Blankenship has made no bones about attacking other Republicans. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...
Firebrand conservative Moore won the state GOP primary over Trump-backed Luther Strange, then lost to Democrat Doug Jones, amid numerous damaging allegations about Moore's past inappropriate behavior with women.
A recent Fox News poll showed Blankenship trailing behind leading candidates Rep. Evan Jenkins and Attorney General Patrick Morrissey.
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"West Virginia voters should remember that my enemies are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and my opponents would not even be running as Republicans had I not resurrected the Republican Party in West Virginia", Blankenship added. "The race will be over and Democrats will be able to narrow the gap in Senate", said O'Connell, the Republican strategist.
Blankenship was the CEO of Massey Energy when a coal mine exploded and killed 29 coal miners in 2010.
But the President's son does not share that sentiment and unleashed a series of tweets on Thursday urging West Virginia Republicans to vote against Blankenship. Democrats would have to pick up two seats in the U.S. Senate and 23 seats in the House of Representatives in November to take over.
Early in the midterm election cycle, Republicans had hoped that winning Manchin's seat would increase their slim Senate majority.
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The 70-year-old Manchin has also created his own reelection challenges in a state where he's now the only state-wide elected Democrat. 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.
Blankenship's statement blamed "the establishment" for Trump's comment about him and said he would defeat Manchin.
Despite his past, the 68-year-old Blankenship and his anti-establishment message appear to be resonating with voters, in a state with a 5.4 percent jobless rate, the third-highest in the country. The coal executive has caused some controversy by launching racial attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife and father-in-law. A super PAC linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has invested heavily in stopping Blankenship, spending over $1.3 million on a mix of television and digital ads ahead of Tuesday's primary. He called Chao's father a "wealthy China person".
Much to the chagrin of McConnell and Trump, Blankenship's extreme behavior has appealed to far-right primary voters but will likely serve as a disadvantage when the time comes to move toward the middle in the general election.
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"No more fumbles like Alabama", he said.