A trio of incumbent Democratic senators representing states Donald Trump captured in the 2016 presidential election, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sherrod Brown of OH and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, will finally have a Republican opponent after Tuesday. Trump urged voters to cast GOP primary ballots either for two-term Congressman Evan Jenkins or state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Trump's tweet referred to Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican accused of sexual misconduct who was upset past year in the US Senate election by Democrat Doug Jones. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...
"Tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message-no one, and I mean no one, will tell us how to vote", he added.
In urging a vote against Blankenship, Trump follows in the footsteps of his son - Donald Trump Jr. - who, at the end of last week, tweeted: "I hate to lose". Blankenship also spent time in prison after his company was found to have violated federal safety regulations when a 2010 mining explosion killed 29 people. The coal executive has caused some controversy by launching racial attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife and father-in-law.
Last week, Blankenship referred to McConnell as "cocaine Mitch" and Chao as a "wealthy Chinawoman".
Both the Morrisey and Jenkins campaigns reportedly have internal polling showing Mr. Blankenship with a small lead.
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Trump's run was also defined by a host of conspiracy theories, from raising false questions about Ted Cruz's father being tied to President John F. Kennedy's death to repeatedly questioning President Barack Obama's birth certificate to besmirching Muslims by suggesting they were cheering in New Jersey on September 11.
In a press conference on Sunday, Morrisey argued that Blankenship failed to submit a financial disclosure, violating campaign election law. Trump supported Moore, who was accused of sexual assault against children, in the race against Democrat Doug Jones. 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 USA voter MORE won West Virginia by more than 40 points in 2016. And it's hard to oversell how disastrous this all could be - not just for Republican efforts to defeat Sen. "Most of these states did support Trump by more than just a few points".
Since 2000 the Republican presidential nominee has carried the state.
"I hate to lose".
Trump wrote on Monday, "To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference". No more fumbles like Alabama. "Let's find the very best person in West Virginia and not have a situation where we can't compete in November". A super PAC linked to Democrats has been running ads in West Virginia attacking Jenkins and Morrisey for weeks. "And it's all good for us".