By JONATHAN MATTISE
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Republican candidates throughout West Virginia’s ballot are trying to show voters they’re with Donald Trump.
But Republicans gave themselves extra work to do when they eliminated straight-ticket voting in 2015. The option allowed voters to click a single box to support all of one party’s candidates. In 2014, it helped Republicans take control of the Legislature for the first time in more than eight decades.
Although West Virginia has veered to the right in recent years, voters have split tickets in major races. The state hasn’t preferred a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton in 1996 – the same year it last elected a Republican governor, Cecil Underwood.
Trump is popular in the Mountain State for his broad-strokes promise to defy economic forecasts and put coal miners back to work.
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