Republican races in , West Virginia top in four states.

Bitter Republican . races in West Virginia and featuring candidates who have fought to prove loyalty to President highlight a slate of high-stakes party primaries in four states on Tuesday.

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

All four of states holding primaries were won by Trump in 2016.  and have made Democratic incumbents Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of states that Trump won by double-digit margins of top . targets in November.

But Republican Senate in either state could hurt by bruising party primaries. That has seen top contenders battle to show who is closest to Trump or less. a Washington politician.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However in , Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is another top Republican target. 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 .

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

Meanwhile, also have a competitive primary to succeed Republican Governor John Kasich. , the former of the Protection Bureau, is facing Dennis Kucinich, the former Cleveland mayor, member of Congress 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

Republican races in Indiana, West Virginia,  top in four states.