Upstart West Virginia GOP candidate doubles down in controversial 'China people' ad

Former energy company CEO Don Blankenship was one of three candidates to participate in a Republican Senate debate in West Virginia

So I'm gonna go out on a limb here and ask the people of West Virginia to make a wise decision and reject Blankenship!

But Blankenship's threat may ring hollow. It's not clear how or if he could ever run such a campaign in the Stare of West Virginia.

The 68-year-old Blankenship served a one-year prison term on a misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards at Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine. The explosion took the life of 29 miners.

Blankenship has campaigned as the "anti-establishment, "drain-the-swamp" candidate.

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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.

If Blankenship pulls it out on Tuesday, he will face a moderate incumbent Democrat in November-which has Republicans worrying if this could be another Roy Moore mess. "If I can get citizenship, I can probably get citizenship in India". "In fact, his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars", he added.

McConnell, for context's sake, is married Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, a Chinese American.

The ship came from the maritime company founded by Chao's father, James Chao, who emigrated from Taiwan. "I've seen that Patrick will stand up and fight not like (in) a barroom, but in a court using his brain as the attorney general of West Virginia to fight for you against the war on coal".

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In the final days leading up to the primary, Morrisey has launched a takedown of his own against Blankenship, focused on his criminal record.

Most candidates spend the weekend before an election making a last-minute appeal to voters. "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".

The West Virginia primary is May 8. "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. Although Blankenship has mentioned internal polling, his financial disclosures indicate he has conducted no such polls. Joe Manchin (D) in the general election. One candidate, former coal executive Don Blankenship, even ducked behind his podium.

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