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Offbeat How Corey Stewart is dividing Republicans already

23:06  13 june  2018
23:06  13 june  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Corey Stewart wins Virginia GOP Senate primary

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Please click Sign Up to subscribe, or Login if you are already a member. What is wrong with Corey Stewart ? There really seems no other diplomatic way to ask the question. We refer to last week’s debate in Lynchburg between the three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S

Corey Stewart couldn’t quite manage the sort of massive upset achieved by President Donald Trump, his former But Stewart may face an uphill battle when it comes to pleading his case, as Republicans across the state are hoping to “This really does show we have a deeply divided party,” Nohe said.

WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINA - JANUARY 18: Chairman of Prince William County Board, Corey Stewart, talks about his platform to fix America's illegal alien problem as he speaks to the media at the Prince William County Judicial Center on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Woodbridge, Virgina. Stewart is running for Tim Kaine's seat in the US Senate after a failed bid in the Virginia GOP governor's primary. (Photo by Pete Marovich For The Washington Post via Getty Images) © Pete Marovich/The Washington Post/Getty Images WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINA - JANUARY 18: Chairman of Prince William County Board, Corey Stewart, talks about his platform to fix America's illegal alien problem as he speaks to the media at the Prince William County Judicial Center on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Woodbridge, Virgina. Stewart is running for Tim Kaine's seat in the US Senate after a failed bid in the Virginia GOP governor's primary. (Photo by Pete Marovich For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The new Republican nominee for a US Senate seat in Virginia has already caused a great divide within his party in Washington.

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Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate (and former Trump Virginia Chair) Corey Stewart , also known as Prince William County’s Xenophobe-in-Chief, speaking to the McLean GOP Women’s Club, claims the left in general – and “Indivisible” specifically – is “all about dividing ” the country along racial lines

While the overall closeness of the contest was notable, it was rather unexpected that Corey Stewart beat party favorite Ed Gillespie in the 10th Congressional Traditionally, this type of Republican has not done well in VA-10. For the past few decades, it was represented by Frank Wolf (R) – a rather

Fewer than 24 hours after Corey Stewart's win Tuesday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to endorse his former Virginia campaign chair.

But congressional Republicans are cool to the campaign of the man who has embraced the commonwealth's Confederate past.

"Well look, we have a big map. Right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. Big map. I don't see Virginia in it," Sen. Cory Gardner, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm for Senate Republicans.

Stewart has been campaigning non-stop in Virginia for more than two years. Within days of his narrow primary loss for governor in 2017 to former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, Stewart announced plans to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. Over the course of those two years, Stewart passionately argued against the removal of Confederate monuments throughout Virginia and defended the actions of some involved in the Charlottesville white supremacist rally that ended in violence.

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So yes, I’m biased, but even if Ed was not running I would still have to speak out about how Corey Stewart Other commentators have already called Stewart out on his latest false attack – the Out-Trumping Trump is a tactic that I predict will hurt Virginia Republicans . It will divide the party, “shed”

Corey Stewart is a 2018 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Virginia. The Republican primary will decide who takes on incumbent Tim Kaine (D) in the general election. Fresh off his near-win in the 2017 Republican gubernatorial primary

Stewart is also a vocal supporter of Trump, and served as his campaign chair in Virginia before Trump fired him after he staged a news conference critical of the RNC during the presidential campaign. Trump conspicuously stayed out of the primary, but wasted little time backing Stewart with a tweet Wednesday.

"Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia. Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof," Trump tweeted. "Don't underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!"

Asked about Trump's support, Gardner tried to downplay the divide.

"Well again, I think my focus continues to be on a number of states that we have candidates who are winning and ahead," said Gardner, a Colorado Republican.

Stewart's opponent, Kaine, was critical of Stewart's embrace of the Confederacy.

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  Corey Stewart accuses Dems of using 'race card' Corey Stewart, the projected Republican nominee for US Senate in Virginia, repeatedly accused Democrats of using "the race card" to distract from President Donald Trump's success.CNN's projection on Tuesday night showed Stewart winning his primary, positioning him to face off against Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in November for the seat, despite having built his public image on championing Confederate symbols.

RICHMOND — Republican Senate hopefuls Corey Stewart and Nick Freitas debated taxes, illegal immigration and guns before turning on each other Saturday in the rip-roaring first forum of the primary to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D).

Anti-establishment firebrand Corey Stewart wasted little time Tuesday night before offering his synopsis of why Republicans lost big in Virginia's elections: They picked the wrong guy. If you’re already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

"I don't really think it's about Confederate flags and Confederate monuments, I would say it's more about cozying up to people who have a tradition of white supremacy," said Kaine, who was the 2016 Democratic nominee for vice president. "I mean, this isn't about the past, it's about the future."

But he stopped short of calling Stewart a racist.

"I think he is very comfortable trying to stir up bad attitudes in others, but I don't know him well enough to reach that conclusion about him," Kaine said. "But if you don't mind stoking it and praising people who have those views, that's just unacceptable."

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and the No. 2 GOP member of the chamber, said of Stewart that he didn't "know him from Adam so I'm interested in learning more and I'll reach my own conclusion."

"I don't really know anything about Corey Stewart," Cornyn told reporters. "I just saw that he won the primary last night. I'm interested in meeting him and learning more about him. Obviously, if we could pick up another Senate seat in Virginia that would be a good thing."

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