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Blankenship files paperwork for U.S. Senate candidacy


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Sam Curia, chief financial officer for the Secretary of State’s Office, helps Constitution Party candidate Don Blankenship fill out his certificate of candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
(Submitted photo)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the second time, former coal baron Don Blankenship filed the paperwork necessary to run for U.S. Senate — this time, as a member of the Constitution Party.

Blankenship, who attempted to win the Republican nomination to face U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, filed his certificate of candidacy in person at the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement posted Monday on his campaign’s Facebook page, Blankenship said his candidacy stands the best chance of enacting the policies of President Donald Trump.

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