Don Blankenship is running on Trumpism in West Virginia. The GOP

Senator Elizabeth Warren questions Alex Azar during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

Blankenship was responding to a Trump tweet Monday imploring West Virginians not to vote for the former Massey Energy CEO.

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.

President Donald Trump is distancing himself from controversial Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship.

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

In West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, an open seat race with Jenkins running for Senate, Democratic state senator Richard Ojeda, who was brutally beaten in 2016 ahead of the primary election, has garnered attention for his appeal to voters in deep red Trump country.

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.

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.

"Our polls are close", West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, another candidate for the Senate nomination, told a small audience here on Sunday evening. He spent much of the event taking aim at Manchin while being flanked on either side by Jenkins and Morrisey. His rise in the Republican field comes shortly after he was convicted in 2015 of skirting safety regulations that led to the Upper Branch mine disaster in 2010, which killed 29 miners and injured several others.




Trump's tweet is a reminder that he believes, deeply, in the concept that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

Blankenship released a truly heinous campaign ad Friday attacking Mitch McConnell, calling him "Cocaine Mitch" and claiming he got rich off of "China people" and his "China family".

President Trump endorsed Ohio GOP Congressman Jim Renacci in his Senate bid after convincing him to switch from the governor's race and appeared with him over the weekend in the state.

Trump's tweet referred to Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican accused of sexual misconduct who was upset past year in the US Senate election by Democrat Doug Jones.

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

"Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people", Blankenship said in the ad Politico first reported.

No more fumbles like Alabama.

The Republican president maintains a strong approval rating in West Virginia at 61 points, according to March polling from Morning Consult.

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