“It’s easy to blame the voters of West Virginia for this mess. They should know better than to give a former convict a shot at the GOP nomination for the Senate.”
X candidate only won because he had more money for ads
Y candidate only won because of that viral video
Or in the WV case, if voters were overwhelmingly inclined to treat Blankenship’s criminal history as disqualifying, he wouldn’t be a major factor in the race.