Exit polls in West Virginia show that many Bernie Sanders voters in this week’s primary plan to vote for Donald Trump in the general election. But the ironic part is that 39% of people who voted for Sanders in the Democratic primary would vote for Trump over Sanders, if Sanders is the Democratic nominee.
How did this happen? West Virginia is one of those southern states that was dominated by Democrats for years. Even now, 51% of voters are registered as Democrats compared to just 29% registered as Republicans. But West Virginia hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since Bill Clinton, and likely won’t for a long time to come.
I guess these people haven’t gotten around to changing their registration, even though they vote like Republicans. Another theory is that now that the GOP nomination is wrapped up, Republicans are trying to damage Clinton by voting for Sanders.
Whatever the reason, it is just another sign that our politics are really screwed up.