Poll shows no single unifying issue in W.Va.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Exit polling across West Virginia suggests that while many voters were enthused about their party's candidate, others simply chose what they saw as the lesser of two evils.

While a majority of voters say the economy was the most important issue to them, they appeared evenly split on which candidate could handle those problems better.

About a third of voters say they want a candidate who shares their values, and those people seem to side overwhelmingly with McCcain.

Sixty-year-old Fairmont Building Contractor John Stewart says his vote came down to morality. He likes McCain's views on abortion and gay marriage.

Another third of those polled say it's important the next President be able to create change, and those voters are appearing to align strongly with Obama.

Independent voters, who registered in greater numbers than Democrats or Republicans combined, were more likely to back McCain.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Troubled Location: Parkersburg on Nov 5, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    My prayers are with our country and our state of West Virginia. We have went through some hard times, but I fear worse is still yet to come. We are strong people and I hope that we will hold our head up. God bless West Virginia people and her coal.
  • by raven on Nov 5, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    God Help America God Help West Virginia and God Help The Coal Miner
  • by M.M. Location: Parkersburg on Nov 4, 2008 at 09:46 PM
    Congrats Barack! This is the change we need and a truly historic day. I am proud to have voted for Obama and wish my state would've done the same. It really bothers me that some people put personal issues such as gay marriage above the health of the country but in the end it didn't matter and we prevailed.
  • by beth on Nov 4, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    GOD help America! phony baloney full of hot air no ext exp just a two term sentor thumb your nose at the military. Obama Biden who DIDN"T WANT to be V.P. Got elected president.
  • by Angela Location: Belpre on Nov 4, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    Go McCain!!! WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!
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