Blankenship concedes West Virginia Senate race


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Republican Don Blankenship is conceding the Republican Senate nomination but remaining defiant until the end.

Blankenship said Tuesday that he “didn’t get it done” and “failed West Virginians,” but he warned that “the Republican Party needs to be careful about being hijacked.”

Establishment Republicans and President Donald Trump warned voters not to back the former coal executive who spent time in federal prison for his role in a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 miners.

Blankenship tells a group of supporters that he still believes he was railroaded and mistreated by federal prosecutors.

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