Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary

Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Tuesday endorsed West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Senate Democrats to hold the floor to protest inaction on gun violence MORE (D-W.Va.).

Walker, who ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2016, praised Morrisey for his conservative record and for fighting Obama-era coal regulations.

“Patrick has fought for West Virginians while defending the rule of law, and he is ready to keep fighting for them as a champion of conservative reform in Washington, D.C.,” Walker said in a statement. 

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Morrisey said in a statement that Walker’s endorsement “will excite the many conservatives across West Virginia and the nation who have rallied to our campaign.” 

Morrisey is one of multiple Republican candidates campaigning for the GOP nomination to face Manchin in November. 

Rep. Evan JenkinsEvan Hollin JenkinsWest Virginia New Members 2019 Republican Carol Miller holds off Democrat in West Virginia House race Trump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report MORE (R-W.Va.) and former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are also seeking to be the GOP standard-bearer. The three candidates will square off in a May 8 primary. 

Manchin has become a prime target of the Trump administration as it seeks to pick up Republican seats in this year’s midterms. Vice President Pence launched a series of attacks on Manchin’s voting record during a visit to the state last month.

Manchin responded that Pence’s comments are “why Washington sucks,” and suggested the vice president targeted him because of his bipartisan reputation.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the West Virginia Senate race as a "toss-up."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE won a larger share of the vote in West Virginia than in any other state.