Mercers, Bannon wade into West Virginia Senate race

Mercers, Bannon wade into West Virginia Senate race
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GOP Senate candidates in West Virginia are vying for the support of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and GOP mega-donors Robert, Diana and Rebekah Mercer.
 
McClatchy reported on Thursday that all three Mercers sent Rep. Evan Jenkins's (R-W.Va.) Senate campaign $5,200 each, the maximum allowable donation under campaign finance laws.
 
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Those donations raised eyebrows because Bannon has recently come out in support of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Jenkin's primary opponent.
 
A source close to Bannon told The Hill that the Mercers' donations came before Bannon got involved in West Virginia and that the donors are backing Morrisey.
 
The Mercers, who keep a relatively low profile, are one of the top donors supporting more conservative and insurgent-minded GOP candidates. Their backing, as well as support from Bannon, is a major storyline in the upcoming midterm campaign cycle.
 
Bannon and his allies are focusing on West Virginia and races in other states after campaigning for former judge Roy Moore's successful GOP Senate primary runoff bid in Alabama last week over incumbent Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE (R-Ala.).
 
 
– This story was updated at 12:22 a.m. with additional information