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Blankenship to wage third-party bid after losing primary

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But he would need to overcome a “sore loser” law in West Virginia that prevents failed candidates in a main-party primary from refiling to run in the general election under another party’s banner. “

Since the primary, the Republican Party has moved to prevent Blankenship from waging a drawn-out battle that could damage Morrisey’s prospects. On the day before the primary, Trump sent out a tweet pleading for West Virginia Republicans to reject Blankenship. A few days after the primary, his top political strategist, Greg Thomas, said on a radio program that Blankenship would work to defeat Morrisey.

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