Blankenship to seek Constitution Party nomination for president in 2020

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former coal executive and ex-federal prisoner Don Blankenship plans to seek the Constitution Party's presidential nomination next year, according to the Associated Press.

West Virginia Constitution Party chairman Jeffrey-Frank Jarrell said Blankenship made the announcement Saturday during the party's national committee meeting in Pittsburgh.

Blankenship finished third in the 2018 Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Joe Manchin.

Blankenship's General Election bid to run as the Constitution Party's nominee was then blocked. The secretary of state cited the state's "sore loser" law prohibiting major-party primary candidates who lose from switching to a minor party.

Blankenship is the ex-CEO of Massey Energy, which owned a West Virginia mine where an explosion killed killed 29 workers in 2010. He spent a year in federal prison for misdemeanor safety violations related to the explosion.