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

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

After President Donald Trump used former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's loss to dissuade West Virginians from voting for coal baron and ex-convict Don Blankenship, Blankenship hit back Monday by reminding voters that Trump backed Moore before his shocking loss.

And Trump warned voters to "remember Alabama".

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

"I hope West Virginia voters will listen to President Trump when they go to the polls tomorrow", Morrisey said in a statement. He declared himself "Trumpier than Trump", after seeing the tweet, confirming that Trumpism has moved into something larger than just the president.

Blankenship also has aired ads accusing McConnell of taking money from his "China family" and claims "Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people". He's also referred to McConnell as "Cocaine Mitch".

This article has been updated to include statements from Don Blankenship and Rep. Evan Jenkins.

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Trump's run was also defined by a host of conspiracy theories, from raising false questions about Ted Cruz's father being tied to President John F. Kennedy's death to repeatedly questioning President Barack Obama's birth certificate to besmirching Muslims by suggesting they were cheering in New Jersey on September 11.

That sense has been felt for weeks, not only in West Virginia but back in Washington, DC, where top Republicans have anxious Blankenship could win Tuesday's primary.

President Donald Trump has insisted his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win the election.

Republicans worry they'll blow their chance to unseat Sen.

"It's as obvious as can be that the Upper Big Branch explosion was caused by the government", he said Monday.

He explicitly referenced the race at the end of the event, as he asked the audience to cheer for Jenkins or Morrisey in a demonstration of how the crowd planned to vote in the upcoming GOP senate primary. "If you are someone that will stand with Trump, that is honestly more important".

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

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

Both McCready and Manning have out-fundraised their opponents, Pittenger and GOP Rep. Ted Budd, a sign that the party could have a realistic shot with voters in a suburban district President Trump won in 2016, but may have fallen out of favor within the first year and a half of his administration.

"I hate to lose". "Let's find the very best person in West Virginia and not have a situation where we can't compete in November".

Democrats have fed some of that feeling and enjoyed the show.

Morrisey is a former Capitol Hill aide who has served as West Virginia's top attorney since 2013 and has strong conservative support. A Democratic super PAC called Duty and Country has spent more than $1 million on Blankenship's behalf.

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"They are in the middle of a bloodbath right now", said a gleeful West Virginia Democrat with ties to Manchin.

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