National Republican Senatorial Committee honcho John Cornyn tells CQ Politics they're going stay out of the special primary in WVa, and resources are limited for the Nov. 2 election too:
However, Cornyn indicated that once the candidate field is set, the NRSC is inclined to let West Virginia Republicans sort out the nomination for themselves. Cornyn also said the NRSC would decide how much money to commit to the fall special election and base the decision on how the contest between Manchin and the eventual GOP nominee develops.
"I haven't made any commitment to get involved in the primary," Cornyn said. "I think in this environment, it's best to let the primary voters do their thing and select the candidate. Because -- I think particularly in this environment -- folks are less interested in what people who work in Washington have to say."
. . . Cornyn said he sees a path to victory, even with the popular Manchin a shoo-in to win the Democratic primary and carry his party's banner into the fall, contending that West Virginians oppose many of the policies supported by Democrats. But the NRSC was already targeting 11 Democratic-held seats before the West Virginia race emerged, and competition for committee resources is expected to be fierce.