Don Blankenship to Launch Third-Party Bid for West Virginia Senate Campaign After Losing GOP Primary

Former coal executive and ex-convict Don Blankenship said he plans to launch a third-party bid for the West Virginia Senate race after losing the GOP primary to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Blankenship said Monday that he would run as a Constitution Party candidate, according to Politico.

“It is especially appropriate for me to be nominated by the Constitution Party given its staunch and uncompromising commitment to upholding the United States Constitution,” he said.

But West Virginia law bars candidates who lose a main-party primary from running as a third party in the general election, a measure known as a “sore loser” law that Blankenship said he is prepared to challenge in court.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Avery Anapol