Morrisey defeats Jenkins, Blankenship for GOP Senate nod

McConnell Won't Say if Blankenship Is Racist Until He Knows Election Result

Nearly half of the proposed cuts would come from two accounts within the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that White House officials said expired past year or are not expected to be drawn upon.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is a semi-vulnerable incumbent.

"West Virginia deserves better than Joe Manchin and Sen".

While Democrats have largely avoided intraparty fights in big races, Republicans have deep concerns about potentially bitter primaries for statewide offices in Wisconsin, Arizona and Florida that fall in the late summer, with little time to unify ranks afterward for November.

The good news Tuesday for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Trump was the third-place finish of Don Blankenship, former coal executive who had spent a year in prison for violating safety regulations after a deadly mine disaster. Blankenship was living in a Phoenix halfway house this time previous year, after his conviction for conspiracy to skirt mine safety rules after an incident claimed the life of 29 miners at one of his facilities.

(2) The victor in West Virginia is Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, a strong conservative with an extensive record of fighting the Obama administration in court.

In a lighter moment, Morrisey thanked President Donald Trump for his now famous tweet that exhorted West Virginia citizens to vote for either Morrisey or Jenkins instead of Blankenship.

West Virginia gave the president 68 percent of its vote in 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's team taunted Blankenship on Twitter, clearly pleased to have the opportunity to troll the man who'd dubbed their boss a "swamp captain" and "Cocaine Mitch" while blasting McConnell's "China family". He's worked to cozy up to Trump and nurture a bipartisan brand. In any event, the AP reports that Morrisey won the primary, with Rep. Evan Jenkins, a former Democrat, coming in second.

Blankenship stood at 19 percent.


But Tuesday's turnout, where Republicans outvoted Democrats by almost two to one, doesn't bode well for Donnelly. 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. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer. Joe Donnelly will face off in November against Braun, a multimillionaire owner of a national auto parts distribution business who loaned more than $5.4 million of his own money to his campaign.

He'll be the favorite to win in November for the seat left open after Republican Rep. Luke Messer chose to give it up to run for Senate.

"Mr. President, if you're watching right now, let me tell you, your tweet was huge", Morrisey said in his nomination address, referring to Trump's election eve call for voters to shun Blankenship's candidacy. Overall, more Democrats voted than Republicans. He told them that "I$3 f people like me can't win from red states, you'll be in the minority the rest of your life". Messser introduced a resolution calling on Trump to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

And while President Donald Trump emerged from the first batch of primaries with clear political victories, the same can't be said for those seeking to borrow and build on his campaign playbook.

The only statewide election on Tuesday in which the victor was a surprise was the Republican primary for Senate in IN, which was won by a multimillionaire businessman named Mike Braun, who put enough of his own money into the race that he spent more than both of his opponents-the congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer-combined.

The Cook Political Report has OH as 'Lean Democrat.' Back in March, I blogged about an Axios poll that showed Brown winning a head-to-head race against Renacci, 50% to 45%. Sherrod Brown in OH this fall.

But the highest-profile races there were about replacing outgoing Gov. John Kasich.

Yet Trump's biggest win came in ensuring a loss.

On the Democratic side, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Richard Cordray bested former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

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