America’s wildest Senate primary is in West Virginia

Don Blankenship surrounded by Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnell
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The West Virginia Senate primary has become a lot more interesting thanks to Don Blankenship, one of three Republican contenders, who has railed against government and even high-profile Republicans with vulgar and personal insults.

Why it matters: Although conventional Republicans are hoping to force Blankenship — who's fresh out of prison after his involvement in a mine explosion — out of the race, he's found a following among Republicans who share his hatred for the establishment and appreciate his brashness.