In a red state like this, there are few signs for Donald Trump, let alone his opponent, Joe Biden.
Trump supporter Gail Hartley, standing in her driveway, says leaders aren’t spending a lot of money or time on her state. Donald Trump locked him up.
“Oh, without a doubt, he’ll win West Virginia,” says Hartley. “I feel confident. “
According to an Oct. 19-20 telephone poll by Triton Polling and Research, Trump holds a strong lead over Biden in the state, from just 58% to 38%.
While the Biden campaign has hit hard on the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporters of the president don’t seem to be listening.
“Blaming it for the deaths of 200,000 people is far from over,” says Hartley. “In terms of handling it, I think he did his best.”
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The state of West Virginia has 10 days of early voting. It ends this Friday.
A polling station is located in an old shopping center on the outskirts of town.
Local pilot Jeff Croft voted alongside his mother. Both wore masks as they exited the polling station, but said the crisis was overblown.
“Well, I saw very few sick people,” Croft says. “But I saw a lot of people broke. Economically, it has been devastating.
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West Virginia COVID-19 numbers are on the rise. The state’s seven-day positive test average has jumped 48% in the past three weeks.
The state Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed 358 new cases and four new deaths as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
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The president’s strategy has been to argue that the threat of COVID-19 is exaggerated, a sentiment echoed by Trump supporter Chuck Woods as he left the polling station after voting.
“You try to follow the guidelines, do your best,” Woods says. “But you can’t live your life scared, you know? You just have to do what they tell you and hope for the best.
A common refrain at Trump rallies this week is that the country is “turning the corner” on COVID-19. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a press release on Tuesday evening outlining highlights of the Trump administration’s accomplishments over the past four years.
The first highlight of the publication is “Ending the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Jeremy Edwards, a resident of Morgantown, took his teenage daughter to the polls on Tuesday with him as he voted. He says Trump is oblivious to the problem and that COVID-19 was the number one problem for him in this campaign because of the damage he has done to the economy.
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“The economy is in hell. I mean there are no jobs, ”Edwards says. “People keep saying I vote for him because of the economy. I don’t know what economy they envision. ”
Professor Kara Jaggie says she watches Trump’s speeches and has the same reaction every time when she hears the president say the country is approaching the corner.
“I’m laughing,” Jaggie said. “Every day the numbers are increasing. I’m not sure I believe it so much.
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