A test of GOP sanity in West Virginia
- Author: Tracy Klein May 08, 2018,
May 08, 2018, 1:31
With Don Blankenship mounting a last-minute surge, President Trump waded into the GOP Senate primary in West Virginia on Monday, stating flatly that the ex-convict "can't win" in November and would blow the party's chances of picking off vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sen.
Republican operatives are reportedly anxious that Blankenship could win Tuesday's primary in West Virginia.
But he still has the possibility of becoming the Republican nominee for Senate on Tuesday, even though President Trump urged voters to support Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va. or 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. "Neither of my opponents can beat Joe Manchin without my support, but I will beat Joe Manchin even without the support of the establishment".
Primary elections are set for tomorrow in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina.
While Blankenship has made national headlines for his attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he's widely known across the Mountain State for his involvement in the coal industry and Republican politics. Manchin faces his own primary challenger Tuesday in progressive newcomer Paula Jean Swearengin.
In reply, Blankenship Monday also reminded voters of that Alabama race and the fact that Trump endorsed Moore.
"I'm the only candidate in this race who has backed Donald Trump since day one, and as senator, I'll continue working side-by-side with him in the best interests of West Virginia and our conservative values".
"It's really sad that the pressure on the president and the misinformation and the untruths he's been given would cause him to suggest that you vote for two guys that have failed you, because I will not fail you if I get to D.C". "No way! Remember Alabama or A.G. Morrisey". "This thing has been going on within the Republican Party for some time and it resulted in Trump", he said.
Jenkins told Fox News he's glad Trump injected himself in the race.
Republicans a part of the race have been pressuring the White House to talk out, however, administration officials were not fully specific what Mr. Trump would perform before they watched that the conversation. Should the Mr. Blankenship however win despite the intervention it would be exceptionally uncomfortable to Mr. Trump.