(National Sentinel)Â Roy Moore Effect: Republican voters in Alabama defied logic and common sense when they backed embattled and scandal-tainted Judge Roy Moore in the GOP primary last year against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who had been appointed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat.
Sessions had regularly won re-election handily and most politicos believed that Strange likely would have as well in deep red Alabama. But in a primary where the incumbent was portrayed as an establishment type, Alabama Republicans choose local folk hero Moore, who had been defying that same establishment for decades.
Then came the reports from several women who claimed he hit on them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. In one instance, the teen was 14 years old.
There were conflicting reports throughout the election cycle about the veracity of the claims made by the various accusers, but in the end, by a narrow margin, Democrat Doug Jones picked up Sessions’ old seat and will hold it for another 5 1/2 years.
President Donald J. Trump doesn’t want to see this same scenario play out in West Virginia in November, where there is a far better-than-average chance the GOP can pick up a seat by beating incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.
Only, it appears early on as though West Virginians may about to make the same error.
As reported byÂ Breitbart News, in a three-way GOP race for the nomination, theÂ one candidate who is currently ahead is a convicted felon.
Former coal mine owner/operator Don Blankenship holds a small lead in polling overÂ Rep. Evan Jenkins and West Virginian Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who have spent most of their respective campaigns battling each other because they didn’t think Blankenship stood a chance.
Apparently, he does.
Blankenship was jailed for violating federal mine safety standards after 29 miners were killed in his Upper Big Branch mine in 2014. But he’s spent most ofÂ his campaign saying all the right things in the age of the anti-establishment candidate, calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a “swamp captain” and “Cocaine Mitch.”
Now, the president is stepping in, fearing that in a general election against incumbent Manchin, the legally tainted Blankenship would be a sure loser.
“To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, canâ€™t win the General Election in your State…No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!” Trump tweeted after learning that Blankenship is ahead in polling.
To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can’t win the General Election in your State…No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018