Don Blankenship denied request to run for Senate in November

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Secretary of State has denied Don Blankenship's request to run for U.S. Senate in the general election.

Secretary of State Mac Warner says that he will not approve the candidacy application filed by Don Blankenship, according to a news release. Warner notified Blankenship Thursday morning by letter of his decision.

The former coal operator filed Tuesday to run for U.S. Senate in the Constitution Party. Blankenship ran as a Republican in the May primary and lost to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

"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.

Blankenship has indicated he would appeal Warner's decision if he was ruled ineligible to run.

You can read the letter from Secretary Warner below.

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