President Trump weighs in on W. Va. Senate race

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President Trump has urged voters to vote for either Rep. Evan Jenkins (middle) or Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (right.) Don Blankenship (left) insists he still has a chance to win the Republican primary despite Trump endorsing his opponents.

Even President Trump thinks Blankenship is a loser. He initially endorsed the establishment candidate, then-Sen.

McConnell's wife is Trump's transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan.

Now, 24 hours before West Virginians head to the polls, Donald Trump has finally put his thumb on the scales.

Blankenship has made his opposition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. a centerpiece of the campaign in which he referred to McConnell's in-laws as his "China family" in a recent campaign ad.

Greg Thomas, a Blankenship spokesman, said, "Mr. Morrisey is just having a tantrum".

U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are Blankenship's rivals in the West Virginia race, one of several primary contests where Republicans are wrestling over their allegiance to Trump.

Claiming that Blankenship "can't win the General Election", Trump on Monday alluded to the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama previous year, where he made a similar endorsement.

Republicans have seen a number of extreme (and extremely bad) candidates find their way through GOP primaries, thanks to electorates who were eager to stick it to the establishment.

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The Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), a super PAC run by a McConnell ally, released a statement last week slamming Blankenship ahead of Tuesday's primary.

But Blankenship, who was convicted on misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, may in fact be the most Trumplike candidate, accusing the government of covering up its own failures and blaming his conviction on an Obama administration conspiracy. "Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State ..."

Trump, seeking to tap into nativist sentiment across the country, kicked off his 2016 campaign with harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrations to the United States, labeling undocumented immigrants as "rapists" who are "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime".

Both the Morrisey and Jenkins campaigns reportedly have internal polling showing Mr. Blankenship with a small lead.

Blankenship has taken aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with racially charged accusations of corruption.

But the President's son does not share that sentiment and unleashed a series of tweets on Thursday urging West Virginia Republicans to vote against Blankenship.

Blankenship predicts he cannot only win the primary but also defeat incumbent Democratic U.S. Joe Manchin in November "without the support of the establishment". "No more fumbles like Alabama", he wrote on Thursday, comparing the coal baron to failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

"I'm proud to have President Trump's support", he tweeted. "Let's find the very best person in West Virginia and not have a situation where we can't compete in November".

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