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Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders Look for Wins in West Virginia Primary

CHARLESTON, WV - MAY 5: Republican presidential candidate DonalCHARLESTON, WV - MAY 5: Republican presidential candidate Donal
Donald Trump addresses supporters during a rally at the Charleston Civic Center on May 5, 2016 in Charleston, WVThe Washington Post/Getty Images

As West Virginians head to the polls today, Donald Trump is expecting an easy win while Hillary Clinton is unlikely to battle back from a comment that damaged her with the coal miners of the state.

Trump told West Virginia voters to stay home Tuesday night, but since he’s the only Republican candidate left, that shouldn’t keep him from coasting to victory in the state.

“Get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off,” Trump crowed of his future presidency to the state’s miners at a rally last week. (Nebraska is also holding its Republican primary Tuesday; the Democrats held a caucus there in March.)

Clinton may have a tougher road against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in West Virginia, after she said earlier this year that she’d put coal “out of business.” The former Secretary of State has since apologized for the comment, saying it was “out of context,” but a RealClearPolitics poll average shows her six points behind Sanders in the state (the average is only based on two surveys). It’s an especially dramatic slide for Clinton since she won the state by 41 points against then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008.

“I know my chances are pretty difficult, to be honest,” Clinton said Monday in Williamson, W.Va., the Hill reports.

Still, the primary season is all but over. Trump is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, and Clinton is far ahead of Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination.

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