The new CNN poll has some actual good news for Republicans
- Author: Leroy Wright May 10, 2018,
May 10, 2018, 16:51
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.
A far more forceful intervention by Trump in the Republican primary in Alabama past year, when he travelled to the state and campaigned publicly for then Senator Luther Strange, failed to shift many voters, and Strange lost the primary to Roy Moore, who then lost the special election in December to Democrat Doug Jones. "Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State", he said.
Trump's unpopularity in the suburbs and exurbs where Republicans have built their House majority has led GOP leaders to conclude that the lower chamber of Congress may be all but gone in November.
Rupp said money may not be that much of a liability for Morrisey, who can expect a boost from outside groups to cut into Manchin's advantage in individual contributions, which were $3.1 million in the primary. Among enthusiastic voters, he's an even larger factor: 78% consider Trump important to their vote this fall.
In September Blankenship's tactics provoked an angry response from Cecil Roberts of the United Mine Workers of America, who said: "The facts are clear: 54 people were killed on Massey Energy property while Don Blankenship ruled that company with an iron fist, 29 of them in the Upper Big Branch mine on April 5, 2010". Trump won OH in 2016 by a much smaller margin than West Virginia or in, and many say Trump's endorsement of Renacci, who will run against Sen. Joe Manchin's general election challenger.
Perhaps Trump's intervention worked.
Mitchell Eggleston of Charleston said he voted for Jenkins - as a means of stopping Blankenship. "He is in a very distant third, where he deserves to be". The White House anxious that Blankenship's baggage would make it all but impossible to defeat vulnerable Democratic Sen.
Morrisey was the lone Republican to hold statewide office after he was elected in 2012.
Mike Braun, a former state legislator turned businessman, beat out House Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer, in television advertising.
Early on Tuesday, I called Nina Turner, the former OH state senator who is now president of Our Revolution, the Bernie Sanders-inspired organization that picked up where his 2016 campaign left off, and which this year has been recruiting progressive candidates around the country.
Cordray will face Republican Mike DeWine, a former USA senator who defeated Cordray for attorney general in 2010, in November. "The other candidates are lawyers who never really practiced law and became career politicians", Keller said.
Getting Morrisey may have bolstered Republicans' chances in the state, but it's still not a slam dunk, said Terry Sullivan a Republican strategist and former campaign manager for Sen. Messser introduced a resolution calling on Trump to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. "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". Coming from Mr. Trump, who won West Virginia handily two years ago, the warning had an impact.
Mr. Blankenship lost to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in the general election.
Tuesday's vote kicked off a busy stretch of the midterm primary season, with more than two dozen additional states set to vote before July 4.
Richard Cordray, former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Trump loyalist Mick Mulvaney), will be the Democratic nominee for OH governor.
Brian Howey, publisher of the nonpartisan Howey Politics Indiana political report, said that pledging fealty to Trump carries risks for Republican candidates in November. The race was something of a proxy battle between two progressive leaders, pitting Sen.