Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primary
08 May, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Rachel Logan
Just a day before West Virginia's primary election, President Donald Trump has weighed in on the GOP Primary. That leaves at least 38% making up their minds late in the game, and Blankenship's last-minute TV push might just upend Republican efforts to take a key seat away from Democrats.
Loyalty to the president is a central issue in the Republican primaries, and GOP candidates across all four states are aiming to prove to voters that they are the true Trump ally. "But in the House, Republicans have been able to coordinate primaries very well". It's unclear if that will work in a general election.
Trump, seeking to tap into nativist sentiment across the country, kicked off his 2016 campaign with harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrations to the United States, labeling undocumented immigrants as "rapists" who are "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime". Last week, Blankenship released an ad attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his "China family".
The similarities between President Donald Trump and ex-con coal baron-turned-West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship are impossible to miss.
And it's an all too recognizable feeling for Senate G.O.P. officials: at December, the celebration handed across the Alabama seat once held by Jeff periods to Doug Jones, a Democrat, afterwards nominating Roy S. Moore, a contentious former state decide that was enticed by a number of girls of earning advances to them when these were adolescents, allegations that Mr. Moore denied.
Indiana, North Carolina and OH also are holding primaries on Tuesday.
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.
The strategy of turning himself into Trump has impressed even some national Republicans skeptical of his bid. Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic and someone mentioned as a possible 3rd party candidate for president in 2020, hit Trump for that mentality in a tweet Monday.
Tuesday night will also provide a preview of races that could become critical to control of the U.S. House.
"I think he's getting bad information", Blankenship said.
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