A test of GOP sanity in West Virginia

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In a Monday morning tweet, Trump explained that he was endorsing Morrisey because Blankenship is likely to lose the general election.

"Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State", the president said.

Blankenship has billed himself as an anti-establishment Republican in the vein of the unorthodox president, embracing the label that he is "Trumpier than Trump".

When Moore defeated unusual in the primary, Trump quickly backed Moore and essentially disavowed his support of odd, deleting his tweets about the latter. The only public poll in the race released in late April showed Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins leading Blankenship.

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Republicans want to retain control of Congress in the November congressional elections that are viewed by some as referendum on Trump's presidency. All six of the candidates in the West Virginia GOP primary for U.S. Senate have attempted to align themselves with the president, who are hoping to take on U.S. Sen.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said during an appearance on Fox News that Democrats in the Senate have blocked crucial legislation, such as appropriations measures that cleared his chamber, and bolstering Republican ranks there will be key. Manchin's seat is a top target of Republicans in this year's midterm elections.

In an interview with CNN, Morrisey said the contest had "shifted to a two-person race" with Blankenship and admitted that he underestimated the candidate's power earlier in the race.

The danger lurking for Republicans in a Blankenship candidacy harkens back to 2012 when two GOP Senate candidates, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, made critical gaffes during the waning days of their campaigns and cost the party a chance at two seats that could have helped them capture a majority. They are also childishly calling me "despicable" and 'mentally ill.' The war to drain the swamp and create jobs for West Virginia people has begun. Morrisey was in third place with only 19 percent. He served about 12 months after being found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of violating mine safety and health standards in connection with the company he led and its 2010 accident at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine, where 29 men were killed. They are "China people", Blankenship said in a recent ad.

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

McConnell asked the president in a phone call to reject Blankenship, a Republican official familiar with the phone call told The Times.

Indeed, Mr. Blankenship's rising poll numbers have coincided with an increasing number of highly inflammatory statements and personal attacks on powerful figures such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"No more fumbles like Alabama", he also said in the tweet, while the outside group Mountain Families PAC continued to run a reported $1.3 million worth of TV ads against Blankenship.

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