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 TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster Poll: Kaine leads GOP challenger by 19 points in Va. Senate race GOP offers to ban cameras from testimony of Kavanaugh accuser 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 ClintonTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE's running mate in the 2016 election.