Jim Justice is switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, news that President Trump teased on Thursday.
Gov. Jim Justice (D-WV) will no longer have a “D” next to his name after Thursday night, if a New York Times report can be believed.
The Times had the scoop on Thursday afternoon that Justice will announce a switch to the Republican Party on Thursday and will make the announcement at a rally President Trump is holding in West Virginia.
Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia, a Democrat who was elected last year even as President Trump carried the state by 42 points, is expected to announce Thursday night at a rally with Mr. Trump that he is changing parties, according to three sources familiar with the plans.
Speaking to reporters in the White House Thursday, Mr. Trump promised “a very big announcement” at a gathering in Huntington, W.V., that is expected to draw thousands of supporters from across Appalachia, a region that gave Mr. Trump some of the largest margins of his election.
As the Times pointed out, Justice refused to support Hillary Clinton in 2016. Justice cited Clinton’s infamous comments on coal companies and coal miners:
Justice called Trump’s last visit to West Virginia, a speech to the National Boy Scout Jamboree last month, “a tremendous honor.”
Jennifer Duffy, a political analyst, pointed out on Twitter that Justice’s switch will give the Republican Governors Association (RGA) an unprecedented 34 out of 50 gubernatorial seats around the country:
— Jennifer Duffy (@jennifereduffy) August 3, 2017
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