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Blankenship running 3rd

West Virginia GOP primary

May 08, 2018 - 9:13 pm

West Virginia Republican Don Blankenship isn't yet conceding his Senate primary bid, but he's talking like a defeated candidate.

Incomplete returns show the former coal executive and federal ex-con running third behind Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins. Incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin won the Democratic primary for his seat.

Blankenship says he has "no idea" whether he lost votes because of President Donald Trump's tweet on Monday urging West Virginians to back either Morrisey or Jenkins. He says he has no plans to call Morrisey if he wins because he doesn't "know anything positive" he could say to him.

The retired coal executive was released from prison last year for his role in a mine explosion that killed 29 men. More recently, he attacked the Asian heritage of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife.

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