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Trump Urges West Virginia Republicans to Oppose Blankenship

Trump Urges West Virginia Republicans to Oppose Blankenship

Don Blankenship said on Monday that he is "Trumpier than Trump" in response to a tweet from the president urging West Virginians to support the GOP Senate candidate's primary opponents.

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". He responded that Trump doesn't know him and "the establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the US Senate and promote the president's agenda".

President weighs in on GOP primary race to flip Senator Joe Manchin's seat; Peter Doocy reports from Charleston, West Virginia.

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

Claiming that Blankenship "can't win the General Election", Trump on Monday alluded to the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama past year, where he made a similar endorsement.

GOP operatives in D.C. are concerned Blankenship might have a hard time beating Sen.

Blankenship will reveal his finances after the West Virginia primary on Tuesday.

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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. That would be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is married to former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose family owns a shipping company, which owns a ship upon which drugs were once found. He recommended that people vote for a guy that was basically accused of pedophilia in Alabama, " Blankenship said in an apparent reference to Trump's endorsement of Moore.

In a new radio ad, Blankenship says that "the establishment politicians are getting more desperate and more hostile, calling me a bigot, a moron, a despicable character and mentally ill".

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

He has particularly targeted Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, claiming he is a "swamp captain" who has "given millions of jobs to China people". Not on what Blankenship has said or what he believes. Joe Manchin in November. "Trump's tweet opposing him could be the final ingredient for what every other surprise win has required this cycle".

And it's an all too recognizable feeling for Senate G.O.P. officials: at December, the celebration handed across the Alabama seat once held by Jeff periods to Doug Jones, a Democrat, afterwards nominating Roy S. Moore, a contentious former state decide that was enticed by a number of girls of earning advances to them when these were adolescents, allegations that Mr. Moore denied.

Whether Trump and McConnell's opposition hurts Blankenship will be revealed Tuesday at the polls.


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