Trump blasts Blankenship ahead of W.Va. GOP Senate primary

Trump blasts Blankenship ahead of W.Va. GOP Senate primary
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE early Monday slammed Republican West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship, urging voters to cast their ballots for the other two GOP challengers in the race. 

“To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference,” the president wrote on Twitter.

“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!” he added, referring to Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. 

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Trump’s remarks come ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday, when Blankenship, Jenkins and Morrissey will face off for the Republican Senate nomination.

Blankenship, a former coal CEO who spent time in jail for violating mining safety regulations, recently attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week GOP, Kavanaugh accuser struggle to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) and his family in an ad, referring to McConnell’s “China family.” 

"Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people. While doing so Mitch has gotten rich. In fact his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars," Blankenship said in the ad, released last week.

Meanwhile, Morrissey attacked Blankenship over the weekend, accusing him of not filing a personal financial disclosure form.

The winner of the Tuesday primary will likely face incumbent Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Cook Political Report moves Texas Senate race to ‘toss-up’ The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh MORE (D) in the November general election.