Trump tries to sink Blankenship in West Virginia primary

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On Monday morning, President Donald Trump took sides in the West Virginia Senate Republican primary. "As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump and this morning proves it". "I will not fail you if I get to D.C. ... and I can tell you, I am more capable of representing you than anyone you ever sent to the U.S. Senate". Luther Strange in the primary because he knew Moore couldn't win. "Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!" he added.

As for West Virginia, the president's appeal to Republican voters comes at a crucial moment in the race.

Republicans want to retain control of Congress in the November congressional elections that are viewed by some as referendum on Trump's presidency.

Blankenship predicts he cannot only win the primary but also defeat incumbent Democratic U.S. Joe Manchin in November "without the support of the establishment". Moore's loss narrowed Republicans' Senate majority to 51-49. Joe Manchin in November, Trump-world and establishment Republicans have joined forces to upend a candidate whose upstart run looks like a clone of Trump's successful bid just two years ago. He has consistently voted against Senate Republicans' ObamaCare repeal or replace efforts and most recently their tax-cut bill that Trump signed in late-December 2017.

The anti-establishment candidate doesn't think President Trump, who beat Hillary Clinton here by 42 points in 2016, is going to hurt his chances though.

Both O'Connell and Trippi said this primary split has been a detriment to Republican Senate elections and Democratic House elections, where far-left candidates have been widening the field. Morrisey was in third place with only 19 percent.

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Indeed, Mr. Blankenship's rising poll numbers have coincided with an increasing number of highly inflammatory statements and personal attacks on powerful figures such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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.

Blankenship is apparently trying to link the Kentucky Republican to a 2014 news report about drugs that were purportedly found on a ship owned by his in-laws.

McConnell is married to Trump's Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents immigrated to the U.S.in 1961 and are both USA citizens. And he's accused McConnell of creating jobs for "Chinapeople" and said his "China family" has given him millions of dollars - leading to widespread criticism of his racially charged ads.

Where to start! There was the time that Blankenship referred to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's father as a "wealthy Chinaperson".

While Trump and Morrisey have just started attacking Blankenship, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., asked voters in a tweet last week to "make a wise decision and reject Blankenship".

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