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Surprising victor announced in highly contested West Virginia GOP primary

GOP Senate candidate and former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship speaks to the media about current polling results in the Marriott Charleston Town Center on the night of primary Election Day in Charleston Donald J. Trump on Twitter: "To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep
Charlie Simmons | 11 May, 2018, 02:05

The President weighed in a few days later and Blankenship went on to lose the race to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

West Virginia and IN represent two of the Republican Party's best chances to bolster its Senate majority IN November. I just, with the awful tragedies we have had, it's just - my heart still aches for all the families.

Only a fifth of Ohio's registered voters cast ballots and of those, there were 20 percent more Republican ballots cast than Democratic ones.

"I don't want to call [Morrisey], because I'm a genuine person", Blankenship said at an impromptu news conference at the Charleston Marriott Town Center as early results trickled in. "This race will be very expensive, and yes a lot of those negative campaign ads will be coming back", said 13 News Chief Political Reporter mark Curtis.

Manchin coasted to the Democratic nomination Tuesday but remains a top Republican target given his state's heavy GOP lean and overwhelming support for Trump. While Democrats swept OH in both the Senate and presidential elections in 2012, the state went for President Donald Trump in 2016 by 8 points. That margin has narrowed from the 52% who opposed Trump to the 41% who supported him in January. In that race, a special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions's old Senate seat, Doug Jones, a Democrat, defeated the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, whom several women had accused of sexual misconduct-and who told an African-American man that America had been great under slavery and referred to Native Americans and Asian-Americans as "reds and yellows".

"I think you keep trying to diminish Joe in negativity, and bring him down further", said Tom Susman, of TSG Consulting.

On Tuesday, two Democrats without ideologically pure voting records advanced without much friction: Centrist Sen.

Indeed, a rough guide is that Democrats will pick up an additional three to four seats for every point they gain in the national vote.

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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".

But Blankenship won't be going away quietly, Thomas said. "I get my guns back in a day or two, so I am going to win either way tonight". They are using phrases like "culture of corruption" and "pay-to-play" when talking about Republican controversies surrounding ECOT and payday loans.

In fact, Blankenship proudly declared himself "Trumpier than Trump" and doubled down on the Trumpiest campaign tactics: unironic self-aggrandizement and unabashed disdain for the facts.

The GOP looks to flip a couple of seats in November.

"We think the fella who was nominated carries some pretty substantial liabilities", said Sen.

Rupp said Manchin will have to "stand against the red tide" in West Virginia.

Manchin brought in about 70 percent of the Democratic primary vote, with 94 percent of precincts reporting. Ted Cruz (R), and former representative Mike Espy has an open field to the Democratic Party's nomination in MS as Republicans are engaged in a bitter, ideological contest.

A McConnell-linked super political action committee spent over $1.3 million in anti-Blankenship ads during the primary, causing the at-times acid tonged coal baron to attack McConnell in personal and biting terms.

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