Trump hopes campaign rally in IN projects party unity

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President Trump came out against Mr. Blankenship in the final days of the primary campaign, joining GOP leaders and groups aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who anxious that Mr. Blankenship could not defeat Mr. Manchin in the midterm election.

Morrisey defeated Jenkins and Blankenship, garnering 44,888 votes or 35.6 percent of the vote count, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office. In Indiana, businessman Mike Braun will face Democratic Sen.

Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primary elections in four states-Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina-confirmed the continued right-ward course in both major capitalist parties, which contrasts sharply to the growing militancy in the working class and the general alienation from both parties in the majority of the population.

Tuesday's primary could put the GOP back in the Alabama nightmare scenario: Every statewide poll shows Manchin, the Democrat, handily beating Jenkins and Morrisey. "He lost about 30 percent of the vote and did even worse in some of the state's coal counties, which are full of the sort of ancestral Democrats he will need to hold onto in November". Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper claimed such momentum Wednesday morning, despite the Republican advantage in the number of ballots. No Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio. Republicans are defending a fragile 51-49 Senate majority, which they are increasingly framing as a last line of defense against a Democratic takeover of Congress. Compared to 2016, turnout in the Democrats' primary fell by 45.2 percent; turnout in the Republican primary fell by 58.4 percent.

"The answer to that is we don't know yet", Mr. Thomas said.

Blankenship's 27,153 votes cast in favor of his self-funded campaign ran about $105 a piece. Mary Taylor, the lieutenant of the sitting Republican governor in OH, disavowed her own boss, John Kasich, an unabashed critic of the president. Another version of the argument: Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) might be able to win a party convention, but in primaries, voters will ruin their candidates with litmus tests. Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, the Mountain State is now one of the most reliably Republican states in the country.

While it didn't take long for the image to take off on Twitter, with many reporters stunned by the move, it also illustrates the kind of night establishment Republicans had at the polls. "Tremendous voter energy and excitement and all candidates are those that have a great chance of winning in November". (She ran on universal Medicare, and he didn't.) In West Virginia's 3rd district, Democrats nominated State Sen.


There are five House seats without a Democrat candidate running and two without a Republican. Pittenger is the first sitting member of Congress to lose his seat so far in the 2018 election cycle.

But in IN, the Republican Senate nomination did land with a self-funding businessman who mocked his two main opponents - both sitting House members - as creatures of the establishment who look, vote, and even dress alike.

In Indiana, Senator Joe Donnelly, one of the most vulnerable Democrats, noted that he had voted with Mr. Trump 62 percent of the time in the Senate and had backed 70 percent of the president's nominees. The White House anxious that Blankenship's baggage would make it all but impossible to defeat Manchin.

Blankenship added that while he shares many of Trump's views, "I refrain from taking positions based on fake news and swampers' rhetoric".

But Democrats are less anxious about West Virginia and OH than they were at the start of the year. An organization called Mountain Families PAC that has ties to McConnell allies ran advertisements criticizing Blankenship, highlighting how badly GOP leaders wanted to defeat him. He'll face Republican Jim Renacci in the general election.

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