Looks like Sen. Kaine won’t have too difficult a time cruising to re-election.

Just this morning I blogged about newly minted Virginia GOP candidate Corey Stewart:

Corey Stewart won the Republican Senate nomination last night and is already being cast as “a Roy Mooresque headache.”

It’s what looks to be a case of guilt by association.

Last year, Stewart was filmed saying Paul Nehlen (the biker with delusions of unseating Paul Ryan) was one of his personal heroes. Shortly thereafter, Nehlen was banned from Twitter and the GOP for a series of racist tweets.

When the video surfaced, Stewart ‘disavowed‘ Nehlen.

But Nehlen wasn’t Stewart’s only flirtation with crazy. WaPo has more:

It mirrors a problem Stewart had last year during his unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination for governor. He said he regretted attending a news conference about Confederate monuments with Jason Kessler, who later organized a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville that erupted into violence and led to the death of a 32-year-old woman.

There are few things worse than being publicly smeared for befriending someone who later went on to do or say wildly inappropriate things. Buuuuuut, if you’re running for office, it helps to exercise a little discernment and avoid the far reaches of the fringe.

According to The Hill, the Senate GOP campaign arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) “has no plans” to endorse Stewart.

Speaking to CNN, Sen. Corey Gardner, Chairman of the NRSC, said, “We have a big map, right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. I don’t see Virginia in it.”

Trump congratulated Stewart on Twitter Wednesday morning, saying he has a “major chance of winning”:


The NRSC also refused to endorse Alabama candidate Roy Moore. Moore lost the special election.


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