Trump tries to sink Blankenship in West Virginia primary

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President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that Republicans will lose the West Virginia Senate race if Don Blankenship prevails in tomorrow's GOP primary.

Blankenship has billed himself as an anti-establishment Republican in the vein of the unorthodox president, embracing the label that he is "Trumpier than Trump".

"I'm honored that President Trump encouraged voters to cast their vote for me to Make America Great Again", he said in a statement.

McConnell is married to Trump's Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents immigrated to the 1961 and are both US citizens. It's the number one issue", said Leah Askarinam, a reporter, and analyst at Inside Elections, a nonpartisan outlet that analyzes House, Senate, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, "These candidates have spent the last several months tying themselves as closely as possible to the president.

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He has also made freakish attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major part of his campaign platform, standing by his use of the racial slur "Chinaperson" to describe McConnell's father-in-law, and arguing in a campaign ad that McConnell "has created millions of jobs for China people".

Now, insurgent candidate Don Blankenship's primary rivals are in a last-minute drive to hold him down, with even President Trump appealing to voters to oppose his candidacy. Evan JenkinsEvan Hollin JenkinsGOP takes gloves off against Blankenship in West Virginia Morrisey: Blankenship "would get crushed" in November Mueller emerges as villain in Republican campaigns MORE came in second, with 28 percent, and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in third, with 27 percent. He's referring to when Republican Judge Roy Moore won the Alabama Senate primary past year only to eventually lose the seat to Democrat Doug Jones.

IN and OH represent less treacherous scenarios for Republicans, but the GOP primary in the Hoosier State has been an all-out brawl to be President Trump's most loyal foot-soldier in the Senate.

Blankenship's statement blamed "the establishment" for Trump's comment about him and said he would defeat Manchin. The only public poll in the race released in late April showed Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins leading Blankenship. He won the state in the 2016 election by 42 percentage points. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in a series of political ads, one of which trashed the Senate majority leader for creating jobs for his "China people".

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The calls were followed Sunday by Morrisey trying to have Blankenship disqualified from the primary for failing to submit a financial disclosure, allegedly in violation of election law and perhaps of his probation.

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

Blankenship was the CEO of Massey Energy until the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

Don Blankenship: "Hi. I'm Don Blankenship, candidate for U.S. Senate, and I approve this message. No more fumbles like Alabama", he wrote on Thursday, comparing the coal baron to failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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"I think the president is right here", McCarthy said.

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