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July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
Charleston, W.Va (CNSNews.com) - The presidential race is still in limbo because of the Florida vote recount, but the election might have gone to Al Gore if not for the support for George W. Bush received in traditionally-Democratic states like West Virginia. Bush carried the Mountain State Tuesday, winning 52 percent of the vote and defeating Al Gore by more than 35,000 votes. Bush's West Virginia Campaign Coordinator John McCutcheon was elated, saying, "We couldn't be more pleased and frankly we never expected anything less."
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
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July 7, 2008, 8:26 PM EDT
Beckley, WV (CNSNews.com) - West Virginia carries only five electoral votes, which generally go to the Democratic presidential candidate. However, for the first time in many years, Mountain State voters are getting their share of attention in the white-hot light of the presidential race. West Virginia voters appear most interested in which candidate will ensure "the right of the people to keep and bear arms..." and will help protect the mining and steel industries.
July 7, 2008, 8:26 PM EDT
Huntington, WVA (CNSNews.com) - Vice President Al Gore touched on two issues that are hitting closest to home in this election during a weekend visit to West Virginia. Coal and guns may be the deciding factors when the final tallies are made on Election Day. Around a thousand people awaited the Vice-President's arrival at Tri-State Airport in Huntington in chilly temperatures and under dreary skies. Gore's arrival was preceded with entertainment from country recording artist and West Virginia native Kathy Mattea.
July 7, 2008, 8:26 PM EDT
Morgantown, WVA (CNSNews.com) - Many city dwellers tend to use West Virginia as a getaway spot. The fresh mountain air is often a welcome change to high-speed city life. George W. Bush probably felt that way with his weekend arrival in the state, known as a Democratic stronghold. However, not only did the home of West Virginia University open it's arms to the GOP candidate, but it proved to be a slight escape from the dogged issue of a 24-year old DUI arrest which broke only a day before Bush's scheduled visit here.
July 7, 2008, 8:26 PM EDT
Charleston, W.Va. (CNSNews.com) - Republican leaders hope a victory by George W. Bush Tuesday will help them maintain a majority in the U.S. House and Senate. One of the pivotal congressional races is in West Virginia, where political analysts believe the Second Congressional District could go Republican for the first time in 20 years.