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Trump-backed Mooney wins Republican House primary in West Virginia

Section: Daily Dispatches

U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-West Virginia, repeatedly has pressed the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission with inconvenient questions about gold market manipulation.

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By Paul Steinhauser
Fox News, New York
Tuesday May 10, 2022

Rep. Alex Mooney is projected by the Associated Press as the winner in the Republican congressional primary in West Virginia's 2nd District in a battle with fellow Republican Rep. David McKinley.

And while former President Donald Trump wasn't on the ballot, his prestige within the party was very much on the line in a bitter contest between two incumbent lawmakers, as Trump had endorsed Mooney.

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"I Love West Virginia. Congratulations to Alex Mooney on his big win!," Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social.

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.

West Virginia lost a congressional seat during the once-in-a-decade congressional reapportionment.

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

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

And the congressman thanked Trump for "his endorsement and support of my campaign," adding, "When Donald Trump puts his mind to something, you better watch out."

Mooney touted on the campaign trail and in ads that he's the "only candidate Trump trusts to defend our values" and criticized McKinley as a "RINO" and a "sellout." ...

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