The victor of Tuesday's primary will face incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin in November. Moore lost a deep red seat to Democrat Doug Jones, thinning Republican's majority in the U.S. Senate to the current 51-49 margin.
"There is only one candidate in this race - maybe in the history of candidates running for U.S. Senate, who has ever entertained the idea becoming Chinese".
Some Republicans worry Blankenship's controversial past could jeopardize their chances at unseating Manchin.
With that surge, Blankenship has found himself in the spotlight and the subject of considerable attacks.
Blankenship served a year in jail for conspiring to violate mine safety laws, which was related to an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010 that killed 29 miners.
If voters in the Mountain State pick one of them, the Republican Party will breathe a huge sigh of relief; officials have been open about their desire to see Blankenship disappear from the scene.
A defiant Don Blankenship is firing back after President Donald Trump urged West Virginia voters to support two of the convicted ex-coal executive's opponents in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.
"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. "Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State ..." Evan JenkinsEvan Hollin JenkinsGOP takes gloves off against Blankenship in West Virginia Morrisey: Blankenship "would get crushed" in November Mueller emerges as villain in Republican campaigns MORE came in second, with 28 percent, and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in third, with 27 percent.
Blankenship has argued for months that he is "Trumpier than Trump".
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"Well, it surprised me", Blankenship told Fox News about the President's tweet. The super PAC - Duty & Country PAC - has spent $142,000 this week in a mix of web and TV ads attacking Jenkin and has spent close to $1.5 million in the race so far. Sharron Angle. Todd Akin.
"Democrats learned this deal with Todd Akin in 2012, and they're trying to repeat it".
Blankenship is among the top Republican contenders, according to a GOP-based poll conducted at the end of March.
Many pundits said the race could determine which party controls the Senate next year.
Two weeks ago Blankenship was trailing both candidates. "In the Senate, it's incredible how much more the Democrats are able to put aside their differences", said O'Connell.
Tiberi has backed state senator Troy Balderson, while the Club for Growth and House Freedom Caucus co-chair Jim Jordan have thrown their support behind Melanie Leneghan, who has dubbed herself a diehard "Trump Republican".
These primary splits are pushing both parties to extremes and are ultimately responsible for the wave of Trumpism the American political system is seeing, said Trippi.
Trump's tweet is a reminder that he believes, deeply, in the concept that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.
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