Controversial Coal Tycoon Don Blankenship Leads West Virginia Senate Primary

Don Blankenship

Don Blankenship, the controversial coal tycoon, is leading multiple polls on the eve of a heated US Senate primary in West Virginia.

The winner will face Democrat Joe Manchin in November.

President Trump believes Blankenship could suffer the same fate Roy Moore did in Alabama.

According to The Weekly Standard:

Republicans are panicking as internal polls show Don Blankenship, a coal baron who spent time in jail for a mining disaster that killed 29 workers, surging into the lead in the West Virginia Senate GOP primary over Attorney General Patrick Morrissey and Congressman Evan Jenkins.

The results of an internal campaign poll conducted for one rival Senate campaign on Saturday and Sunday were: Blankenship 31 percent, Jenkins 28 percent, Morrissey 27 percent….

Politico reported Saturday night that internal polling showed Blankenship surging, but the specific numbers are being reported for the first time by THE WEEKLY STANDARD.”

President Trump warned on Twitter that Blankenship would have a hard time winning in November.

“To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can’t win the General Election in your State…No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!”