By Melissa Herrmann, Jennifer De Pinto and Ellen Uchimiya
In November, Donald Trump would be the choice of 44 percent of West Virginia Democratic primary voters who supported Bernie Sanders Tuesday, CBS News early exit polling found.
But support for Trump in the general election is largely driven by independents who were allowed to vote in West Virginia’s Democratic primary. More than half would back Trump against either Hillary Clinton or Sanders.
Thirty-six percent of the Democratic primary voters are independents, compared to just 18 percent in 2008.
Sanders is currently leading in West Virginia — he’s winning both men and women according to the exit polls, and among independents, he’s winning about seven out of 10 voters.