NRA breaks 15-year fundraising record, according to filings

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday announced that its Political Victory Fund had a banner month in March, raising $2.4 million, which is $1.5 million more than it raised in March 2017.

McClatchy reported that most of the donations were less than $200. The money from the fund is earmarked for political campaigns. The donations were made after the Parkland school shooting, which prompted a nationwide gun debate.

The report pointed out that gun control group have fallen short of such fundraising numbers. Everytown for Gun Safety’s Political Action Fund, for example, raised $13,580 in March, the report said.

The NRA has been in the news since the Valentine’s Day shooting in Florida that left 17 dead. The NRA has seen some of its corporate realtionships end since the shooting, and has recently been in the news over its frayed relationship with the cooler-maker Yeti.

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., tweeted out against the NRA after learning about the fundraising record.

“The NRA is NOT a civil rights organization,” he wrote. “It’s a fundraiser for gun manufacturers trying to protect their interests.”

 

 

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

Republican Debbie Lesko wins Arizona House special election

Republican candidate Debbie Lesko won a special election for a U.S. House seat in Arizona Tuesday night, to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned in December over sexual misconduct allegations.

Lesko, a former state senator, defeated Democrat Hiral Tipirneni to keep the 8th Congressional District seat in Republican control.

National Republican groups funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Lesko in the hotly contested race that spanned heavily conservative areas of western Phoenix suburbs.

“I congratulate Congresswoman-Elect Debbie Lesko and look forward to welcoming her to our conference,” said Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “Debbie is a strong conservative whose values truly reflect those of the voters in Arizona’s Eighth District. The NRCC was proud to support her and our targeted and early investments proved to be a difference maker in the race.”

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Lesko, pointing out her stance on border patrol, immigration and crime.

“Time is ticking down — get out and VOTE today,” the tweet read. “We need Debbie in Congress.”

Several Republicans who spoke to the Associated Press said they backed Lesko for her support of the president’s stance on border security, including building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border – which Tipirneni had opposed.

Lesko also criticized Tipirneni, a doctor, for supporting government-run health care. The Republican beat the Democrat by almost six points in a district where Trump won by 20.

Democrats had hoped to extend a string of special election victories that saw them post victories in Alabama and Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

Trump, Macron honor ‘joint history’ between US, France at White House state dinner

President Trump and French President Emanuel Macron toasted the Franco-American alliance at the White House Tuesday evening to mark the first state dinner of the Trump administration.

In his pre-dinner toast, Trump expressed his hope that “our friendship grow even deeper … our kinship grow even stronger and … our sacred liberty never die.”

Macron, in a much more expansive toast, referred to recent airstrikes on Syria by the U.S. and France as part of the two countries’ “joint history” of leading fights “for freedom and to defend our values.”

“We have always been there for the appointments of this joint history,” Macron said. “And this is the reason why today we have no alternative but to be there also for an appointment with history.”

Trump devoted the first part of his toast to thanking his wife Melania, whom he described as “America’s absolutely incredible first lady,” for pulling the dinner together. Macron opened with an arch joke about James Monroe renovating the White House with French furnishings after British troops burned Washington D.C. in 1814, calling the fifth president “a man of taste.”

Nearly two hours earlier, the Trumps greeted Macron and his wife Brigitte with European-style air kisses at the North Portico of the White House.

Melania Trump wore what the White House described as a black Chantilly lace Chanel haute couture gown, hand-painted with silver and embroidered with crystal and sequins. Brigitte Macron wore a cream full-length gown by Louis Vuitton with long sleeves and gold details.

After posing for photographs, the couples headed inside to join 123 guests, including Vice President Mike Pence; Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.S. Winter Olympic gold medalists John Shuster (curling) and Meghan Duggan (women’s ice hockey), who flashed their medals to the assembled media as they arrived.

Also attending the dinner were Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; national security adviser John Bolton and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is awaiting Senate confirmation to become Trump’s new secretary of state.

Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser and the president’s elder daughter, responded: “Oui, un petit peu (Yes, a little bit)” when a reporter asked if she spoke French. When Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton, was asked what she was looking forward to, she answered: “Everything French!”

The Associated Press, citing a White House official, reported that Trump had excluded congressional Democrats and journalists. But some Democrats did make the cut, most notably Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The guests will dine on rack of lamb and nectarine tart served on a mix of china settings from the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. After-dinner entertainment will be courtesy of the Washington National Opera.

