After pulling in a total of 48,190 votes (35 percent) of the Republicans, Morrisey out performed both Rep. Evan Jenkins (at 29 percent) and former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship (at 19.9 percent) in the U.S. Senate race.
“You’re going to have a senator that works for all West Virginians,” Morrisey said in his victory speech.
According to a report from CNN, Democrats are hoping Manchin can hold the seat in the midterm election year. Manchin is seen as a deeply vulnerable Democrat in a state that President Donald Trump won by 68 percent in 2016. Manchin took 69.8 percent of the Democratic votes in his race against contender, Paula Jean Swearengin, a progressive coal miner’s daughter from Mullins, who came in with 30.2 percent.
On the Republican side, Blankenship, a convicted coal baron who served one year in federal prison for conspiracy to violate mine safety and health standards, was quoted as stating, “It didn’t work out.” Only days before the primary, President Trump, in a tweet, urged Republicans in the state not to vote for Blankenship, citing his inability to win the general election in November.
Blankenship cited Trump’s tweet as perhaps the biggest factor in his loss. He came in third, behind both Morrisey and Jenkins.