May 24, 2018

GOP Voters Stick With Pro-Trump Candidates in Senate Primaries

10 May 2018, 12:16 | Marta Robbins

McConnell Won't Say if Blankenship Is Racist Until He Knows Election Result

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Republican primary voters picked Mike Braun to challenge Joe Donnelly, who is considered one of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats.

President Donald Trump and his allies cheered the West Virginia result, which helped avert a potential political disaster for a GOP already bracing for major losses in the November midterm elections.

Rep. Jim Renacci in OH lived up to expectations by winning his party's Senate primary.

In Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence's brother Greg Pence won the GOP congressional primary.

Morrisey now enters the general election campaign with just $800,000 in cash on hand, based on the latest figures available from the Center for Responsive Politics, compared with Manchin's $5.3 million war chest.

Three-term incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger has conceded his loss in a Republican primary in North Carolina to the Rev. Mark Harris, a Baptist pastor he only narrowly beat two years ago, according to the Associated Press. Molly Born and Jesse Wright have more on that and the other notable state-level races.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia enters the general election campaign with a huge financial advantage as he prepares to defend his seat in November against Republican Patrick Morrisey. Ted Cruz (R), and former representative Mike Espy has an open field to the Democratic Party's nomination in MS as Republicans are engaged in a bitter, ideological contest.

Regardless of the fine details, Trump's proposal offers Democrats a ideal headline: After digging a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit with tax cuts for the rich, the president and his party are now demanding reductions in federal spending on health care for poor children.

The last two polls of the race that weren't sponsored by either candidate (one of which was conducted for Fox News and one by the Republican GOPAC by National Research) had Morrisey and Evan Jenkins neck and neck with Blankenship in third, though close enough to potentially win given the past predictiveness of primary polling.

Manchin, who has held elected office in West Virginia for the better part of three decades, is expected to face the most hard re-election campaign of his career against the comparative newcomer Morrisey. Yet Tuesday's turnout bodes well for Manchin.

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Sabato's Crystal Ball moved the U.S. Senate race from "leans Democrat" to "toss-up" on Wednesday.

"I have no control over [an endorsement] whatsoever", Manchin said.

So when Blankenship lost Tuesday night in West Virginia, the McConnell team struck back, possibly referencing the Netflix show "Narcos".

Trump and his party leaders have been more united against Blankenship in recent weeks.

The head of the Senate Republican campaign arm had highlighted Blankenship's criminal history.

Blankenship is a former coal executive who spent time in prison in 2010 following a mine explosion that killed 29 miners. Six years later a court sentenced the former CEO to one year in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy to evade safety regulations. Much more galling, however, were Blankenship's racist attacks on the family of McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, the current US secretary of transportation. He then blamed Trump for spreading fake news against him.

Even as Blankenship rebuffed Trump's criticism this week, he described himself as "Trumpier than Trump" and played up his outsider credentials.

Neil Cavuto said Blankenship praised Manchin at times in the past and has not been willing to support the nominee Morrisey.

"The news so far is not very good", he told his party, which was half supporters and half reporter. "I've not been able to go on vacation, go places I like to go for three years now, and I get my guns back in a day or two". Tomorrow, I may be in Aruba before sunset.

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