Poor and stupid people are taken advantage of all the time. And West Virginia is choke full of both.
Ever since the civil war West Virginians have voted with their hateful racist guts instead of their brains. A long line of coal barons and their political minions have cultivated their inherent hatred of blacks and weaved it together with their distrust of “outsiders” to form a rope that they willingly hang themselves with nearly every Election Day.
However, maybe now, now that they have hit absolute rock bottom (they are considered the worst state in the union by almost every measure, beating out shit holes like Mississippi and Alabama and Texas) maybe now they will turn it around. I tend to doubt it, but hey, Trump got elected president, so anything is possible.
The best way I could describe the electorate of the state of West Virginia is this. Imagine handing them a gun with six bullets in it. They will walk into a voting booth with said gun and promptly shoot themselves in the foot, six times. They will then vote for a local klan leader or corporate attorney, limp out of the booth, and ask for six more bullets.
Despite this fact, I do still hold out hope for them. Not much of course, but hey…