Trump tells West Virginia Republicans Blankenship can not win Senate race

April FrancisMay 08, 2018

This has alarm bells ringing for some Republicans who worry that a win by a candidate seen by some as unelectable could mean the party could ultimately lose the general election against Democrat Sen.

Indeed, Mr. Blankenship's rising poll numbers have coincided with an increasing number of highly inflammatory statements and personal attacks on powerful figures such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Republican leadership was outraged.

In the three-way West Virginia primary, some Republicans are concerned that a victory by Blankenship would mean a winnable seat becomes almost impossible to defend, repeating the results in Alabama. Joe Manchin (D) in the general election. He served a year in prison after 29 miners died in the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. Some polls have shown increasing support for Don Blankenship.

With Republicans still smarting from Roy Moore's train-wreck Senate campaign in Alabama, even Trump is joining the G.O.P. effort to neutralize Blankenship's candidacy.

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

White House aides and Republicans in the Senate had been discussing whether Trump should comment on Blankenship and decided he should if it looked like Blankenship could win, three officials said, The Times reported. "Remember Alabama", the president said.

The attacks delivered Mr. Blankenship's survey amounts rebounds, but with Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Morrisey dividing votes, " Mr. Blankenship has stayed in competition. Blankenship is one of 6 GOP candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat that is now held by W.Va. Democrat Joe Manchin. They are also childishly calling me "despicable" and 'mentally ill.' The war to drain the swamp and create jobs for West Virginia people has begun.

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Blankenship responded to Trump's tweet Monday morning by noting that, "The president is a very busy man and he does not know me".

The battle over Trumpism in West Virginia underscores the difficulties confronting the national party as insurgent candidates rush to claim the president's mantle.

That hasn't stopped Blankenship from using Trump to help his case. In one campaign video, Blankenship blames his incarceration on an "Obama judge" and "Obama prosecutors".

Morrisey, one of the two beneficiaries of Trump's tweet, said he hasn't spoken to the president in the past few days, but nominating a Republican who can defeat Manchin is key. "I've never used a race word". "It's not any slander here".

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

Meanwhile, Jenkins said he was "honored" by Trump's tacit endorsement.

Whether Trump and McConnell's opposition hurts Blankenship will be revealed Tuesday at the polls.

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