Mooney, sostenuto da Trump, vince le primarie della GOP House in West Virginia: AP

E mentre l'ex presidente Donald Trump non era al ballottaggio, il suo prestigio all'interno del GOP era in gioco in un'aspra contesa tra due legislatori in carica, come Trump aveva approvato Mooney.

I Love West Virginia. Congratulations to Alex Mooney on his BIG WIN!!!” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Ecco la vera verità sull'app Truth Social di Donald Trump.

West Virginia lost a congressional seat during the once-in-a-decade congressional reapportionment, and Mooney and McKinley were drawn into the state’s newly refigured 2nd District.

Virginia dell'ovest lost a congressional seat during the once-in-a-decade congressional reapportionment.

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The race partially turned into a test of the former president’s status as the most popular and influential politician in the Republican Party, quasi 16 months removed from the White House.

At his victory celebration, Mooney told supportersthe voters of West Virginia spoke loud and clear tonight.

And the congressman thanked Trump forhis endorsement and support of my campaign – when Donald Trump puts his mind to something, you better watch out.

rappresentante. Alex Mooney of West Virginia arrives at a polling station in Charles Town, West Virginia to vote in the GOP congressional primary, a Maggio 10, 2022 (photo by Fox News' Jake Karalexis)

rappresentante. Alex Mooney of West Virginia arrives at a polling station in Charles Town, West Virginia to vote in the GOP congressional primary, a Maggio 10, 2022 (photo by Fox NewsJake Karalexis) (Fox News )

Mooney touted on the campaign trail and in ads that he’s theonly candidate Trump trusts to defend our valuesand criticizes McKinley as a “RINO” e a “sellout.

Mooney repeatedly attacked McKinley for voting in favor of the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law – one of President Biden’s domestic achievements, which will bring plenty of federal dollars to West Virginia, a state badly in need of infrastructure improvements. And Mooney targets McKinley for supporting the Democratic-controlled House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists aiming to disrupt congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump.

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Mooney told Fox News on Tuesday morning that Trump’s endorsement matters in the race. “Voters understand that he endorsed me,” Mooney said. “I think it makes a big difference.

McKinley in his latest ad charged that Mooney, who’s currently facing an ethics investigation, è “disperato” e a “frode.”

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Mooney opposed Trump’s wall four times; opposed Trump’s plan to ban fentanyl from China; opposed Trump’s plan for veterans,” the moderator in McKinley’s spot claims.

While the former president didn’t hold a rally for Mooney in West Virginia, he invited the congressman to speak this past Friday at a rally in neighboring Pennsylvania.

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McKinley enjoyed the backing of two-term Republican Gov. Bette Midler risponde alla richiesta del governatore del West Virginia di baciare il sedere del suo cane.

And in an interesting twist, longtime moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a former two-term governor with universal name ID in West Virginia, crossed party lines to star in a new ad on behalf of McKinley.

In the spot, Manchin accuses Mooney of lying about McKinley and chargesAlex Mooney has proven he’s all about Alex Mooney, but West Virginians know David McKinley is all about us.

Fox News’ Jake Karalexis contributed to this report

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