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Vigliotti: Of primary importance - Republicans and the first primary elections

11 May 2018

Morrisey, a two-term state attorney general, defeated a congressman and a former coal company executive with deep pockets in the Republican primary Tuesday to earn the chance to challenge Manchin. Donald Trump Jr's presence is not going to help anything for Republicans who are already struggling. Joe Donnelly in November. Here's the thing that I don't think Donald Trump Jr. quite understands at this point or actually will ever understand to be honest with you.

A bright spot for Republicans in swing-state Ohio: GOP turnout was considerably stronger than Democratic voting in the open governor's race.

For a guy who once said ex-con coal baron Don Blankenship had "blood on his hands", Sen. "We have a nominee who can win in November", the GOP leader said about that candidate Patrick Morrisey. Tuesday was also an excellent night for female candidates, as progressive activist Kathy Manning won the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Rep. Ted Budd, and incumbent Democratic Rep. Alma Adams won her primary.

Primary elections in four Republican-leaning states rattled Congress on Tuesday night, as voters ejected a sitting member of the House and set up intense campaigns for the Senate in several battlegrounds. Trump now must decide how aggressively he'll back Morrisey over Manchin, who is one of Trump's only allies among Senate Democrats on many votes. But I say let him because people need to understand what the Republican party has become.

Once a bastion of Democratic populism and represented by the likes of Sens.

In a pair of TV interviews following Blankenship's primary loss to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), Manchin refused to directly criticize Blankenship for his racially charged attacks against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - while favorably comparing him to Morrisey as the true West Virginian (Morrisey moved there from New Jersey a decade ago).

"I may not have been everyone's first choice, but over the next six months I'm going to work hard every single day to obtain your confidence and your vote", Morrisey said.

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He ran his campaign nearly entirely against McConnell as an establishment figure, but allies of McConnell poured money into an anti-Blankenship campaign with Trump's support.

Among the possible options is Blankenship putting his support and money behind a person who was not a candidate in the Senate primary. Morrisey will face off with blue dog Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in a race that the GOP believe could be key to gaining a super majority. Manchin handily defeated his primary opponent, progressive activist Paula Jean Swearengin, on Tuesday and raised almost $6 million by last month.

President Trump may play a big role in West Virginia's Senate election. "Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey". The brother of Vice President Mike Pence, Greg Pence, secured the Republican nomination for the VP's former House seat.

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

Rupp said Manchin will have to "stand against the red tide" in West Virginia.

Manchin coasted to the Democratic nomination, but he remains a top Republican target this fall. "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".

Vigliotti: Of primary importance - Republicans and the first primary elections