Primary watch: West Virginia dodges Blankenship bullet

Primary watch: West Virginia dodges Blankenship bullet
Not the people's choice. (Don Blankenship, GOP primary candidate for U.S. Senate in W. Va.) (Image: Screen grab of CNN video)

[Ed. – I’m pretty live and let live about this stuff, but Republicans seriously do not need a candidate who has made his national name by saying offensive things about Chinese people.  For more coverage of the primaries, see here.  Looks like Mike Braun has survived the mud-slinging GOP contest in the Indiana race for U.S. Senate.]

Ex-convict and coal baron Don Blankenship has lost his bid for the Republican Senate nomination in West Virginia.

CNN projects he will place third, behind Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins, in the race to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in the fall. CNN projects Morrisey will win.

“We are conceding the election,” Blankenship said. …

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Blankenship said he didn’t know what went wrong in the race but said the tweet from President Donald Trump calling for voters to reject him played a large role. …

The political world was watching to see how Blankenship would fare after launching a series of racial broadsides at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and her parents. He blasted “Cocaine Mitch” and McConnell’s “China family.”

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