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Blankenship Appeals Ballot Rejection to State Supreme Court

Senate Majority PAC's new ad continues to hit Patrick Morrisey on ties to "drug companies."

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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 10, 2018, 9:50 a.m.

Former coal magnate Don Blankenship, “seeking to beat West Virginia’s ‘sore loser law’ and launch his third-party candidacy … filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court on Thursday.” Blankenship: “Even if the law were not otherwise flawed, it did not take effect until June 5, 2018 — after the May primary election and half-way through an election cycle. … Generally, laws are rarely applied retroactively and, for obvious reasons, it is even more rare when the law relates to elections.” (WVMetroNews)

“The filing notes that the [secretary of state’s 2018 election] guidebook serves as neither state law nor administrative rule, and that the actual laws it cites do not relate in any way to a law preventing candidates who lose in a primary from running in the general. The laws cited, the suit states, pertain to the practice of ‘cross filing,’ or appearing on the ballot more than once, as opposed to any kind of ‘sore loser’ stipulation.” (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

ON THE AIR. Senate Majority PAC's latest TV ad launched Thursday saying state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) "and his wife's firm made millions lobbying for drug companies in D.C." It adds he took money from the pharmaceutical industry for his campaign and inauguration party. The announcer closes: "We need a senator who puts our interests above corporate interests." The ad is backed by a $606,000 buy. (Hotline reporting)

The NRSC's previously announced TV ad against Sen. Joe Manchin (D) is backed by a $630,000 buy. (FEC)

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