President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning hailed the winners in multiple midterm Republican primaries, writing online that “all candidates are those who have a great chance of winning in November.”
“The Republican Party had a great night. Tremendous voter energy and excitement, and all candidates are those who have a great chance of winning in November. The Economy is sooo strong, and with Nancy Pelosi wanting to end the big Tax Cuts and Raise Taxes, why wouldn’t we win?” the president tweeted.
His post appeared to be a shot at former coal baron Don Blankenship, the controversial West Virginia Senate candidate who lost Tuesday's primary to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Trump had previously tweeted that Blankenship couldn’t win in a general election against Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The president at the time said “remember Alabama,” a reference to former Alabama state Supreme Court judge Roy Moore, the contentious Republican candidate who lost to Democrat Doug Jones in that state’s special election. Moore had been accused of molesting a 14-year-old, among other allegations.
Tuesday night’s primaries in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina weren’t positive for all Republicans. House members in particular did poorly, including GOP Rep. Evan Jenkins who lost to Morrisey, and Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, who lost in the Indiana Senate GOP primary to businessman and one-term state representative Mike Braun.
And incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) lost to pastor Mark Harris in that state’s primary challenge, marking the first incumbent member of congress to lose in 2018.