Morrisey defeats Jenkins, Blankenship for GOP Senate nod

Aaron Brown
May 11, 2018

The only statewide election on Tuesday in which the victor was a surprise was the Republican primary for Senate in IN, which was won by a multimillionaire businessman named Mike Braun, who put enough of his own money into the race that he spent more than both of his opponents-the congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer-combined.

Brown, the Democratic incumbent, has always been tough on trade, and he praised Trump's moves this year to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Particularly in Senate races in Ohio, West Virginia and in, where Democrats are playing defense, incumbents maintained a healthy edge in cash on hand.

Among the 27 women nominees for the U.S. House in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia, eight are black women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University's "Gender Watch 2018".

As she seeks re-election this year, McCaskill likely will face a more formidable candidate in Josh Hawley, the Missouri attorney general. "Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey".

"Patrick Morrisey will be a good candidate", said a smiling Sen.

All four states voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, and their primary races Tuesday are offering some insight into Republican voters' mood two years later.

The West Virginia seat, now held by Joe Manchin (D), is considered one of several seats now held by Democrats that are vulnerable this year.

"It's going to be hard for him to do it", Rupp said. Nationally, almost 500 women, both Republican and Democrats, are running for Congress this year, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The GOP now controls five of the six offices.

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"It's time for all the WV GOP to come behind Patrick to defeat Manchin so we can keep a Republican Majority in the US Senate and protect our Constitution!"

Blankenship also released an open letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday regarding the outcome of the primary; Trump tweeted Monday voters should consider either Jenkins or Morrisey for the Republican nomination, comparing the primary in West Virginia to the special election past year in Alabama. Joe Donnelly will face off in November against Braun, a multimillionaire owner of a national auto parts distribution business who loaned more than $5.4 million of his own money to his campaign.

In his Tuesday night victory speech, Morrisey invited the president to make frequent visits between now and November.

"I think if there was any single factor, based on polling at different times, the debate and all the things I saw, it was probably more likely President Trump's ... lack of endorsement". I think he generally probably likes Joe Manchin. The state's other senator, Shelley Capito, is a Republican who worked closely with the White House on rolling back environmental regulations to bolster coal.

As a sign of the political trends, Gov. Jim Justice, a former Republican who switched parties and ran as a Democrat in his successful 2016 run, switched back to the GOP just in time for that rally.

The key Senate contests headlined primary elections across four states on Tuesday that will help shape the political landscape in this fall's midterm elections. "That's got to change".

Copley is supporting Morrisey, but said Wednesday it is only because Morrisey is the conservative choice in the general election.

Morrisey filed a number of suits against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, including joining 11 other states to challenge the EPA's proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants.

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