In W.Va., it's Manchin vs. Morrisey for US Senate

Breaking: Surprising winner announced in highly contested West Virginia GOP primary

Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, the Mountain State is now one of the most reliably Republican states in the country. Patrick Morrisey will now face the conservative Democratic Sen. Thus, his seat is vulnerable. Blankenship also referred to McConnell as "Cocaine Mitch" in reference to a report that cocaine was found aboard a ship that was owned by Chao's family.

But the self-funded Blankenship could pull off an upset in a state where distrust of the political establishment is a biennial sacrament.

Instead, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey came out on top.

He's used his campaign to try to clear his name and blame the federal government for the explosion, in particular the policies of the Mine Safety and Health Administration under former President Barack Obama. Here are some of the biggest winners and losers in key races from Tuesday night.

Jenkins and Morrisey have mostly focusing their campaigns on their own merits, and on criticism of Manchin and each other. Now, I know there's still some ardent die hard Donald Trump supporters out there but as for the rest of them they could do without him.

The Democratic contest was significant because Swearengin was opposing Manchin as a self-proclaimed progressive, calling for Medicare for all and professing support to the strike by 30,000 teachers and other education workers that shut down schools statewide for nine days in March. When he chose to run for re-election in January, "he repeatedly expressed his frustration" to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and other colleagues about the dysfunction within the chamber and their intolerance of moderate lawmakers. But Don, you can not question Don's conservatism and also him being a Republican in West Virginia.

It appears that some agreed, including Schumer, who "has made no apologies for his efforts to protect Democrats from conservative states". They are part of a GOP firewall of 10 states Trump won and a Democratic senator is defending.

Trump says on Twitter Wednesday: "The Republican Party had a great night". He acknowledges Trump is more popular here than in the nation overall, but says that still would be down around 50 percent approval rating.

Donnelly will challenge Mike Braun, a former state lawmaker, in November. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita. The brother of Vice President Mike Pence, Greg Pence, secured the Republican nomination for the VP's former House seat.

In Ohio, incumbent Sen.

The most obvious number is that Democrats' once-massive 16-point lead on the generic ballot ("If the elections for Congress were being held today, which party's candidate would you vote for in your congressional district?") is now down to just 3: 47% to 44%. Sherrod Brown, who faced no primary opposition in his bid for a third term. Obama returned to Elkhart in 2016 to point to economic progress, but Trump carried the county and much of the region overwhelmingly that year.

Blankenship who has said that he was "Trumpier than [President Donald] Trump" was viewed as a potential problem for the GOP. He defeated Mandel 50.7% to 44.7%. Now that it's over, he's like 'Okay, now that the heat's off we gotta get back out on the corners, yo.

The Cook Political Report has North Carolina's 9th District as Likely Republican. You know? I would not...

The loss still shocked the GOP.

He and the party's candidates for attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and state Supreme Court vowed to lay out November as a choice between a party that works for average people and one that caters to special interests.

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