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08 May 2018, 01:30 | Katrina Lee
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West Virginia's attorney general has said he plans to notify a probation officer that GOP Senate candidate Don Blankenship violated the Ethics in Government Act by failing to file a form - but a federal prosecutor says the failure to file wouldn't have violated the terms of Blankenship's supervised release from prison. He is running against Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins and current 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.
And he just might be the West Virginia GOP's nominee for Senate this fall.
Voting for the primary election takes place Tuesday.
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.
Mr. McConnell, who is profoundly unpopular among Republican primary voters, has mainly sidestepped the attacks, but his allies also have continued to assail Mr. Blankenship.
In reply, Blankenship Monday also reminded voters of that Alabama race and the fact that Trump endorsed Moore.
Though the two situations are not directly comparable - Moore was the incumbent and Blankenship is looking to win a primary to challenge Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin - Trump made the point that a candidate burdened by public backlash will not be as strong as a candidate whose skeletons are still in the closet.
"With two days left, Don Blankenship continues to dismiss the blatant rules to run for Senate", Morrisey said. There's no race. Races are negro, white caucasian, Hispanic, Asian.
For their part, both Mr. Morrisey and Mr. Jenkins clung to Mr. Trump's tweet.
The ad ends, "send me to the Senate and I will represent West Virginia people not China people".
"No more fumbles like Alabama", he wrote.
After trailing far behind Jenkins and Morrisey in polls, "he's back in the race and I wouldn't be surprised if he won". "All the ingredients are there for Blankenship to win-anti-Washington/anti-McConnell rhetoric and a lot of money while the other guys attack each other", the strategist said.
Trump's tweet is a reminder that he believes, deeply, in the concept that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. "No way!" Trump said in his tweet. "I'm the only candidate in this race who has backed Donald Trump since day one, and I'm working side-by-side with him to America, and West Virginia, Great Again".
Whether Trump and McConnell's opposition hurts Blankenship will be revealed Tuesday at the polls.
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