Beset with Unemployment and Poverty, West Virginians Look to Trump for Help
Charles Jenkins, a Navy veteran living on and off the streets, sits in an alley on May 18, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. West Virginia, a state where President Donald Trump won in a landslide by defeating Hillary Clinton 67.9 percent to 26.2 percent, is also one of the nations poorest states where nearly one in five West Virginians struggled to afford basic necessities in 2015. The state was historically dependent on coal mining and manufacturing. With coal mines closing, the state has witnessed a surge in male unemployment and an epidemic of opioid use among its population.