West Virginia: Mollohan, Oliverio Camps Clash Over Polls

Posted April 27, 2010 at 6:57pm

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D) and primary challenger Mike Oliverio disagree on who’s winning their race but do agree it’s very close.

A few days after Oliverio, a state Senator, brandished an internal poll that had him leading the Congressman by 8 points, Mollohan’s campaign fired back with its own poll showing Mollohan up by 9 points, 45 percent to 36 percent.

Mollohan’s poll was conducted by Frederick Polls, which surveyed 400 self-identified Democrats and independents who said they were likely or somewhat likely to participate in the primary. The sample was drawn from a state party list of voters who participated in the 2002 or 2006 Democratic primary, or both.

Mollohan Campaign Manager Pam Van Horn said the results show voters “are not buying what Mike Oliverio is trying to sell .”

Oliverio Campaign Manager Curtis Wilkerson said Mollohan wouldn’t be running attack ads if he were truly ahead.