Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primary

Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primary

"In the history of West Virginia, no one has been more supportive of the Republican Party and conservative causes than I have been", Blankenship said in the statement.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that Blakenship can not win the general election on Tuesday and suggested that West Virginians should either vote for Morrisey or the establishment-backed Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV). National Republicans have compared the race to last year's Alabama Senate contest where Republican Roy Moore unexpectedly won the primary but then lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the general.

"Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State..."

Blankenship spent a year behind bars after an explosion at his company's Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 people in 2010. In 2012, faced with a almost impossible re-election in a red state, McCaskill operated a secret campaign on behalf of Tea Party candidate Todd Akin in the primary, knowing he would be easier to beat than establishment candidate John Brunner.

"We don't think that even President Trump can stop it", Blankenship told Fox News.

"The President is a very busy man and he doesn't know me and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary ..." He added that the "institution would be misinforming him because they usually do not desire me to function as from the U.S. Senate and market the President's schedule".

Blankenship was criticized after he released an ad calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "Cocaine Mitch" and McConnell's in-laws his "China family".

The key component of the Trumps - Donald and Don - is that Blankenship can't win in November and, therefore, shouldn't be supported by Republican primary voters.

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"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference", he wrote.

President Trump endorsed Ohio GOP Congressman Jim Renacci in his Senate bid after convincing him to switch from the governor's race and appeared with him over the weekend in the state. "While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich", Blankenship continued. "The establishment needs to stand down in this race, and I will beat Manchin in the fall".

Trump's tweet is a reminder that he believes, deeply, in the concept that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

Blakenship was referring to McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

"Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people", Blankenship said in the ad Politico first reported.

"I think he would follow in the exact same footsteps as our president", Newbrough said.

"The war to drain the swamp and create jobs for West Virginia people has begun".

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