Joe Manchin in November, Trump-world and establishment Republicans have joined forces to upend a candidate whose upstart run looks like a clone of Trump's successful bid just two years ago.
President weighs in on GOP primary race to flip Senator Joe Manchin's seat; Peter Doocy reports from Charleston, West Virginia. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...
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. In 2012, faced with a almost impossible re-election in a red state, McCaskill operated a secret campaign on behalf of Tea Party candidate Todd Akin in the primary, knowing he would be easier to beat than establishment candidate John Brunner. "They are showing that Blankenship and I are tied". During the final six days of the race, Blankenship spent more than $640,000 on the air, outstripping Jenkins and Morrisey combined, according to media buying totals. Newbrough had earlier said he would not support Morrisey. "We have to say no to Blankenship".
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.
With that surge, Blankenship has found himself in the spotlight and the subject of considerable attacks. He declared himself "Trumpier than Trump", after seeing the tweet, confirming that Trumpism has moved into something larger than just the president.
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And throughout her ordeal, the youngster has been cheered by listening to her favourite songs by the "Shake It Off" hitmaker. She said: "Her parents came too and they were the sweetest people , and it meant so much to my husband and me as parents".
Blankenship is a former mine owner who went to prison in connection with the deaths of 29 miners in a 2010 explosion.
"I think he's getting bad information", Blankenship said.
In an interview with Roll Call last week, Blankenship said his campaign ad was not racist because in the ad "there's no mention of a race". "Don Blankenship is running out of vengeance and personal redemption". But when you can do a lot of ads over a long period of time, you may be able to convince people that your motivations are a little bit difference.
Both McCready and Manning have out-fundraised their opponents, Pittenger and GOP Rep. Ted Budd, a sign that the party could have a realistic shot with voters in a suburban district President Trump won in 2016, but may have fallen out of favor within the first year and a half of his administration.
"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. "The establishment needs to stand down in this race, and I will beat Manchin in the fall".
That hasn't stopped Blankenship from using Trump to help his case.