Trump, Sanders add wins in West Virginia primary

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens Daniel Falsafi, 20, of South Charleston, chugs Cholula hot sauce as other Sanders supporters yell. “Feel the Bern, Feel the Bern!” during their election party at Tricky Fish.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens Daniel Falsafi, 20, of South Charleston, chugs Cholula hot sauce as other Sanders supporters yell. “Feel the Bern, Feel the Bern!” during their election party at Tricky Fish.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens
Daniel Falsafi, 20, of South Charleston, chugs Cholula hot sauce as other Sanders supporters yell. “Feel the Bern, Feel the Bern!” during their election party at Tricky Fish.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Donald Trump continued his steady march to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday as he handily won the West Virginia primary, while Democrat Bernie Sanders added his second win in a row, bringing his total to 19 states.

Trump’s victory guarantees the businessman-turned-presumptive-Republican-nominee three Republican delegates and he is expected to pick up most, if not all, of the state’s 34. The Republican race was called by news organizations just after polls closed at 7:30 p.m.

West Virginians have been drawn to Trump from the beginning of his campaign, largely because of his business experience and pledges to bring back jobs, particularly coal jobs.

“I think West Virginia is looking for a change,” said Jefferson County resident Paula Janis. “Obama has taken away our livelihood.”

Janis was one of about 30 people at the Trump election night party at the Embassy Suites, in Charleston.

Sanders’ win, meanwhile, does little to cut into Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead, but it is another late victory for the Vermont senator and provides ammo to his position that Clinton is not a strong general election candidate…

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