Trump tells West Virginia Republicans Blankenship can not win Senate race

08 May, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Shown here are maps and campaign signs at Republican headquarters in Wadsworth Ohio

Blankenship has billed himself as an anti-establishment Republican in the vein of the unorthodox president, embracing the label that he is "Trumpier than Trump". National Republicans are scrambling to avoid a repeat, anxious Blankenship - convicted in 2015 of mine-safety violations - can't beat Democratic Sen.

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

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.

Blankenship's campaign said the candidate has already spoken to his probation officer, who wasn't concerned about the financial disclosure.

Greg Thomas, a Blankenship spokesman, said, "Mr. Morrisey is just having a tantrum".

In a tweet Monday, Trump urged West Virginia voters to oppose the former coal executive in Tuesday's primary. In one poll, Blankenship draws 31 percent compared to Rep. Evan Jenkins' 28 percent and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's 27 percent.

The situation strikes a similar chord to Roy Moore's successful Alabama senatorial primary campaign against incumbent Luther Strange and ultimate defeat to Democratic candidate Doug Jones last December.

West Virginia was considered a Democratic stronghold during the 20th century. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State No way!

The former coal baron recently served a one-year prison sentence on a conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety laws, following the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in 2010 that killed 29 people. The establishment is misinforming Trump, Blankenship told NBC Monday.

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Trump, seeking to tap into nativist sentiment across the country, kicked off his 2016 campaign with harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrations to the United States, labeling undocumented immigrants as "rapists" who are "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime".

In recent weeks he has fought using a collection of incendiary advertisements targeting the group of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader and spouse of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. To that end, he has spouted weird conspiracy theories about "cocaine Mitch".

Two sane Republicans - Rep. Evan Jenkins and Attorney General Patrick Morrissey - also are running, and either one would make a good nominee.

The president had offered Moore his full-throated support in the days leading to the special election in the deep red Cotton State.

The candidates that emerge Tuesday night from bruising and expensive primary battles in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia will provide answers to key questions about races crucial to determining which parties will control the U.S. House and Senate after November.

"No more fumbles like Alabama", he added.

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

"I'm proud to have President Trump's support", he tweeted. "We need to win in November".

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