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GOP Sen. Flake: If Blankenship Wins GOP Primary, I’ll ‘Certainly’ Donate To Dem Sen. Manchin

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GOP Sen. Flake: If Blankenship Wins GOP Primary, I’ll ‘Certainly’ Donate To Dem Sen. Manchin





Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) said on Monday that he will “certainly” donate to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s campaign if ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship wins Tuesday’s GOP primary in West Virginia.

“If he does [win the primary] I think you’ll see a lot of Republicans making a contribution to Joe Manchin. I certainly will be,” he told reporters on Monday.




The Hill added:

Blankenship, who spent a year in prison for violating mine safety standards, has momentum heading into Tuesday’s primary, with polling showing him pulling ahead of Rep. Evan Jenkins (W.Va.) and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Flake’s comments come after he came out against Blankenship on Monday, while also appearing to take a veiled swing at President Trump’s assertion that Blankenship couldn’t win in November.

“The problem isn’t that Don Blankenship can’t win a general election in West Virginia, it’s that he shouldn’t win a general election in West Virginia,” Flake tweeted, with the hashtag “CountryOverParty.”




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