Ex-GOP Candidate Attempts Third Party Bid

West Virginia coal baron Don Blankenship on Monday announced a third-party Senate bid, vowing to keep fighting despite losing in the recent GOP primary — and posing another obstacle in Republicans’ bid to take the Democrat-held seat.

Blankenship will now attempt to run in the general election as the Constitution Party nominee, for the seat held by Democrat Joe Manchin.

The 68-year-old Blankenship will likely face a court challenge over the state’s “sore loser” law that prevents a failed major-party candidate from making a third-party, general election bid. Plus he would need the requisite number of voter signatures by August to even qualify for the ballot.

But if successful, Blankenship could take votes from GOP nominee state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

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