Rabble-rouser Corey Stewart narrowly took the Virginia GOP Senate primary and shouldn't look for support from the Senate Republicans campaign arm, Politico reported.
“At the Senatorial committee, we’re focusing on Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia and Florida. There are great races around the country. [Virginia] is not on the map,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) told reporters Wednesday, Politico reported. “We have a big map this year, and what I’ve laid out in races that I’ve talked about, Virginia’s not on it."
Republican leaders, who hoped state House member Nick Freitas would defeat Stewart, arrived too late to the party to help Freitas clinch the nomination.
Freitas, a former Green Beret, lost by about 5,200 votes or less than 2 percent of the vote.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who endorsed Freitas and went on a whirlwind campaign tour just days before Tuesday's election, told Politico he was "disappointed" in the result.
"I guess I didn't do enough. But it was really close," Paul said. "He would have been great to the party because he'd bring new people into the party.
Stewart touts himself as a true Trump supporter and has promised a vicious campaign against his opponent Sen. Tim Kaine (D) who ran alongside then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“And finally, finally, folks,” Stewart said shortly after being declared the winner Tuesday night. “Virginians can choose to continue to elect criminal, illegal aliens like MS-13 — and by the way, they are animals — or, we can arrest them, deport them back to the countries where they came from, and build the wall!”
Early polls, taken before the conclusion of the GOP primary, showed Kaine enjoying a comfortable lead over Stewart heading toward the Nov. 6 election.