CHARLESTON, W.Va. — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced on Monday the members of its West Virginia Trump Victory teams with more than a year before Election Day 2020.
The campaign named Clayton Henson as the Trump victory regional political director. Gov. Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, and Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Carol Miller are the campaign’s honorary state chairs.
All five honorary state chairs are up for re-election next year; Justice is facing primary challengers in the gubernatorial contest, including former state Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to support President Trump and take a leadership role for the President’s campaign in West Virginia,”
Justice said in a release. “Working with President Trump, West Virginia is making a big economic comeback. Miners are working again, manufacturing is coming back and we’re making record investments in roads and schools. We cannot afford to turn backwards and I look forward to four more years of working with President Trump to give West Virginians hope and opportunity.”
Trump was the presumptive Republican presidential nominee before West Virginia’s primary in May 2016; he won the contest with 77% of the vote. Trump carried West Virginia in the general election six months later, beating Hillary Clinton 68.7% to 26.5% and winning all counties.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said they want a larger margin of victory next year.
“The people of West Virginia spoke loudly when they delivered President Trump commanding mandate to lead in 2016,” they said in a joint statement. “After delivering historic economic successes for the men and women of West Virginia, our West Virginia leadership team will pave the way for another strong victory for President Trump in 2020.”
Trump has visited West Virginia nine times since taking office; his last stop was a fundraiser on July 24 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren visited West Virginia in May; the Massachusetts senator spoke in Kermit about her plan to address the opioid crisis. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was scheduled to visit Morgantown last month, but his presidential campaign postponed the stop.