Republican races Indiana, West top primary voting four states.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blankenship 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 media attention isn’t hurting him at all,” Patrick Hickey, a political scientist at West University, said of Blankenship. “There is a real sense that career politicians are only out for themselves.”

However, Indiana, the top three 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 been almost entirely personal attacks.”

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

Therefore Trump and Vice Mike Pence have already scheduled a campaign event 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 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 Republican Senate nomination over Cleveland-area investment banker Gibbons.

Nevertheless, Gibbons filed a defamation lawsuit against Renacci, alleging his campaign 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 Dennis Kucinich, the former Cleveland mayor, member of and presidential candidate, a battle of liberal favorites.

Cordray received the endorsement of liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren, while Kucinich 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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