Koch group won't back Stewart in Virginia

Koch group won't back Stewart in Virginia
© YouTube

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity will not back Republican nominee Corey Stewart in the Virginia Senate race this November. 

The Associated Press reported Monday that the group, the political arm of the network founded by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch, will sit out Stewart’s effort to defeat incumbent Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSenators demand answers on reported lead poisoning at Army bases GOP Senate candidate photoshops Tim Kaine shaking hands with Stalin Senate GOP candidate Corey Stewart called kneeling football players ‘thugs’ MORE (D-Va.). Stewart has faced scrutiny for his ties to white nationalists.

Stewart won the GOP primary in Virginia last week, narrowly edging out the more moderate state Del. Nick Freitas.

ADVERTISEMENT

Americans for Prosperity provided financial support to Stewart’s opponents during his unsuccessful run in last year's Republican primary for governor.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has also said it has no plans to endorse Stewart.

Despite those groups rejecting Stewart, President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE has offered his support. He congratulated Stewart on his primary win while slamming Kaine, who served as running mate to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Santorum: Mueller could avoid charges of McCarthyism by investigating DOJ, FBI Giuliani claims McGahn was a 'strong witness' for Trump MORE.

"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!"

Stewart has aligned himself closely with Trump on the campaign trail. He has also garnered support from noted white nationalists.

After his primary win, Stewart told CNN's Chris Cuomo that he does not agree with racist or anti-Semitic views, but did not disavow the support of individuals who hold those beliefs.

"I take support from whoever wants to give it to me. That does not mean I support their views," Stewart said. "I do not want to have anything to do with anyone who is racist and bigoted or anti-Semitic."

– Updated June 20 at 10:38 a.m.