"At least he's been fairly consistent," he said. "He hasn't changed his opinion every few days, and I think Romney has. I'm not sure what he'd be for next week.
"But," he added, "that doesn't seem to matter to some people."
New voter registration totals show there are more than 1.2 million registered voters in the state, with Democrats outnumbering Republicans 640,000 to 358,000, according to the Secretary of State's Office. More than 222,000 people registered with no party affiliation.
Eleven counties have more Republicans registered than Democrats, up from 10. Putnam County is the latest to swing to the GOP, but by just three voters.
Of the state's 10 largest counties, the GOP has a majority in three: Berkeley, Wood and Putnam.
Freshman Delegate Larry Kump, a Republican seeking re-election in Berkeley County, said he was first in line in Martinsburg, where a long line formed behind him.
"Elections matter," he said, "and every vote really does count."
Early voting has become increasingly popular in West Virginia. Though it's now a shorter period than in the past, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant predicts another strong turnout this year.
Interest in the presidential race is high, but West Virginians are also choosing a governor and filling all three U.S. House seats and one of the two U.S. Senate seats, along with statewide races including Supreme Court and attorney general.
"Even though this is the seventh statewide election since May of 2010, I am confident that the people of West Virginia will go to the polls to help decide in which direction our state and nation will go," Tennant said. "There can be no such thing as voter fatigue when the issues facing us are so important."
Residents can check the early voting hours in their county on the Secretary of State's website at www.wvsos.com .