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"No more fumbles like Alabama", said Trump Jr., referencing last year's Senate special election won by Democrat Doug Jones.

Blankenship lately served a yr in jail on a misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to violate mine security legal guidelines, linked to an explosion on the Higher Massive Department Mine in 2010 that killed 29 miners.

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove ripped West Virginia Republican senatorial primary contender Don Blankenship as a "bigot" and a "racist", adding that he would doom the general election for the GOP.

West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Don Blankenship has amped up the xenophobic rhetoric with his latest campaign ad.

In fact, polls now suggest Blankenship, who doesn't even live in West Virginia, may be tied or leading.

Earlier Tuesday, Blankenship's campaign released a statement attacking McConnell.

"My campaign will be informing his probation officer in Nevada about this issue right away, to determine if this refusal to comply with federal law violates the terms of his supervised release", Morrisey said.

"This idea that calling someone a 'Chinaperson, ' I mean, I'm an American-person, I don't see this insinuation by the press that there are something racist about saying a 'Chinaperson, ' " he said in a debate between the candidates on Fox News.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An ex-coal executive who's running for U.S. Senate after serving a prison sentence has unleashed a political ad that takes swipes at "China people" and calls the Senate majority leader "Cocaine Mitch". "They are calling me a bigot, a moron, a despicable character, and mentally ill".

Blankenship's reference to "Cocaine Mitch" stems from a 2014 magazine article alleging drugs were found aboard a commercial cargo ship owned by Chao's family.

Blankenship has repeatedly stated on the campaign trail that Morrisey is at fault for the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, and vows he will not support the attorney general if chosen as the Republican nominee.

National GOP forces are believed to be behind the Mountain Families PAC, an organization created in March that has invested more than $700,000 attacking Blankenship on television.

James Chao owns the New York-based shipping company Foremost Group. "I've never used a race word".

Six Republican candidates are in the primary, including U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who was endorsed Thursday by Kentucky's junior U.S. Sen.

The younger Trump responded with another tweet.


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