Trump urges West Virginia Republicans to oppose Blankenship

Trump urges West Virginia Republicans to oppose Blankenship

Trump urges West Virginia Republicans to oppose Blankenship

"Convicted criminal Don Blankenship didn't vote for President Trump and is a resident of Nevada, where he must report to his parole officer", he says in robocalls that started going out Saturday to potential voters.

Republicans, who control both houses of Congress as well as the White House, are looking to break with election history dictating that the party of the president typically loses seats in mid-term elections.

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

Blankenship has referred to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's father - the Shanghai-born chairman of a major shipping company - as a "wealthy China-person". "I'm the only candidate in this race who has backed Donald Trump since day one, and as senator, I'll continue working side-by-side with him in the best interests of West Virginia and our conservative values".

Greg Thomas, a Blankenship spokesman, said, "Mr. Morrisey is just having a tantrum".

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

In reply, Blankenship Monday also reminded voters of that Alabama race and the fact that Trump endorsed Moore.

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

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Voting for the primary election takes place Tuesday.

Blankenship has repeatedly explained away his time behind bars by saying that the mine explosion was a conspiracy orchestrated by the Obama administration while peppering in comparisons of himself and former South African President Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years as a political prisoner. The establishment is misinforming Trump, Blankenship told NBC Monday.

Many are convinced that a Blankenship win, coming just months after the disastrous Alabama Senate race, would destroy the party's prospects of defeating Democratic Sen.

Trump, seeking to tap into nativist sentiment across the country, kicked off his 2016 campaign with harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrations to the United States, labeling undocumented immigrants as "rapists" who are "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime". Last week, Blankenship released an ad attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his "China family". "I will beat Joe Manchin and ditch Cocaine Mitch, for the sake of the kids".

Both the Morrisey and Jenkins campaigns reportedly have internal polling showing Mr. Blankenship with a small lead.

Since 2000 the Republican presidential nominee has carried the state.

Republicans have a good chance at taking back a key Senate seat from Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin this year, but they worry a convicted coal baron may stand in their way.

"No more fumbles like Alabama", he said. Each claimed to have the support of the president, even though Mr. Trump made it explicit that he has no preference between the two. "We need to win in November".

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