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2010 Census Reapportionment: West Virginia will remain at 5 electoral votes through the 2020 presidential election.
West Virginia, which seceded from Virginia (which itself had seceded from the Union) during the Civil War, became its own state in June 1863. It and Nevada were the only states admitted during the war, although Kansas became a state in early 1861, just a couple months before the hostilities began. Although the state has gone Republican in the last 4 elections, including a blowout 62% to 36% win by Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in 2012, the state is primarily Democratic at the local and state levels. Of the presidential elections from statehood through 2012, voters went Democratic 20 out of 38 times. Much of this back-and-forth (at least in recent history) can be attributed to the shifting views of the large blue-collar vote in the state.