Republican races in Indiana, top in four states.

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

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

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

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

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

Trump said he feared Blankenship. Who has cast as an anti-establishment the president?  Could not defeat Manchin in November. Trump expressed a preference for of Blankenship’s top rivals. . or 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 Republicans nominated Roy Moore, accused of harassment and of teenage girls in his 30s.

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

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

However, in Indiana, the top Republican contenders to challenge Donnelly 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.

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 than $5 million of his money on the race, has made headway portraying the two members of as indistinguishable “swamp creatures” who are products of Washington.

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

However in Ohio, 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 -area investment banker .

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. , the former head of the Protection Bureau, is facing , the former mayor, member of 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

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