Trump weighs in on West Virginia Senate race

08 May, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Myra Gill

President Trump made an extraordinary appeal Monday for Republican primary voters to oppose former coal baron Don Blankenship in the looming West Virginia Senate primary, saying he "can't win" in the general election.

Blankenship's team is relishing the attention, seeing it as validation that their candidate - who they believe is a Republican in Trump's image - is surging.

"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.

"Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State", the President said. Allahpundit wrote about the coal mogul's obsession with "Cocaine Mitch" McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao's family of "China people", which will make for hilarious general-election campaign fodder. Or the time when he said that term wasn't racist because "races are Negro, white Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian". There's no mention of a race.

"And I'll be quite honest with you, he's been probably the rudest person in this race that I've met in Attorney General Patrick Morrisey". Blankenship will reveal his finances after the West Virginia primary on Tuesday.

No more fumbles like Alabama.

Thus, we have Trump today trying to cut into that populist momentum - to the extent it exists - in order to ensure that Blankenship is left sidelined after tomorrow. It's unclear, nevertheless, how powerful Mr. Trump's intervention will probably take a state where lots of ancient votes have been throw.

The entire focus is on winning.

"I think he's getting bad information", Blankenship said.

The statement shocked an entirely caught off-guard Blankenship team and crystalized the Republican opposition against them.

"This is about West Virginians.

No way!" Trump said in his tweet. Sure, Trump endorsed Moore's primary opponent - appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the primary because he knew Moore couldn't win.

Why? Because ANY Republican is better than ANY Democrat. If polling had shown Moore dead in the water, you can bet Trump would have been much more wary of getting involved.

The concern grew graver after the Fox News debate, leading a handful of state and national operatives to believe Blankenship has a real shot of beating Morrisey and Jenkins on Tuesday.

Trump's win-above-all-else strategy isn't unique to him - or to his party.

Although Tuesday's primaries are taking place in four states that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, Democrats are eyeing a number of U.S. House seats as potential building blocks in their attempt to retake the lower chamber this year. He likes to be around them.


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