The White House had stressed that the first lady has had a hand in every detail of the state dinner. She released a brief video Monday showing her working on the details with her staff, including the menu and the cream-and-gold table settings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

GOP keeps NY Senate control after Democrat Simcha Felder pledges support

The New York state Senate will remain in Republican hands after a key Democratic senator who has sided with Republicans announced Tuesday that he’ll stay put — regardless of whether his party wins a numeric majority in Tuesday’s special elections.

Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder has long sat with Senate Republicans, to the frustration of other Democrats. Democratic leaders had hoped Felder might return if they win Tuesday’s elections in Westchester County and the Bronx.

Felder dashed those hopes Tuesday before the polls even closed, saying he didn’t want a fight for Senate control to mar the last weeks of the legislative session.

“I believe it is my obligation to prevent an unprecedented and uncertain late session political battle that will only hurt my constituents and New Yorkers,” he said.

Republicans now have a one-seat majority in the 63-seat Senate — plus Felder. If Democrats win both of Tuesday’s races they will have a one-seat numeric majority, but Republicans will stay in charge at least through the end of the legislative session in June thanks to Felder’s support.

“We’re thrilled with Senator Felder’s decision to continue to caucus with our majority,” said Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif.

Democrats said they would now focus on winning a clear majority in November, when they predict opposition to Republican President Donald Trump will prompt a big Democratic turnout. They also predicted victories in both of Tuesday’s special elections.

In Westchester County, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer faces Republican Julie Killian, a former local official.

In the Bronx, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda faces Republican Patrick Delices.

“Today’s wins will once again give Democrats a numeric majority and come November we will win even more seats,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy. “The voters are sick and tired of Democrats that empower Trump Republicans.”

Democrats already control the Assembly and hold the offices of governor, attorney general and comptroller.

Another breakaway group of Democrats, the eight-member Independent Democratic Conference, also supported the Senate’s Republican leadership but returned to the mainline Democrats this year under pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Tuesday, Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever said he remains committed to a Democratic takeover of the Senate.

“The governor’s position is clear: the Democrats must unify to take back the majority,” Lever said. “This conversation will continue in the morning.”

Comey’s memo leak contact had ‘special government employee’ status at FBI

The Columbia law professor James Comey used as a go-between last year to leak the contents of sensitive memos to the media confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that he previously worked as a “special government employee” (SGE) for Comey’s FBI on an unpaid basis.

The professor, Daniel Richman, confirmed the special status in response to an inquiry from Fox News, while referring others questions, including on the scope of his work, to the FBI. 

“I did indeed have SGE status with the Bureau (for no pay),” Richman wrote in an email.

Richman emerged last year as the former FBI director’s contact for leaking memos documenting his private discussions with President Trump – memos that are now the subject of an inspector general review over the presence of classified material. Sources familiar with Richman’s status at the FBI told Fox News that he was assigned to “special projects” by Comey, and had a security clearance as well as badge access to the building. Richman’s status was the subject of a Memorandum of Understanding.

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Sources familiar with Daniel Richman’s status at the FBI told Fox News that he was assigned to “special projects” by Comey, and had a security clearance as well as badge access to the building.

While Richman’s portfolio included the use of encrypted communications by terror suspects, the sources said Richman also was sent talking points about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Those talking points attempted to compare and contrast Clinton’s use of an unsecured personal server exclusively for government business with the case of retired Gen.David Petraeus, who shared classified information with his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell, as well as the case brought against the late Sandy Berger. The former national security adviser under President Clinton pleaded guilty to the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material from the National Archives.  

Incidentally, another “special government employee” who has come under scrutiny was Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, among others, previously questioned Abedin’s special status that allowed her to work at the Clinton State Department and private-sector entities at the same time.

Lawmakers are only beginning to raise questions about Richman’s status. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo,” said the information about Richman and his special FBI status first emerged during closed-door testimony by Comey’s former chief of staff James Rybicki before the House oversight and judiciary committees.

“[D]uring that deposition, it was brought out that Daniel Richman, the guy who information was leaked through to The New York Times, had this special status called special government employee status, where he could sort of come and go in the FBI,” Jordan said. He said he could not speak to the significance, but “it seems kind of interesting that the guy who Comey leaks to is a good friend, who had this sort of unfettered access into the FBI.”

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., also raised questions about the status. 

