CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Republican Donald Trump remains the prohibitive favorite to carry West Virginia in the 2016 general election for president, a poll released Thursday at the state Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and business summit shows.
The MetroNews West Virginia Poll of likely West Virginia voters, conducted last month by Repass Research of Cincinnati, gives Trump a 49 percent to 31 percent lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Libertarian Gary Johnson was favored by 10 percent of those polled, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein received 4 percent. The poll found that 6 percent of likely voters are undecided.
Trump, a New York businessman and reality television star, won the Republican West Virginia primary with 77 percent of the vote, compared to 9 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and 7 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, both of whom dropped out of the race in the days before West Virginia’s primary. Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, senator and first lady, got 36 percent of the vote in the state’s Democratic primary, compared to 50 percent for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Most national polls have Clinton leading Trump…