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W.Va. Democratic Nominee for Governor Will Skip Convention

Jim Justice

Gubernatorial nominee Jim Justice says he won’t attend the Democratic National Convention next week in Philadelphia.

A campaign news release Friday says the billionaire businessman is focused on creating jobs and holding the New Orleans Saints’ training camp at his hotel, The Greenbrier.

Justice, a Democrat, says he has never attended a national convention. He says people are tired of political theater.

Justice hasn’t made a presidential endorsement.

Hillary Clinton lost the state’s Democratic primary to Bernie Sanders.

Clinton has faced criticisms for saying she would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

She said the comments were taken out of context. She says she was talking about bringing new economic opportunities to the suffering coalfields.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole has endorsed Donald Trump.