He's confronted a set of attacks from institution Republicans for his part at the tragedy. Joe Manchin has long displayed a talent for connecting with that constituency (or, more precisely, enough of that constituency to command a state-level majority).
Voting for the primary election takes place Tuesday.
The Weekly Standard reported two internal campaign polls Monday that show Blankenship leading his competitors. ". Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!"
Jenkins told Fox News he's glad Trump injected himself in the race. And, he has also made clear that he doesn't accept the idea of the president as a moral leader, someone who does the right thing rather than the political thing.
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Blankenship's team is relishing the attention, seeing it as validation that their candidate - who they believe is a Republican in Trump's image - is surging. All three candidates have tried to align themselves with the president. Should the Mr. Blankenship however win despite the intervention it would be exceptionally uncomfortable to Mr. Trump. Moore's loss narrowed Republicans' Senate majority to 51-49.
"Todd Rokita puts on a MAGA hat, he runs around the state, but on the tough votes...he's against President Trump", GOP Rep. Luke Messer said of his Republican House colleague Rokita in a debate last month.
Early in the midterm election cycle, Republicans had hoped that winning Manchin's seat would increase their slim Senate majority.
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President weighs in on GOP primary race to flip Senator Joe Manchin's seat; Peter Doocy reports from Charleston, West Virginia. He has consistently voted against Senate Republicans' ObamaCare repeal or replace efforts and most recently their tax-cut bill that Trump signed in late-December 2017.
Both O'Connell and Trippi said this primary split has been a detriment to Republican Senate elections and Democratic House elections, where far-left candidates have been widening the field.
Despite his past, the 68-year-old Blankenship and his anti-establishment message appear to be resonating with voters, in a state with a 5.4 percent jobless rate, the third-highest in the country.
Blankenship also has aired ads accusing McConnell of taking money from his "China family" and claims "Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people".
Compound this deeply flawed history with his recent racially suggestive comments about "China people" and the most inarticulate, cringe-worthy defense of those comments possible, and you have a recipe for electoral disaster.
McConnell is married to Trump's Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents immigrated to the U.S.in 1961 and are both US citizens.
Instead, Mr. Blankenship said the president has been misled by establishment Republicans, and that trying to tell West Virginia voters what to do is a mistake. "No more fumbles like Alabama", he wrote on Thursday, comparing the coal baron to failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.