When the President is speaking in West Virginia, Huntington is a city in between two other states: OH and Kentucky.
Trump heralded Justice's decision as evidence that "our agenda rises above left or right". Justice's move further tilts the advantage Republicans hold in statehouse across the nation, holding a 34-15 edge over Democrats.
Jenkins' opponent in the Republican primary for Senate, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, briefly said he too would welcome Justice to the party. "He will do a better job as a Republican than he's done as a Democrat". That wasn't the case here.
"West Virginians have learned that they simply can't trust Jim Justice".
"I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one, which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve", Trump told thousands of cheering, sign-waving supporters packed into an arena in Huntington. "However all that conduct was done while he was a Democrat". We look forward to a new beginning as the governor now embraces the Republican Party.
Jim Justice announced he will switch parties, leaving the Democrats and joining the Republicans.
Justice's announcement took some aback, but others said that they back the governor regardless of his party affiliation. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author. "I don't believe anybody who owes this state $4.5 million in unpaid taxes is in a position to tell a legislative body that has responsibly managed its own budget for decades".
Lucas still sounded a bit wary Thursday night. "We welcome anyone who wishes to join the party of Lincoln", Rob Cornelius, Wood County Republican Party chairman, said.
"Economic growth has surged to 2.6 percent nationwide...3 percent growth in West Virginia", Trump said.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin released a statement in response to Justice's announcement on Thursday evening.
His suggestion for Democrats: "Try winning at the voter booth".
"I have been and always will be a proud West Virginia Democrat".
In terms of West Virginia policy, Justice's decision won't change much.
And people are coming from all over, places like Florida, Texas, even across the river in OH, to hear President Trump speak.
Coal industry officials and some government sources also revealed this week that top officials within the Interior Department recently quietly approved a state DEP document called, "Guide to Consideration of Potential mining-related Impacts on the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy River Crayfishes".
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