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Faced with mounting concerns from the Republican Party that former coal executive Don Blankenship could win a crucial U.S. Senate primary in West Virginia on Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that voters should stay away from the man who served a year in jail after being found culpable in the deaths of 29 miners during a 2010 explosion.

“To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference,” Trump tweeted. “Problem is, 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 president of course was referencing when Judge Roy Moore won the Alabama Senate primary last year, only to lose in a historic upset to now-sitting Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL).

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