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Patrick Morrisey wins GOP nomination for U.S. Senate race

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(AP/WVVA) State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has won a contentious Republican primary for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, beating convicted ex-coal executive Don Blankenship.



Morrisey also outdistanced Congressman Evan Jenkins and three others in Tuesday's race.

Morrisey will face incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin in November. Both parties view the general election as key to Senate control for the next two years.

The primary became a test of President Trump's clout. He came out strongly against Blankenship, who served prison time for a deadly mine disaster.

 A two-term attorney general, Morrisey promoted his record of challenging policies under the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Morrisey deflected criticism of his past lobbying ties to the pharmaceutical industry and his roots in New Jersey, where he lost a 2000 congressional race.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito released the following statement:

“After a competitive and spirited race for U.S. Senate, Republican voters across West Virginia have made their voices heard. As the leader of the Republican Party in West Virginia, I believe it is time for all Republicans to come together and support the candidates who stand with President Donald Trump to preserve our tax cuts, secure our borders, fight the opioid epidemic, strengthen our military, and improve our infrastructure. I will continue to fight for these issues because they are right for West Virginia, and I will work with candidates who share this vision and support the entire Republican ticket led by Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate.”

Meanwhile, Talley Sergent has won the U.S. House 2nd District Democratic primary in West Virginia.

Sergent defeated Aaron Scheinberg on Tuesday and will meet Republican Congressman Alex Mooney in November. Mooney ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary.

Sergent is the former state presidential campaign director for Hillary Clinton in 2016. She lives in Charleston and works as a communications consultant, focused on serving nonprofits and foundations.

She wants to improve job opportunities and health care choices in the state along with preventing younger residents from becoming ensnared by drug addiction.

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