Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's yes vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court last week seems to have tightened the senate race against challenger Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia, according to Roll Call.
Manchin leads Morrisey, a Republican, by just one percentage point in a poll conducted for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Morrisey's campaign. He has led by larger margins in recent public and private polls, but faced criticism following his decision to vote yes on Kavanaugh – Manchin was the only Democrat to break with his party and approve the judge.
The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, went into the field the day after the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh. Manchin insisted over and over his vote was not based on politics.
Manchin at one point led Morrisey by 12 points in public polling. Real Clear Politics currently shows Manchin leading Morrisey by about nine points, on average, in a state that President Donald Trump won by over 40 points in 2016.
Public Opinion Strategies surveyed 600 likely voters from Oct. 7-9, with 40 percent of interviews over cell phone, according to Roll Call. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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