West Virginia primary: Blankenship has Republicans scrambling to avoid Roy Moore repeat

President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that Blakenship can not win the general election on Tuesday and suggested that West Virginians should either vote for Morrisey or the establishment-backed Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV).

In a Monday morning tweet, Trump explained that he was endorsing Morrisey because Blankenship is likely to lose the general election.

Blankenship is running against Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

He also referenced the failed U.S. Senate bid of Roy Moore in a December Alabama special election.

Many on the right are concerned if Blankenship wins the primary, he'll nearly certainly lose the general election to Democratic Sen.

He responded to Trump's tweeted repudiation with a statement saying "the President is a very busy man and doesn't know me".

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".

Blankenship served one year in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards, a misdemeanor.

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. What about that time he referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao's husband, as "Cocaine Mitch". Each claimed to have the support of the president, even though Mr. Trump made it explicit that he has no preference between the two.

"He (Trump) doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary", Blankenship said.

In Alabama, Trump backed incumbent Luther Strange to fill the Republican-held seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became Attorney General. President TrumpDonald John TrumpBaldwin spotlights mother's drug addiction, efforts to combat opioid abuse in ad Giuliani says he's "focused on the law more than the facts right now" Cambridge Analytica ordered to hand over data on United States voter MORE won West Virginia by more than 40 points in 2016. 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.

European Leagues chief urges UEFA panel to oppose new Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions
Its national team was the lowest-ranked team to enter the World Cup at the time of the draw in December. There is promotion and relegation between the divisions, as in conventional domestic club leagues.


Blankenship has used a parallel strategy, suggesting that his recent conviction in the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine was ordered by Obama.

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.

So I'm gonna go out on a limb here and ask the people of West Virginia to make a wise decision and reject Blankenship!

Manchin has been a top GOP target since at least November 2016, when Trump won the state with 68.7 percent of the vote.

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

"I hate to lose".

"No more fumbles like Alabama", he wrote. "We need to win in November".

Democrats have fed some of that feeling and enjoyed the show.

There's an argument that this is the kind of thing that could work uniquely well in West Virginia.

"They are in the middle of a bloodbath right now", said a gleeful West Virginia Democrat with ties to Manchin.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

Iowa's Governor Just Signed the Strictest Abortion Ban in the United States
Outside of Reynolds' office earlier Friday, critics of the bill began leaving coat hangers by her staff's desks. That means many women in Iowa may not even realize they are pregnant until it's too late to have the procedure.

Lava Flows Erupt, Engulf Cars and Homes in Leilani Estates
On Saturday morning, she received alerts from her security system that motion sensors throughout the house had been triggered. Certain air filters can help, but at higher concentrations, leaving the area is the only option to reduce exposure.

'US Embassy' road signs put up in Jerusalem
The White House released a statement on Monday about the delegation it will send to next week's ceremony in honor of the U.S. In this photo released by the Jerusalem Municipality, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat poses with a new road sign to the new U.S.

Air France workers tear up another executive
Janaillac will meet with the Air France-KLM and Air France boards May 9 to submit his resignation. Staff and management at the carrier have been locked in a dispute over pay since February.

'Be Best': First Lady Melania Trump Launches Official White House Project
Trump acknowledged for the first time her intention to move forward with the topic, despite what could be perceived as hypocrisy. In honor of this occasion, the Washington Post took a closer look at the first lady's private life in a piece published Sunday.

Gareth Bale scores brilliant goal as Real Madrid draw with Barcelona
In the end, however, the result was probably fair and Madrid felt they could have ended Barcelona's unbeaten record in La Liga . Messi scored Barcelona's second goal and was in action for all 90 minutes as the Catalans were held to a draw at the Camp Nou.

Iran says U.S. exit from nuclear deal "not simple"
Boris Johnson , the British Foreign Secretary, has warned that an arms race could develop in the Middle East if the USA backs out of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Poll fever intensifies in Karnataka, PM Modi to address four rallies today
The Prime Minister, who has been campaigning intensely in the state, urged people to throw out the Congress and Siddaramaiah . PM Modi also blamed the Congress for "distorting history" as part of a conspiracy to divide the society.

Jets one win away from conference final following decisive victory in Nashville
Nashville, Tenn. - - When Lady Antebellum botched the words to the national anthem, you knew it was not Smashville's night. The Jets responded by winning 7-4 at home in Game 3, exploding for three goals in three minutes of the third period.

WWE's Official Backlash Preview; Who Will Win The RAW Women's Championship Match?
The SmackDown Women's Champion, Carmella , will face former Champion Charlotte for her first title defence. Like, for example, having Big Cass pulverise Daniel Bryan as if he's in the Sun Life Stadium.

IPL 2018: Hyderabad beat Delhi, moves closer to playoffs
Kane Williamson led SRH has impressed everyone with their performance this season winning seven of nine games played so far. The two plundered 27 runs as the Englishman hit three sixes while the left-hander struck one six in that eventful over.

Cards catcher Yadier Molina out one month after surgery
Louis Cardinals trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by just 1.5 games for the best record in the entire National League. Yadier Molina underwent emergency surgery Saturday evening after he was struck in the groin by a tipped foul ball.

Yankees' Gleyber Torres Blasts Three-Run Walk-Off Home Run
Miller has been on the disabled list since April 26. "I think he's OK". "He said he's going to play Sunday. It's been kind of ongoing. "We feel like he's more than capable of stepping in there in a starting role".

Who Knew? Jada Pinkett Smith & Gabriel Union Were Beefing for 17 Years!
Totally not expecting that response, Pinkett-Smith, as seen in the preview clip, below, was completely taken aback. "I haven't gotten any TMI (too much information) moments, but I've gotten shocking moments", Jada explained.

Philippines' Neil Etheridge reaches Premier League with Cardiff
As a result, Cardiff City and champions Wolverhampton have been promoted to the Premier League beginning the 2018-2019 season which kicks off on August.


More News

News
More News