Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship hit back at President Donald Trump — who on Monday told West Virginians in a tweet not to vote for him — saying that Trump “doesn’t get things right.”
“We all really like President Trump’s policies, but we know that he doesn’t get things right. I mean, he recommended that people vote for a guy that was basically accused of pedophilia in Alabama,” Blankenship said during a televised interview.
The former coal executive was likely referencing the president’s support for Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore last year.
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Trump and Blankenship have gone back and forth in the last few days as Tuesday’s race draws closer.
“To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference,” the president wrote on Twitter on Monday morning.
He tweet read, in full:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
Blankenship reacted by saying he was “Trumpier than Trump” on conservative issues that matter to West Virginians.
“Tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message—no one, I mean no one, will tell us how to vote,” he said.
For President Trump, however, urging voters to cast a ballot for a different candidate may have less to do with his personal feelings toward Blankenship and more to do with how well the Republican party will do in the state’s general election if he were to win the primary.
Many Republicans believe that a victory for Blankenship, who spent a year in prison after violating mining safety regulations which resulted in the deaths of 29 miners, would result in a loss in November.
Poll data released on Monday places Blankenship at the top of the pack with 31 percent of the vote only a day before the election.
Rep. Evan Jenkins ranked in second place with 28 percent of the vote, followed by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey with 27 percent. Both men were supported by Trump.
The poll was conducted on Saturday and Sunday, just a few days before the election on Tuesday.