Trump tweets support for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

President Donald Trump talks with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice during a rally Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Huntington, W.Va. Justice, a Democrat, announced that he is switching parties to join the Republicans. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump is giving his support to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in Tuesday’s primary.

The Republican president endorsed the GOP governor on Twitter on Sunday.

“Big Jim is doing a tremendous job for West Virginia,” Trump wrote. “Vote for Big Jim!”

Justice is running in the Republican primary against six others, including his former commerce secretary, Woody Thrasher, and ex-state delegate Mike Folk.

Justice, a coal and agricultural businessman who owns The Greenbrier resort, has made his relationship with Trump a centerpiece of his re-election run.

Justice was first elected as a Democrat in 2016 but announced he was switching parties at a Trump rally after less than a year in office.

Trump also tweeted his support Sunday for incumbent U.S. Reps. Alex Mooney and Carol Miller. Both have GOP primary opposition on Tuesday.

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