GOP candidate plans 'brutal and vicious' campaign against Kaine in Virginia

Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart said that he plans to a mount a “brutal and vicious” campaign against Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions MORE (D-Va.).

In a Monday interview with Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Stewart slammed Kaine, who’s been in office since 2013, for not having a "single major accomplishment." Stewart said the senator has attacked him because of Kaine's lack of a record.

“We have to be very aggressive and brutal and vicious with regard to the truth,” Stewart said.

“I think that I’m going to be very aggressive. I don’t fight like other Republicans. I’m going to be fighting more like Democrats and just being very brutal.”

Earlier this month, Stewart eked out a slim victory over a more moderate GOP challenger, state Del. Nick Freitas. Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, has been a fervent defender of Confederate monuments as well as an ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' MORE’s.

Following Stewart’s primary victory, Trump congratulated the Virginia Republican, tweeting that people shouldn’t “underestimate Corey” because he has “a major chance of winning.”

But a few Republican groups have decided not to back the GOP nominee, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Senate GOP’s campaign arm and Americans for Prosperity, a group aligned with the network of GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch.

"We have a big map, right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. I don’t see Virginia in it," NRSC Chairman Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerHillicon Valley: Senate sets hearing on Facebook's cryptocurrency plans | FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children's privacy | GOP senator riles tech with bill targeting liability shield | FAA pushed to approve drone deliveries Hillicon Valley: Senate sets hearing on Facebook's cryptocurrency plans | FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children's privacy | GOP senator riles tech with bill targeting liability shield | FAA pushed to approve drone deliveries Senate panel advances bill to protect government devices against cyber threats MORE (R-Colo.) told CNN following the primary.

When asked by “Rising” co-host Krystal Ball if he hopes to get support from Republican leadership, Stewart noted that he's been critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Senate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal MORE (R-Ky.), but would welcome any resources.

“Well I didn’t have a lot of kind things to say about Mitch McConnell. That said I’d love to have their financial support,” Stewart said.

“At the end of the day, the [NRSC] essentially is just another super PAC. In today’s campaigns of super PAC and today’s world, I can make up for that loss of not having their support with some big donors from across the country.”

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has remained mum about whether it will back Stewart. The RNC is essentially the political arm of the White House and has previously stood behind the president’s endorsements this cycle.

Kaine is heavily favored in his reelection race in the blue-leaning state. Clinton won Virginia by more than 5 points in 2016—a bigger margin of victory than former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Trump EPA finalizes rule to kill Obama climate plan | Trump officials delayed releasing docs on Yellowstone superintendent's firing | Democrats probe oil companies' role in fuel rule rollback Overnight Energy: Trump EPA finalizes rule to kill Obama climate plan | Trump officials delayed releasing docs on Yellowstone superintendent's firing | Democrats probe oil companies' role in fuel rule rollback House Democrats investigate oil companies' involvement in fuel standards rollback MORE. And a recent poll from Roanoke College found Kaine ahead of Stewart by 11 points.

— Lisa Hagen