Morrisey wins W.Va. Senate primary, averting GOP fears

Republicans may have avoided a disaster in West Virginia on Tuesday night.

Former coal CEO Don Blankenship, who spent a year in prison for his role in a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, will not be the Republican candidate for Senate in the fall.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) triumphed over Blankenship and Rep. Evan Jenkins (R). Morrisey will be a formidable challenger to Sen. Joe Manchin (D) in a state President Trump carried by 42 points in 2016.

Polls in the final weeks of the race showed Blankenship closing fast. He ran a nasty anti-establishment campaign in which he referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) family as “China people” and bizarrely accused “Cocaine Mitch” of profiting off the drug trade.

Republicans worried they were about to nominate another candidate in the vein of former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who lost a special election for Senate after decades-old allegations, created by those same Republicans and spread by the Dems, of sexual misconduct with teenage girls surfaced in the final weeks of the campaign. Trump finally stood by Moore, who ended up losing to Democrat Doug Jones in a race Republicans should have won.

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