West Virginia primary: Blankenship has Republicans scrambling to avoid Roy Moore repeat

Kucinich and Cordray are top candidates in the Ohio Democratic primary for governor

Kucinich and Cordray are top candidates in the Ohio Democratic primary for governor

In a last-ditch effort to suppress Blankenship, Trump on Monday urged voters to reject the former coal executive and instead vote for either Jenkins or Morrisey on Tuesday.

"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference".

McConnell is married to Trump's Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents immigrated to the U.S.in 1961 and are both US citizens.

"The establishment, no matter who you define it as, has not been creating jobs in West Virginia", Blankenship, also critical of how Morrisey and Jenkins have addressed the state's opioid crisis, said at a recent debate.

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

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has said fellow Republican Blankenship failed to file a personal financial disclosure form in violation of the Ethics in Government Act.

Former coal tycoon Don Blankenship believes President Donald Trump is not supporting his campaign for Senate because the president is too busy to notice that he is more Trump than Trump.

U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are Blankenship's rivals in the West Virginia race, one of several primary contests where Republicans are wrestling over their allegiance to Trump.

The situation strikes a similar chord to Roy Moore's successful Alabama senatorial primary campaign against incumbent Luther Strange and ultimate defeat to Democratic candidate Doug Jones last December.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. The establishment is misinforming Trump, Blankenship told NBC Monday. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State.No way! ". Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!" Trump won the district by nearly 50 points in 2016, but the districts ancestrally blue roots and historic support for Manchin may create a competitive race in November. "I will beat Joe Manchin and ditch Cocaine Mitch, for the sake of the kids".

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

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. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., because of Blankenship's 2015 misdemeanor conviction and one-year sentence for conspiring to violate mine health and safety standards during his time as Massey's CEO when the Upper Big Branch Mine exploded.

"No, I'm realistic", Trump Jr. replied. "Let's find the very best person in West Virginia and not have a situation where we can't compete in November".

Trump's run was also defined by a host of conspiracy theories, from raising false questions about Ted Cruz's father being tied to President John F. Kennedy's death to repeatedly questioning President Barack Obama's birth certificate to besmirching Muslims by suggesting they were cheering in New Jersey on September 11.

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