Bullet Dodged: West Virginia Republicans Pass on Don Blankenship

Former Massey CEO and West Virginia Republican Senatorial candidate, Don Blankenship, speaks during a town hall to kick off his campaign in Logan, WV., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Blankenship will face two other republican candidates in the May 8th primary. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Republican primary voters in West Virginia gave President Trump and “cocaine Mitch” McConnell what they wanted on Tuesday and voted against controversial coal baron Don Blankenship.

Blankenship had Republicans worried as internal polling just days before the primary had Blankenship ahead of the other Republican candidates, W.V. Attorney General Patrick Morrissey and Congressman Evan Jenkins.

Blankenship ultimately placed third behind both men.

McConnell supporters wasted no time in reacting: