The Senate GOP’s campaign arm hasn’t endorsed Stewart, who has made defending Confederate monuments a central plank of his political career. And its chairman said that the committee has “no plans” to spend any money on Stewart in his race against Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).
“At the senatorial committee we’re focusing on Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia and Florida. There are great races around the country. [Virginia] is not the map,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). “We have a big map this year, and what I’ve laid out in races that I’ve talked about, Virginia’s not on it.”
“Sometimes in the primary process, the thing we try and get done is get the most electable candidate on the ballot in the fall. And that doesn’t always happen,” conceded Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 3 GOP leader.
Right, that did not happen in Virginia.
Politico goes on to say what a huge blow this is to down ballot Republicans in Virginia.
GOP leaders had hoped to block Stewart, making a late play to boost state Del. Nick Freitas, who narrowly lost to Stewart on Tuesday evening. Republicans said privately it’s a huge blow to the Virginia GOP’s down-ticket races, particularly in competitive House races, even if they never saw a serious path to defeating Kaine. (emphasis mine)
The Washington Post weighs in,
By placing an unabashed acolyte of President Trump at the top of the ticket, Virginia Republicans have energized their base but may have complicated GOP efforts to hang on to four crucial House seats, analysts said Wednesday.
“It’s been nine years since Republicans won a statewide election in Virginia, and at this rate, it may be a while longer,” said David Wasserman, a House analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “I will also say that Stewart’s nomination could threaten Republican prospects down ballot, particularly in suburban House seats.”
Yahoo.com says we could lose 5 Congressional seats, here.
Meanwhile, Virginia Democrats are “ebullient” over the Republicans choice of Corey Stewart.
Is anyone surprised that Stewart will have no support in the Senate and is likely to cost Virginia Republicans four Congressional seats?