Evan Jenkins concedes GOP Senate primary

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Congressman Evan Jenkins has conceded the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Before The Associated Press declared a winner in the race, Jenkins told a gathering of supporters Tuesday night that “it looks like it may be a little too far” to make up ground.

Jenkins had raised $1.5 million during his campaign yet was far outspent by both state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and former coal executive Don Blankenship.

Jenkins and Morrisey often clashed during debates. Morrisey had criticized Jenkins for his liberal background and his past stint as a Democrat. Jenkins switched to Republican before winning his seat in Congress in 2014.

Voters didn’t heed Jenkins’ criticism of Morrisey’s New Jersey roots. Jenkins also continuously brought up Morrisey’s past lobbying ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

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