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A Tight Race in West Virginia

Earlier this week, West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey’s Senate campaign released a poll showing him in the lead with 28 percent to Rep. Evan Jenkins’s 25 percent and former coal-mining executive and ex-con Don Blankenship’s 15 percent. A Fox News poll has Jenkins at 25, Morrisey at 21, and Blankenship at 16. Republican strategists seem in general to be fine with either Morrisey or Jenkins, but fear that nominating Blankenship would make the race easier for incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin — although, really, who knows these days? There seems to be a bit of a conservative consolidation behind Morrisey at the moment: The AG recently won endorsements from Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

I wrote about the race last summer, before Blankenship became a factor.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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