McConnell Campaign Trolls Blankenship With 'Narcos' Cocaine Meme

AG Patrick Morrisey wins Republican nomination for US Senate seat in W.Va.

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.

In another OH race, former Obama administration official Richard Cordray, who was head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, easily won the Democratic nomination for governor in Ohio. Joe Manchin III, D. Trump won West Virginia by about 42 percentage points in 2016. That's far ahead of Morrisey's $1.9 million.

"West Virginia deserves better than Joe Manchin and Sen".

In most cases, the Republican candidates on the ballot had competed to be seen as the most conservative, the most anti-Washington and the most loyal to the Republican president.

Vice President Mike Pence congratulated Morrisey on Twitter. There was some political license in the framing: Braun was a sitting state representative until he resigned to run for the Senate, and was not discernibly more or less conservative than his opponents.

OH voters also went to the polls to choose candidates in the election to succeed Republican Governor John Kasich, who is prohibited from running again by term limits.

"The Republican Party had a great night".

GOP candidate Tom Willis (12,909 ) pulled 10 percent of the vote, while Bo Copley (4,180) and Jack Newbrough (4,787) pulled 3 and four 4, respectively.

"I will predict here that she wins by a strong margin", Van Hollen said.

Willis extended congratulations to Morrisey on Wednesday. Vogel said he voted for Morrisey. "I'm exhausted of these exact scenarios". Failing five of the major criteria for when a poll is reportable was a pretty clear sign that the data in those polls was not something I would trust.

He added: "At this point, it is not almost what I would have hoped it would be". I'm doubtful, though, that either one of these will occur.

In the GOP Senate race, Renacci emerged victorious with 47 percent of the vote.

Morrisey: "I think the West Virginia people are ready for a change".

Renacci started out running for governor but said he switched to the Senate race with White House encouragement after Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel withdrew for personal reasons. It was never about me. 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.

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Rupp said Manchin will have to "stand against the red tide" in West Virginia. "If our country does not wake up soon, China will be the world's only superpower".

Blankenship ran a freakish campaign for months and that continued into primary day. My honest apologies to those that understand the importance of putting America First. "I get my guns back in a day or two, so I am going to win either way tonight". He moved to West Virginia in 2006.

Part of Blankenship's strategy was going after McConnell, who the former Massey Energy CEO dubbed "Cocaine Mitch".

"Thanks for playing", the tweet read.

"Suffice it to say", the adviser said, "he thinks this is the right result". "It is not amusing".

Having roundly defeated U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and former coal mining executive Don Blankenship in West Virginia's U.S. Senate Republican primary Tuesday night, Morrisey has already set his political sights on U.S. Sen.

It was only a few months ago when anyone in "the know" was told to expect that Democrat Conor Lamb would beat Republican Rick Saccone by mid-single digits in the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District special election.

Before his loss was official, Blankenship promised to explore his options in the general election - including whether state election law might allow him to launch a third-party bid that could undermine Morrisey's candidacy. "Remember Alabama", tweeted the president, referencing the loss of Republican Roy Moore, who he endorsed. Maybe they wanted President Donalad Trump to issue a statement against Blankenship.

"You have rightfully complained about fake news and the corrupt Obama-era Department of Justice (DOJ)", Blankenship wrote. "Your interference in the West Virginia election displayed a lack of understanding of the likely outcome of the upcoming general election". In fact, Blankenship ended up about 15 points behind victor Patrick Morrisey. "I've always believed you can't build anything up if you're tearing each other down".

Earlier in the evening, Fox News election analyst Chris Stirewalt said the election was remarkable but unpredictable.

"I'm off of probation at midnight", Blankenship, who was serving out a sentence for the UBB-related misdemeanor.

Blankenship defended his language to a Roll Call reporter, saying, "We're confused on our staff as to how it can be racist when there's no mention of a race".

He will face Democrat Dan McCready in November in a race that Democrats have targeted.

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