GOP Poll: Longtime Rep. Rahall Behind in W.Va.

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Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 10:55 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, who has held his post for almost 40 years, is behind his Republican opponent by more than 14 percentage points, according to the latest Republican poll.

State Sen. Evan Jenkins is leading Rahall 54 percent to 40 percent in the latest poll commissioned by the National Republican Congressional Committee and Jenkins' campaign, and was conducted by the Tarrance Group, The Washington Post reports.

Rahall serves in a heavily conservative district, which has been the target of ad campaigns by conservative groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity, the American Energy Alliance, and the National Republican Campaign Committee, collectively spending more than $1.4 million since late 2013.

By contrast, the West Virginia Democrat has received about $160,000 in spending by the liberal House Majority PAC.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won Rahall's congressional district 66 percent to 32 percent in 2012.

Democratic polls have not been reported, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently added Rahall to the group's "Frontline" program designed to help protect endangered Democratic incumbents, Roll Call reported.

"We won't stand on the sidelines while outside groups spend millions of dollars to deceive voters about an incumbent," said Steve Israel, DCCC chairman.

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