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Offbeat Trump called Blankenship after Senate primary loss: report

09:05  10 may  2018
09:05  10 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Blankenship releases ad calling McConnell 'cocaine Mitch'

  Blankenship releases ad calling McConnell 'cocaine Mitch' West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship (R) released a new ad on Monday in which he labels Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as "cocaine Mitch.""One of my goals as U.S. senator will be to ditch cocaine Mitch. When you voting for me, you're voting for the sake of the kids," Blankenship says at the conclusion of the campaign spot.

President Trump called ex-coal executive Don Blankenship on Wednesday, one day after Blankenship lost the GOP Senate nomination in West Virginia Politico reported that Trump also reached out to Rep. Evan Jenkins, another Republican challenger who finished second to Morrisey

Mr. Trump ’s decision to speak out came after Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, whom Mr “Don Blankenship , currently running for Senate , can’t win the General Election in your State…No way!” Mr. Trump wrote on Monday morning, before referring to other Republican candidates in the primary .

  Trump called Blankenship after Senate primary loss: report © Provided by The Hill President Trump called ex-coal executive Don Blankenship on Wednesday, one day after Blankenship lost the GOP Senate nomination in West Virginia's, according to Politico.

Three unnamed sources described the brief call to Politico as "straightforward, polite and cordial," with Trump offering praise for Blankenship's campaign.

The Hill has reached out to Blankenship's office for comment.

Despite aligning himself closely with the president, Blankenship's campaign took a hit the day before the West Virginia primary when Trump urged voters to reject his candidacy.

"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!"

Morrisey: Blankenship 'would get crushed' in November

  Morrisey: Blankenship 'would get crushed' in November West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey is mounting an 11th-hour attack against ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship in the final days of the heated Senate GOP primary fight.Morrisey's campaign launched a robocall on Saturday warning that Blankenship "would get crushed in November" if he wins the party's nomination Morrisey's campaign launched a robocall on Saturday warning that Blankenship "would get crushed in November" if he wins the party's nomination on Tuesday.

The call came two days after Trump took to Twitter to urge West Virginia Republicans to reject Blankenship ’s candidacy. Democrats fret Nelson is choking in Florida Senate race. ‘Sleeper’ case could torpedo Mueller report . The Last Maverick.

Home » NCAA Basketball » After Senate primary loss Blankenship sold himself as “Trumpier than Trump ” during the race, but the president opposed him. Morrisey, the state attorney general, claimed the GOP nomination instead.

Echoing similar concerns from Republicans, the president reasoned that Blankenship wouldn't be able to defeat Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in November's general election.

The GOP sees West Virginia - a state that Trump carried by more than 40 percentage points in the election - as a prime opportunity to help widen their narrow 51-seat majority. And the party believes West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is the candidate who could topple a potentially vulnerable Manchin.

Blankenship, who finished third on Tuesday, said Trump's call for voters to reject him likely cost him the nomination.

"If there was any single factor, based on the polling of different times...it was probably President Trump's lack of endorsement...I don't know what else it would have been unless the polls were way off," he said in his concession speech Tuesday night.

GOP senator: It’s not that Blankenship 'can’t win,' it’s that he 'shouldn’t win'

  GOP senator: It’s not that Blankenship 'can’t win,' it’s that he 'shouldn’t win' Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) came out Monday against West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship, saying the former coal CEO and ex-convict shouldn't win the general election against Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Flake's remarks come a day before West Virginia Republicans cast primary ballots to decide on their party's nominee to face Manchin. Republicans in Washington, including President Trump, have slammed Blankenship as a bad pick who would lose a general election fight against Manchin.

Signs of life amid scars and loss in Sonoma County. Despite having lost the Republican primary , convicted ex-coal baron Blankenship said he’s going to continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a Blankenship sold himself as "Trumpier than Trump " during the race, but the president opposed him.

— Don Blankenship , a former coal baron who went to prison for his role in a deadly mine disaster, was soundly defeated in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, after President Trump and other Republicans urged voters to reject him.

In the final days of the campaign, national Republicans, anxious about a repeat of last year's Alabama special election in which conservative firebrand Roy Moore won the Senate nomination only to be defeated in a huge upset by Democrat Doug Jones, unleashed a host of last-ditch efforts to quash Blankenship's candidacy.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who backed Morrisey, called Blankenship an "outlier" and "not on the [Republican] spectrum" during a campaign stop in West Virginia. Meanwhile, groups aligned with the GOP and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) - whom Blankenship attacked repeatedly throughout his campaign - released comments and video condemning the candidate.

"Evan Jenkins and Patrick Morrisey are the true conservatives. Don't vote Don Blankenship," warned one video released by Mountain Families PAC, an Arlington, Va.-based super PAC that spent more than $1.3 million running online and TV ads against Blankenship.

Blankenship hits back at Trump: He backed a candidate 'accused of pedophilia'

  Blankenship hits back at Trump: He backed a candidate 'accused of pedophilia' Controversial West Virginia Republican Senate hopeful Don Blankenship brushed aside President Trump's call to vote against him by noting that Trump once called on voters to back a Republican candidate facing allegations of child molestation. Blankenship, a former coal executive who served a year in prison for a mine safety violation, has been locked in a brutal fight with establishment Republicans. The GOP fears Blankenship's criminal record, as well as his recent incendiary attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his family, would ruin the party's chances of defeating Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.

Former Coal Executive Don Blankenship , who called himself "Trumpier than Trump ," finished third in West Virginia's Republican Senate Primary . Establishment Republicans were obviously gleeful over Blankenship ’s loss .

Don Blankenship , a former coal baron and controversial Senate candidate, blamed President Trump for his failure to win the West Virginia primary on Tuesday night. Blankenship conceded after securing only 20% of votes in the race

Blankenship took a parting shot at Trump on Wednesday, claiming the president had spread "fake news" against him.

"You, yourself, also spread fake news against me. Your interference in the West Virginia election displayed a lack of understanding of the likely outcome of the upcoming general election," Blankenship wrote in an open letter to Trump. "Patrick Morrisey will likely lose the general election. It's too late to change that, but it's not helpful to do to me what others are doing to you."

Blankenship closed the letter stating that he looked forward to meeting Trump "in the near future."

Politico reported that Trump also reached out to Republican challenger Rep. Evan Jenkins, who finished second to Morrisey, but has yet to connected with Morrisey himself.

Blankenship: Trump spread 'fake news' about me .
Ex-coal CEO and failed Senate candidate Don Blankenship took a parting shot at President Trump on Wednesday, accusing him of "spreading fake news" against him. "You, yourself, also spread fake news against me. Your interference in the West Virginia election displayed a lack of understanding of the likely outcome of the upcoming general election," Blankenship wrote in an open letter to Trump.

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