“It’s certainly interesting that Director Comey would offer a special job and give full access to his friend when there are 35,000 employees at the FBI. And it isn’t just that he gave these memos to a friend–he gave them to another FBI employee he had hand-picked to act as a ‘special government employee’ of the FBI. The question becomes: how many other people did he give these memos to?” he told Fox News in a statement.

According to the Office of Government Ethics, a special government employee is “an officer or employee who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform temporary duties, with or without compensation, for not more than 130 days during any period of 365 consecutive days.”

Fox News first reached out on Friday to Richman, who initially declined to comment on his special status with the FBI. Based on new information, Fox Newson Tuesday provided detailed questions about his responsibilities under the “special projects” portfolio — and whether they included the Clinton investigation, the Russian counter-intelligence probe, andcontact with the media on behalf of senior FBI leadership.

Similar questions were provided to the publisher of Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty.” There was no immediate response. 

Richman does appear in cryptic text messages between demoted FBI agent Peter Strzok and re-assigned FBI lawyer Lisa Page on Nov. 2, 2016 a week before the election. Texting about a New York Times report, Page writes, “Jesus. Another article pushed by nyt on this. Richman is a friend of Comey and [former FBI general counsel James] baker.”

This may be a reference to a Nov. 1, 2016 story headlined, “FBI’s Email Disclosure Broke a Pattern Followed Even This Summer,” that quotes Richman on Comey’s decision to re-open the Clinton email case before the election. 

He says in the article, “Those arguing that the director should have remained silent until the new emails could be reviewed — even if that process lasted, or was delayed, until after the election — give too little thought to the governing that needs to happen after November. If the F.B.I. director doesn’t have the credibility tokeep Congress from interfering in the bureau’s work and to assure Congress that a matter has been or is being looked into, the new administration will pay a highprice.”

Richman’s Columbia bio page says he”served as a consultant to the Department of Justice” and he is “currently an adviser to FBI Director James B. Comey.”

Fox News first reached out to the FBI on Monday about Richman’s status and followed up Tuesday with detailed questions — regarding his responsibilities under the “special projects” mandate, his security clearance, physical access to thebureau and whether he was the only special government employee during Comey’s tenure. The FBI had no comment on Richman or Fox News’ specific questions about his work for the bureau. A spokesperson said the FBI has employed a number of “special government employees” on an unpaid basis, and challenged the notion anyone has “unfettered” FBI access.

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.

Trump hosts Macron at first White House state dinner

President Trump welcomed French President Emanuel Macron to the White House Tuesday evening for the first state dinner of the Trump administration.

Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, greeted Macron and his wife Brigitte at the North Portico of the White House shortly before 7:30 p.m. The president greeted the Macrons with European-style air kisses before the foursome posed for photographers.

The couples then headed inside to join approximately 130 guests, including Vice President Mike Pence; Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.S. Winter Olympic gold medalists John Shuster (curling) and Meghan Duggan (women’s ice hockey), who flashed their medals to the assembled media as they arrived.

Also attending the dinner were Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; national security adviser John Bolton and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is awaiting Senate confirmation to become Trump’s new secretary of state.

The Associated Press, citing a White House official, reported that Trump had excluded congressional Democrats and journalists. But some Democrats did make the cut, most notably Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The guests will dine on rack of lamb and nectarine tart served on a mix of china settings from the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. After-dinner entertainment will be courtesy of the Washington National Opera.

The White House has stressed that the first lady has had a hand in every detail of the state dinner. She released a brief video Monday showing her working on the details with her staff, including the menu and the cream-and-gold table settings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Senate Approves Anti-LGBT Stuart Kyle Duncan for Fifth Circuit Judge

WASHINGTON – While most people down here spent time wondering whether Scott Pruitt was off redesigning EPA headquarters as the Taj Mahal, or whether our classy president* had caught French president* Emmanuel Macron with the Waterford crystal dribble glass, another real prize went sailing through the Senate and onto the bench of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

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The nomination of one Stuart Kyle Duncan was confirmed in the Senate by the now-customary 50-47 party-line vote. I am willing to bet that the president* wouldn’t have known this guy if he’d sat on the pastry cart at the State Dinner on Tuesday night. Nonetheless, he has now visited him upon appellants from Texas, and Louisiana, and Mississippi for the next several decades, and the Fifth Circuit already was one of the most conservative courts in the country.

