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Tags: don blankenship | mitch mcconnell | gop west virginia

McConnell Gets Overdue Victory Lap in West Virginia GOP Primary

By    |   Wednesday, 09 May 2018 09:52 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and national Republicans reveled in their beatdown of a rogue anti-establishment Republican in West Virginia's primary Tuesday night, finally getting the victory lap they were deprived of in Alabama, Politico reports.

Despite Don Blankenship polling last out of three candidates in every poll that mattered, McConnell's super PAC took no chances with the ex-con, pouring a million into the state's airwaves at the 11th hour to make sure Blankenship's half-baked claim of surging over the weekend was just baked.

McConnell's message to Blankenship - mess with the bull, you get the horns.

West Virginia's results, with 92 percent of the vote counted:

  • Patrick Morrisey: 35 percent
  • Evan Jenkins: 29 percent
  • Blankenship: 20 percent

"What was proven tonight is Don Blankenship doesn’t have any place in the conservative wing of the Republican Party. He is in a very distant third, where he deserves to be," a McConnell adviser told CNN.

Instead, McConnell got the candidate he wanted to face off against Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin in November - attorney general Morrisey. It was a much-needed victory for McConnell after the fiasco of Roy Moore, a candidate McConnell was against from the jump in Alabama's special election to replace Jeff Sessions.

But even worse than Moore, who thought McConnell part of the DC swamp, Blankenship made it highly personal for the Kentucky Republican, taking racial jabs at his wife, transportation secretary Elaine Chao, and inexplicably calling McConnell "cocaine Mitch."

Blankenship, taking a page out of Hillary Clinton's book, accepted no responsibility or accountability for his campaign.

"I’m being asked, of course, whether some of the things we did — whether it’s 'cocaine Mitch' or whether it’s some of the other criticisms of Mitch McConnell or ‘China people’ made the difference,” Blankenship said during his concession speech. "I really don't think so."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and national Republicans reveled in their beatdown of a rogue anti-establishment Republican in West Virginia's primary Tuesday night, finally getting the victory lap they were deprived of in Alabama, Politico reports.
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