Republican races Indiana, West top primary voting four states.

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

Simultaneously voters in and North Carolina also pick candidates on Tuesday November’s congressional . Democrats pick up two 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 Republicans have made Democratic incumbents Manchin of West and Donnelly of Indiana states that Trump won by double-digit margins two of their top . Senate targets in November.

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

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

Trump said he feared Blankenship. Who has cast as an anti-establishment the president?  Could 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 Republicans nominated Roy Moore, accused of sexual harassment and of teenage girls in his 30s.

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

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

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

is absolutely no daylight between on any issues,” to quote Marjorie Hershey, professor of political science at Indiana University. “The race has been almost entirely 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 Congress as indistinguishable “swamp creatures” who of .

Therefore Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have scheduled a event in Indiana on Thursday, indicating the priority that the White House is putting on the Indiana race  and their willingness to back 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 Cleveland-area 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 . Richard Cordray, the former of the Financial Protection Bureau, is facing , 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

, West Virginia,  top primary voting in four states.