Quite simply, Duncan is bughouse on the subject of gay people and trans people and any other person whose sexuality gives Duncan the jittery Jesus vapors. The Human Rights Campaign has a nifty rundown of what Duncan’s been up to in the years leading to the federal bench.

Duncan’s record of anti-LGBTQ advocacy is alarming. He represented the Gloucester County School Board in their case against Gavin Grimm, the transgender high school student whose restroom access was restricted based on his transgender status. He advocated on behalf of Louisiana in the state’s bid to uphold its same-sex marriage ban and wrote an amicus brief for Louisiana and 14 other states arguing their same-sex marriage bans did not undermine the decision in U.S. v. Windsor, the landmark Supreme Court case that required the federal government to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples. He also argued that a couple married in New York could not have their names added to the birth certificate of a child they adopted in Louisiana because the state did not recognize same-sex marriages at the time and its adoption statute does not allow unmarried couples to adopt.

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Duncan also ramrodded the Hobby Lobby case that got a craft-supply empire a religious exemption from the contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act. He got on the losing side of the Obergefell decision on marriage equality, contributing an amicus

With regard to public restrooms and other intimate facilities, there is no evidence to support social measure that promote or encourage gender transition as medically necessary or effective treatment for gender dysphoria.

The Democrats in the Senate took Duncan as far into the woodshed as they could, linking Duncan to a general campaign by Mitch McConnell to stuff as many extreme conservatives onto the federal courts as he can before the crows come to sit upon the Capitol in November, something to which McConnell has copped openly. (The scramble has been so obvious that Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa blew up the venerable “blue slip” tradition by which senators could prevent a nominee from their states from getting a hearing.) From Politico:

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McConnell allowed only 20 confirmations of district and circuit judges during Obama’s last two years, a modern low according to congressional statistics. Already he has confirmed 32 judges for Trump, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. But McConnell isn’t close to being done: After confirming three judges last week, McConnell is preparing to confirm another group of them this spring. More than 30 lifetime judicial nominations are ready for the floor, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is continuing to churn them out in preparation for a long, slow grind on the Senate floor. Democrats can delay but not stop these judges through procedural tactics, dragging out each confirmation several days if they wish. The minority party is furious that McConnell slowed Obama’s judges only to prioritize Trump’s, and say the majority leader is trying to enact a conservative agenda while circumventing the legislative process.

So, on Tuesday, Senator Professor Warren said, “Time and again, Mr. Duncan has been on the wrong side of justice,” and Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire pointed out that Duncan’s practice in the law has been dedicated to “making life more difficult for people who are the most marginalized in our society.” Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut placed Duncan in the heart of an administration* that has “made attacking civil liberties a guiding principle.” And then they voted, and Stuart Kyle Duncan got a lifetime gig because there’s very little anyone could have done about it.

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Trump honors French President Emmanuel Macron at White House state dinner

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President Trump honored French President Emmanuel Macron at a lavish White House state dinner for the U.S. ally.

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President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife stand on the Truman Balcony

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump prepare to greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron

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The State Dining Room at the White House is set for the first State Dinner

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Karen Pence and Vice President Mike Pence arrive for a State Dinner

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President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron toast in the State Dining Room

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President Trump speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron after the pair exchanged toasts during Tuesday’s state dinner.

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The Trumps and Macrons greeted each other with European-style air kisses prior to Tuesday’s state dinner.

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Documents show Obama praised VA nominee Jackson, supported promotion ‘immediately’

Documents provided to Fox News show Dr. Ronny Jackson received glowing praise for his work as White House physician by then-President Barack Obama, amid new allegations that President Trump’s pick to run the Department of Veterans Affairs exhibited poor behavior in the workplace.

“Ronny’s positive impact cannot be overstated. He is a tremendous asset to the entire White House team. Already at a level of performance and responsibility that far exceeds is current rank, promote to Rear Admiral now,” said an undated performance review that was signed by Obama.

The former president sent years of positive reports about Trump’s White House doctor, who is giving no indication he will withdraw his nomination for the V.A.

Obama said in October 2014: “A most impressive leader who continues to perform at the Flag Officer level. Ronny has earned my confidence and the gratitude of my family for his diligence and knowledge. Promote to Flag immediately.”

Obama said in October 2016: “Ronny does a great job — genuine enthusiasm, poised under pressure, incredible work ethic and follow through. Ronny continues to inspire confidence with the care he provides to me, my family and my team. Continue to promote ahead of peers.”

