West Virginia: Nick Rahall Way Up in Democratic Poll

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Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) led his Republican challenger, state Del. Rick Snuffer, by 28 points in a new Democratic poll.

In a horse-race matchup, Rahall, seeking his 19th term in the House, pulled 62 percent to Snuffer's 34 percent. According to a polling memo released by Democratic firm Anzalone Liszt Research, which conducted the survey, "Rahall leads every gender, age, and geographic subgroup — including men and women, Independents, and in the Charleston/Huntingdon and the Bluefield/Beckley media markets."

The poll found 64 percent of likely voters in the 3rd district had a favorable view of Rahall, while 30 percent had an unfavorable view of him. Snuffer's favorable/unfavorable numbers were not released.

Snuffer took on Rahall in 2004, when the incumbent beat him with 65 percent of the vote.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D), cruising toward a re-election victory in November, led Republican John Raese 72 percent to 21 percent in the district, according to the Democratic survey. Raese lost to Manchin in 2010.

The poll surveyed 500 likely 3rd district voters by live telephone interview July 20-25. The margin of error was 4.4 points.

Read the full memo here:

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Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the year in which Snuffer first took on Rahall. It was 2004.