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Incumbent Manchin has financial edge in US Senate race

10 May 2018

Despite the incessant claims that West Virginia is a "red state", supposedly proven by Trump's 42-point victory margin over Clinton in 2016, more people voted in the Democratic primary than in the hotly contested Republican primary, 160,000 to 136,000.

"Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State.No way!"

Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as attorney general in West Virginia since 1933, his campaign website boasts. The shift on taxes is more due to an increase in salience among Republicans (+13 in importance to 83%) than Democrats (+6 to 72% important), and the softening on sexual harassment stems more from GOP dropoff (from 48% important then to 38% now) than any fade in Democratic attention to the issue (80% rated it important in both polls).

Democrats had pushed potential anti-establishment challengers out of the way in Arizona, Nevada and Tennessee, seats held by Republicans that, if won by Democrats, could flip the majority. In a series of ads, Blankenship attacked McConnell's Chinese in-laws and labeled the powerful Kentucky Republican "Cocaine Mitch" after accusing him of connections to the drug trade.

Blankenship is another reason why we can not trust the MSM. But Blankenship, free to spend as much as he desires, has far outspent his opponents, reportedly buying $640,000 of TV time in the past week alone. Morrisey stepped into limelight back in 2015 when he sued President Barack Obama's administration over a climate change plan.

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Blankenship has also spent a significant amount of money on campaign ads and has invaded West Virginia's airwaves. Braun has already said he'll "flush out" Donnelly for his votes on health care and the Republican tax cut.

Morrisey now will square off against Manchin in November.

Manchin's unknown and virtually penniless opponent ended up surpassing 30 percent of the primary vote. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) campaign's squabbles with the Democratic National Committee and the recent efforts by some Sanders followers to taint any candidate supported by the party. When he made a decision to run for re-election in January, "he repeatedly expressed his frustration" to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and other colleagues about the dysfunction within the chamber and their intolerance of moderate lawmakers.

But the night also featured a number of interesting state-level and House races - plus a wild night online for the Senate majority leader - that you might've missed. "Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!" the president tweeted Monday. Braun had switched to the Republican party in 2012. Joe Donnelly of IN won renomination uncontested, and Sen. Trump won IN by 19 points.

Braun, himself, a former state lawmaker, played up his credentials as an outsider businessman. In North Carolina, an incumbent congressman lost his party's nomination for his re-election and in IN two sitting congressmen lost the GOP nod for the Senate to an outsider businessman. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita both lost by double-digits to businessman Mike Braun.

Rivals since college, Messer and Rokita left their seats in the House to run for the Senate. Since 2000 the Republican presidential nominee has carried the state. Manchin handily defeated his primary opponent, progressive activist Paula Jean Swearengin, on Tuesday and raised almost $6 million by last month.

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We dropped too many points this season. "People said we had no chance, I will not criticise one of them because they were right". There are many circumstances for this but we have to accept the final result .

IN is reliably Republican and is home to Vice President Mike Pence.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is a semi-vulnerable incumbent. She'll face off against first-term Rep. Trey Hollingsworth in November.

"I don't think I could do enough there to really make a difference", he said. The political movements of the past decade-the Tea Party, the Trump and Sanders campaigns, the resistance-have all called for new kinds of leaders. He was released a year ago Thursday. He defeated Mandel 50.7% to 44.7%.

There also seems to be an inside-the-Beltway belief that Democrats are destined to take back the House based off some internal data. "And obviously we've got to nominate people who can get elected in general elections", said Sen. Congressman Robert Pittenger lost to Baptist pastor Mark Harris, becoming the first incumbent to lose his seat this primary season.

In three of the states, not even one-fifth of those registered to vote chose to go to the polls: the turnout was 19 percent in OH, 18 percent in IN and 14 percent in North Carolina.

Total of 4880 votes cast in early primary voting in Chatham County
Blankenship was the leading vote getter in four counties (Calhoun, Clay, Mingo and Roane). "It was a success", she said. Energy for and against Trump and Republicans in control of the General Assembly also led candidates to file in droves.

Incumbent Manchin has financial edge in US Senate race