May 9th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Poll shows Clinton with big lead in West Virginia

Clinton holds a big lead in West Virginia.
Clinton holds a big lead in West Virginia.

(CNN) – Even as she faces pressure from some to call her White House bid quits, Hillary Clinton holds a commanding lead in West Virginia, according to a new poll released Friday.

Clinton has a 43-point advantage over Obama, 66 percent to 23 percent, according to a new survey from the American Research Group.

The poll was conducted entirely after Tuesday's primary results, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll suggests Clinton’s white, working class base seems to be holding firm for her - at least in West Virginia, where that demographic makes up a substantial portion of the Democratic electorate.

West Virginia, one of the six contests left in the Democratic presidential race, votes next Tuesday.


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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. A.K.

    Annnnnnnnnd we've known she was going to take W. Virginia for weeks. Don't tell me you buy her "whoever's going to win the presidency needs to win this state" argument. Because then I'm going to ask how "whoever wins the big states wins the presidency" and "whoever wins the red states wins the presidency" works with that. Or I guess I could just use the regular old "whoever wins the most wins the nomination", but Hillary doesn't accept that one.

    May 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. empire

    Wow, she should move out of her suburban New York City mansion and move to Appalachia so she can be among her own- hard-working white people- and she can run for the Senate from there.

    May 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. proud army and navy mom

    she's irrelevant.

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Tn

    running be president is BIG BUSINESS fro clintons families and bill can be ultimate lobbies

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Living in the USA

    Wow, Whoppee. Let's have a prarade. It would be funny if Obama showed up behind her.

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Ron Seattle

    CNN=Clinton News Network LOL

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    I DON'T GAMBLE. SO WHEN I TELL YOU THAT

    I BET IT WILL GO DOWN BY 5 POINTS A WEEK,

    I AM NOT GAMBLING.

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Chris

    Yea right..of course you have a lead. Obama is not seriously campaigning there anyway. He is giving this state and Kentucky to you. So that you can bow out gracefully.

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Will

    And this means what at this point?

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Michele, WV :(

    I'm from WV and I'm voting for Obama!!! This isn't news!! All the rednecks that live here would die before voting for a black man!!!!! You should see some of the looks I get wearing an Obama shirt!!!!!! YES I SAID IT BECAUSE ITS TRUE..not all..but most...they know who they are...GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. A.K.

    Also, I thought CNN would give the polls a rest given how innacurrate the Indiana polls turned out to be.

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. rumpusgoopus

    Yeah... we already knew that.

    May 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Max from NYC

    It's a delegate game. There are 28 delegates there... She will get 15... Who cares?
    Meanwhile Obama will have 2025 .. and be ready for McCain..Go Barack!

    May 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Blueray98

    Thank you, CNN! This is great news. The race is so close, I know that Hillary will eventually win in the end.

    May 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Dana in north Carolina

    congrats to her.
    Obama 08'

    May 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Marty, Orlando

    Who cares??????

    May 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    They have phones there?

    May 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Low

    Ok She'll nod her head and point her finger , but what about Paul v Clinton CNN?

    May 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Alisa--GA

    And how many delegates do they have? LOL

    May 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Emily Coletta

    Obama has already conceded WV–he keeps saying so in Oregon. I think after PA he knows he can't win over the back woods whites, and why should he try? WV has a very small population.

    He's going to focus on the remaining larger, more liberal states.

    May 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. H-town

    The clock is ticking.......OBAMA 08. Let's just give her the 28 delegates in WV and move on...to the EXIT dance!!

    May 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. J

    Wow, people are quite racist and arrogant and ignorant on these blogs... not much intelligent to say? Take a stab a WVirginians using all the well-worn jokes, separate Hillary and Obama into purely racial categories... the race is tiring.

    May 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. joann

    That's our girl! Take the white vote Hillary – why not, Obama has 95% of the black vote – 2 can play that game.

    May 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. ELM

    Is Obama not going to campaign in West Virginia at all?

    May 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Robert from Washington

    Yes, Hillary holds a commanding lead there, but a victory there won't change the math. She has grit, fierce determination and an unbreakable will to win, but the stars in their courses have marched against her. It's over. The news media need to stop milking this.

    May 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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