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CHARLESTON, WV - NOVEMBER 06: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) celebrates at his election day victory party at the Embassy Suites on November 6, 2018 in Charleston, West Virginia. Manchin won his second full Senate term after he defeated West Virginia Republican Senate Candidate Patrick Morrisey. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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  • Incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin defeated Republican
    challenger and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in the
    West Virginia Senate race on Tuesday.
  • In his victory speech, Manchin slammed President Donald
    Trump for not being able to use his power unseat him.
  • Trump visited the state multiple times to stump for
    Morrisey, and several other White House officials and Trump
    family members campaigned against Manchin.

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Minutes after securing reelection
Tuesday night, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin took a harsher tone
against President Donald Trump by blasting him for the failure of
his Republican challenger and ardent White House ally in West
Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. 

Manchin barbed the president for not being able to get
Morrisey over the finish line, despite the state having voted for
Trump by more than 40 points one election ago.

“Let me say that I never expected that this race would be the
national race it turned out to be,” he said in his victory
speech. “I never expected President Trump to come to this state
as much as he did, sending Vice President Pence, sending his
family time after time. And you stood tall.”

“What you said. What West Virginia said loud and clear tonight,
‘Mr. President, we want our senator, not your senator,'” Manchin
added.


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Republicans
projected to hold on to majority control of the Senate

The incumbent Democrat also condemned “toxic rhetoric” and
demanded Trump play a more unifying role.

“When I raise my hand and swear to God to uphold the
Constitution, that’s for everybody. That is for everybody. And
we’ve got to stop this absolute toxic rhetoric that’s going on in
this country. We have got to stop this toxic rhetoric,” he said.
“We’ve got to bring people together. Mr. President, I want you to
be a president of the United States, not the divided states.”

After his speech, Manchin told Business Insider that “no
one’s ever won in a state where the president had a 42-point
spread,” repeating his claim that voters rejected Trump’s choice
of candidate.

But Manchin said he was not worried his harsher tone
against Trump would upset the president, who often lashes out at
critics and those who downplay his status as a GOP
kingmaker.

“I’m not angry because he came here so many times,” Manchin
said of Trump’s repeated visits to West Virginia to stump for
Morrisey. “Why should he be angry that I’m telling the truth? I
don’t think so.”

Manchin had previously
railed against
Pence for coming to West Virginia, equating
him to a “junkyard dog” doing Trump’s bidding.

“Mike Pence, I know Mike Pence and he’s just — I guess —
doing his job,” Manchin said. “Well, he’s a junkyard dog right
now I guess. He has to go out and do it.”

Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Supreme Court
Justice Brett Kavanaugh, after the then-nominee had become
embroiled in multiple sexual misconduct accusations that prompted
additional hearings and
nearly split vote
in the Senate.

In contrast, Morrisey ran on the premise that he would be
Trump’s greatest ally in the Senate, even labeling the final leg
of his campaign tour as the “Stand with Trump Tour.”

“Everyone who follows the race knows I’m the conservative
fire who’s going to advance the Trump jobs agenda and Joe
Manchin’s a dishonest Washington liberal, who’s going to empower
the impeach, obstruct, and resist circus in DC,” Morrisey told
Business Insider in an October
interview
in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Trump campaigned for Morrisey days before the election at a
large rally in Huntington, while his son, Donald Trump, Jr.,
stumped for the Republican several times in the final weeks of
the cycle.

But, like Manchin said, it was simply not enough.

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