Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primary

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To be sure, Don Blankenship is a racist slob (whose business decisions led to the deaths of 29 coal miners in 2010), but this sudden concern from Republicans, who have studiously ignored Donald Trump's racism, bigotry, moral and ethical lapses, along with his probably illegal actions, is beyond laughable. Joe Manchin in West Virginia.

He has also made freaky 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".

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. "Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey", Trump tweeted.

But he still has the possibility of becoming the Republican nominee for Senate on Tuesday, even though President Trump urged voters to support Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va. or Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

"Tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message-no one, and I mean no one, will tell us how to vote", he added.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday waded into the U.S. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Observers say they'd be surprised if Kucinich beats Cordray, but they'll also be watching just how well Kucinich does with Ohio's more liberal voters. "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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Polls have varied greatly over the past three months, though Mr. Blankenship seems to have gained steam after his performance in last week's nationally televised primary debate. "Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State..." On a West Virginia radio show, he suggested that McConnell faces a conflict of interest because he's married to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan to Chinese parents.

Trump's tweet is a reminder that he believes, deeply, in the concept that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

The president had offered Moore his full-throated support in the days leading to the special election in the deep red Cotton State. Like Trump, Blankenship has cast himself as a victim of the establishment and a rigged system.

After that loss, Trump said on Twitter: "The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election".

Moore later lost to Democrat Doug Jones, after facing sexual misconduct allegations from almost 10 women, including accusations of child molestation.

Whether Trump and McConnell's opposition hurts Blankenship will be revealed Tuesday at the polls.