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Monday night, hundreds of individuals joined hands on West Virginia University's campus to show support for each other after last week's presidential elections.

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Jim Justice and Donald Trump both won big in West Virginia, and now it's time to get down to the real challenge of governing.

Jim Justice Victory Speech
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At the same time West Virginia overwhelmingly picked Republican billionaire political outsider Donald Trump on Tuesday, the state widely preferred a Democratic billionaire political outsider for governor, Jim Justice.

In a stark split-ticket statement, the Mountain State scoffed off Justice's political party label, picked the two businessmen who said the current system is broken, and left its state government in almost the same divide it's currently in.

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As millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, just one week ago, children across the nation voted for the next presidential candidate in a mock election. The “Every Kid Votes!” event began with the 2004 presidential race, and every election year since, school children across the country have accurately voted for America’s next president. Will that trend continue this year? 

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Republican candidates throughout West Virginia's ballot are trying to show voters they're with Donald Trump.

But getting a bump from Trump could take extra legwork this year, after the GOP dropped the option to vote straight party-line with one mark on the ballot.

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If the new President Trump repeals the Affordable Care Act, what would happen to West Virginians? If Clinton wins, what does that mean for coal?

Unions Coming On Strong Against Cole

Oct 31, 2016
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we begin a series of profiles of the candidates for Governor – this morning a report about Republican Bill Cole and Jeff Young of the Ohio Valley Resource talks with three authors who are noting why Appalachia’s white working class are supporting Donald Trump for president.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the third presidential debate Wednesday, October 19 at 9 p.m. This debate will follow the same format as the first presidential debate. It will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by Fox’s Chris Wallace, the moderator.

Justice or Cole, Who Won the WV Governor Debate?

Oct 14, 2016
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The two leading candidates for governor attacked each other over unpaid bills and Donald Trump at the last major party debate. Who won, and will it matter?

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Two of the Republican Party's top leaders have hesitated to support a bill that would preserve the pensions and health care benefits for thousands of retired union coal miners.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are both popular in Appalachian coal communities. But McConnell in the past has blocked a bill that would rescue the pensions and health benefits of more than 13,000 retired coal miners in Kentucky. Trump has been silent on the bill, which Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has endorsed.

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West Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole has criticized Donald Trump for his recently released comments about women.

Cole released a statement Saturday that as a father of two teenage daughters, he was offended by Trump's remarks, which were recorded in 2005. Cole has endorsed Trump and appeared with him at a rally in May at the Charleston Civic Center.

Reaction to the video of Donald Trump using explicit language and apparently describing himself forcing himself on women continues to roll in. And it is not good for the GOP nominee. Prominent Republicans are calling on him to drop out and elected officials are running from him and fast. See the full list of Republicans calling on Trump to step down at the bottom on this post.

Capito Says Trump May Need to ‘Re-examine His Candidacy’

Oct 8, 2016
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U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should think about withdrawing his candidacy in response to Friday’s release of the billionaire businessman's vulgar and sexually charged comments that were caught on tape.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the second presidential debate Sunday night. The town hall-style debate will allow audience members to ask Trump and Clinton questions. West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) will provide extensive coverage of the debates our statewide TV and Radio networks, and online and Coverage begins at 9 p.m. EDT.


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night. WVPB will provide extensive coverage of the debates on TV, Radio, and Online. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. EDT.


Donald Trump is still working to raise money in West Virginia, this week sending his son to a joint national/state finance committee event. State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas what Eric Trump told supporters in Charleston. 

Donald Trump's missteps since the conventions have put Hillary Clinton in a dominant position.

If the election were held today, according to the latest NPR analysis of polling, demographics and on-the-ground reporting, Clinton would win in a landslide of 2008 proportions. She has solidified her leads in key battleground states and crosses the threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House in the NPR Battleground Map with just states where she already has a significant lead.

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On this Front Porch podcast, Scott, Laurie and Rick debate Bill Cole's drug policy, Jim Justice's tourism plan and a resurrected rooster.

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The 34 West Virginia Delegates to the Republican National Convention cast their official ballots for Donald Trump to become the official Republican nominee for president Tuesday in Cleveland. 

The state’s delegation supports Trump for many reasons, his primary win of the state for one, but one delegate in particular points to Trump’s energy policies as the reason for his support.

As Donald Trump had promised, there were surprises Monday night at the opening of his personally programmed Republican National Convention — and some of them might have surprised even him.

Let's take a quick look at what went right and what did not:

The big hits of the night were former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Melania Trump. Their speeches were polar opposites but each lit up the convention hall. Yet each was marred as well.

Donald Trump has staked his brand on winning. "We will have so much winning," he has said in this campaign, "if I get elected, that you may get bored with winning." But can he win the presidential election? In a country that has changed rapidly demographically, Trump's best shot is to drive up turnout among white voters, especially white men. But how likely is that? We at NPR Politics wanted a data-driven, quantitative way to answer the fundamental question of whether Trump can win, or if this is Hillary Clinton's race to lose — and give readers the power to test it out themselves.

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Donald Trump is heading to Wheeling for an invitation-only fundraiser with coal magnate Robert Murray.

Murray Energy spokesman Gary Broadbent says Murray is hosting a fundraiser Tuesday for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. It will take place at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

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Donald Trump is heading to Wheeling for an invitation-only fundraiser with coal magnate Robert Murray.

Murray Energy spokesman Gary Broadbent says Murray is hosting a June 28 fundraiser for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. It will take place at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

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West Virginia's tricky primary rules could cost Donald Trump four delegates. It won't matter — Trump has 92 percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination. Trump easily won the West Virginia primary. However, most of the state's delegates are elected directly by voters.

Twenty-two delegates were elected based on the statewide vote, and the top 22 vote getters were all Trump delegates. However, no more than two can be from the same county. Bernie Sanders is trailing Hillary Clinton by 283 delegates on the democratic side.

Trump, Sanders Win W.Va. Primary Races

May 10, 2016
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Both candidates who were expected to win in West Virginia Tuesday did -- Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders took the state. 

With no one left to run against, Trump won the Republican primary in the state by a large margin. A small crowd gathered at Embassy Suites in Charleston to celebrate the victory. Robert Jones, of Charleston, was at the party and said Trump is the candidate the state needs.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made a surprise visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night. The late-night show also featured clips and a sketch on Donald Trump's visit to Charleston last week. 

Appearing the night before the West Virginia primary, Sanders teaches Colbert a lesson in not giving up as the comedian is distraught after not being able to get a 100 Grand candy bar from a vending machine. 

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As Donald Trump, Hillary and Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned in West Virginia this month before thousands of voters, ex-convict Keith Judd slipped into the state unnoticed.

Judd is a Democratic presidential candidate who received 41 percent of the vote in the state's 2012 primary against President Barack Obama. This time, he wanted to see West Virginia for himself.

On West Virginia Morning, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reflects on his visit to the state last week in an interview with Ashton Marra and Clark Davis takes the political pulse among students at Marshall University. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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College campuses are often thought of as microcosms of society in so many ways and when it comes to politics, the notion tends to hold up. On the campus of Marshall University, students are picking and choosing sides in the presidential race and estimating the impact the candidates will have on student voter turnout.

Just like in the general public, Marshall University College students have picked their sides when it comes to which presidential candidate they’ll vote for. Marshall University Student Gretchen Fleming was at the Bernie Sanders rally in Huntington last month.

W.Va. Supreme Court Candidate Profile: Bill Wooton

May 6, 2016

On West Virginia Morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dons a coal miners hard hat as the crowd waves signs saying “Trump digs coal” at a rally in Charleston last night.  While Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about poverty in McDowell County. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.