West Virginia voters go to the polls Tuesday for a presidential primary where the Republican race is down to one candidate and the Democratic contest has two. The results for Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton mean different things.
After winning the Indiana GOP primary a week ago, businessman Trump saw his last two challengers, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich ended their campaigns. That made the Trump the presumptive nominee, though he still needs to accumulate the 1,237 delegates needed for a first-ballot victory.
West Virginia will send 34 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
Trump has 1,068 delegates, just 169 short of the threshold, according to the Associated Press.
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On the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who defeated former U.S. Clinton in Nebraska, is trying to make it two in a row and capture a majority of West Virginia’s 37 Democratic delegates.
Even so, he faces an almost-impossible task of wrestling the nomination away from Clinton. She was just 155 delegates short of winning a majority of 2,383 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July, according to the AP. She had 2,228 and Sanders had 1,454.
None of the major nonpartisan polling firms have questioned West Virginia voters in advance of the primary.
In a fundraising email sent Monday, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said a victory for his candidate would “send a powerful message to the Democratic Party establishment about an issue at the heart of our campaign in that state: poverty.”
The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Depending on exit polls, the networks may be able to call the races shortly after the voting ends.
Nebraska Republicans also hold their primary on Tuesday, awarding all 36 convention delegates on a winner-take-all basis. Real Clear Politics lists no polls from that state.
Democrats in Nebraska caucused in March. Of the state’s 30 delegates, Sanders has at least 15 and Clinton at least 13, according to the AP.