Trump Urges West Virginia Republicans to Oppose Blankenship

Trump Urges West Virginia Republicans to Oppose Blankenship

"Remember Alabama", the president said.

"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 ..."

In West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, an open seat race with Jenkins running for Senate, Democratic state senator Richard Ojeda, who was brutally beaten in 2016 ahead of the primary election, has garnered attention for his appeal to voters in deep red Trump country.

The attacks delivered Mr. Blankenship's survey amounts rebounds, but with Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Morrisey dividing votes, " Mr. Blankenship has stayed in competition. What about that time he referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao's husband, as "Cocaine Mitch". His rise in the Republican field comes shortly after he was convicted in 2015 of skirting safety regulations that led to the Upper Branch mine disaster in 2010, which killed 29 miners and injured several others. All six of the candidates in the West Virginia GOP primary for U.S. Senate have attempted to align themselves with the president, who are hoping to take on U.S. Sen. He spent much of the event taking aim at Manchin while being flanked on either side by Jenkins and Morrisey.

Thus, we have Trump today trying to cut into that populist momentum - to the extent it exists - in order to ensure that Blankenship is left sidelined after tomorrow. Newbrough had earlier said he would not support Morrisey. But they worry that a similar dynamic could play out as in the special election for a Senate race in Alabama, when GOP voters backed hardliner Roy Moore, who went on to lose to Democrat Doug Jones amid accusations of inappropriate behavior with teenage girls decades ago.

The concern grew graver after the Fox News debate, leading a handful of state and national operatives to believe Blankenship has a real shot of beating Morrisey and Jenkins on Tuesday.

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"I think it could be misunderstood - people love Trump's policies and his commitment to West Virginia, they don't necessarily love individuals".

The ad also drew criticism for the use of the term "China family", to describe McConnell's in-laws. While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich.

But in yet another Trump-esque move, Blankenship turned into the attack by comparing himself to the President in a direct response to Trump Jr: "Just like your father", he wrote, "I am a victim of fake news and a corrupt Obama DOJ".

In an interview with Roll Call last week, Blankenship said his campaign ad was not racist because in the ad "there's no mention of a race".

President Trump's full tweet can be found below this article.

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

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