"His father-in-law who founded and owns a large Chinese shipping company has given Mitch and his wife millions of dollars over the years", the Blankenship campaign alleged in a news release defending the ad last week. "The other candidates are lawyers who never really practiced law and became career politicians", Keller said.
Two years ago, the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte's First Baptist Church lost by just 134 votes to Pittenger, a wealthy land developer. He came out strongly against Blankenship, who served prison time for a deadly mine disaster. Overall, he and his Democratic primary rival, Paula Swearengin, outpolled Morrisey and five other GOP contenders.
Two days before the vote, Blankenship told CBS he might run as a third-party candidate in the November election if Morrisey wins the primary. A pro-Trump political action committee America First was airing ads promoting Gina Haspel, Trump's nominee to be Central Intelligence Agency director, and urging residents to call Manchin to support her confirmation.
State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has said fellow Republican Blankenship failed to file a personal financial disclosure form in violation of the Ethics in Government Act. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins claimed 29 percent (39,393) of the vote and coal baron Don Blankenship pulled in 20 percent (26,729).
Indiana's Democratic incumbent senator, Joe Donnelly, was sitting on more than $6.2 million heading into Tuesday's primary, more than four times as much as the victor of the GOP nomination, Mike Braun. Morrisey said his staff would complain about Blankenship's lack of spending disclosures to the convict's probation officer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's team taunted Blankenship on Twitter, clearly pleased to have the opportunity to troll the man who'd dubbed their boss a "swamp captain" and "Cocaine Mitch" while blasting McConnell's "China family". But with a chance to pick up a seat that has been Democratic since the Eisenhower administration (when former Klansman Robert Byrd won the seat), the GOP faced the nightmare scenario of blowing that chance, owing to picking an unelectable nominee in the primary. Sherrod Brown in the fall.
And as the results rolled in on Tuesday - but long before the race had been called - Blankenship took to the stage at his party to deliver some dour results.
In Ohio, Renacci held off self-funding businessman Mike Gibbons.
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Several incumbent congressmen who faced competitive GOP primaries all won.
Renacci's campaign discounted that lawsuit as "sad and desperate".
Voters in four states that President Donald Trump won in 2016 headed to the polls for highly consequential party primary races for Senate and House seats.
Republicans warned that electing Blankenship in the primary could mean throwing the general election to Joe Manchin, one of the Senate's most vulnerable, and most conservative, Democrats. Braun is running, ideologically, as an ordinary Republican; he is an outsider by political biography alone. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer.
Braun, a former state legislator, put more than $5 million of his own money in the race and will be expected to spend liberally again to challenge Donnelly in Indiana.
Braun has campaigned on his business background and has pledged to bring back jobs that have been outsourced overseas. Republicans are vying to keep control of both chambers of Congress, even as Democrats have the public's favor in the generic ballot. He then blamed Trump for spreading fake news against him.
Now Morrisey has his sights set on the U.S. Senate. But Taylor forced him to tack to the right to win the GOP nomination. "You know, the Republican Party has to be careful about being hijacked by candidates that don't represent the moral values of what we hope the Republican Party is".
Also worth mentioning is that Greg Pence, the older brother of the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, won the Republican nomination for the state's 6th Congressional district. He attacked Cordray as an "establishment Democrat" willing to compromise his principles to special interests.