In the contentious race for West Virginia’s second congressional district, Rep. David McKinley was defeated by Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV), who is backed by President Donald Trump.
The state’s Republican Party base was put to the test in the West Virginia primary. The state lost one congressional seat as a result of the 2020 census, necessitating a primary battle between McKinely from the first district and Mooney from the second district.
This has triggered a contentious feud between the more “RINO”-oriented McKinely and Trump-supporting Mooney.
“Congressman Alex Mooney is a conservative fighter running in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. His opponent is a RINO who supported the Sham January 6 Unselect Committee and the ‘Unfrastructure Bill,’” Trump stated in a press release.
“Alex fights for our Veterans, for Clean Coal, Energy and Election Integrity, our Borders and Jobs, and against the terrible drug problem,” Trump stated. “On May 10th, vote for Alex Mooney, who gets my Complete and Total Endorsement. I adore West Virginia!”
Conservatives have targeted Justin McKinley since he voted in favor of the $1.2 trillion so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Because of his support for the infrastructure measure, which was crucial to its passage through the House, the Club for Growth PAC endorsed Mooney to challenge McKinley.
Mooney’s victory, according to the president of the Club for Growth PAC, David McIntosh, serves as proof that Republicans want conservatives rather than RINOs in Congress. David McIntosh also said this:
“The bellwether election’s outcome is a clear signal that Republicans want their elected officials to be true conservatives rather than RINOs. The people of West Virginia realize that Congress must put a halt to Biden’s leftist socialist agenda, and Mooney is the only candidate with a track record of battling liberals in Washington.”
Mooney has a rating of 87 percent on the Club for Growth Foundation congressional scorecard, but McKinley received only a 51 percent ranking.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a supporter of the $1.2 trillion spending package, launched an ad to defend McKinley’s support for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
In contrast to McKinley, Mooney has dubbed the $1.2 trillion bill a “no-conservative-would-support legislation.”