Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Republicans Vow To Show Ohio Still A 'Trump State'

Republicans Vow To Show Ohio Still A 'Trump State'

Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primary elections in four states-Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina-confirmed the continued right-ward course in both major capitalist parties, which contrasts sharply to the growing militancy in the working class and the general alienation from both parties in the majority of the population.

Meanwhile, GOP voters in IN chose wealthy businessman Mike Braun over two sitting congressmen to lead the party's charge against a vulnerable Democratic senator in the fall. James Renacci clinched his nomination with the support of the president.

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

Trump Jr. has already been involved in elections this year. Donald Trump carried the 3rd District by 50 points in 2016 while Mitt Romney carried it by 32 points.

Thirty-six percent of Republicans believe, however, that Trump has lied to the American people in the past, compared to 38 percent who said he had not lied and 26 percent who weren't sure. A primary win by coal baron and provocateur Don Blankenship in West Virginia, however, wouldn't be one of those gifts.

In Indiana, GOP Senate primary victor Mike Braun cast his self-financed, outsider image in the mold of the president, arguing more private sector Americans are still needed in Washington.

WV-03: State Sen. Richard Ojeda scored a convincing victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday night, receiving 52% of the vote against three challengers. With nearly all of the vote tallied, he trailed Mark Harris, a former Baptist pastor in Charlotte, and conceded the race. Blankenship campaign manager Greg Thomas told me on Talkline Thursday that the former Massey Energy CEO expects to play a role in the General Election contest between Morrisey and Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin.

With more than 90 percent of the vote tallied, Morissey led Jenkins 35 percent to 29 percent.

Blankenship conceded Tuesday night, chalking up his loss to the lack of support from Trump. Manchin, a centrist Democrat who has voted with the Trump agenda more than 60 percent of the time, is clearly not the worst Democrat in the Senate.

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GOP Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita have been rivals since Wabash College and they, along with former state representative Mike Braun, have been eager to distinguish themselves and tear their opponents down.

The midterm elections this November are bound to be a rough slog for a Republican Party desperately trying to keep its congressional majority.

Christopher Toney knocked off Republican state Del. And Don's on that Kentucky-West Virginia border.

On Tuesday, Delegate Bill Hamilton defeated Sen.

Morrisey secured the nomination, setting up a November meeting with Democrat Joe Manchin, another vulnerable senator facing reelection in a state Trump won handily.

Republicans avoided their biggest potential disaster in a key Senate race, while Democrats saw their own promising field of candidates lock into place.

Eleven of 17 Senate seats on the ballot are now Republican-held.

It's evident that Blankenship thinks Morrisey, with his relocation to West Virginia from New Jersey and the lobbying by he and his wife in Washington, are part of the problem, not the solution. They were hopeful that enough voters like Tom Vogel of Charleston would show up Tuesday. "Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey". While a number of candidates posed as the next "Trump" to try to win the nomination, only one candidate managed to knock off a GOP incumbent by doing it - former Charlotte pastor Mark Harris. And Morrisey is the better man anyway.

"I think the enthusiasm is clearly on the side of people who want a different direction for this country and want a different direction for this state", Brown said.

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