Again, Blankenship is reluctant to attach too much significance to the shift.
"Capito should be cognizant of the dip, but her disapproval (number) is not dramatically higher," Blankenship said. Both Capito and Manchin show a "consistency of strength."
For the first time, Blankenship included Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in his questions about the 2014 Senate race.
The numbers from Mark Blankenship Enterprises show a 40 percent plurality for her in that race, with state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis getting 12 percent.
Neither Tennant nor Davis has decided whether to run for the Senate.
Charleston attorney Nick Preservati and Wheeling attorney Ralph Baxter each picked up only 1 percent, but that's not surprising. Neither is very well known, even in tight political circles, nor has either entered the race yet.
If anybody should be doing the victory dance after this poll, it's Earl Ray Tomblin. The Democratic governor has a job approval rate of 69 percent, unchanged from the March poll.
Even more comforting to Tomblin is that West Virginians don't blame him for the state's economic challenges. When asked which elected officials are most responsible for job losses in West Virginia, only 3 percent said Tomblin.
Forty-nine percent blame President Obama.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.