Trump tries to sink Blankenship in West Virginia primary

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Blankenship rejects the comparisons to Moore, which were amplified when the president urged voters Monday to "Remember Alabama". "If you are someone that will stand with Trump, that is honestly more important".

Trump's opposition to Blankenship comes as West Virginia Republican insiders suggest that the recent spate of controversy surrounding the former coal mine owner has actually given him a bit of momentum heading into Tuesday's face-off against Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Blankenship has referred to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's father - the Shanghai-born chairman of a major shipping company - as a "wealthy China-person".

IN and OH represent less treacherous scenarios for Republicans, but the GOP primary in the Hoosier State has been an all-out brawl to be President Trump's most loyal foot-soldier in the Senate.

Blankenship's campaign said the candidate has already spoken to his probation officer, who wasn't concerned about the financial disclosure.

In a statement Monday, Blankenship dismissed Trump's tweet, calling the president "a very busy man and he doesn't know me and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary".

Now he is trying to redeem himself - if that is the right word - by running for the Senate.

The candidacy of Roy Moore in Alabama provided yet another example of when controversial candidates cause headaches for a national party.

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Since 2000 the Republican presidential nominee has carried the state.

Trump's tweet referred to Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican accused of sexual misconduct who was upset previous year in the US Senate election by Democrat Doug Jones.

"The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the US Senate and promote the President's agenda", Blankenship said. The deep-red state had not voted a Democrat into the Senate for 25 years. Renacci is facing a primary challenge from businessman Mike Gibbons but is still expected to win the nomination to take on Sherrod Brown. This was going to be a tough race for the Republican candidate to begin with, Trippi added, but this primary fight means there's another unnecessary hurdle for the eventual candidate to overcome.

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.

In North Carolina, Democrats are eyeing two GOP-held seats they believe could be in play come November. Trump didn't endorse a candidate; instead he told GOP voters who NOT to vote for.

Many on the right are concerned if Blankenship wins the primary, he'll nearly certainly lose the general election to Democratic Sen.

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".

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