Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship third place in the West Virginia GOP Senate primary in may of this year.
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The West Virginia Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday, a last-ditch bid of former coal CEO Don Blankenship, to his name in the U.S. Senate race on the ballot in November.
Blankenship, the third party has a primary in may, Republican Senate, applied to appear on the ballot as a third party candidate. West Virginia Secretary of state, Blankenship had blocked the award because the state’s “sore loser” law, the defeated prohibit major party candidates from changing to a smaller party.
The case was heard by a court in a state of upheaval. One of the judges who heard, Blankenship’s case, was filling in for a suspended justice, while two others sat in for the judges who retired after the legislature voted to indict.
Blankenship had argued that the sore loser law has been applied to him retroactively. He said, the legislature clarified the law earlier this year, and it is not effective, runs until June, after he had begun the process, as a candidate for the Constitution y.
The secretary of state’s office, said Blankenship file a certificate of candidacy until the end of July.
The Senate race pits incumbent Democratic sen. Joe Manchin against Republican state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The libertarian candidate Rusty Hollen is also on the ballot.
In a statement, Blankenship called the decision “frightening.”
“Essentially, the Republican party can slander a candidate of the entire Primary, effectively denying the applicants the same Chance to win the nomination, and at the same time, a law in the middle of an election cycle, which forbids the person is slandered on the Federal election ballot,” said Blankenship, who added that he and his lawyers are “evaluating our next steps.”
In its response statement, Morrisey, concentrated on his Democratic opponent, saying: “to hide No more distractions, lying liberal Joe Manchin record of support of pro-abortion policy, gun ownership, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign against the miners.”
Manchin, the campaign had no immediate comment.
Sen. Joe Manchin is seeking a second full term in November of this year.
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Earlier this month, the Gazette-Mail newspaper reported that the West Virginia Secretary of State ‘ s Office had processed about 4,000 signatures on a petition to Blankenship on the ballot. Of those who found the paper that 45 percent of Democrats, 24 percent Republicans and 27 percent were self-employed or smaller parties.
At the time, the West Virginia democratic party Chairman Belinda Biafore denied the arrangement of a support for Blankenship.
“Who understands what our party is about all understand that we never ask anyone to have the support of Don Blankenship, his name appears on the ballot in the General election,” she said through a spokesman.
Blankenship said that most of the collected signatures were in Democratic areas of the state and show support from a US citizen the right to run for office, not necessarily him as a candidate.
In all, Blankenship’s campaign 11,468 signatures submitted.
On Aug. 11, the Gazette-Mail reported that some signatories claimed that they had falsely told me to keep the petition Blankenship from the ballot was not to let him on the ballot.
Blankenship is the former CEO of Massey Energy, the explosion killed and in possession of a mine, where in 2010, 29 workers. He spent a year in prison for violations of the security arrangements in connection with the explosion.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.