West Virginia governor’s party switch at Trump rally gives Republicans full control of 26 states

By Rachel del Guidice | The Daily Signal

Republicans now possess a trifecta of leadership in 26 states, following the governor of West Virginia switching from Democrat to Republican during a rally Thursday with President Donald Trump.

“The Democrats walked away from me,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said during a rally in Huntington, West Virginia. “I can’t help you any more being a Democrat governor.”

The West Virginia governor’s announcement gives Republicans 26 trifectas while Democrats hold six.

A trifecta is a situation where “one political party holds the governorship, a majority in the state Senate, and a majority in the state House in a state’s government,” according to Ballotpedia.

Tommy Binion, director of policy outreach at The Heritage Foundation told The Daily Signal in an interview that this development illustrates the energy in the Republican party.

“This is a pure momentum thing,” Binion said. “It is a great victory for the president in that it shows that people and the enthusiasm are with him and the Republican party.”

Justice’s announcement gives Republican’s control of 34 governorships, the most the party has possessed since 1922, according to Ballotpedia.

Trump welcomed Justice and complimented the governor’s character.

“Having Big Jim [Justice] as a Republican is such an honor,” Trump said. “Fantastic man, fantastic guy.”

Justice, 66, was elected in November with 49 percent of the vote, trailing Trump by 20 points in West Virginia, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Justice also praised Trump’s leadership.

“This man is a good man,” Justice said. “He’s got a backbone, he’s got real ideas, he cares about America, he cares about us in West Virginia.”

Republicans currently possess a majority in the House and Senate, and Binion said Justice’s announcement contradicts the media’s narrative.

“[This] is different than the narrative being carried the mainstream media but it is clear this morning that the enthusiasm is with the Republican party,” Binion said.

2 thoughts on “West Virginia governor’s party switch at Trump rally gives Republicans full control of 26 states

Comments are closed.