West Virginia governor Jim Justice is a Democrat but is expected to announce that he’s switching to the Republican Party. And he’s supposedly going to make the announcement at a Trump rally tonight!
FOX News reports:
West Virginia’s Democratic governor to announce party change at Trump rally
West Virginia Democratic Gov. Jim Justice plans to announce at a rally Thursday evening with President Trump that he is changing parties, three Republican sources confirmed to Fox News.
Justice is expected to announce he’s becoming a Republican.
Trump earlier in the day had teased the prospect of having a big announcement at his rally in Huntington, W.Va.
The state is a Trump stronghold, and even as the president faces record-low approval ratings nationally, his popularity has largely held in West Virginia.
At least 1,000 supporters lined the streets ahead of the president’s expected appearance, wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and chanting “USA! USA!”
The news is getting a mixed reaction on Twitter:
a governor that just weeks ago Democrats were holding up as an example of how their party could still win in Trump country https://t.co/cFD77iSWLi
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) August 3, 2017
And that's why you don't run conservative Democrats. https://t.co/X41RIPSvSl
— TOMÁS RÍOS (@TheTomasRios) August 3, 2017
BIG news. Leaves Joe Manchin as WV's lone statewide Dem and knocks the party back down to just 15 govs nationwide. https://t.co/1Qdk48yxBU
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) August 3, 2017
— Zach C. Cohen (@Zachary_Cohen) August 3, 2017