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West Virginia Republican hits Trump for backing Moore: 'Basically accused of pedophilia'

West Virginia Republican hits Trump for backing Moore: 'Basically accused of pedophilia'

West Virginia Republican hits Trump for backing Moore: 'Basically accused of pedophilia'

The closely watched races in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and North Carolina will narrow the field ahead of November's elections, when Democrats hope a blue wave will wrest control of Congress from the remaining defending Republicans. Joe Manchin in November, commissioned a poll in March showing Blankenship with 27 percent of the vote, just behind the incumbent congressman at 29 percent.

GOP Senate candidate Don Blankenship is a former coal baron who served a year in jail for violating mine safety regulations after a deadly explosion at one of his company's mines.

President Trump wrote,"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference".

Morrisey, the attorney general, is also now accusing Blankenship of violating election laws, for failing to file a financial disclosure.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the West Virginia Senate race through a tweet Monday morning.

Taking a page from Trump's 2016 playbook, Blankenship has talked about conspiracy theories, tried to revamp his past, has given his political opponents nicknames like "Little Joe" and went full throttle against Washington, D.C. Strategists point to the recent Fox News debate, where they say he came across as likable and even amusing after being painted as villain in political ads. "Tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message-no one, I mean no one, will tell us how to vote".

Morrisey, one of the two beneficiaries of Trump's tweet, said he hasn't spoken to the president in the past few days, but nominating a Republican who can defeat Manchin is key.

"No more fumbles like Alabama", he wrote.

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Blankenship is among six GOP candidates in Tuesday's primary.

The Republican president maintains a strong approval rating in West Virginia at 61 points, according to March polling from Morning Consult. Not on what Blankenship has said or what he believes. "This thing has been going on within the Republican Party for some time and it resulted in Trump", he said.

A Blankenship win could be disastrous for Republicans as they try to unseat Sen. "Trump's tweet opposing him could be the final ingredient for what every other surprise win has required this cycle". Sure, Trump endorsed Moore's primary opponent - appointed Sen.

"We don't think that even President Trump can stop it", Blankenship told Fox News.

Meanwhile, Jenkins said he was "honored" by Trump's tacit endorsement.

With Republicans still smarting from Roy Moore's train-wreck Senate campaign in Alabama, even Trump is joining the G.O.P. effort to neutralize Blankenship's candidacy. Outspoken conservative Moore won the primary but lost the seat to Democrat Doug Jones in December after the allegations became public.

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

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