In a last-ditch effort to suppress Blankenship, Trump on Monday urged voters to reject the former coal executive and instead vote for either Jenkins or Morrisey on Tuesday. "As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump". And it's hard to oversell how disastrous this all could be - not just for Republican efforts to defeat Sen.
"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference", he wrote. McConnell, who has opposed Blankenship's Senate run, is married to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
Blankenship's campaign said the candidate has already spoken to his probation officer, who wasn't concerned about the financial disclosure.
A trio of incumbent Democratic senators representing states Donald Trump captured in the 2016 presidential election, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sherrod Brown of OH and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, will finally have a Republican opponent after Tuesday.
Blankenship rejects the comparisons to Moore, which were amplified when the president urged voters Monday to "Remember Alabama".
The situation strikes a similar chord to Roy Moore's successful Alabama senatorial primary campaign against incumbent Luther Strange and ultimate defeat to Democratic candidate Doug Jones last December.
He explicitly referenced the race at the end of the event, as he asked the audience to cheer for Jenkins or Morrisey in a demonstration of how the crowd planned to vote in the upcoming GOP senate primary.
The attacks delivered Mr. Blankenship's survey amounts rebounds, but with Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Morrisey dividing votes, " Mr. Blankenship has stayed in competition.
Blankenship was the CEO of Massey Energy until the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. "The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the president's agenda", Mr. Blankenship said. O'Connell, who worked on John McCain's presidential campaign, said he believes that if Blankenship loses the primary this Tuesday, the race is the Republicans' to win. Trump won the district by nearly 50 points in 2016, but the districts ancestrally blue roots and historic support for Manchin may create a competitive race in November. What about that time he referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao's husband, as "Cocaine Mitch".
Manchin has been a top GOP target since at least November 2016, when Trump won the state with 68.7 percent of the vote.
"No, I'm realistic", Trump Jr. replied.
"No more fumbles like Alabama", he said.
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. "Let's find the very best person in West Virginia and not have a situation where we can't compete in November". Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic and someone mentioned as a possible 3rd party candidate for president in 2020, hit Trump for that mentality in a tweet Monday.