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

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

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

But in state hurt by bruising . That has seen the contenders battle to show who is closest to Trump or less. Like a conventional politician.

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

Trump said he feared Blankenship. Who has cast as an anti-establishment like the president?  not defeat Manchin in November. Trump expressed a preference for of Blankenship’s top rivals. U.S. 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 harassment and of teenage girls in his 30s.

Blankenship has attacked Majority Leader 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,” Patrick Hickey, a political scientist at , said of Blankenship. “There is a real that career politicians only out for themselves.”

However, in Indiana, the top 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 businessman Mike Braun, have traded personal insults.

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

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

However in , liberal Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is another top Republican . U.S. Representative Jim Renacci won Trump’s endorsement and he considered as the favorite for the nomination -area investment banker Michael Gibbons.

Nevertheless, Gibbons filed a defamation lawsuit against Renacci, alleging his campaign 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

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