Former opponents - minus Blankenship - back Morrisey

Mitch Mc Connell blows away ex-coal baron Don Blankenship for 'Cocaine Mitch' ad after failed senate bid

(4) Speaking of IN, party insiders are pleased with the nomination of businessman and outside Mike Braun, who will bring a considerable amount of personal resources to the table as he seeks to unseat Joe Donnelly IN a state Trump carried handily.

That's one message from Tuesday's primaries, where the GOP improved its chances of holding the Senate, if not the House. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, as creatures of Washington.

Blankenship is the coal company executive who was sent to prison for negligence in the death of 29 coal miners after years and years of systematically failing to implement necessary and legally required safety protocols at his mines. The CEO of automotive products firm Meyer Distributing and a former state representative, Braun prided himself on being a businessman who isn't a creature of Washington.

The stakes are high for a Republican Party bracing for major losses in this fall's midterm elections.

President Trump is sending a plan to Congress that calls for stripping more than $15 billion in previously approved spending, with the hope that it will temper conservative angst over ballooning budget deficits. He will now go up against incumbent Democratic Sen.

It was only a few months ago when anyone in "the know" was told to expect that Democrat Conor Lamb would beat Republican Rick Saccone by mid-single digits in the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District special election.

Blankenship said Tuesday that he "didn't get it done" and "failed West Virginians", but he warned that "the Republican Party needs to be careful about being hijacked". By itself, Donald Trump's signature legislative achievement remains the most unpopular tax cut in modern American history.

'I am Trumpier than Trump,' boasts West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship
Like Trump, Blankenship has cast himself as a victim of the establishment and a rigged system. Senate and promote the president's agenda", Blankenship responded in a statement.

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. Because of that conviction, most Republican operatives saw Blankenship as unelectable.

But Tuesday's turnout, where Republicans outvoted Democrats by almost two to one, doesn't bode well for Donnelly.

Braun is an outsider compared with the two congressmen, but his campaign won praise from national Republican strategists, and the party is now poised to rally behind him against Donnelly, who is seen as perhaps the nation's most vulnerable Democratic senator in a state President Donald Trump won by 19 percentage points in 2016.

He pledged on Tuesday and at a kickoff event for Democrats' solidified fall ticket on Wednesday to focus the race on "kitchen-table issues". "Your interference in the West Virginia election displayed a lack of understanding of the likely outcome of the upcoming general election", he continued. State officials noted that West Virginia's "sore loser" law leaves Blankenship with virtually no option to run in the general election. "Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!"

"If he wins the Republican nomination, I will not back him and I am not afraid to say it and I'm letting it out there right now", he said. "We want to congratulate David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Carol Miller and Patrick Morrisey on their nominations, and look forward to working with them all the way to November". "There are real dangers in tacking too close to Trump", he added.

And in Ohio, Rep. Jim Renacci cruised to a victory that sets up a run against incumbent Democratic Sen.

Jenkins and Morrisey went back and forth throughout the campaign, with Jenkins targeting Morrisey's ties to the pharmaceutical industry and previous residency in NY and New Jersey. "We have a nominee who can win in November", the GOP leader said about that candidate Patrick Morrisey.

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