For the fourth consecutive election, West Virginians backed a Republican for president.
It was an easy and expected win here -- the race was called at poll closing based on exit poll data, and Election Night's unofficial totals confirmed that Romney handily scored West Virginia's five electoral votes. Obama didn't win a single county in the state.
Obama fared even worse here than he did four years ago, losing to Romney by more than 25 percentage points -- that's a margin nearly twice the size of the one between Obama and John McCain in 2008.
West Virginia hasn't voted for a Democratic president since Bill Clinton won the state in 1996. That trend is despite the abundance of Democrats holding state and local offices here and the fact that most West Virginians are registered as Democrats.
And Obama himself has hardly been a favorite in West Virginia. His approval ratings in the state have consistently been some of his lowest in the nation, and he's never won an election here.
"A West Virginia Democrat and a national Democrat are two different things," said Neil Berch, an associate professor at West Virginia University and an expert on state and local politics. "Certainly we were expecting Obama to lose here, and his margins have been narrower all over the country than four years ago."
In this year's Democratic primary, more than 40 percent of West Virginians voted for a man in a Texas prison instead of Obama. That inmate, Keith Judd, garnered votes from more than 70,000 Democrats and won the majority of votes in nine counties.
In 2008, Obama lost to John McCain by more than 13 percentage points. And in the Democratic primary that year, Hillary Clinton won West Virginia's vote by more than 40 points.