Alex Mooney wins Republican nomination for 2nd Congressional District
W.Va. (WSAZ) - Rep. Alex Mooney will stay in the U.S. Congress, the Associated Press reports, winning the nomination to the newly redrawn U.S. House District 2 seat.
Mooney defeated current U.S. Rep. David McKinley in Tuesday’s Primary Election.
The state lost a seat due to population loss reported in the 2020 census.
Rep. Mooney will face off against Barry Wendell in November.
Wendell won the Democratic Party nomination Tuesday in the state’s 2nd Congressional District race.
Rep. Mooney said the following Tuesday following his victory:
“I also want to thank President Donald Trump for his endorsement and support of my campaign. When Donald Trump puts his mind to something, you better watch out,” said Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) at his victory speech. “He had me attend his live rally in person this past Friday, he did a telephone rally for me last week, he did at first, two endorsements and then another one today reminding people to vote and endorsed me three different times in press statements. Donald Trump loves West Virginia and West Virginia loves Donald Trump.”
While speaking with WSAZ Tuesday night after his primary win, Wendell acknowledged his position as seeming to be a long shot in the general election race.
“As a religious person, I believe in miracles,” Wendell said, “and I think it might just take that, but I think I have something to offer he doesn’t. My platform is to do things that will help people in the state, bring back the extended child care tax credit, make sure the black lung minors benefit is fully funded, and lower the cost of prescription drugs, particularly insulin.”
The general election is set for Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
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