Don Blankenship devising ways to kneecap Patrick Morrisey's Senate bid

Don Blankenship devising ways to kneecap Patrick Morrisey's Senate bid

Don Blankenship devising ways to kneecap Patrick Morrisey's Senate bid

West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina all held closely-watched primaries that, by and large, President Trump interpreted as a big win for the GOP, six months out from November.

Greg Thomas, a Blankenship spokesman, said Thursday the former coal baron plans to do whatever he can to stop GOP Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey, the state's attorney general, from winning West Virginia's Senate race this fall. Perhaps surprisingly, the most enthusiastic voters on each side are a bit less wedded to issue purity: 61% of Democrats who are very enthusiastic about voting say they want candidates who agree with their views, and on the GOP side, that figure stands at 70%. After all, it is not uncommon for control of Congress to change hands during a presidency for a variety of reasons, including dissatisfaction with those now holding office and the perceived strength of opposition to the president himself. He now faces GOP primary victor Jim Renacci, currently a House member from Ohio's 16th District.

And the poll suggests those voters who say the President matters deeply to their vote are more inclined to cast a ballot against him. After Trump won, rumors circulated that he eyed Manchin for cabinet posts, which led Schumer to offer the senator "plum committee assignments".

Tuesday's vote kicked off a busy stretch of the midterm primary season, with more than two dozen additional states set to vote before July 4.

President Donald Trump is returning to his campaign roots with big-stage events allowing him to target vulnerable Senate Democrats and mobilize his most fervent supporters on behalf of Republicans.

Manchin is a conservative-leaning Democrat, which has worked well for him in the past, but it seems that the state is trending more Republican.

In West Virginia, a wild Senate primary with three leading candidates hurtled to its conclusion with Trump and other top Republicans trying to stop Blankenship, a former coal executive who has served a year in prison and has used racial epithets to describe black people and those of Chinese descent.

During an interview with NBC's Kasie Hunt, Manchin struggled to answer a question about the disparaging ads Don Blankenship ran castigating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, in the weeks leading up to the primary.

"Thank you, West Virginia", Morrisey said on Twitter late Tuesday. He will now face Mike DeWine in November to determine who will replace outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Manchin ducked when asked if he'd accept a Blankenship endorsement, saying he'd have "no control" over that and hadn't talked to Blankenship recently.

When I first read the phrase "China people", I was immediately put in mind of the "mole people" of urban legend, the tribes of homeless outcasts who were said to live in cavernous spaces beneath our cities. Currently, the split is 51 Republicans to 47 Democrats. But losing Mr. Trump's confidence, as Blankenship did, can be costly.

Four-term Republican state Rep. Robert Sprague, of Findlay, won the GOP primary for state treasurer over former Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O'Brien.

Mandel challenged Brown six years ago, which was a hard one for the incumbent. "And I think you know how close I have been to the families", he said.

Ahead of the rally, Donnelly's campaign said the senator had voted with Trump 62 percent of the time "because he works for Hoosiers, not any politician or political party".

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