However, a 2012 watchdog report claimed Jackson exhibited “unprofessional behaviors” amid a power struggle over the White House medical unit.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee postponed its confirmation hearing for Jackson, scheduled for Wednesday. Jackson said he was “disappointed” over the news.

“Dr. Jackson’s record as a White House physician is impeccable. He has improved unit morale, received glowing reviews and promotions under Republican and Democrat presidents, and has been given a clean vet from the FBI. He has never even been the subject of an Inspector General review and he will certainly not be railroaded by a bitter ex-colleague who was removed from his job,” a senior White House official told Fox News.

A person who viewed the 2012 report confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that the watchdog had recommended the Obama administration consider replacing either Jackson or his rival, Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman — or both. The report initially was reviewed by The Associated Press.

At the time of the report, Kuhlman was the physician to the president. Kuhlman left the White House in July 2013 and Jackson was named as his successor.

News of the report broke hours after Trump told reporters that if he were Jackson, “I wouldn’t” continue to seek the position, amid allegations that Jackson has overseen a hostile work environment as White House physician, including claims of drinking on the job and allowing the over-prescription of drugs.

Trump says he hasn’t heard of allegations against his pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, slams Democrats for obstructing presidential appointees and said Jackson would make the decision on whether to continue with the confirmation process.

The six-page report included no references to improper prescribing or the use of alcohol. However, it did describe a lack of trust in the leadership and low morale among staff members. The document described the working environment as akin to “being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce.”

Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester, D-Mont., said to NPR that his panel was told Jackson was “repeatedly drunk” while on travel with Obama and that on overseas trips Jackson improperly handed out prescription drugs to help travelers sleep and wake up.

Fox News’ John Roberts, Serafin Gomez, Samuel Chamberlain and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fox News Poll: Three top-tier candidates in West Virginia GOP Senate Primary

Three candidates make up the top tier in West Virginia’s Republican senate nomination contest, according to a Fox News Poll released Tuesday. 

Congressman Evan Jenkins garners 25 percent among West Virginia likely GOP Senate primary voters, while the state’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey receives 21 percent and businessman Don Blankenship takes third with 16 percent.  The edge Jenkins holds over Morrisey is within the poll’s margin of sampling error, and the same is true for Morrisey’s edge over Blankenship. 

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No other candidate gets more than four percent support: Tom Willis (4 percent), Bo Copley (2 percent), and Jack Newbrough (1 percent).

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The race appears fluid.  In addition to the sizable group of undecideds (24 percent), another 41 percent of those currently backing a candidate say they could change their mind before the May 8 primary.

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Fox News is hosting a West Virginia GOP Senate primary debate Tuesday, May 1 with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia from 6:30-7:30PM/ET. 

The new poll, conducted April 18-22, was completed prior to a Monday evening debate hosted by The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. 

These GOP primary voters say the opioid addiction crisis (20 percent) and the economy (19 percent) are the most important issues facing the country today, followed by immigration (16 percent) and health care (14 percent).  Gun policy (6 percent), abortion (5 percent), energy and environmental issues (3 percent), and taxes (3 percent) are lower priorities. 

Among the subgroup of just those who say they will “definitely” vote, Jenkins tops Morrisey by 25-23 percent, and Blankenship stays at 16 percent. 

Jenkins tops Morrisey by three points among evangelical Christians (25-22 percent).  Blankenship receives 16 percent. 

Blankenship does a bit better among white men without a college degree.  He garners 21 percent, which puts him one point above Morrisey (20 percent) and three points behind Jenkins (24 percent).

The Mountain State gave Donald Trump one of his biggest wins in the 2016 general election, capturing 69 percent of the vote vs. Hillary Clinton’s 27 percent.  And he won the state’s GOP presidential primary with 77 percent support (May 2016). 

They still like him.  Fully 87 percent of GOP primary voters approve of Trump’s job performance, including 67 percent who “strongly” approve.

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For comparison, 35 percent approve of the man Republicans hope to unseat in November — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

The Fox News Poll is conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R).  The poll was conducted April 18-22, 2018 by telephone (landline and cellphone) with live interviewers among 985 West Virginia likely Republican primary voters and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.  Republican and unaffiliated respondents were randomly selected from a statewide voter file of registered voters identified as likely to vote in the primary.