by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON — Former state legislator Mark Hunt has a commanding lead to become the Democrat nominee for Congress from the Second District, according to a poll of likely voters.
The Hunt campaign announced Tuesday that a poll commissioned to Political Marketing International, Inc. (PMI) found 49 percent of likely Democrat voters for Hunt in the May primary. In second place was Tom Payne, with 16 percent; followed by Harvey Peyton at 15 percent; Robert Wilson, Jr. at 12 percent; and Cory Simpson at eight percent.
“I’m pleased by the results,” the former House of Delegates member from Kanawha County said. “As I continue campaigning and talking to people about real issues and real solutions facing real West Virginians, I’m confident my support will continue to grow.”
Hunt served seven terms in the House. He is also a well-known Charleston attorney with his own private practice.
The poll was conducted by PMI from February 17 through 21 and has a five percent margin of error. The company has been providing polls since 1998.
The winner of the Democrat primary will face off against first-term incumbent Republican Alex Mooney in the November general election.