CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Supporters of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Natalie Tennant touted a recent poll this week that showed West Virginia's secretary of state behind by only 6 percentage points in a potential race against Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
The poll, conducted Jan. 29 and 30, surveyed 1,727 West Virginia registered voters, including some cellphone owners. Capito received 45 percent of the vote in the potential match-up, Tennant received 39 percent and 16 percent were "unsure." The margin of error was 2.35 percent.
The poll was conducted by Clarity Campaigns, which conducts polls for Democrats and liberal groups, and paid for by EMILY's List, a group that works to get pro-abortion-rights female Democrats elected to office.
"This poll shows what we are seeing in top Senate races across the country. It will be close," Marcy Stech, national spokeswoman for EMILY's List, said Friday. "Natalie is a very strong candidate. ... This is a race to watch. We are excited as she gets more momentum."
State Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said an earlier poll had Capito leading Tennant by 13 points.
Capito campaign manager Chris Hansen said Friday, "Our campaign policy is that we do not comment on public polls, especially polls that are commissioned by special interests that support our opponent."
Capito and Tennant each face two challengers in their party's primaries in May.