Republican races in Indiana, top primary voting in four states.

Bitter Republican U.S. Senate races in and Indiana featuring candidates who have fought to prove their loyalty to President Donald Trump will highlight a slate of -stakes party primaries in four states on Tuesday.

Simultaneously voters in and North Carolina also pick candidates on Tuesday for November’s congressional . When Democrats must pick up seats in the Senate. 23 more in the House of Representative to recapture control of Congress and blunt Trump’s agenda.

All four of the states holding primaries were won by Trump in 2016.  and have made Democratic incumbents Joe Manchin of and Joe Donnelly of Indiana states Trump won by double-digit margins of their top U.S. Senate targets in November.

Republican Senate prospects in either state hurt by bruising party primaries. has seen the top contenders battle to show who is closest to Trump less. Like a conventional politician.

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

Trump said he feared Blankenship. Who has cast as an anti-establishment figure like the president?  not defeat Manchin in November. Trump expressed a preference for either of Blankenship’s top rivals. U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins 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 Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell, accusing him of undermining Trump, creating jobs for “China people” and running TV ads highlighting the Taiwanese heritage of McConnell’s wife, drawing widespread condemnation.

Under those circumstances “I will say, all the attention isn’t hurting him at all,” , a political scientist at Virginia University, said of Blankenship. “There is a real sense here that career politicians only 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 them on any issues,” to quote Marjorie Hershey, professor of political science at Indiana University. “The race almost entirely personal attacks.”

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

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

However in , liberal 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 Republican Senate nomination over Cleveland-area investment banker Michael Gibbons.

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 head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is facing , the former Cleveland mayor, member of Congress and presidential candidate, in a battle of liberal favorites.

Cordray has received the endorsement of liberal 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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