Major Conservative Group Will Not Back GOP Nominee In Virginia Senate Race

WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINA - JANUARY 18: Chairman of Prince William County Board, Corey Stewart, talks about his platform to fix America's illegal alien problem as he speaks to the media at the Prince William County Judicial Center on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Woodbridge, Virgina. Stewart is running for Tim Kaine's seat in the US Senate after a failed bid in the Virginia GOP governor's primary.  (Photo by Pete Marovich For The Washington Post)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A tea party group backed by billionaire conservatives plans to sit out the U.S. Senate race in Virginia.

News outlets report that Americans for Prosperity will not support Republican nominee Corey Stewart as he tries to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine.

Americans for Prosperity has been supported by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. The group spent heavily to help Stewart’s opponent in the GOP primary earlier this year and was a major spender in last year’s election for governor.

Stewart is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump who has often targeted fellow Republicans.

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