President Trump scored a big win at a rally Thursday night when he added one more supporter to an arena packed with “Make America Great Again” believers.

After weeks of unprecedented obstruction in Congress and shake-ups in the West Wing, the president traveled to the heart of a region that helped send him to the White House and came away with yet another supporter when no less than the governor of West Virginia became a Republican.

Gov. Jim Justice made the announcement at the Thursday night rally officially changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

“Today, I will tell you, with lots of prayers and lots of thinking, today I tell you as West Virginians, I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor.”

“So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican.”

Justice’s switch is not only a move for West Virginia, but represents the domination of the Republican party in the nation’s state houses.

Republicans now hold 34 state governorships, tying a record set in 1922.

The 66-year-old Justice, who according to Forbes is the richest person in West Virginia with a net worth of $1.6 billion, seized the moment to make the switch telling the crowd, “The Democrats walked away from me.”

Judging from the audience reaction, many West Virginians, formerly a Democratic stronghold, agreed.

Gov. Justice went on to say that his parents, who were “staunch Republicans,” were “looking down on him from heaven thinking, ‘it’s about damn time you came to your senses.’”

West Virginia is Trump country where the president beat Hillary Clinton by a margin of 68 to 26.

President Trump, standing by Justice’s side, smiled as the governor made his announcement.

The Obama years were not kind to his party despite millions of dollars spent on field operations, organizational efforts, and technology.

Republicans now have control in both the state legislatures and governor’s offices in 26 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Democratic control only six.

Control is divided among Republicans and Democrats in the remaining 18 states.

“Having control at the state level is vitally important,” said Nathan L. Gonzales, of Inside Elections, a nonpartisan group that handicaps political races.

“Governors and state legislatures have a strong hand in things like redistricting, which have consequences.”

No wonder President Trump was all smiles.

Please comment below if you agree that Republican control of state legislatures and governorships is important to moving the country in the right direction.

Source: Daily Caller

 
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