Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Ex-CEO Blankenship loses GOP race but won't stop fighting

Ex-CEO Blankenship loses GOP race but won't stop fighting

Speaking to reporters at his election night headquarters in Kearneysville, Morrisey tried to reach out to those who supported Blankenship.

Morrisey was endorsed in the primary by the conservative National Review, which heralded him as a "rock-solid, independent-minded conservative who would be a valuable addition to the right flank of the Republican caucus".

Businessman and self-described outsider Mike Braun won the GOP Senate primary in IN, besting Reps. Had Blankenship triumphed last night, McConnell likely would have abided whatever garbage the senate candidate dumped at his doorstep, all in service of defeating Democrat Joe Manchin in November.

"I feel very good about what I did", he added, noting that he would soon travel to Paris now that he doesn't have to run a general election. Jenkins joined the Republican Party in 2013 prior to running for the 3rd Congressional District seat. Blankenship had 20 percent.

Blankenship aggressively attacked McConnell in his campaign. (McConnell, who is not without a sense of humor, was soon answering his own phone by saying "Cocaine Mitch", according to the Times' Jonathan Martin.) On Tuesday, Blankenship finished third in what had been a three-way race. He called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "Cocaine Mitch", and made racially charged comments about McConnell's family.

"Thanks for playing, Don", the meme said, referencing Blankenship, who has attacked McConnell repeatedly in recent weeks, most notably giving him the moniker "cocaine Mitch".

"Thousands die from cocaine use year after year, and he thinks it's amusing that his family's shipping business hauls cocaine on the high seas", he said. Manchin's campaign has said he had more than 11,000 donors in the primary.

The coal baron did not campaign on Tuesday and instead went to a local tailor in Charleston to get fitted for what he called a "general election suit".

In most cases, the Republican candidates on the ballot Tuesday had competed to be seen as the most conservative, the most anti-Washington and the most loyal to the Republican president. "Probation ends at 12:01 a.m. tonight. That doesn't mean it won't change". I hope I don't come off as bitter because I'm not.

He also closed his concession speech by urging people to stay and drink the alcohol he had already purchased.

"I learned more in the poor house and the big house than I learned in the other houses", he said. "And I am staying upstairs so I don't have to worry about a DUI or anything". "Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!" the president tweeted Monday. The Fox News poll is considered "gold standard"; the Republican GOPAC is not but it tracked relatively closely with the Fox News poll result.

All three candidates attempted to out-Trump each other. As a candidate, however, Blankenship seemed not too far from the typical Trumpian figure, throwing around wild accusations, casual racism, and staunch xenophobia.

"Don Blankenship is just not going to win in November".

But the surge never came to fruition and Blankenship came up significantly short.

The senate majority leader, famous for his dedication to obstructing President Obama and that time he posed in front of a confederate flag, had recently become a target of senate candidate Don Blankenship, ahead of the West Virginia Republican primary. I really don't think so.

But West Virginia wasn't the only state with an important primary election Tuesday night. "Even though the odds of beating three felonies are at least 150 to 1, I did beat all three that were levied against me" he said. To find a sitting politician who so forcefully impressed himself upon the imaginations of Americans one would have to look back to Franklin Roosevelt.

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