Miner Ryan Barnette, 34, works in Gary, West Virginia.

    Feeling helpless in WV: 'We are the forgotten tribe'

    By Jeff Simon, Producer
    McDowell County, West Virginia is one of the poorest in the country -- it's also where Donald Trump scored his biggest primary victory nationwide. We try to understand this place, and its people.
    BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 02:  Supporters of the Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump listen to him speak at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on January 2, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Trump, who has strong support from Southern voters, spoke to thousands in the small Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. Trump continues to split the GOP establishment with his populist and controversial views on immigration, muslims and some of his recent comments on women.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    How does Donald Trump make you feel?

    By Jeff Simon, Producer
    For some backers of Donald Trump, it's not necessarily about the issues but about an emotional connection. So we asked: How does Donald Trump make you feel?


    Jeff Simon is a producer for CNN covering national politics and elections. Simon's work at CNN includes coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, where he was part of a team awarded an Emmy in 2013 for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story in Long Form.

    Simon started at CNN one day before the 2008 Iowa caucuses and produced work for "State of the Union" and the CNN Political Ticker.

    He worked as a political producer for The Washington Post before returning to join the CNN Digital Politics team.

    A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, Simon is a frustrated Philadelphia Phillies fan and collects vintage wristwatches. He graduated cum laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.