Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject Blankenship

Shown here are maps and campaign signs at Republican headquarters in Wadsworth Ohio

President Trump has urged voters to vote for either Rep. Evan Jenkins (middle) or Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (right.) Don Blankenship (left) insists he still has a chance to win the Republican primary despite Trump endorsing his opponents.

Taking a page from Trump's 2016 playbook, Blankenship has talked about conspiracy theories, tried to revamp his past, has given his political opponents nicknames like "Little Joe" and went full throttle against Washington, D.C. Strategists point to the recent Fox News debate, where they say he came across as likable and even amusing after being painted as villain in political ads. "I will win the primary and I will beat Joe Manchin".

Trump felt otherwise when he said in a tweet that Blankenship would lose the general election to Manchin, the Democratic incumbent senator.

Republican operatives are reportedly anxious that Blankenship could win Tuesday's primary in West Virginia.

Jenkins has made his anti-abortion, pro-coal stances central to his campaign, and Morrisey has often focused on his work combating the state's opioid epidemic as attorney general.

"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference", Trump wrote on Twitter. But his commitment to that formulation could also make him unelectable in a general election. "No way! Remember Alabama or A.G. Morrisey".

When Moore defeated odd in the primary, Trump quickly backed Moore and essentially disavowed his support of unusual, deleting his tweets about the latter.

The victor of that special election will face Sen. Trump endorsed him after the primary, but Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones, sending shockwaves through the GOP. The former CEO of Massey Energy served a year in prison for his involvement in the deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion. Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of his release from a California prison.

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The 68-year-old is running for the US Senate against two Republicans.

Blankenship has taken aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with racially charged accusations of corruption. "The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the President's agenda". "No way!" Trump said in his tweet.

Blankenship's campaign argued that failing to disclose his finances was a non-issue.

The West Virginia race is one of several primary contests where Republicans are wrestling over their allegiance to Trump.

Now, 24 hours before West Virginians head to the polls, Donald Trump has finally put his thumb on the scales. Since 2000 the Republican presidential nominee has carried the state. Republicans hold five of the six statewide offices, including governor.

"What the president is saying is let's help this country", McCarthy said. Democrats have their own intraparty drama that could portend what happens in November, which we'll get to.

Meanwhile, Jenkins said he was "honored" by Trump's tacit endorsement.

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