Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday endorsed West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in his bid for the GOP nomination for Senate.
“Attorney General Morrisey’s strong, conservative record is exactly what West Virginia needs in its next senator,” Walker said in a statement obtained first by Roll Call.
“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.,” the governor added.
Morrisey said in a Tuesday statement he was honored to receive the governor’s backing.
“His endorsement will excite the many conservatives across West Virginia and the nation who have rallied to our campaign,” Morrisey said.
Jenkins led Morrisey 33 to 25 percent among GOP primary voters in an automated poll conducted for the Jenkins campaign in early February. Blankenship, who served time in prison for conspiring to violate mine safety standards, earned 18 percent.
In a November poll commissioned by a super PAC backing Morrisey, the attorney general led Jenkins 40 to 34 percent among likely primary voters.
Morrisey raised $739,000 in the final quarter of 2017, ending the year with $1.1 million. A super PAC backing him, 35th PAC, ended the year with $469,000.
Jenkins raised only $205,000 during the final quarter of the year, ending with $1.4 million. Mountain State PAC, a super PAC backing his candidacy, finished the year with just $50.
Blankenship’s only fundraising in 2017 came from a $400,000 personal loan to his campaign. The businessman has already been up on TV, and ended with $146,000 in his account at the end of the year.
Manchin ended the year with $4.7 million. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the general election a Tossup.
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