Don Blankenship to run for Senate as Constitution Party candidate

Politics

The U.S. Senate election in November may have a third-party candidate in the mix, and it’s a name you’ve heard before.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Senator Joe Manchin has earned their party’s nomination, but Don Blankenship has recently announced he wants to run as the nominee for the Constitution party.

To do so he’ll have to challenge a West Virginia law that prevents people who lost one nomination race to run in another party, a law that’s yet to be tested.

“That is the law, but it hasn’t been challenged in court, and there’s a good possibility it could be overturned, because it’s really inhibiting what a citizen can do when it come to running for office,” said Robert Rupp, professor of history and political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Blankenship came in third in the Republican Primary earlier this month with 20 percent of the vote statewide.

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