Way Out in West Virginia, the Political Vortex

A group with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aired anti-Blankenship advertisements, and McConnell prodded Trump to get involved and weigh in on behalf of Jenkins and Morrisey.

The Democratic race was largely overshadowed by the GOP primary, which gained national attention when internal GOP polling showed the insurgent Blankenship with a slight lead over Morrisey and Jenkins.

Trump weighed in on the race Monday urging people not to vote for Blankenship.

"I think if there was any single factor.it was President Trump's lack of endorsement", he said. He beat two sitting members of Congress in a Senate primary fight.

With all precincts reporting, Morrisey commanded almost 35 percent of the vote, compared to more than 29 percent for Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., and about 20 percent for former Massey Energy Co. We are there until January, and we are going to continue to bust our tail to take care of the good people of the 3rd Congressional District.

Two Republican congressmen from IN also wanted a promotion to the Senate.

Braun's win displayed the continued political appeal of outsiders who run against the establishment and the Washington status quo, much as Trump did in sweeping to the White House in 2016. About half, 49%, have an unfavorable view of Nancy Pelosi, with 30% saying they have a favorable take on the Democratic House leader, and 46% view current Speaker Paul Ryan negatively, 38% positively. Joe Donnelly this fall. They need to flip some two dozen GOP-held seats for a majority. "Patrick Morrisey will likely lose the general election". But Ojeda's populist platform combined with his background as a decorated Army veteran who voted for Trump could appeal in a district that was represented by former Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall until he lost his 2014 re-election bid.


"If it makes sense for West Virginia, makes sense to me, I vote for it, doesn't matter whether it's Democrat or Republican", Manchin said. In Ohio, Richard Cordray defeated former Congressmember Dennis Kucinich in the state's Democratic primary for governor.

DeWine's victory came after a hard-hitting primary campaign in which Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor called him a "phony conservative" and he called her unqualified. More than 57,000 voted in the Democratic primary compared to just over 37,000 in the Republican primary, which was a seven-candidate contest to choose a successor to incumbent Republican Jenkins, who chose to run for the US Senate seat. Those enthusiastic voters also say by a 10-point margin that the nation would be better off with Democrats in control of Congress than Republicans.

He repeatedly blamed government regulators for the disaster, casting himself as the victim of an overzealous Obama-era Justice Department - an argument Trump regularly uses to dismiss federal agents investigating his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Mr. Thomas said Mr. Blankenship is too invested in the West Virginia GOP to sit on the sidelines in the race.

West Virginia occupies a unique place in the political universe. He now faces GOP primary victor Jim Renacci, currently a House member from Ohio's 16th District.

In North Carolina's 13th District, Democrat Kathy Manning will face incumbent Ted Budd, who was uncontested for the GOP nomination.

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says he is not surprised or anxious about the lower Democratic voter turnout during yesterday's primary election.


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