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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (2nd L) arrives with Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) (R) at his weekly news conference outside the U.S. Capitol May 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. McCarthy recognized Cuban Independence Day during the news conference. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.