Blankenship bid divides West Virginia, as GOP primary rivals praise Trump intervention

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.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that Blakenship can not win the general election on Tuesday and suggested that West Virginians should either vote for Morrisey or the establishment-backed Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV).

The Trumps were referring to December's special election where Republican Roy Moore won the Republican primary, and was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones. "Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State ..." Blankenship is one of 6 GOP candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat that is now held by W.Va. Democrat Joe Manchin.

Trump felt otherwise when he said in a tweet that Blankenship would lose the general election to Manchin.

Blankenship spent a year in federal prison after being convicted of mine safety violations in the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that killed 29 miners.

"The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the President's agenda", he continued.

In a television ad, Blankenship also stepped up his attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accusing him of creating "millions of jobs for China people". Nonetheless, Blankenship has surged ahead in the polls ahead of Tuesday's primary.

"I think it could be misunderstood - people love Trump's policies and his commitment to West Virginia, they don't necessarily love individuals".

Where to start! There was the time that Blankenship referred to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's father as a "wealthy Chinaperson".

President Trump endorsed Ohio GOP Congressman Jim Renacci in his Senate bid after convincing him to switch from the governor's race and appeared with him over the weekend in the state.

Blankenship's campaign argued that failing to disclose his finances was a non-issue. Luther Strange - but when it became clear that Moore could well win despite the large number of women who came forward to say he had sought relationships with them when they were under age, Trump went all in for Moore.

President Donald Trump has insisted his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win the election.

Like Trump, Blankenship has also taken to labeling his political enemies, calling McConnell "Cocaine Mitch" in a recent ad. "I've never used a race word", Blankenship said to Roll Call.

"The problem isn't that Don Blankenship can't win a general election in West Virginia, it's that he shouldn't win a general election in West Virginia".