Surprising victor announced in highly contested West Virginia GOP primary

Jenkins came in second, earning 40,131 votes, or 29.28 percent, followed by Blankenship, who tallied 27,406 votes, or 20 percent.

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. That has spurred them to wage an urgent campaign to hold the Senate to protect Trump and his agenda next year.

Messer and Rokita are out of jobs now since they gave up their safe-Republican seats to run for the Senate.

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.

Three-term incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina's 9th District narrowly lost his rematch Tuesday with a Southern Baptist pastor in a GOP primary campaign focused on their evangelical Christian credentials and loyalty to President Trump. With nearly all of the vote tallied, he trailed Mark Harris, a former Baptist pastor in Charlotte, and conceded the race.

Trump, who won IN by 20 points two years ago, plans to hold a campaign rally IN the state on Thursday. Because of that conviction, most Republican operatives saw Blankenship as unelectable.

He asked Manchin if he would want the controversial Blankenship's support.

The multimillionaire owns Meyer Distributing, a national auto parts distribution business. In one ad, he erected cardboard cutouts of his opponents, both pictured wearing dark suits and red ties. "It reminds me how special we are as a people and as a state".

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DeWine was endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party and was bolstered by his partnership with Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted), who dropped his own governor bid to become DeWine's running mate.

Blankenship also charged that incumbent state Democratic Senator Joe Manchin "has blood on his hands", having "failed to successfully advocate for effective mine safety regulations even as over 270 American miners have been fatally injured since the 2010 UBB tragedy". David McKinley and Alex Mooney and House of Delegates Majority Whip Carol Miller, R-Cabell - in a joint statement with campaign chairman and West Virginia Auditor J.B. McCuskey. They also nominated candidates who proved too radical to win the general election, such as Sharron Angle in Nevada, Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana.

Morrisey now will square off against Manchin in November.

The tactics of the candidates in Tuesday's elections, winners and losers alike, should put to rest the notion that Trump has lost any of his popularity among the base of voters who elected him in 2016. It has caused painful memories of Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican who lost a long-held Republican seat previous year after The Washington Post reported that he made unwanted sexual advances to teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

All four states voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, and their primary races Tuesday are offering some insight into Republican voters' mood two years later. They were hopeful that enough voters like Tom Vogel of Charleston would show up Tuesday.

Morrisey said defeating his opponents required "very, very hard" work. That came as a surprise to some in the media and no doubt to some consumer of news who heard reports of a "Blankenship surge" over the weekend. And Morrisey is the better man anyway.

"I will predict here that she wins by a strong margin", Van Hollen said. He is better for Republicans than Blankenship, but Democrats clearly view Morrisey as the better matchup than Rep. Evan Jenkins.

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