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Poll puts Justice 12 points ahead of Cole in Governor’s race

Justice leads Kessler by 23 points in primary race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A recent poll show Democrat Jim Justice leads Republican Bill Cole  by 12 points — 44 percent to 32 percent —  in the race for Governor.

According to a Global Strategy Group poll commissioned by the Justice campaign, Justice has doubled his lead over Bill Cole since September, when he led Cole 36 percent to 30 percent.

These results are based on a new survey of 400 likely 2016 General Election voters conducted by Global Strategy Group. Justice is viewed favorably by 42% and unfavorably by 15% of likely General Election voters. Justice’s favorability has improved since September – 28% favorable to 18% unfavorable.

In the Democratic Primary for Governor, Justice holds a 23-point advantage over Jeff Kessler. Justice leads Kessler 48% to 25%. Justice’s lead over Kessler has grown significantly since August, when Justice led 28% to 26% based on a Prism Strategies poll commissioned by the Kessler campaign.


Global Strategy Group conducted a live telephone survey of 400 likely 2016 General Election voters in West Virginia from Dec. 1-3, 2015. The results of this survey have a margin of error of +/-4.9%. An additional 250 interviews were conducted among likely 2016 Democratic primary voters to reach 350 total Democratic primary voters. The margin of error on the Democratic Primary election sample is +/-5.2%. The total number of interviews conducted is 650. Care has been taken to ensure the partisan, geographic and demographic divisions of the expected electorate are properly represented based on historical turnout.

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