The state of West Virginia gave away money, guns, and trucks for prizes and the governor's dog issued a special plea ("do it for Babydog"), but West Virginia still did not meet Governor Jim Justice's goal of 65% WV residents with at least one coronavirus shot by June 20th. Here are today's statistics from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources:
That's too bad but given the devotion to Donald Trump by a large percentage of West Virginia's adults, that result should not be surprising. As I noted last month, there is a connection between a state's support for Trump and its inoculation rate. Here is a more recent statistical correlation:
Visually, here is a map from today's Center for Disease Control website. See if you can figure out the likelihood that a state voted for Trump:
Finally, from Charleston G-M reporter, Phil Kabler:
Ah, Gov, it's still coming out of my pocket. Given what appears to be the unlikeliness that most of these holdouts will ever take the vaccination regardless of incentives, is this the best use of taxpayer dollars?