May 9th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
10 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. RAJ

    Who cares?

    May 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. melikeyhill

    .N.Y.times said it best!!! she is toast!!

    May 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Debbie,NJ

    Unless she can get most delegates, most states won, most popular votes it doesn't matter.

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    What was it some one on the news media said a few days ago. Hicksville? We already knew she was going to be ahead in WV by large margins, just didnt think it would be that big. Maybe Obama needs to get over there and campaign some!?!?!?!

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. kw

    spencer, how would tha tbe different from what you have been doing since the first election?

    May 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. M Philllips

    It is hard not to succeed when you are running without a real opponent. A win in West Virginia will not change her fate but it could cause more trouble for the democratic party.

    May 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Khara

    I'm so tired of this anti-WV stuff. It's an ignorant perception. Living in NYC I've encountered WAY more racism. And FYI Deliverance wasn't set in WV.

    May 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. CW4Barak

    I think she will win the state only with a margin of about more, even though Obama has not made any efforts to attend a town hall or rally there, her final margin will still not be bigger!!

    May 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    Since the Superdelegates have decided to cave under pressure and back the popular candidate rather than the stronger candidate I will just have to write in Hillary's name. I hope other Hillary supporters will do the same. Lets see if he can win the white house with only the votes of the Obamabots

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. bill

    yup. they don't seem enjoy the darker skinned people in WVA ... is this margin a surprise?

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Canadian

    Give the people of West Virginia a little more credit than that. They are not all racists and after listening to both Hillary and Barat they will relize the Barat should be president.

    I believe they are not as racist as many people think. However we will see next Tuesday.

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. jd

    Why are all you Obama supporters so hateful????
    Go Hillary

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. marvin

    All the comments about WV are quite offensive, and I'm from the midwest. To group them all as related or white or bigoted is pretty sad. We could say the same thing about areas heavily populated with blacks and how that turns out for Obama. There is absolutely no comparison, 92% of blacks vote for Obama, now that is racist.

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Susan Missouri

    Thanks to the people of beautiful W. Viriginia.

    They know who should be the president.

    Hillary is a strong person, experienced, for all the people, and a fighter.

    Hillary 08

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Jann in Denver

    Who care Hill...who cares...

    May 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Jewish Women for Obama

    Relax!!! She's not crazy... She knows this is over... She just wants to leave with a big win, so she can always claim "electability"... Just watch... she'll finally go away after WV...

    Democrats Unite!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Claire

    It doesn't matter. She was always expected to win West Virginia by a big margin.

    THE NOMINEE IS OBAMA. It's over.

    May 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Mike

    Why should we ignore WV again? because it's white ??? white people don't count anymore ? 🙂

    May 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Kevin

    she knows it's over, but you can't claim you are a fighter while still quitting, even if it's painfully obvious.

    this is more about saving face than the election now.

    May 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. John

    As it should be!! Clinton is still the strongest candidate of them all. Can anyone explain why North Carolina was so blind? Why should their mistake impact all the rest of us? Hillary has rebounded from this before, and I'm sure she will again!

    May 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Hillary Supporter

    Hillary is the favorite without a doubt. Its because of the way the democratic party sets up the rules for dividing the delegates that she is not in the lead. Another stupid blunder on the DNC's part. Michigan and Flordia being left out is one more blunder by the DNC. Obama is NOT

    May 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Democract

    Keep going Hillary! Who cares if you lose those spineless men that are jumping ship. You don't need them. A true supporter will stand behind you no matter what. Obama supporters are blind and can't see that he is fooling them, they have adopted hate. Lets see what their reaction will be when he loses the general election. Maybe Americans should start reading the bible. They might learn something. There will always be war and rumors of war. Start reading Mathew Chapter 24 and compare it to what is happening today.

    Hillary 2008

    May 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. M.C.

    Obama is the delusional one in spite of what some of you bloggers have said about Hillary. He cannot win in Nov. and the supers know this. It has nothing to do with race, so don't bait ,Obama supporters. Hillary can win all of the swing states and the Republicans know this!!

    May 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. spencer

    Biased CNN.................................

    May 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. laura, CA

    WV matters beyond the primary. Someone above says she'll only get 15 delegates.
    Not true, if she gets over 2/3 the vote she gets 2/3 the delegates. That's the dem primary rule.
    Above people were saying big deal she was set to win there anyway. But they probably weren't saying big deal about NC since Obama was set to win there.
    I've noticed a lot of Obama fans are young idiots or naive professionals out of touch with moderate dems.

    Clinton has been getting the Reagan Dems (some do live in WV) all over this primary, and Dems really need that block to be sure to win in November.

    May 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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