Blankenship may back third-party candidate in US Senate race
May 11 2018
In Indiana, Republicans chose wealthy businessman Mike Braun over two sitting congressmen to lead the party's charge against a vulnerable Democratic senator in the fall.
Ohio Republicans are pledging to show the swing state is still Trump country, and the president is cheering them on while getting return fire on Twitter from a Barack Obama appointee seeking the governorship. Tremendous voter energy and excitement, and all candidates are those who have a great chance of winning in November. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in the November general election. I think he generally probably likes Joe Manchin.
The fundraising disparity was equally remarkable: Manchin raised $5 million and spent almost $1.4 million on the primary campaign, compared to only $184,000 for Swearengin, an accounting clerk from a coal-mining family in southern West Virginia. Mike Pence previously represented the district in Congress.
Four-term Republican state Rep. Robert Sprague, of Findlay, won the GOP primary for state treasurer over former Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O'Brien. And I am proud to stand before you and celebrate the hardworking people who are the absolute backbone of America. But he does seem to be looking to avoid antagonizing his on-again, off-again foe, while possibly looking to woo Blankenship supporters who don't like Morrisey (or at least depress GOP support for Morrisey).
In a possible sign of party unrest, however, congressman Robert Pittenger lost in North Carolina to a Baptist pastor, the Rev. Mark Harris, he narrowly beat two years ago. But Republican turnout was down by more.
In Indiana, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, a centrist Democrat who has been always been a top target of Republican strategists.
Greg Pence, Vice President Mike Pence brother, is the projected victor of Indiana's 6th District GOP primary. Mr Renacci hopes to oust Sherrod Brown, a populist Democrat who has held the Senate seat since 2007. He'll be the favorite to win the seat in November.
Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray is projected to win Ohio's Democratic gubernatorial primary, according to NBC. Teachers ultimately won a 5 percent pay increase after a nine-day strike, and their success ignited similar teacher walkouts in other states.
In the GOP Senate race, Renacci emerged victorious with 47 percent of the vote. Tiberi's candidate, Troy Balderson of Zanesville pulled out a win. It spent just $47,000 attacking Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a former lobbyist and transplant from New Jersey, who is now the Republican nominee.
"Don Blankenship will not be supporting Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate", Thomas told the podcast. Blankenship conceded the race as he lagged behind both Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins for the nomination.
But the results from Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia argue against this.
No matter Tuesday's victor, Trump's team was keeping pressure on Manchin.
Manchin coasted to the Democratic nomination, but he remains a top Republican target this fall.
On Monday Blankenship responded to the president's tweet, saying that Trump 'is a very busy man and he doesn't know me and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary'.
Trump and his party invested significant time and resources to attack Blankenship in recent weeks. 'At issue is not just Republican continued control of the Senate.
On behalf of the national Republican Party, Mountain Families PAC spent about $1.33 million advertising exclusively against Blankenship, reminding voters of his criminal history and water pollution caused by his mines.
He repeatedly blamed government regulators for the disaster, casting himself as the victim of an overzealous Obama-era Justice Department - an argument Trump regularly uses to dismiss federal agents investigating his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
Trump called Blankenship Wednesday and while Thomas wouldn't go into detail about what was said it doesn't sound like the conversation changed Blankenship's mind about going after Morrisey. "Probation ends at 12:01 a.m. tonight".