Trump Warns West Virginia Republicans to Avoid Alabama-Like Loss

Casey Dawson
May 8, 2018

Republican leadership was outraged. Reports over the weekend said internal polls were showing Blankenship surging into a narrow lead. West Virginia law contains a "sore loser" clause barring candidates that lose in a party primary from running as an independent for the same post. Trump endorsed Moore in that race.

Trump, mindful of maintaining a Republican majority in the Senate, said on Twitter that West Virginians should support either of the two other Republicans in Tuesday's primary.

"The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the president's agenda", Blankenship continued.

Early Monday, Trump tweeted his support for Rep. Evan Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey over Don Blankenship, a former mine owner who served a year in prison in connection with the deaths of 29 miners in a 2010 explosion.

Rep. Evan Jenkins, left, and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey greet President Trump at a roundtable discussion in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on April 5.

Mr Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court judge, crashed out of the race, handing Democrats their first Senate victory in the Deep South state since 1992.

On his use of the term "China people", which made national headlines, Blankenship says the "fake news" forgets that "China is a country".

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

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The exorbitantly wealthy white-collar criminal - who is trying to steal a nomination from career GOP politicians on the strength of his media exposure and the virulence of his racism - also observed, "As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump, and this morning proves it'".

The victor of the Republican primary election will face incumbent Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, who has opposed some of President Trump's policies.

But on the stump on Monday, Blankenship reportedly said the deadly explosion was caused by the U.S. government.

"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", Blankenship said.

Many are convinced that a Blankenship win, coming just months after the disastrous Alabama Senate race, would destroy the party's prospects of defeating Democratic Sen. The president may be facing a similar situation with Blankenship.

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

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

Whether Trump and McConnell's opposition hurts Blankenship will be revealed Tuesday at the polls. Manchin, he predicted, "wins no matter who runs against him". "The kind of candidates who previously wouldn't have even considered getting in are now more free to do so".

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