Strategy Begins in WV U.S. Senate Race

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - And then there was one. After a brutal Republican primary battle with five other candidates, Patrick Morrisey is the nominee for the U.S. Senate. But can the fractured party reunite for November, and how?

"I think that our folks realize, how serious we are about beating liberal Joe Manchin in November. And I have no doubt that people are going to get together and be unified and work together," said Melody Potter, West Virginia Republican Party Chairman.

We spoke with long time political consultant Tom Susman on each candidate's strategy. First, Morrisey:

"I think you keep trying to diminish Joe in negativity, and bring him down further," said Tom Susman, of TSG Consulting.

And if you're Joe Manchin, point out how many times you've voted with President Trump on things like his Secretary of State nominee, or coal issues.

"Well I think that what he wants to show is that he's an independent. That he is in fact his own man," said Susman.

It's interesting to note, last time Manchin ran for Senate he won 52 of 55 state counties; but Trump won all 55 counties in 2016. We may see lots of Trump here in 2018.

"I think Trump wants to insert himself because he wants the vote. I think he generally probably likes Joe Manchin. Pretty much everybody does on a personal standpoint. But his goal is to get to 60 votes in the Senate and at least try to hold onto leadership. So I think he'll be really involved," said Tom Susman.

"I love President Trump. I think he's going to be a big factor in this election," said Melody Potter.

"We certainly can't predict who will win in November, but we can predict a couple of other things. This race will be very expensive, and yes a lot of those negative campaign ads will be coming back," said 13 News Chief Political Reporter mark Curtis.

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