US Rep. Alex Mooney beats Rep. David McKinley in West Virginia GOP primary

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Congressman Alex Mooney has won the Republican nomination for one of West Virginia’s two seats in the U.S. House.

Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Mooney instead of another Republican incumbent, congressman David McKinley, who has represented West Virginia in the House since 2011.

Trump and Mooney sharply criticized McKinley for being one of 13 Republicans to vote in favor of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

McKinley bet that infrastructure improvements would matter more to voters than Trump’s endorsement in one of the nation’s poorest states.

The incumbents were pitted against each other after population losses cost West Virginia a House seat.