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Appalachian coal country rejects Don Blankenship's political ambitions

10 May 2018

Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor won a crowded Democratic primary for the congressional seat formerly held by Republican Pat Tiberi, while state Sen.

In West Virginia, the GOP establishment dodged a bullet as controversial former coal executive Don Blankenship, who drew Trump's opposition, placed third in a Senate primary won by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. "I'm being asked, of course, whether some of the things we did, whether it's Cocaine Mitch, whether it's some of the other criticisms of Mitch McConnell or whether it's China people have made the difference". Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.

Blankenship told CNN he believed a Monday morning tweet from President Donald Trump calling for voters to reject him played a large role in his loss of the race.

Mike Braun, a former state legislator turned businessman, beat out House Reps.

It's one of many nationwide races that will set the stage for a dramatic midterm election this fall. Trump endorsed Moore in that race.

Which is why Blankenship's surging popularity in the days approaching Tuesday's election threw the GOP into a panic, spurring President Donald Trump to weigh in on the contentious race.

In Ohio, incumbent Sen.

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As tests of voter enthusiasm and ability to field solid candidates in key races, both Democrats and Republicans can claim success in vital regions of the country.

But West Virginia wasn't the only state with an important primary election Tuesday night.

Finally, priming the electorate to associate rising health-care costs with the Republican Party's fiscal treachery could help Democrats fully capitalize on a small piece of karmic justice: Thanks to the Trump administration's myriad attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are poised to announce premium hikes just before November's elections.

Voters in IN will chose from three Republicans vying to take on Democratic Sen.

Donnelly, one of the most conservative Democratic senators, ran unopposed for renomination.

Morrisey will face Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, who is widely considered to be a weaker incumbent in the U.S. Senate.

He pledged on Tuesday and at a kickoff event for Democrats' solidified fall ticket on Wednesday to focus the race on "kitchen-table issues".

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey defeated the establishment-favored Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) and coal businessman Don Blankenship, signaling a big victory for grassroots conservatives.

Morrisey now will square off against Manchin in November. "Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State", he said. No way! Remember Alabama. Renacci discussed the switch "with the White House and Senate Republican officials" and said he wanted Trump's backing, which he received.

If Morrisey wins on November 6, it would mark a milestone in the president's takeover of what was once known as the bluest state in America. "There are real dangers in tacking too close to Trump", he added.

Political newcomer Rick Neal, a former worldwide relief worker backed by Brown, won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers.

Novelist John Grisham named Blankenship as the inspiration for The Appeal, a 2008 portrayal of a ruthless billionaire who finances and grooms the career of a friendly Supreme Court judge.

Pittenger conceded the race, and now Harris will face Democrat Dan McCready - a 34-year-old Marine veteran who party strategists see as fitting the Conor Lamb mold - in a competitive contest in November.

Trump, who scored a decisive victory in OH over Hillary Clinton in 2016 after Obama carried the state twice, sent a congratulatory Tweet for DeWine, a former USA senator.

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Appalachian coal country rejects Don Blankenship's political ambitions