First things first: Even though Ted Cruz remains on the ballot there, Donald Trump easily won West Virginia Tuesday, with the race called immediately as polls closed.
File under: No shit. https://t.co/fcQMOVXjFa
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 10, 2016
More interesting, though, is the Democratic primary. No one knew exactly how much Hillary Clinton’s promise to put a lot of coal miners out of business would hurt her in the state, but rarely is the Democratic winner called this quickly with such confidence, suggesting a landslide.
Just in: NBC News calls West Virginia for Bernie Sanders right at poll close.
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) May 10, 2016
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 10, 2016
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) May 10, 2016
Sanders winning WV Dems with a coal worker in their household 63-30, per exit polls.
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) May 11, 2016
Bernie wins again. When is Hillary dropping out? https://t.co/A1dYDX4K3s
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) May 10, 2016
While other networks are still going with “too close to call” or “leaning toward Sanders,” the candidate himself is going ahead with the fundraising email.
In fundraising email, @BernieSanders says, 'We just got word that we won … the majority of the delegates in today's primary in WV'
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) May 11, 2016
— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) May 10, 2016
Sanders pledges to keep going, but exit polls suggest that many of the votes for him in coal country were actually votes against Clinton.
— CBS News Politics (@CBSPolitics) May 10, 2016
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) May 10, 2016
— The Hill (@thehill) May 10, 2016
Two hours after NBC called West Virginia for Sanders, the dam has broken:
— CNN (@CNN) May 11, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Bernie Sanders wins Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia.
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) May 11, 2016
Bernie Sanders has won the West Virginia Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton https://t.co/4BZm7is8LN
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) May 11, 2016
Another win for Sanders? It looks like we’ve got ourselves a race! (Not really.)
Sanders has won 19 states to Clinton's 23, per @AP. She has 2,238, or 94 percent, of the dels & superdels needed to win. Sanders has 1,468.
— Lisa Lerer (@llerer) May 11, 2016
Once again, though, Sanders at least wins bragging rights and some forward momentum, and the RNC is hoping Clinton’s feeling the burn.
RNC: "nothing short of embarrassing that Hillary Clinton has now been defeated twenty times by a 74-year old socialist from Vermont"
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) May 11, 2016