Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Donald Trump Supporters Boost Bernie Sanders in West Virginia

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Things got weird in West Virginia Tuesday night. Bernie Sanders won the state's primary over Hillary Clinton, and while the delegates he collects will do nothing to knock the front-runner off her glide path to the Democratic nomination, it will give the insurgent candidate a much-needed shot of adrenaline during what could be a good month for him. That part was expected. The rest was not. West Virginia, like other Southern and Appalachian states, is at the tail end of a long transition away from Democratic Party, which once ruled the South, to the GOP, the natural ideological home of its conservative voters. Related: Sanders Wins in West Virginia; Trump Cruises Democratic voters still technically outnumber Republicans nearly two-to-one in the Mountain State, even though it hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 20 years, and isn't likely to again for the foreseeable future. Just over half — 51 percent — of West Virginia voters are registered Democrats, while just 29 percent are registered Republicans, according to data released by the secretary of state's office. Another 17.6 percent of voters are independents.