Report: Ex-Con & Political Loser to Try to Spoil GOP’s Chance at Defeating Manchin Report: Ex-Con & Political Loser to Try to Spoil GOP’s Chance at Defeating Manchin – NTK Network

Report: Ex-Con & Political Loser to Try to Spoil GOP’s Chance at Defeating Manchin

Don Blankenship finished far behind his two GOP opponents in this month's West Virginia primary. Now, he's trying to mount a third-party bid.

By NTK Staff | 05.21.2018 @9:00am
Report: Ex-Con & Political Loser to Try to Spoil GOP’s Chance at Defeating Manchin

Two weeks ago, ex-con and ex-coal baron Don Blankenship finished in third place in a GOP primary to determine who would challenge Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for West Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat this fall.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R-WV) narrowly won (with 35 percent) over Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV; he earned 29 percent). Blankenship finished a distant third, with about 20 percent.

Blankenship, though, appears to be taking the “sore loser” approach – prohibited by West Virginia law – in seeking a third-party bid that, if he’s allowed to run, could tank GOP chances at defeating Manchin this fall.

Politico reported on Monday:

Blankenship said he would run in the general election as the Constitution Party nominee. But he would need to overcome a “sore loser” law in West Virginia that prevents failed candidates in a main-party primary from refiling to run in the general election under another party’s banner.

Blankenship said he’s prepared to challenge that law in court if needed.

Media propped up Blankenship’s candidacy in the leadup to the primary in May, apparently relying on a few internal polls that showed the ex-con ‘surging’ in the closing weeks on an anti-Mitch McConnell message. Of course, Blankenship’s performance fell far short of expectations.

Still, another conservative candidate in the U.S. Senate race could ruin Morrisey’s chances of defeating Manchin in what could be a razor-thin margin of victory for the winner this November.

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