But with a chance to pick up a seat that has been Democratic since the Eisenhower administration (when former Klansman Robert Byrd won the seat), the GOP faced the nightmare scenario of blowing that chance, owing to picking an unelectable nominee in the primary.
"I think that happened in IN as well and we anticipate that happening in the rest of the primary season", McConnell said, referring to the Senate Republican primary victory of businessman Mike Braun. 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.
"I would like to thank President Trump, your tweet was huge", said Morrisey. ".On the Democratic side there weren't a lot of TV ads, there weren't a lot of attacks back and forth to kind of get people going". Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State. For more stories like this, visit wksu.org now. This district went for Donald Trump by 12 points in 2016, but Democrats hold a clear edge in enthusiasm at this stage of the race.
Trump won West Virginia's five electoral votes so handily that he likely never had to step foot in the state again. Joe Manchin III to win re-election. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your state... Blankenship's Senate race was seen partly as a way to get back at Manchin, who he blamed for an unjust prosecution nearly as much as the Obama Justice Department. Still he says there are reasons why more Republicans voted.
Closely-watched Republican primaries in four states ended Tuesday night, setting the stage for highly anticipated midterm showdowns with Democrats in November.
President Trump may play a big role in West Virginia's Senate election. He and former University of Cincinnati board chairman Rob Richardson Jr., a Democrat, will face off in November for the seat held by term-limited GOP Treasurer Josh Mandel. "I don't get into the details of politics, but I just think that he should not be involved in the state at all", he said. "But the way it was said, it was taken in a connotation that might not have been flattering to a person who's a proud American, no matter what their descent is".
Vice President Mike Pence's older brother Greg Pence, meanwhile, won the Republican nomination in Indiana's 6th District.
And if you're Joe Manchin, point out how many times you've voted with President Trump on things like his Secretary of State nominee, or coal issues. 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. The head of the Senate Republican campaign arm has highlighted Blankenship's criminal history. In addition to his racially insensitive language, Blankenship had spent a year in prison for his involvement in lax safety standards that led to a deadly mine explosion.
Retiree Don Smith of Alum Creek said he didn't vote for Blankenship because he didn't believe he could win the Senate seat over Manchin.
Despite the slate of recent good news, Republicans can not be complacent and assume a favorable outcome in November.
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