Republican races , four states.

Bitter Republican U.S. races featuring candidates who have fought to prove their loyalty to highlight a slate of high-stakes party primaries in four states on Tuesday.

Simultaneously voters in Ohio North Carolina also pick candidates on Tuesday for November’s congressional elections. When Democrats pick up two seats in . 23 more in House of Representative to recapture control of blunt ’s agenda.

All four of states holding primaries were won by in 2016.  have made Democratic incumbents Manchin of Donnelly of states that won by double-digit margins two of their U.S. targets in November.

But prospects in state could hurt by bruising . That has seen the contenders battle to show who is closest to Trump or less. a conventional Washington politician.

Trump waded the West Virginia race on Monday to urge to reject former coal executive Don Blankenship. Who released from prison last year? After serving time for violations in a 2010 disaster that killed 29 miners?

Trump said he feared Blankenship. Who has cast himself as an anti-establishment figure the ?  Could not defeat Manchin in November. Trump expressed a preference for of Blankenship’s top rivals. U.S. or state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

“Remember Alabama,” Trump warned voters. When recalling the Democratic victory in a special Senate election last year in the deeply conservative state. After nominated Roy Moore, accused of sexual harassment and assault of teenage girls in his 30s.

Blankenship has attacked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of undermining Trump, creating for “ ” and running TV ads highlighting the Taiwanese heritage of McConnell’s wife, drawing widespread condemnation.

Under those circumstances “I say, all the isn’t hurting him at all,” , a political scientist at West Virginia , said of Blankenship. “There is a real sense that career politicians out for themselves.”

However, in Indiana, the top Republican contenders to challenge Donnelly have also sharply criticized one another while praising Trump. U.S. Representatives Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, longtime rivals, and self-funding businessman Mike Braun, have traded personal insults.

“There is absolutely no daylight between on any issues,” to quote Marjorie Hershey, professor of political at Indiana . “The race has been almost entirely personal attacks.”

But Braun, a former state legislator who has spent more than $5 million of his money on the race, has made headway portraying the two members of as indistinguishable “swamp creatures” who products of Washington.

Therefore Trump and Vice Mike Pence have already scheduled a event in Indiana on Thursday, indicating the priority that the is putting on the Indiana race  and their willingness to whoever emerges from the primary.

However in Ohio, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is another top Republican . U.S. Representative Jim Renacci won Trump’s endorsement and he considered as the favorite for the nomination -area banker .

Nevertheless, Gibbons filed a defamation lawsuit against Renacci, alleging his falsely claimed Gibbons was anti-Trump.

Meanwhile, Democrats also have a competitive primary to succeed Republican Governor John Kasich. Richard Cordray, the former of the Consumer Protection Bureau, is facing Dennis Kucinich, the former mayor, member of and presidential candidate, in a battle of favorites.

Cordray has received the endorsement of Senator Elizabeth Warren, while Kucinich has the backing of key allies of 2016 Democratic presidential contender Senator Bernie Sanders.

Source: Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Peter Cooney / Publisher: The Thomson Reuters

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