Trump Tweets Against Blankenship in West Virginia

He is running against Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins and current state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Coal miners are an influential political constituency in West Virginia and Trump's White House victory came amid promises to revive the ailing coal industry.

A Blankenship win could be disastrous for Republicans as they try to unseat Sen.

They liken the scenario to the "Roy Moore" factor.

Trump supported Moore, who was accused of sexual assault against children, in the race against Democrat Doug Jones. Moore has denied the claims.

President Donald Trump urged Republicans in West Virginia not to make convicted felon and businessman Don Blankenship the nominee for Senate on Tuesday.

"We all really like the President's policies, but we know that he doesn't get things right", he said in an interview with WZTS TV.

In the three-way West Virginia primary, some Republicans are concerned that a victory by Blankenship would mean a winnable seat becomes almost impossible to defend, repeating the results in Alabama.

While Blankenship has made national headlines for his attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he's widely known across the Mountain State for his involvement in the coal industry and Republican politics. This was going to be a tough race for the Republican candidate to begin with, Trippi added, but this primary fight means there's another unnecessary hurdle for the eventual candidate to overcome.

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Blankenship dismissed Trump's concerns, telling reporters that the president was too "busy" to know how "flawed" Morrisey and Jenkins are.

In a press conference on Sunday, Morrisey argued that Blankenship failed to submit a financial disclosure, violating campaign election law.

Blankenship campaign spokesman Greg Thomas said the candidate is "in the process" of filing the paperwork and has sent notification it would be late.

The attacks delivered Mr. Blankenship's survey amounts rebounds, but with Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Morrisey dividing votes, " Mr. Blankenship has stayed in competition. I think the answer is no.

"Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people", Blankenship said in the ad Politico first reported. "In the Senate, it's incredible how much more the Democrats are able to put aside their differences", said O'Connell.

"We have a three-alarm fire in West Virginia", Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Newsweek.

In a debate last Wednesday, he defended his comments, saying that it was exactly like if someone had referred to him - Blankenship - as an "American-person".

In Indiana there are a number of interesting races, including six Democrats running in the 2nd Congressional District, the appearance of Vice President Mike Pence's brother in the GOP race for the 6th Congressional District, and another promising pick-up opportunity for the Republican who comes out on top in the primary to take on Sen.

  • Megan Austin