Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject Blankenship

Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject Blankenship

He is running against Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins and current state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. "No way! Remember Alabama or A.G. Morrisey".

Republican operatives are reportedly anxious that Blankenship could win Tuesday's primary in West Virginia. On a West Virginia radio show, he suggested that McConnell faces a conflict of interest because he's married to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan to Chinese parents. Unfortunately for the party, and for McConnell, the ad appeared to give Blankenship a boost in the polls-raising the uncomfortable question of whether West Virginia Republicans are supporting him despite his blatantly racist ads, or because of them.

"With two days left, Don Blankenship continues to dismiss the blatant rules to run for Senate", Morrisey said. The Blankenship campaign's own internal survey puts the former coal boss far ahead; the poll of 1,000 West Virginia Republican voters gave Mr. Blankenship 37 percent, compared to just 20 percent for Mr. Morrisey and 15 percent for Mr. Jenkins.

While the Republican Party has made its peace with Donald Trump, G.O.P. political operatives are anxious that Don Blankenship, the 2018 candidate most aggressively reproducing Trump's electoral playbook, may end up costing them.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday waded into the U.S.

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. "Tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message-no one, and I mean no one, will tell us how to vote". "No way!" Trump said in his tweet.

Blankenship has centered his candidacy around attacking fellow Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, accusing him of undermining Trump.

Blankenship coined the "Cocaine Mitch" nickname last week, saying it was because of a 2014 article reporting cocaine was found on a ship belonging to McConnell's father-in-law's company. Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic and someone mentioned as a possible 3rd party candidate for president in 2020, hit Trump for that mentality in a tweet Monday.

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

"We're excited that President Trump gave us a shout out this morning", Jenkins told FOX. "Neither of my opponents can beat Joe Manchin without my support, but I will beat Joe Manchin even without the support of the establishment". 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.

"I'm proud to have President Trump's support", he tweeted.

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