Blankenship says he has the signatures to run again | 7/17/2018 | Staff
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Blankenship said he has collected the requisite number of petition signatures and will be filing with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office in the next two weeks.

Blankenship, who was defeated in the Republican May 8 primary by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, accepted the Constitution Party nomination on May 22.

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“We have submitted more than the required petition signatures to the Secretary of State,” Blankenship said in an email on Friday.

Collecting petition signatures is one of the obligatory hoops Blankenship needed to jump through to get back in the U.S. Senate race.

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It is still not clear whether Blankenship’s proposed candidacy change violates West Virginia’s “sore loser” law that restricts a candidate from accepting a political party’s nomination after having already lost in a primary.

According to a guide book listed on the West Virginia Secretary of State website, “candidates affiliated with a recognized political party who run for election in a primary election and who lose the nomination cannot change her or his voter registration to a minor party organization/unaffiliated candidate to take advantage of the later filing deadlines and have their name on the subsequent general election ballot.”

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A spokesman for the Office of the Secretary of State said the office cannot rule on Blankenship’s candidacy until he files all the necessary nomination and candidacy paperwork, including more than 6,000...
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