Fresh off its win in Alabama, Bannon/Breitbart backs Morrisey's candidacy
After opposing President Trump's and Mitch McConnell's candidate and winning with the far-right Judge Roy Moore, Steve Bannon has moved on to other primary races including one in West Virginia. The Hill reports:
A source familiar with Bannon's plans told The Hill that he is “all in” for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), who is running in the Senate primary race against Rep. Evan Jenkins (R) for the right to take on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).
The Breitbart website is already framing the primary as Morrisey vs. the establishment as represented by Jenkins:
This race could set up another major flashpoint in the same vein as what just happened down in Alabama, where McConnell and his forces wasted dozens of millions of dollars backing failed soon-to-be-former Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) over conservative Judge Roy Moore. Moore won a primary runoff against Strange, despite the significant perhaps 30 to 1 cash disadvantage and backing of Strange by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, earlier this week.
Breitbart is also counseling the Republican establishment to not waste money on Jenkins:
If McConnell and his allies waste a whole ton of money on Jenkins like they did on Strange, it stands to reason they will only help Manchin in the end by weakening the GOP and allowing the reputation of a stalwart conservative—Morrisey—who may become the nominee to be tarnished.
Month-old MetroNews poll shows Manchin defeating both candidates
We are still 13 months from the election, but the most recent poll that I could find shows both candidates losing to Manchin. For Manchin vs. Evan Jenkins:
The poll shows Manchin with 50 percent of the vote versus 40 percent for Congressman Evan Jenkins in a theoretical general election matchup.
Eleven percent of respondents in that race were undecided.
For Manchin vs. Patrick Morrisey:
Results were similar for a theoretical general election battle between Manchin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The results show Manchin with 52 percent and Morrisey with 38 percent.
Again, 11 percent said they were unsure.