Trump Urges West Virginians Not to Vote for Don Blankenship

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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. "I will beat Joe Manchin and ditch Cocaine Mitch, for the sake of the kids".

The former chief executive of Massey Energy, Mr. Blankenship served a year in federal prison following being convicted of trying to violate Parliament security rules after the Upper Big Branch mining crisis this year that promised 29 lives. His ad says McConnell has created jobs for "China people" and charges that his "China family" has given him millions of dollars. "Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State ..."

But the effect of president's anti-endorsement remains to be seen, as Mr. Trump did not specifically favor either of Mr. Blankenship's opponents, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins.

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

Blakenship is said to be rising in the polls against his two main challengers, possibly even leading, in the runup to the primary Tuesday.

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The ad ends, "send me to the Senate and I will represent West Virginia people not China people".

Blankenship has repeatedly explained away his time behind bars by saying that the mine explosion was a conspiracy orchestrated by the Obama administration while peppering in comparisons of himself and former South African President Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years as a political prisoner.

"No more fumbles like Alabama", he said. "We need to win in November".

In Indiana there are a number of interesting races, including six Democrats running in the 2nd Congressional District, the appearance of Vice President Mike Pence's brother in the GOP race for the 6th Congressional District, and another promising pick-up opportunity for the Republican who comes out on top in the primary to take on Sen.

The Republican president maintains a strong approval rating in West Virginia at 61 points, according to March polling from Morning Consult.

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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.

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

"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference", Trump said on Twitter. Trump had endorsed Moore in that race.

But that Mr. Trump would measure in the competition in any respect underscores how alarmed party officials are about Mr. Blankenship.

Trump's tweet on Blankenship starkly reveals both of those character traits.

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