A new poll indicates that Gov. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.) leads incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) by 22 points in a hypothetical 2024 U.S. Senate matchup.
According to a recent survey conducted by the East Carolina University (ECU) Center for Survey Research among registered voters in West Virginia, Justice leads Manchin, 54% to 32%, in a hypothetical 2024 race, with 13% of respondents remaining undecided.
The same survey revealed that Justice had a job approval rating of 57% and a disapproval rating of 29%. Manchin’s job-approval rating was at 33 percent, with a 59 percent disapproval.
Manchin, a Democrat, has not announced whether he will seek reelection in 2024, and he has entertained rumors that he may instead seek the presidency in 2024.
In a prospective 2024 Republican primary against Mooney, the candidate most closely aligned with Trump, Justice holds a commanding lead. Justice has 53 percent of the vote compared to Mooney’s 12 percent.
In a prospective matchup for the Senate in 2024 between Manchin and Mooney, Mooney has 41 percent and Manchin has 40 percent, with 18 percent undecided.
In addition, respondents were asked whether Sen. Manchin should remain a Democrat or switch parties, 33 percent of respondents said he should remain a Democrat, while 33 percent said he should join the Republican party.