Riley Moore tromps opponents in heated West Virginia Republican House primary

West Virginia state Treasurer Riley Moore has easily won a heated Republican primary in his home state and will likely be headed to Congress following the November general election.

Moore led the closest of his four opponents by a margin of more than 25 points when the Associated Press called the race.

Former Air Force Brig. Gen. Chris “Mookie” Walker, who had been considered Moore’s most competitive challenger, trailed in a surprising third place. Both campaigns spent roughly the same amount of money on the race.

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Republican West Virginia state Treasurer Riley Moore (left) and Republican retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chris Walker (right). (Moore for West Virginia/Chris Walker)

The primary devolved into a contentious mudslinging contest between the Moore and Walker campaigns. Moore’s victory means he will likely be the next member of Congress to represent the state’s 2nd Congressional District, considering election analysts rate the race as either “solid” or “safe” Republican.

Moore comes from a West Virginia family with a legacy of holding public office, including his grandfather, who served as the state’s governor, and his aunt, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

He was first elected

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