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Politics Mercers, Bannon back Morrisey in West Virginia Senate race

07:10  06 october  2017
07:10  06 october  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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McClatchy reported on Thursday that all three Mercers sent Rep. Evan Jenkins's (R-W. Va .) Senate campaign ,200 each, the Those donations raised eyebrows because Bannon has recently come out in support of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey , Jenkin's primary opponent.

But a source familiar with the situation told The Hill that the Mercer donations came before Bannon got involved in West Virginia The unified effort is a boost to Morrisey , who now has the blessing of the coalition of Bannon and his allies who supported former judge Roy Moore's successful GOP Senate

Mercers, Bannon back Morrisey in West Virginia Senate race© Provided by The Hill Mercers, Bannon back Morrisey in West Virginia Senate race Billionaire GOP mega-donors Robert, Diana and Rebekah Mercer are backing West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's bid for Senate, The Hill has learned.

The Mercers's support for Morrisey comes despite reports on Thursday that they had recently donated to his GOP primary opponent, Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.V.).

Those donations, first reported by McClatchy, had raised eyebrows because former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has come out in support of Morrisey.

Bannon and the Mercers are working together on backing a series of insurgent candidates in Senate GOP primaries.

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Source : http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/354190- mercers - bannon - back - morrisey - in - west - virginia - senate - race .

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But a source familiar with the situation told The Hill that the Mercer donations came before Bannon got involved in West Virginia, and that the Mercers are now united with Bannon behind the West Virginia attorney general.

The unified effort is a boost to Morrisey, who now has the blessing of the coalition of Bannon and his allies who supported former judge Roy Moore's successful GOP Senate primary runoff bid in Alabama last week over incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.).

Morrisey and Jenkins have locked horns in what's already become one of the more contentious primaries of the cycle as they battle to take on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in a state President Trump won by 42 points in 2016.

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