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Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primary

Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primaryā€¯

Indeed, Mr. Blankenship's rising poll numbers have coincided with an increasing number of highly inflammatory statements and personal attacks on powerful figures such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that Blakenship can not win the general election on Tuesday and suggested that West Virginians should either vote for Morrisey or the establishment-backed Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV).

Claiming that Blankenship "can't win the General Election", Trump on Monday alluded to the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama past year, where he made a similar endorsement. Trump urged voters to cast GOP primary ballots either for two-term Congressman Evan Jenkins or state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The President adds his voice to the national Republicans who are anxious that Blankenship's upstart campaign could upend plans to run either Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins or Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who are seen as more electable, against vulnerable Democratic Sen. "Let's find the very best person in West Virginia and not have a situation where we can't compete in November".

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Primary elections are set for tomorrow in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina.

In recent weeks he has fought using a collection of incendiary advertisements targeting the group of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader and spouse of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Ahead of Tuesday's primary, a national Republican operative tells ABC News that candidates are starting to pull out all the stops now that it's "down to the wire".

Think back to Trump's decision to get involved in the Alabama special election on behalf of embattled former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

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Following the president's tweet, Mr. Blankenship didn't try to distance himself from Mr. Trump, who remains wildly popular in West Virginia and won the state by more than 40 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election. "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", Greg Thomas, Blankenship's top aide, told CNN. "They are showing that Blankenship and I are tied". "No way! Remember Alabama or A.G. Morrisey".

"The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the president's agenda", Blankenship continued. They are also childishly calling me "despicable" and 'mentally ill.' The war to drain the swamp and create jobs for West Virginia people has begun. "In the Senate, it's awesome how much more the Democrats are able to put aside their differences", said O'Connell.

"I'm proud to have President Trump's support", he tweeted. "This thing has been going on within the Republican Party for some time and it resulted in Trump", he said. Trump had endorsed Moore in that race.

Whether Trump and McConnell's opposition hurts Blankenship will be revealed Tuesday at the polls.

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