Published on 15th February 2017 by

What do Trump’s economic promises to the coal industry mean to voters in West Virginia?

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Twelve thousand mining jobs have disappeared in the state over the last few years — and 70 percent of the vote went to Trump. One former coal miner says, “I’ve been a registered Democrat all my life, but I crossed over this year. I voted for Donald Trump, because he promised to help the coal miner.”

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