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. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    SO! This race is over and has been over since Texas!

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Congratulations Hillary on you huge win in West Virginia


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

    CNN, there are other polls out there, showing 12-15 points lead... Whay don't you report them. Today Obama leads Clinton nationally by 10%... but you don't have to tell us.. it is not a news for you

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Not a Democrat but......

    So what................

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. DAVID


    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. JDonner

    The state is so irrelavant that Obama spends more time on talking with superdelegates and the potential 14 pleged delegates she will get more than Obama, will be more than outbalanced by the 20 extra superdelegates.

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Jason

    Hmmm West Virgina who really freakin cares. That state is dominated by republicans and if she wins the state who really cares. Hillary drop out and face reality that you can not win.

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Richard

    So what she can't win GO HOME BILLARY

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

    Clinton claims that lower-income and uneducated white Democrats will not vote for Obama. Looking at the polling in WV. their must be plenty of the low-income and uneducated white voter in that state.

    May 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    I am a MODERATE......just can't take the idea of the MOST LIBERAL Senator becoming president...sounds too much like a Carter Presidency....and I am old enough to remember that hell.....bye bye Democratic Party....My family will now register Independent and vote with our heads in November....hopefully a good Moderate Experienced Candidate will surface soon 🙂

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Matt

    So if these numbers hold she'll cut his lead by a total of 10...all right...way to go...

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Karen in Ohio

    Does it matter to her or to the country? Is her plan to beat Obama for 2012 or get VP? Again, it is all about her, not you voters.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Marilyn

    This is what you will see in November people. Most white voters will vote for McCain. Sad, but true.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. will

    Lets be real we all know that racism exist in this country, what folks have to realize is it is not about black or white its about intelligence and who has the fortitude to runs this country. Obama has the right spirit, candor, guts and know how of what direction this country has to move in and get back to forieng negotiations to bring about a harmony with our alies and neighbors. we need a fresh new start because the bush's, cheney's, and condies have jack this country up and has made millions on the backs of this country with fear. THE BINLADINS and the BUSHES are in the bed with each other.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Jenny, TX

    Hillary, we always support you even if you decided to run as an independent candidate.

    Hillary '08

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Dee Garrett

    EXCUSE ME but haven't WHITES been voting for WHITES 100% for over 200 years now??????????????????hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm please learn your history before opening your mouth

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. musicnme

    WAKE UP West Virginia! HILLARY SUPPORTED IRAQ WAR AND now SHE SAYS SHE WILL ATTACK IRAN. SHE IS WAR MONGER! We are spending too much money on foreign wars (don't forget we are fighting Afganishtan too). Besides, her proposal of gas tax holiday is fraud! We are smarter! Vote for Obama!

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Margeaux

    I don't get it. If the particular state doesn't support Obama they are, "uneducated, all related, and shooting from pickup trucks". Now why would I want to support a candidate whose supporters think like that. I thought OB and you where above the negative comments. Apparently not.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Whuzi

    so when a state that is 95% white votes for a white person in droves and Clintonites say they will rather vote for a guy [McCain] with opposite views than their original choice before voting for a guy who is very similar to their original choice (except for skin color) really raises some questions.

    So how come when predominately black areas vote for a black candidate it is looked at as shameful? But when whites vote for a white candidate nobody bats an eye. Please spare me.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Matt Norris

    Good for Hillary!

    She will have won 17 contest to Obama's already 32. Wow. So impressive

    Too bad it doesn't matter and I don't care. It's over, enjoy the end of the ride.

    Obama 08!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Bill

    At least she isn't a quitter. I have a lot of respect for her for not GIVING IN, GIVING UP.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Nita

    Personally I would like a female, for the first time to be president. So that maybe one day I can tell my daughter and granddaughter they could become president if they wanted. All women should come together and remember " The Women's Suffrage Act ". And what we had to do just to be allowed to vote that wasn't to long ago. 1920- When it became a amendment to the United States consituation.

    May 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Renee Las Vegas NV

    Michele WV
    You are the Bomb! Thanks for your post!
    The fact that your taking a stand says Alot!

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. no more Hill-Billys

    she is just dispicable. just throw the towel in and go into your hot kitchen.

    obama 08

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Jean South Carolina

    I would like to say this for all the Hillary racist people. Now if Obama wins the election, you'll don't have to vote for him. Now if HIllary wins and the black people say they want vote for her and there are more blacks then white, then that is telling you'll that Hillary need the black votes as well as the white votes. Race should not matter, and for all you black senators, congress people and etc. who stands besides Hillary is no better than she is to have a candidate speak like that about race in such a proud tone. Shame on you Hillary.

    Hillary my vote is one less for you. You and Bill really surprise the people in South Carolina.

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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