Republican races , West Virginia top four states.

Bitter Republican U.S. races West Virginia featuring candidates who have fought to prove their loyalty to President Donald Trump will highlight a slate of high-stakes party primaries four states Tuesday.

Simultaneously voters in Ohio North Carolina also pick candidates Tuesday November’s congressional elections. When must pick up two seats in the . 23 more in the of Representative to recapture control of 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 Virginia and Donnelly of states that Trump won by double-digit margins two of their top U.S. targets in November.

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

Trump waded into the West Virginia race Monday to urge Republicans 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?  defeat Manchin in November. Trump expressed a preference either of Blankenship’s top rivals. U.S. state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

“Remember Alabama,” Trump warned voters. When 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 Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of undermining Trump, jobs for “ ” and running TV ads highlighting the Taiwanese heritage of McConnell’s wife, drawing widespread condemnation.

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

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

is absolutely no daylight between them on any issues,” to quote Marjorie Hershey, professor of political 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 own money on the race, has made headway portraying the two of as indistinguishable “swamp creatures” who are products of .

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

However in Ohio, liberal 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 nomination -area 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 head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is facing , the former mayor, member of 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

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