The combative Blankenship - who spent a year in the slammer for violating mine safety regulations after a 2010 explosion at his mine killed 29 workers - responded to Trump's tweet by declaring that he's "Trumpier than Trump and this morning proves it". The Republican candidates are looking to unseat Sen.
"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference", Trump said in an early morning tweet Monday.
McConnell's wife is Trump's transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan. 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.
Republican strategists feel that Mr. Manchin supplies them of the best chances to reclaim a Democratic seat, but this the conservative Democrat and former governor will easily acquire re election if Mr. Blankenship could be the nominee.
In a Tweet Monday morning, Trump attempted to appeal to the sensibilities of West Virginia Republicans, who voted Trump into office in 2016 by almost 42 points.
There's "no way" Blankenship can win, Trump said Monday, urging voters to support Rep. Evan Jenkins and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey instead.
Trump has one big reason not to support Blankenship: Roy Moore, the defeated GOP Senate hopeful in Alabama, who won the primary but lost the general election he was favored to win after reports that he'd made inappropriate advances toward teen-aged girls.
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"It's a badge of honor in West Virginia to be put in jail for a misdemeanor by Obama", he has said during his run.
In West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, an open seat race with Jenkins running for Senate, Democratic state senator Richard Ojeda, who was brutally beaten in 2016 ahead of the primary election, has garnered attention for his appeal to voters in deep red Trump country.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is under attack from Don Blankenship, a Republican running for Senate seat in West Virginia as an anti-establishment candidate. Trump won the district by nearly 50 points in 2016, but the districts ancestrally blue roots and historic support for Manchin may create a competitive race in November. It's unclear, nevertheless, how powerful Mr. Trump's intervention will probably take a state where lots of ancient votes have been throw.
Last week, Blankenship referred to McConnell as "cocaine Mitch" and Chao as a "wealthy Chinawoman".
Republicans want to retain control of Congress in the November congressional elections that are viewed by some as referendum on Trump's presidency.
Blankenship has centered his candidacy around attacking fellow Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, accusing him of undermining Trump. West Virginians don't need a candidate who may not even be able to campaign in the state against Joe Manchin. Trump Jr. tweeted. "No more fumbles like Alabama".
"We don't think that even President Trump can stop it", Blankenship told Fox News.