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Trump Warns West Virginians Against Voting For GOP Senate Frontrunner: 'Remember Alabama'

08 May 2018

Trump's tweet referenced Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican accused of sexual misconduct who was upset in the general US Senate election in December by a Democrat in the deep red state. The victor would take on Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in November.

"Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people", Blankenship said in one of his campaign ads."While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich".

"I think it could be misunderstood - people love Trump's policies and his commitment to West Virginia, they don't necessarily love individuals". McConnell, who has opposed Blankenship's Senate run, is married to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

President Trump won the state with 68 percent of the vote, although Don Blankenship, recently released from jail after violating safety standards that resulted in a deadly mining accident, could throw a wrench in the potentially easy pick-up for Republicans. "Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey", Trump tweeted. Others include two-term U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

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Mr. Trump's morning tweet reportedly came after pleas from Republican Party leaders who now fear Mr. Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy who spent a year in federal prison in connection with the fatal Upper Big Branch mine explosion of 2010, may actually come out on top in Tuesday's primary.

"We have a three-alarm fire in West Virginia", Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Newsweek.

"Now they understand what happened when Don fought back", says one character in the ad. Blankenship's attacks on McConnell's in-laws, who are of Chinese descent, are also reminiscent of Trump's nativist rhetoric during his presidential bid.

Many pundits said the race could determine which party controls the Senate next year. "Let's put America first, find the very best person in West Virginia and not have a situation where we can't even compete in November".

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While the Republican Party has made its peace with Donald Trump, G.O.P. political operatives are anxious that Don Blankenship, the 2018 candidate most aggressively reproducing Trump's electoral playbook, may end up costing them.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has said fellow Republican Blankenship failed to file a personal financial disclosure form in violation of the Ethics in Government Act. Not on what Blankenship has said or what he believes. After the election result, Trump tried to distance himself from Moore by reverting back to his previous argument that unusual would have won the general election.

Trump defended Moore against those allegations during the special election campaign but said the day after the election that he had endorsed interim Sen.

That hasn't stopped Blankenship from using Trump to help his case. And any means to win justifies the end - as long as the end is a victory.

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Trump Warns West Virginians Against Voting For GOP Senate Frontrunner: 'Remember Alabama'