US Senate candidate Don Blankenship, the former Massey Energy Company CEO and convicted felon who is on the ballot tonight for the Republican US Senate nomination, may not end his effort if he loses the primary tonight. Mr. Blankenship confirms that he would consider running as an Independent in the general election if, for instance, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey were to win the nomination. Mr. Blankenship said, according to CBS News and other media outlets, that “I (Blankenship) cannot let him (Morrisey) win because of the opioid connection and his Planned Parenthood connection.” A Blankenship independent candidacy would likely sway important votes away from Morrisey in a general election, which would be an obvious benefit to Sen. Joe Manchin (D) who is seeking a second full term.
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