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October 20, 2016
by Alec Soth
“She’s a criminal, she should be in jail!” said Rich Abraham, a West Virginia resident who’d erected a Hillary-for-prison banner in the town of Logan. His die-hard support for Donald Trump is emblematic of the general political feeling in the state, where many blame the Obama administration for the decline of the coal industry, long the most important industry in West Virginia. If other parts of the country have witnessed financial recovery, the opposite has been true to these coal-mining centers. West Virginian’s are accustomed to being viewed as outsiders, always struggling to confront popular stereotypes which paint them as uneducated, inbred, racist and drug-addicted. So, to some, it’s no surprise that they would overwhelmingly support the candidate perceived as a political outsider.

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