WAYNESBURG, Pennsylvania — As our country contemplates who will be the next president of the United States, there is no better example of the sharp political dichotomy than the state of Pennsylvania, where 20 electoral votes are up for grabs.
In Philadelphia, passionate millennials are rocking the vote for Hillary Clinton in a big way. Pittsburgh is seeing similar sentiment. But less than an hour away, in southwestern Pennsylvania, lies Greene County — or coal country. It's here where Donald Trump is king.
Generations have grown up on coal in this blue-collar county. It is the economic life's blood for towns here. But coal's losing ground. In recent years, mines like the Emerald Mine have gone bankrupt, leaving hundreds of workers unemployed.
"We got quite a few guys that come in filed bankrupt. They can't afford nothing. Lost their car, lost their house, lost their truck. Everything," said Dave Baer, a former coal miner who now works at CareerLink helping other displaced coal miners find work.