Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won West Virginia’s primary Tuesday, signaling trouble for front-runner Hillary Clinton “in industrial states in the November general election,” reports Reuters.
While the defeat slowed her coronation for the nomination, according to the news outlet, Clinton is still heavily favored to become her party’s candidate in the Nov. 8 election to face presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
For Clinton, 68, her failure to win over voters deeply skeptical about the economy underscored how she still needs to court working-class voters in the Rust Belt, including key states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania. West Virginia has one of the highest unemployment rates in country.
Sanders, who has vowed to take his campaign all the way to the Democrats’ July 25-28 convention in Philadelphia, has repeatedly said he is the stronger candidate to beat Trump in November, and following his West Virginia win, he emphasized economic themes.
In West Virginia, roughly six in 10 voters said they were very worried about the direction of the U.S. economy in the next few years, according to a preliminary ABC News exit poll. The same proportion cited the economy and jobs as the most important issue.
West Virginia voters were likely still steaming over a remark Clinton made in March, saying she would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” the report says.
Last week, she apologized to displaced coal and steel workers and discussed “her plan to help retrain coal workers for clean energy jobs.”
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