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Election Results: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump projected winners in West Virginia primary

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., laughs as he arrives with his wife Jane Sanders, and his son Levi Sanders to a primary night rally in Essex Junction, Vt., Tuesday, March 1, 2016, on Super Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

With no contenders running against him, Donald Trump claimed victories in West Virginia, and Nebraska Tuesday night.

Bernie Sanders was projected as the winner in West Virginia's democratic race.


The GOP ballot in the Mountain State of West Virginia had 11 presidential candidates, but all of Trump's competitors have dropped out and he has become the presumptive nominee, The Associated Press reported.

Trump's victory Tuesday in the Mountain State follows a visit to Charleston, where he spoke to a packed audience last Thursday at the Civic Center.

During the rally, he raised controversy when he told West Virginia voters they could stay home and did not need to cast a ballot in the primary. He said to wait until November and to bring out twice as many people. Later, he sent a tweet saying: "Thank you West Virginia. Let's keep it going. Go out and vote on Tuesday - we will win big. #Trump2016."

Trump also vowed at the rally that if he were elected president he would get mines up and running and would put coal miners back to work.

Trump has directed heavy criticism toward Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who is leading Bernie Sanders in the delegate count.

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Nebraska held its democratic primary in March, with Clinton named as the victor.

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