Blankenship loses bitter Republican US Senate fight in West Virginia

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Trump was set to rally supporters in Elkhart, Indiana, on Thursday night, two days after state Republicans nominated former state lawmaker Mike Braun to challenge vulnerable Democratic U.S. Sen. One thing I would note is that, you know, we've been reading so many stories about this enormous blue wave that is going to hit elections this fall that we've stopped looking at some of the contrary indications - the president's job approval slowly inching up, the generic ballot closing, the gap that we've had against - versus Democrats has been closing.

"We are conceding the election", Blankenship said bluntly, before reflecting on his run and why people shouldn't feel sorry for him.

Ohio: Rep. Jim Renacci defeated banker Mike Gibbons and business owner Melissa Ackison.

Blankenship came in third, behind Rep. Evan Jenkins and the victor of the GOP primary, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

After Blankenship's loss, McConnell's team couldn't resist a barb at Blankenship via Twitter.

"Obviously the right thing happened here", the adviser said.

A handful of sometimes chaotic special elections have given way to the results-oriented, methodic and measured approach to elections traditionally practiced by Republicans as the party has finally united. "He is in a very distant third, where he deserves to be". In addition to the $3.5 million from Blankenship, Morrissey spent $1.3 million and Jenkins, who finished second, spent $1.5 million.

Last week, Blankenship made national headlines for a campaign ad in which he called McConnell, the leader of his own party in the U.S. Senate, "Cocaine Mitch". "It didn't work out", Blankenship told reporters.

His ads have included references to McConnell's wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, as a 'Chinaperson'. "You have people who are out there who are going to say what they think, but when you move away from that group, there's a lot of anxiety".

Blankenship ran a weird campaign for months and that continued into primary day. The good news is that his probation ends tomorrow. "What we have seen so far is not encouraging". "And I am staying upstairs so I don't have to worry about a DUI or anything".

With all precincts reporting, Morrisey commanded almost 35 percent of the vote, compared to more than 29 percent for Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., and about 20 percent for former Massey Energy Co.

"For me, it's always been about working for West Virginia and that will never change", Manchin said Tuesday night.

And the other candidates were feeling it. A poll from CNN was the cherry on top of the whipped cream: "Democrats' 2018 advantage is almost gone".

Well, they didn't get Blankenship, and thus evaded disaster.

Jenkins also began feeling uncomfortable and organized a press event to slam the candidate on Monday after ignoring him for weeks.

"If it's Don Blankenship or another person, I'd say that Don is going to do everything he can to make sure West Virginians get a senator they deserve", Thomas said.

Trump and his party invested significant time and resources to attack Blankenship in recent weeks.

It looks like the GOP escaped another potential Roy Moore fiasco in West Virginia after the convict and former coal CEO Don Blankeship lost the GOP Senate primary.

WV-03: State Sen. Richard Ojeda scored a convincing victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday night, receiving 52% of the vote against three challengers. I don't think he really had the surge that he was talking about.

"I'm off of probation at midnight", Blankenship, who was serving out a sentence for the UBB-related misdemeanor. An organization called Mountain Families PAC that has ties to McConnell allies ran advertisements criticizing Blankenship, highlighting how badly GOP leaders wanted to defeat him.

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