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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 wvpublic.org. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. EDT.

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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.

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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.

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Apparent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drew a crowd of more than 10,000 to the Charleston Civic Center Thursday for a campaign rally largely focused on revitalizing the coal industry.

Watch: Donald Trump Speaks Live in Charleston

May 5, 2016
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air the Donald Trump event in Charleston on Thursday May 5, at 7 p.m.

You can watch this live coverage in several different ways. 

- Our TV broadcast will be available on The West Virginia Channel.

- A live video stream is provided via our Youtube Channel and this web post.

- You can also watch on your Apple or Android device using the new WVPB App, available for free online.

AP Fact Check: Trump Unlikely to Bring Coal Jobs Back

May 5, 2016
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Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer.

 

Trump, however, has yet to explain exactly how he will revitalize Appalachia's coal industry. To pull it off, he will have to overcome market forces and a push for cleaner fuels that have pummeled coal.

 

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees with an outline of the campaign stops by presidential candidates this week.  Also a profile of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin who is seeking re-election to the high court. 

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

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Coming off of big wins in Indiana's primary Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders announced scheduled stops in West Virginia.

Both candidates will visit the state Thursday.

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A recent poll shows Donald Trump has a commanding lead in the republican primary and Bernie Sanders is edging out Hillary Clinton in the democratic race in West Virginia. Democrat Jim Justice is showing a lead in the primary and general election race for West Virginia governor.

According to a Tuesday news release from Public Policy Polling, billionaire Trump leads the state with 61 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz has 22 percent and Ohio Governor John Kasich is trailing with 14 percent.

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Republican candidate for West Virginia governor Bill Cole is supporting Donald Trump for president.

The current state Senate president made his announcement in a news release Tuesday.

Cole said Trump understands business and economics, knows how to create jobs and has spoken out for revitalizing the coal industry.

Presidential Primary Campaign Financing
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As West Virginia moves toward the May 10 primary, thousands of West Virginians are opening up their wallets and shelling out some major cash for the presidential hopefuls.

But, in terms of dollars, which candidate is winning West Virginia? We look to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission for the answer.

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Donald Trump's West Virginia campaign chairman says the GOP presidential front-runner will be visiting the state sometime before the May 10 primary.

But Mike Stuart, who is also a former state Republican Party chairman, declined to say when or where Trump would visit. Stuart told The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the Trump campaign is committed to winning West Virginia's popular vote as well as the delegate vote.

Five Reasons West Virginians Love Trump

Feb 26, 2016

There’s evidence Donald Trump may be more popular in West Virginia than any other state.

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What do Donald Trump, Hmong immigrants, and pepperoni rolls have in common? They're all on "The Front Porch" podcast this week.

We discuss Trump's anti-immigrant appeal, and why West Virginia has the lowest percentage of foreign-born people in the entire U.S.

Should West Virginia be recruiting immigrants as an economic development strategy? Or do immigrants compete for scarce jobs with native-born people?

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