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Blankenship hits McConnell's "China family" in new ad

Don Blankenship, a Republican running in the West Virginia Senate primary, doubled down on his racial attacks towards Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, transportation secretary Elaine Chao, in a new ad, saying McConnell's "China family has given him tens of millions of dollars."

The big picture: The West Virginia race is shaping up to be America's wildest Senate primary as Blankenship has repeatedly slammed McConnell and Chao.

  • Blankenship responded to criticism of his ad, telling Roll Call's Simone Pathe: "We're confused on our staff as to how it can be racist when there's no mention of race...Races are negro, white caucasian, Hispanic, Asian. There's no mention of race."