Republican Carol Miller holds off Democrat in West Virginia House race

Republican Carol Miller holds off Democrat in West Virginia House race
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Republican Carol Miller won the House race in West Virginia’s 3rd District, fending off an unexpectedly tough Democratic challenge in an area that overwhelming backed President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE.

Miller, a state delegate, edged out Democratic state Sen. Richard Ojeda in the race to replace ex-Rep. Evan JenkinsEvan Hollin JenkinsWest Virginia New Members 2019 Republican Carol Miller holds off Democrat in West Virginia House race Trump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report MORE (R), who unsuccessfully ran for Senate. Trump carried the rural southwestern district by a whopping 49 points in 2016.

The deep-red district with coal mining roots wasn’t initially seen as competitive, but Ojeda, who voted for Trump, helped put the seat into play as Democrats sought to expand the House battlefield.

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Miller, the daughter of a late Ohio congressman who vowed to support the coal industry and strengthen border security, got a last-minute boost from several White House officials as well as an appearance with Trump at a West Virginia campaign rally.

Ojeda, a retired Army major, played up his military service as well as support for coal miners. He was eventually added to the national Democrats' "Red to Blue" list and got some outside help.