Trump: Stewart has ‘major chance’ of beating Kaine in Virginia

Trump: Stewart has ‘major chance’ of beating Kaine in Virginia
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE predicted on Wednesday that Corey Stewart, the Republican nominee in Virginia's Senate race, has a "major chance" of defeating Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs UK charts ahead of Trump visit MORE (D-Va.) in November, urging voters not to "underestimate" the conservative firebrand.

"Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia," Trump tweeted. "Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. Don’t underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!"

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Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, defeated more moderate Republicans in Virginia's GOP Senate primary on Tuesday, signaling a hardening of the party's primary electorate. 

Stewart has cast himself as a stalwart supporter of Trump and a fierce opponent of illegal immigration.

He ran unsuccessfully for Virginia's Republican gubernatorial nomination last year, and based much of that campaign around a call to preserve Confederate statues. Stewart was also forced to distance himself from an anti-Semitic and white nationalist candidate running for Congress in Wisconsin whom he had previously praised.

Kaine, a former Virginia governor who has served in the Senate since 2013, competed against Trump and Vice President Pence as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's running mate in the 2016 election.