Trump tries to sink Blankenship in West Virginia primary

Shown here are maps and campaign signs at Republican headquarters in Wadsworth Ohio

A coal baron convict's hard-charging bid to win the GOP Senate primary Tuesday in West Virginia is throwing into chaos Washington Republicans' plans for swiping the Democrat-held seat in November. He declared himself "Trumpier than Trump", after seeing the tweet, confirming that Trumpism has moved into something larger than just the president. The Republican candidates are looking to unseat Sen.

"I think it could be misunderstood - people love Trump's policies and his commitment to West Virginia, they don't necessarily love individuals".

The GOP is holding on to a razor-thin 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate and Democrats are defending ten states that voted for Trump in 2016, and both parties are keenly aware that avoiding unforced missteps and nominating quality candidates is the difference between a Senate majority or minority.

"The establishment, no matter who you define it as, has not been creating jobs in West Virginia", Blankenship, also critical of how Morrisey and Jenkins have addressed the state's opioid crisis, said at a recent debate.

"Trump and Don are two guys who have similar experiences and similar backgrounds and similar thoughts and similar ideas on where the country should be headed", said Greg Thomas, Blankenship's top aide.

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

The tweet proved to be a political present for Mr. Blankenship' 2 chief Republican rivals, consultant Evan Jenkins and also attorneygeneral Patrick Morrisey, at a nation Mr. Trump won overwhelmingly and where he now stays popular.

Trump is citing Alabama Republican Roy Moore, who lost a special Senate election after allegations of past sexual misconduct.

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He explicitly referenced the race at the end of the event, as he asked the audience to cheer for Jenkins or Morrisey in a demonstration of how the crowd planned to vote in the upcoming GOP senate primary.

The Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), a super PAC run by a McConnell ally, released a statement last week slamming Blankenship ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Blankenship fired back in a statement to NBC's Ali Vitali. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State... He served a year in prison after 29 miners died in the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. Trump won the district by nearly 50 points in 2016, but the districts ancestrally blue roots and historic support for Manchin may create a competitive race in November. "While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich", Blankenship continued.

Blankenship argued that neither Jenkins or Morrisey could beat Manchin without his support, but he would prevail over the Democratic stalwart "even without the support of the establishment".

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

Don Blankenship: "Hi. I'm Don Blankenship, candidate for U.S. Senate, and I approve this message".

"We're excited that President Trump gave us a shout out this morning", Jenkins told FOX.

"No more fumbles like Alabama", he said. And yet, Trump is trying to stop him.

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