Skip to comments.Two West Virginia Internal Campaign Polls Show Blankenship Narrowly Edging GOP Rivals
Posted on 05/07/2018 8:04:51 AM PDT by GIdget2004
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.
The results of another internal poll conducted Friday and Saturday were: Blankenship 28 percent, Morrissey 27 percent, Jenkins 14 percent. Two weeks earlier, the same rival campaign found Blankenship at 14 percent, Morrissey at 29 percent, and Jenkins at 26 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 Donald Trump, who overwhelmingly carried the state in 2016, weighed in on Twitter Monday morning: 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, cant win the General Election in your State...No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!
"If it's truly a two-point race, that Trump tweet is going to make a difference," one West Virginia Senate campaign official tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD. What explains the Blankenship surge? The debate [Monday on Fox News] helped him because Morrissey and Jenkins did whats kind of playing out on TV--theyre slicing each other up, says the campaign official. Don got to be a one-liner folksy guy. Second, Blankenship has taken up all the news coverage in the race by labeling Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell as cocaine Mitch and launching racist attacks against McConnell for creating jobs for China people.
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If Blankenship wins the primary, u can write WV off as a GOP gain.
Lot of anger in the state over fake republicanism. Some think Blankenship as their only choice. The theme used in Alabama...required an enormous amount of cash in that last six weeks. I don’t see the DNC coming in with that kind of cash again anytime in 2018.
I guess everything I’ve heard about West Virginians is true?
Ouch! It is as if Roy Moore never happened. Hate to lose low hanging fruit Senate pickup because wrong guy nominated.
And how frustrating would that be. West Virginia has been becoming increasingly Republican in recent years. Hate to see Manchin get re-elected by default, because of a flawed GOP candidate.
WE can get snakebit so to speak, can’t we? Alabama is a strong Republican state too, yet Democrat Doug Jones won the special election there.
This says it all from the article:
“If Blankenship manages to win despite Trumps opposition, it will be a strong data point for Kentucky congressman Thomas Massies theory that many Republican primary voters are simply voting for the craziest son of a bitch in the race.
Didn’t DJT carry WV by something like 70-25? If so he should be getting behind someone who can actually win in November...and do it loudly.If we can’t win WV we’re in deep poop.
If Blankenship wins the WV GOP primary, WV will be a “sinking ship” for the Republicans. Are West Virginians that stupid? Oh, wait a minute ... Wasn’t this the home of KKK Grand Klegal, Senator Robert Byrd?
The Rats are going cross over try to put Blankenship on top dont let them WV!
I would agree.
Yep.....Blankenship is bad news...
I wont insult West Virginians, but I am curious. Does WV have open primaries? If so, the Dems may throw the primary to Blankenship as he is least likely to win in November against Manchin.
Don Blankenship is a mass murderer. They will be building snowmen in the hot stinky bad place before I would support that man. He is so vile I would seriously consider supporting a Dimocrat over him.
“The theme used in Alabama...required an enormous amount of cash in that last six weeks.”
I wonder how much the Hussein Head trolls here made.
How much of this is cross over Dems polling for the guy they think they can beat?
You can bet Manchin is supporting Blankenship now.
Republicans have a way of devouring each other. Both Alabama and West Va are conservative states but somehow the republican party will find a way to lose.
IF THE REPUBLICANS LOSE THIS STATE, Ronna Romney McDaniel NEEDS TO BE FORCED OUT AS CHAIRWOMAN FOR THE PARTY. Enough is enough.
Doubt these polls really exists. It looks like the usual Fake Media propaganda trying to puff up the GOP candidate they think they can beat.
Thanks. Not good news.