Donald Trump has won the West Virginia and Nebraska Republican primaries according to the Associated Press, while Bernie Sanders won the West Virginia Democratic primary. Trump was expecting an easy win in West Virginia while Hillary Clinton faced a tough road to victory after comments that damaged her with the coal miners of the state.
Trump told West Virginia voters to stay home Tuesday night, but since he’s the only Republican candidate left, that didn’t keep him from coasting to victory in the state.
“Get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off,” Trump crowed of his future presidency to the state’s miners at a rally last week. (Nebraska is also holding its Republican primary Tuesday; the Democrats held a caucus there in March.)
Clinton had a tough road against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in West Virginia, after she said earlier this year that she’d put coal “out of business.” The former Secretary of State has since apologized for the comment, saying it was “out of context,” but a RealClearPolitics poll average showed her six points behind Sanders in the state (the average is only based on two surveys). It’s an especially dramatic slide for Clinton since she won the state by 41 points against then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008.
“I know my chances are pretty difficult, to be honest,” Clinton said Monday in Williamson, W.Va., the Hill reports.
Still, the primary season is all but over. Trump is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, and Clinton is far ahead of Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination.