President Trump Tweets WV Senate Endorsements and Rejection

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - President Trump tried to stay out of the West Virginia Senate race last month. Even though he had Republican candidates Evan Jenkins and Patrick Morrisey by his side, he endorsed neither. Monday the President weighed in on Twitter, saying quote: "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." The campaigns are claiming victory.

"I think what the President is saying is, what the real goal and mission is to make sure that we have a candidate that defeats Joe Manchin," said Rep. Evan Jenkins, (R) Candidate for U.S. Senate.

Congressman Jenkins held a rally with Trump 2016 conventions delegates, outside the State Capitol. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued statement..saying in part, "Don Blankenship is Chuck Schumer's favorite candidate because everyone knows he will lose to Joe Manchin in the fall." Morrisey made similar comments in a Sunday news conference.

"I don't want to see Don Blankenship as the Republican nominee because I think it would lead to a sure-fire loss against Joe Manchin in the fall," said Morrisey

Blankenship, says Morrisey and Jenkins are running scarred. The former coal executive says his internal polls, shows him in the lead

"Well I didn't expect him to endorse me. But his policies are what I endorse," said Don Blankenship, (R) Candidate for U.S. Senate, of Presindet Trump's tweet.

The ad campaigns in the race, have been nasty and expensive.

"While a  lot of people early voted, it's estimated that 80 percent of ballots in this race will be cast on primary election day. We will know Tuesday of President Trump's tweet had any impact on this race," said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.

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