The ugly truth behind Donald Trump's tweet about Don Blankenship

Until recently, the West Virginia primary had been treated as a two-man race between West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Congressman Evan Jenkins, but Blankenship has closed the gap.

Blankenship was responding to a Trump tweet Monday imploring West Virginians not to vote for the former Massey Energy CEO.

Taking a page from Trump's 2016 playbook, Blankenship has talked about conspiracy theories, tried to revamp his past, has given his political opponents nicknames like "Little Joe" and went full throttle against Washington, D.C. Strategists point to the recent Fox News debate, where they say he came across as likable and even amusing after being painted as villain in political ads. Blankenship is one of 6 GOP candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat that is now held by W.Va. Democrat Joe Manchin.

A Braun win isn't almost as catastrophic for the GOP in IN as Blankenship would be in West Virginia - Washington Republicans say all three GOP candidates in IN have a chance against Donnelly.

"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference", Trump said on Twitter. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...

The polls were conducted before Blankenship took on GOP Sen.

Trump won West Virginia by 42 points in the 2016 election. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey plans to call Blankenship's probation officer to confront him about the candidate's refusal to comply with federal law by not filing a personal financial disclosure. "The president hasn't been involved in this race, but we are looking forward to him endorsing us after we win the primary".

Blankenship has also referred to Mr McConnell, who has launched a political group to oppose him, as "Cocaine Mitch". "As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump and this morning proves it".

Republicans have a good chance at taking back a key Senate seat from Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin this year, but they worry a convicted coal baron may stand in their way.

The victor of the Republican primary election will face incumbent Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, who has opposed some of President Trump's policies.

With Republicans still smarting from Roy Moore's train-wreck Senate campaign in Alabama, even Trump is joining the G.O.P. effort to neutralize Blankenship's candidacy. He's launched a racially charged campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which has intensified GOP efforts to tank Blankenship before they fear he tanks them. Or the time when he said that term wasn't racist because "races are Negro, white Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian". 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.

Trump's tweet on Blankenship starkly reveals both of those character traits.

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