Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject convicted coal baron

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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". This was going to be a tough race for the Republican candidate to begin with, Trippi added, but this primary fight means there's another unnecessary hurdle for the eventual candidate to overcome.

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

Blankenship is running a scorched-earth campaign, attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

"Trump and Don are two guys who have similar experiences and similar backgrounds and similar thoughts and similar ideas on where the country should be headed", said Greg Thomas, Blankenship's top aide.

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

Blankenship rejects the comparisons to Moore, which were amplified when the president urged voters Monday to "Remember Alabama".

Trump is citing Alabama Republican Roy Moore, who lost a special Senate election after allegations of past sexual misconduct.

West Virginia was considered a Democratic stronghold during the 20th century.

The danger lurking for Republicans in a Blankenship candidacy harkens back to 2012 when two GOP Senate candidates, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, made critical gaffes during the waning days of their campaigns and cost the party a chance at two seats that could have helped them capture a majority.

The attacks delivered Mr. Blankenship's survey amounts rebounds, but with Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Morrisey dividing votes, " Mr. Blankenship has stayed in competition.

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. He won the state in the 2016 election by 42 percentage points. "I will beat Joe Manchin and ditch Cocaine Mitch, for the sake of the kids".

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. All six of the candidates in the West Virginia GOP primary for U.S. Senate have attempted to align themselves with the president, who are hoping to take on U.S. Sen. The former CEO of Massey Energy, who was imprisoned for one year for violating mine health and safety standards following a devastating mine explosion that killed 29 miners, is surging in the polls ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

"I think the president is right here", McCarthy said. "We need to win 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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