Trump Urges West Virginia Republicans to Oppose Blankenship

Shown here are maps and campaign signs at Republican headquarters in Wadsworth Ohio

"Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!"

Blankenship responds to Trump: "The President... doesn't know me and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary". Jenkins also found himself under assault from Duty and Country, a super PAC run by national Democrats who view the congressman as a threat in the general election and want to prevent him from winning the primary.

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.

Blankenship has taken aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with racially charged accusations of corruption. More ominously, Blankenship served a year in prison for failing to provide a safe working environment after a mine explosion killed 29 workers in 2010.

The candidates that emerge Tuesday night from bruising and expensive primary battles in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia will provide answers to key questions about races crucial to determining which parties will control the U.S. House and Senate after November.

Also worrying senior Republicans is the fact that Jenkins and Morrisey spent the final stretch of the race savaging each other in debates and TV commercials, a dynamic that damaged both of them and could create an opening for Blankenship.

"We don't think that even President Trump can stop it", Blankenship told Fox News.

Standing in the backroom of an empty restaurant, Morrisey struck a dire tone with the dozen or so supporters who came out to see him: "This race has changed a lot".

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Mr Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court judge, crashed out of the race, handing Democrats their first Senate victory in the Deep South state since 1992. "The President hasn't been involved in this race, but we are looking forward to him endorsing us after we win the primary".

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

President Donald Trump has insisted his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win the election. He won the state in the 2016 election by 42 percentage points.

"His family is very powerful in China and very powerful in the United States", Blankenship added, saying that he's "not going to DC to get along".

"This is about West Virginians".

But in yet another Trump-esque move, Blankenship turned into the attack by comparing himself to the President in a direct response to Trump Jr: "Just like your father", he wrote, "I am a victim of fake news and a corrupt Obama DOJ".

Blankenship argued that neither Jenkins or Morrisey could beat Manchin without his support, but he would prevail over the Democratic stalwart "even without the support of the establishment".

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