While ballots in West Virginia were cast Tuesday, Hillary Clinton traversed through neighboring Kentucky, focused not on her Democratic primary opponent but a likely general election matchup with Donald Trump.
Clinton, the front-runner for her party's nomination, assailed Trump for his positions on nuclear weapons and NATO while addressing supporters in Louisville.
"The last thing we need are more countries with nuclear weapons. I'm trying to reduce the number of nuclear weapons," Clinton said. "When [Trump] says he wants to withdraw from NATO, the most successful military alliance in history, I say, 'What are we going to substitute for it?'"
Voters in West Virginia's Democratic primary on Tuesday tend to be more concerned about the economy and less enamored of President Obama than voters in other contests this year, according to preliminary exit polls.
Two-thirds of respondents said they were worried about the economic direction of the country and more than 6 in 10 considered the economy and jobs the most important issue in the election. The numbers show a higher degree of economic anxiety among Democrats than in other states that have been surveyed this year.
Part of that concern is rooted in the state's struggling coal industry, which Hillary Clinton famously vowed to "put out of business" in March. (She conceded last week that she misspoke.) Three in 10 voters said they lived in a household with a coal worker.
A Los Angeles attorney who leads a political party that advocates white separatism is on Donald Trump's list of Republican convention delegates, records show.
William Johnson, the chairman of the American Freedom Party, is among a list of delegates pledged to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee that was published by the secretary of state's office Monday night.
Bernie Sanders received a rapturous welcome from supporters in Stockton and Sacramento this week, but many of them are prepared to back Hillary Clinton if the Vermont senator doesn't pull off an upset victory in the Democratic primary.
"If he's not available, I'll vote for her," said Jesse Medina, 60, after hearing a rousing speech from Sanders in Stockton on Tuesday morning.
The conversations reflect the results from a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released in March, when nearly eight out of 10 Sanders supporters said they would vote for Clinton if she were the nominee.
House Speaker Paul Ryan made a "mistake" by holding back on supporting Donald Trump as the presumed presidential GOP nominee, Trump's top Senate supporter said Tuesday. But other Republicans on Capitol Hill were not so sure.
Tension over Trump's ascent in the Republican Party filled the halls of the Capitol as typically chatty lawmakers returning to work darted about without comment.
"I'm not doing any interviews on the presidential race. None. Zero," said the otherwise affable Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, who had been a Marco Rubio supporter.
Bernie Sanders has flip-flopped strategically in the weeks since Hillary Clinton put a near-lock on the Democratic presidential nomination. At times he has vowed to battle Clinton through the party’s July convention. At other times he has shifted his stated goal to building a movement, a tacit admission that his own fight is over.
Both of those possibilities could be read into remarks the Vermont senator made Monday night in Sacramento and Tuesday morning in Stockton as he opened his campaign for California. But the one he seemed to relish the most was the possibility of beating Clinton in the June 7 primary in a state so central to her family’s political fortunes.
In rallies with the usual Sanders touches — thousands of adoring fans, a hoarse candidate feeding and feeding off of their passion — the senator pulled few rhetorical punches. He skewered Clinton’s positions on climate change, the minimum wage, the environment, the Iraq war, and the future of giant American banks. He mocked her connections to Wall Street — adding his usual suggestion that she is part and parcel of a "corrupt" system.