Senate GOP campaign arm has no plans to endorse Republican nominee in Virginia

Senate GOP campaign arm has no plans to endorse Republican nominee in Virginia
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has no plans to endorse Corey Stewart, the party's Senate nominee in Virginia, the group's chairman said Wednesday.
 
"We have a big map, right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. I don’t see Virginia in it," Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report When it comes to drone tech, wildfire officials need the rights tools for the job Rubio slams Google over plans to unveil censored Chinese search engine MORE (R-Colo.), who leads the Senate GOP campaign arm, told CNN.
Stewart, a controversial figure, won the GOP Senate nomination Tuesday night.
 
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He previously made a failed bid for Virginia governor, basing much of his campaign in 2017 around preserving Confederate statues.
 
 
"Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia. Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineKaine: Trump has made 'concerted effort' to divide people based on race Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests Corey Stewart blames 'ass hurt' Republicans for negative press coverage MORE, 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!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
 
It's not the first time Gardner has decided to not endorse a candidate who has received Trump's backing. The committee, under Gardner's leadership, refused to back controversial Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreEx-Sheriff David Clarke describes how he would have stopped anti-fascists in 1930s Germany on 'Who is America' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump to GOP: I will carry you GOP strategist: Trump will be anchor around Republicans' necks in general election MORE last year.
 
Even when Trump endorsed Moore a month after the first allegations of sexual misconduct by women who were underage at the time surfaced against the candidate, Gardner refused to follow Trump's endorsement. That put the NRSC at odds with both the White House and the Republican National Committee, which also backed Moore. 
 
Following his win Tuesday, Stewart is now set to face off against Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in November.
 
Though Republicans are facing a favorable Senate map, Virginia isn't considered a top target. Instead, Republicans are focusing their efforts on a slate of vulnerable Democrats who are up for reelection in red or purple states won by Trump in 2016. 
 
– Ben Kamisar contributed.