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

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

President Trump on Monday appealed to voters in West Virginia to reject controversial GOP Senate candidate and ex-coal boss Don Blankenship in Tuesday's primary.

President Trump won the state with 68 percent of the vote, although Don Blankenship, recently released from jail after violating safety standards that resulted in a deadly mining accident, could throw a wrench in the potentially easy pick-up for Republicans.

Mr. Morrissey seized to the president's no announcement at a tweet of his own, saying Mr. Blankenship would-be an "disaster" at the general election.

The President adds his voice to the national Republicans who are anxious that Blankenship's upstart campaign could upend plans to run either Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins or Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who are seen as more electable, against vulnerable Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in November.

Blankenship has repeatedly stated on the campaign trail that Morrisey is at fault for the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, and vows he will not support the attorney general if chosen as the Republican nominee. What about that time he referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao's husband, as "Cocaine Mitch".

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.

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

President Donald Trump has insisted his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win the election.

"It's really sad that the pressure on the president and the misinformation and the untruths he's been given would cause him to suggest that you vote for two guys that have failed you, because I will not fail you if I get to D.C". "Tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message-no one, and I mean no one, will tell us how to vote". Blankenship dismissed criticism that his use of the word "Chinaperson" was racist in quite the Trumpian manner, casting it as political correctness gone unchecked. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Observers say they'd be surprised if Kucinich beats Cordray, but they'll also be watching just how well Kucinich does with Ohio's more liberal voters. Not on what Blankenship has said or what he believes. Trump wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Jenkins said he was "honored" by Trump's tacit endorsement. Should the Mr. Blankenship however win despite the intervention it would be exceptionally uncomfortable to Mr. Trump. In January, Jenkins called on Morrisey to disavow Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist whose relationship with the president soured suddenly and dramatically earlier this year.

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

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