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Manchin cuts the ad for West Virginia Republicans to Trump-approved rival in the primary election

In a 30-second video ad released Friday, Manchin says, “Alex Mooney has proven that he’s about Alex Mooney. But the people of West Virginia know that David McKinley is about us.”

McKinley and Mooney are facing May 10 Republican primary elections for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District after the state lost a seat in the redistricting after the 2020 census.

In the ad, Manchin accuses Mooney and his “supporters outside the state” of suggesting that McKinley supported Biden’s comprehensive Build Back Better plan, saying it was a “direct lie”.
“David McKinley has always been against ruthless spending because it does not make sense for West Virginia,” said Manchin, who also did not support the president’s climate and social spending plan.

McKinley’s campaign posted the video on GOP fundraising platform WinRed, writing: “Joe Manchin knows I have always fought wasted spending and opposed liberal policies that do not work for West Virginians.”

CNN has contacted McKinley’s campaign for comment.

Asked if Manchin supported McKinley, Senator spokesman Sam Runyon told CNN that “the ad speaks for itself.”

Mooney shared the ad on Twitter on Saturday, writing: “Further proof, David McKinley is a complete and total RINO. Democrat Joe Manchin supports him.”

Mooney grew up McKinley during this cycle and has drawn $ 3.7 million into his opponent’s $ 2 million through April 20, according to their pre-primary applications to the Federal Election Commission.

The winner would be the overwhelming favorite in the parliamentary elections for the 2nd Congressional District, which covers the northern half of the state and would have supported Trump by 37 points by 2020.

Manchin, who is only up for election in 2024, is the only Democrat to represent the mountain state in Congress. He has a history of endorsements across the hall. Last year, he chose to back Alaska GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski’s bid for re-election in 2022, and he supported Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins in 2020.
The West Virginia GOP race is just one of several member-to-member primary elections this year due to redistribution. Later this month, Georgia Democrats Carolyn Bourdeaux and Lucy McBath will run for a suburban seat in Atlanta. Illinois is hosting two such primary elections in June: Democrats Sean Casten and Marie Newman are both running for a suburban seat in Chicago, while Republicans Rodney Davis and Mary Miller are fighting for a redesigned district in central Illinois. And in Michigan, Democrats Andy Levin and Haley Stevens are both seeking the same suburban seat in Detroit.

This story has been updated with further details.

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