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Top takeaways from the first big primary of 2018 - Source Politico

Posted on May 09,2018
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey speaks at his campaign headquarters on May 8 in Kearnesville, W.Va. | Ron Agnir/The Journal via AP Photo

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By STEVEN SHEPARD, ELENA SCHNEIDER and SCOTT BLAND

WASHINGTON, DC. -
Republicans can exhale now.

Convicted coal magnate Don Blankenship’s surprise third-place finish in Tuesday’s West Virginia GOP Senate primary sidestepped yet another debacle for the party after consecutive meltdowns in special elections in Alabama and Pennsylvania. Instead, party leaders celebrated state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey‘s win, which capped the first multi-state primary of 2018.

The night saw Republicans pick three of the 10 candidates who will take on Democratic senators in states President Donald Trump won, and the first House incumbent go down in a primary in 2018.

Here are POLITICO’s seven takeaways from Tuesday:

1. Republicans averted catastrophe, but victory in West Virginia is far from assured.

A Blankenship nomination might well have extinguished GOP hopes of toppling Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, despite the state’s heavy Republican electorate. Blankenship was living in a Phoenix halfway house this time last year, after his conviction for conspiracy to skirt mine safety rules after an incident claimed the life of 29 miners at one of his facilities. He called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “Cocaine Mitch,” and made racially charged comments about McConnell’s family.

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