Blankenship bid divides West Virginia, as GOP primary rivals praise Trump intervention

08 May, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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"Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State", the President said. "Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!"

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.

They are all competing to run against the presumed Democratic nominee, Sen. Joe Manchin (D) in the fall.

O'Connell, who worked on John McCain's presidential campaign, said he believes that if Blankenship loses the primary this Tuesday, the race is the Republicans' to win. He added: "The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the US Senate and promote the President's agenda".

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In a morning tweet, Trump echoed a growing concern among Republicans: A Blankenship win in Tuesday's primary could jeopardize the party's hopes of beating incumbent Sen.

But the President's son does not share that sentiment and unleashed a series of tweets on Thursday urging West Virginia Republicans to vote against Blankenship. Luther Strange - but when it became clear that Moore could well win despite the large number of women who came forward to say he had sought relationships with them when they were under age, Trump went all in for Moore.

Republicans may have reason to panic as a couple of internal polls have Blackenship surging ahead. During the final six days of the race, Blankenship spent more than $640,000 on the air, outstripping Jenkins and Morrisey combined, according to media buying totals. 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.

"No way!" Trump said in his tweet.

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Where to start! There was the time that Blankenship referred to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's father as a "wealthy Chinaperson". Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in a series of political ads, one of which trashed the Senate majority leader for creating jobs for his "China people".

"Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people". While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich. "In fact his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars", he said in the ad.

Blankenship's campaign argued that failing to disclose his finances was a non-issue.

"This morning, President Trump gave us a wonderful shoutout, saying he was encouraging support for Evan Jenkins for Senate in the Republican primary tomorrow", Jenkins said, not mentioning that the president also expressed support for Morrisey.

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