszt, a pollster with offices in Washington and Birmingham, Ala.
"Maynard's high unfavorable rating makes it very difficult for him to expand his vote," according to a statement released by Anzalone Liszt Research on Monday.
The firm found that 40 percent of all voters polled held an unfavorable opinion of Maynard, while 30 percent held a favorable opinion. The firm did not release favorable and unfavorable ratings for Rahall.
"The fundamentally Democratic nature of this district also works in Rahall's favor and limits Maynard's ability to benefit from national political trends," the firm said.
Maynard campaign spokesman Mik Carpenter would not comment on the poll.
"I won't comment on anything sent out by the Democratic Party," he said Monday.
The 3rd Congressional District spreads from Huntington, through the southern coalfields, east to Pocahontas County.
Two previous polls also showed Rahall leading by significant margins:
| On Aug. 16, a poll from the conservative American Action Forum showed Rahall was leading Maynard, 53 percent to 37 percent. That poll was conducted in late July and early August.
| Last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported a Global Strategy Group poll it financed showed Rahall was leading Maynard, 55 percent to 37 percent. Conducted between Sept. 23 and Sept. 26, that poll surveyed 411 likely voters.