RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans have nominated a polarizing candidate known for taking personal potshots at his opponents and agitating aggressively for the preservation of Confederate monuments — a pick that could reverberate down to competitive House races.
That could ultimately have a ripple effect on which party controls Congress after the November midterm elections.
Corey Stewart has the support of President Donald Trump, but many other Republicans aren't so keen on him, and the GOP's national Senate campaign operation isn't openly backing him.
The worry among some Republicans is that the lack of enthusiasm could drag down the party's candidates in a handful of House districts that are trending more liberal in what was once a key swing state.
Democrats need to gain 23 more seats to take the House control after the midterms. They are targeting several districts in Virginia.