Manchin Struggles to Answer Questions About Blankenship's Disparaging Comments

May 11, 2018, 01:41
Manchin Struggles to Answer Questions About Blankenship's Disparaging Comments

The loss of convicted former coal baron Don Blankenship in the West Virginia GOP Senate primary was a sigh of relief for Washington Republicans, who feared Blankenship could lose to Democratic Sen.

A key to Trump's message will be energizing low-propensity Republican voters in 2018, many of whom turned out for the first time in years to vote for him. 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. 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.

In Ohio, where liberal Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is another top Republican target, U.S. Representative Jim Renacci won the battle for the Republican Senate nomination over Cleveland-area investment banker Michael Gibbons. Joe Donnelly. Donald Trump won this district, home to South Bend and Elkhart, by 22 points. But Republican turnout was down by more.

West Virginia and IN represent two of the Republican Party's best chances to bolster its Senate majority IN November.

Republicans have outnumbered Democrats in OH primary elections going back to 2006. And Democrats looking at a Republican Congress, they really want change.

"Democrats are here. But it nearly felt like we didn't know that we were out there", Crooks said earlier this year when she announced her campaign. Morrisey ran an ad in which a mountain smashes the U.S. Capitol.

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Cordray will face Republican Mike DeWine, a former USA senator who defeated Cordray for attorney general in 2010, in November.

GOP Senate candidate Jim Renacci said repeatedly Tuesday that OH is now a Trump state.

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Morrisey also must deal with another disparity — 43 percent of West Virginia voters are registered Democrats, compared to 32 percent registered Republicans.

Braun will face Sen.

In Indiana, state Rep. Mike Braun, a self-funding businessman and former Democrat, triumphed over two would-be anti-establishment Republican congressmen so generic that in one hilarious television ad he invited voters to decide whether a pair of cardboard cut-outs represented the same or different figures (reader: I could not tell myself) and pilloried them for their support of free trade.

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Those two failed candidates are two of four GOP House members who, because of Tuesday's primaries, will be out of jobs after this term. Blankenship has used his website to repeatedly accuse Manchin of helping cover up the truth about the mine explosion.

Incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) lost the primary to Southern Baptist Rev. Mark Harris, 48.5% to 46.2%.

Morrisey's campaign told Politico last week that Denise Morrisey would cease her lobbying activity if Morrisey were elected to the Senate, but declined to say whether she would give up her 15 percent stake in the lobbying firm Capitol Counsel, which has contracts with numerous pharmaceutical companies. Are voters enthusiastic about voting them into political office?

West Virginia was considered a Democratic stronghold during the 20th century.

As Newsweek noted, West Virginia had the highest number of women running, with five women running for three open House districts, making up 27.8 percent of House candidates in the state. Mountain Families PAC spent more than $1.3 million, all of it targeted at tanking Blankenship's bid for the Republican nomination.

In Ohio, Democrats pointed out that Renacci - who jumped into the race after longtime rising star Josh Mandel quit it for personal reasons - had only muddled through.

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The rise of Braun and the tone of the Republican campaigns in all three states underscored the deep animosity toward Washington that has persisted in the GOP even after Trump's election. And while Renacci won his northeast OH base, he lost three of the nine counties - the ones along Lake Erie - that had switched from Obama to Trump.

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