On Monday morning, President Donald Trump took sides in the West Virginia Senate Republican primary.
In response, Blankenship issued a statement in which he said Trump "is a very busy man and he doesn't know me and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary". Blankenship will reveal his finances after the West Virginia primary on Tuesday.
"I think it could be misunderstood - people love Trump's policies and his commitment to West Virginia, they don't necessarily love individuals".
He explicitly referenced the race at the end of the event, as he asked the audience to cheer for Jenkins or Morrisey in a demonstration of how the crowd planned to vote in the upcoming GOP senate primary. He won the state in the 2016 election by 42 percentage points.
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But the President's son does not share that sentiment and unleashed a series of tweets on Thursday urging West Virginia Republicans to vote against Blankenship. In 2012, faced with a almost impossible re-election in a red state, McCaskill operated a secret campaign on behalf of Tea Party candidate Todd Akin in the primary, knowing he would be easier to beat than establishment candidate John Brunner. But after Morrisey and Jenkins spent the entirety of a Fox News debate last week attacking each other, a strategy that gave Blankenship a largely free pass, the coal baron is said to be surging. But they worry that a similar dynamic could play out as in the special election for a Senate race in Alabama, when GOP voters backed hardliner Roy Moore, who went on to lose to Democrat Doug Jones amid accusations of inappropriate behavior with teenage girls decades ago. Blankenship is a former CEO of Massey Energy who until recently was serving a yearlong sentence for a misdemeanor conviction over his involvement in the deadliest USA mine explosion in four decades.
In this campaign ad Blankenship uses the phrase "China people" and refers to the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, his "China family".
He added, "I have been on the campaign trail with Mr. Blankenship and I have listened to his stories, and I honestly believe he is Trumpier than Trump". While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich.
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"I think he would follow in the exact same footsteps as our president", Newbrough said.
He said a Blankenship nomination would guarantee a win for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in November.
"The war to drain the swamp and create jobs for West Virginia people has begun".
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