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Exit Poll: Economy top issue for West Virginians

Voters enter their polling place at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in the West Side neighborhood of Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Many residents of the state headed to the polls on primary Election Day after others cast a record number of early votes, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced Monday. (Chris Dorst/Gazette-Mail via AP)

Many West Virginians voting in the state's presidential primary say they see the economy as the top issue facing the country, and they think trade is costing America jobs.

More than half of West Virginia Republicans and nearly two-thirds of Democratic voters casting ballots on Tuesday say the economy is the top issue facing the country.

That's according to early findings from exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

In the West Virginia Democratic primary, 7 in 10 say they're very worried about the economy and another 2 in 10 say they're somewhat worried.

Majorities of voters in both primaries say trade with other countries mostly takes jobs from American workers.

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West Virginia is holding a Democratic primary election on Tuesday, but a significant portion of voters choosing between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders say they don't identify as Democrats.

About 4 in 10 voters in the state's Democratic primary say they consider themselves to be an independent or Republican. That's according to early findings from exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

Among those voting in West Virginia's Democratic primary, about a third say they would support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump over either Clinton or Sanders in November's general election.

An additional 2 in 10 say they wouldn't vote for Trump, Clinton or Sanders this fall.

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