May 9th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
6 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. b white

    Lynn and Venus, do you need some lotion? hahahahahahahahahahahahaha The pickup is coming for you too!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. GO HILL!

    Hillary Clinton would have made one hell of a great President…..too bad the media made the Clintons out to be racists so she lost the African American's support…..too bad the DNC could not even support this family that has given their entire lives to public service and to the Democratic Party, too bad the Dems Primary system is flawed and gives caucus states soooo much control where only 2-3% of the population gets their votes counted, and too bad Democratic voters could not have supported this family that has given us the ONLY SUCCESSFUL DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENCY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES changing deficit to surplus and adding 22 million new jobs…..it's really too bad, she's such a bright, intelligent, hard-working person…..
    good luck in the fall, DNC…

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Who does not know that she is going to win in West Virginia? How many delegates and popular votes are at stake? Even if she wins all the delegates there, she cannot beat Obama. Common sense and simple mathematics do not work in her favour. So, the question is why would West Virginia follow the corpse to the grave?

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Darren

    Maybe Hillary should run for Gov of West Virginia since poor hard working whites are the only people voting for her.

    D

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Shelly from WI

    Ummm people, that's a big lead. i dunno :/ it's kindof a big gap to me. I hope Barack doesn't forget the people of WV. People in these later states need time to heal and time to prepare themselves for the fact that maybe their candidate would not be President. And that's a tuff thing to do.

    But anyhow, as the superdelegates roll in for 08AMA, it's harder to get these pantsuits sold.....the auction has began for the sale of pantsuits to help my candidate's campaign, i'll drop the price from $2300 to $5 a piece.

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Ok

    Hilary, fed by media coverage, will crow about this till the cows come home but it won't change the outcome. America is moving forward and the Clintons are stuck in the 90's and before.

    I can't stand that woman. She needs to stop saying the rest of American w/women (especially older w/women) won't support Barack Obama. I am one and I am solidly behind this young man. Clinton triangulation divided the party already but let's please not go back to the '60 racial divide in this country. Many of us are so over those days that it literally makes me sick to listen to her at all.

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Obama Mama

    But W.V. is full of "hard-working, WHITE voters". Hil-LIAR-y said it herself. I am white and I am offended at her comments which sure didn't do much for the hard-working African American, hispanics, and Asians we have in the US.

    Bow out gracefully Ms. Clinton....while you still have a chance to make a difference in the world. The longer this goes on, the less people, including your own colleagues, will like you.

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Salim

    Just like the super delegates, this lead will disappear!

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. OBAMA 08!

    THATS NICE...

    ASK US IF WE CARE?

    LIKE EVERYONE HAS SAID AND LIKE EVERYONE KNOWS.. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN THE REMAINING STATES OBAMA IS THE NOMINEE.

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Chris Carter

    Hillary supporter who WILL vote for Obama. This country cannot stand another republican in the White House. Democrats unite behind our candidate for our Country.

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Shelly from WI

    Ummm people, that's a big lead. i dunno :/ it's kindof a big gap to me. I hope Barack doesn't forget the people of WV. People in these later states need time to heal and time to prepare themselves for the fact that maybe their candidate would not be President. And that's a tuff thing to do.

    But anyhow, as the superdelegates roll in for 08AMA, it's harder to get these pantsuits sold.....the auction has began for the sale of pantsuits to help my candidate's campaign, i'll drop the price from $2300 to $5 a piece....going going...

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Mark

    It is a very sad time for us democrats. HRC can’t win the nomination and BHO can’t win the general election. On the bright side, John McCain is an honorable man and well respected by people from both parties. He will be much, much better President than Bush. For the first time in this liberal democrat’s life, I will vote Republican and be happy to do so.

    May 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Jeff in Portland

    Simple math problem ...

    # of superdelegates Obama has won in the last 4 hours is greater than any net gain of delegates Clinton gets from winning West Virginia

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. James

    Go Hillary. I still believe you are our next president. Lets keep the terroist out of the whitehouse. Obama is the antichrist.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Nate

    For anyone who says that blacks are voting by race are a little ignorant. When Bill Clinton ran for office in 1996 he got nearly 90% of the African Amercian Vote- Additionally, if Barack Obama was a republican he'd be getting less than half the vote. When Obama first started his campaign the majority of African American voters were Clinton supporters. Once they got to understand his persona and policies and to a large part his viability as a candidate they rallied around him.

    Pay attention to history- you can call it a double standard or racism but it's more about symbolism. It's hugely symbolic for an African American in a country that has a legacy of slavery and discrimination to be elected President- It puts those issues squarely in the past. White people understand this too. Finally there's a bit of psychology involved. When you're outnumbered, smaller, a minority or the underdog you tend to rally around what you consider to be your own. The "minority" psychology" isn't defined by race but can be.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. JOHANNES

    i like cnn, fox & msnbc. They stir up unnecessary stories. Give us a break. This time round human wisdom, skill and machinations are not working as planned. things are just changing because we are praying. This country comes 1st. every other interest second . no more time for the rich.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Blue Collar

    Please keep running Hillbilly!! Want you to really know how it really feels to be a blue collar worker when you are broke.
    BO please run more ads so she may spend more money. Rereun some of them in PA, would to see her take a Greyhound back to counter those ads!!

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Isaac

    I am so over Obama supporters. First of all, you do realize that your candidate will need us Clinton supporters in the fall, right? We make up 49% of the Democratic Party. Second of all, I just don't get all the bashing if everyone is so certain he is the nominee. It's 3 weeks left of primaries, let everyone have a vote for crying out loud.

    Besides, I just don't think it would look so hot if she bowed out now and then he proceeded to lose WV, KY and PR to someone that was not in the race. She is doing him a favor, trust me.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Brian Johnson

    You know I just don't remember hearing all this when out 100% of black votes in NC 92% voted for Obama and 8% voted for Hillary. I guess you Obama supporters can make an excuse here to make it different though. Same thing when Hillary says something about him she is negative but when she is Auntie Oakley it's not negative it is funny.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Independent

    Is WV somewhere in the middle of pacific ocean with no TV and internet? Geezzzz

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Ed NJ

    LOL....of course Hillary will have a huge lead there. This is one of the most academically depressed states in the USA. They aren't smart enough to see the value of Obama!

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. HILLARY SUPPORTER

    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 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Randy

    Obama's mother looks just like all the white mothers in W. Virginia. So Virginia voters that's something to think about on Mother's Day. On election day vote in your own best interest and don't let Hillary pray on your fears.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. FreedomFromFear-Florida

    Going now tp give more money to Obama, he will need the psychological support if HRC wins, even if it is expected.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Tammy

    To the biased mainstream media,

    It ain't over til it's over!

    We'll fight with Hillary all the way to the convention!

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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