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 Warner Denies Blankenship Request to Run for U.S. Senate in General Election


Charleston, W.Va. - In a matter that he says he takes very seriously, Secretary of State Mac Warner announced this morning that he will not approve the candidacy application filed by Mingo County resident Don Blankenship seeking to run for the U.S. Senate in the November General Election.

Warner notified Blankenship this morning of his decision.

"According to the plain language of the law, which controls my decision, a candidate who loses the Primary Election cannot use the nomination-certificate process to run another campaign in the General Election. Any other decision would be contrary to the law," Warner said.

In media interviews prior to today's announcement, Blankenship indicated that he would appeal Warner's decision if Blankenship was ruled ineligible to run.


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