“Don Blankenship Loses West Virginia Republican Primary for Senate”


Don Blankenship, a former coal baron who went to prison for his role in a deadly mine disaster, was soundly defeated in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, after President Trump and other Republicans urgedvoters to reject him….

Mr. Blankenship, raised in poverty in Mingo County, W.Va., now lives principally outside Las Vegas, in a $2.4 million villa, where he is under supervised release from his prison sentence. He failed to file a personal financial disclosure with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, as required. Mr. Blankenship told The New York Times last month that he felt no pressure to file the disclosure because there isn’t “much of a penalty.”


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