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. Swalker327

    who cares?? is this really news? we already know she gets the redneck vote!!! most in WV keep all in the family anyway - why wouldn't they all agree on HER??!!!

    LOL!!!

    OOOBBBBAAAMMMMAAAA!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. E. C., Houston, Texas

    KEEP GOING .....HILLARY!!!! DON'T QUIT NOW! OBAMA HASN'T A CHANCE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER, AND YOU CERTAINLY DO! YOU'RE THE MOST EXPERIENCED AND THE STRONGEST LEADER BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR OPPONENT. HE'S A RAH, RAH PERSON WHO CANNOT SUPPORT HIS 'TWO WORDS' WITH IDEAS AND SUCCESS. HE DOESN'T HAVE THE RECORD THAT YOU HAVE IN THE SENATE OR CERTAINLY NOT YOUR STRENGTH OF CONVICTION. HE'S WILLY NILLY WISHY WASHY AND CANNOT MAKE A DECISION............AS THIS COUNTRY HAS SEEN IN HIS CHOICE OF PASTORS. WE DO NOT NEED THIS ANTI AMERICAN TYPE OF PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE, AND SMART PEOPLE KNOW IT. STAY IN THERE AND FIGHT, HILLARY! IGNORE ALL DETRACTORS.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Venus The Super star

    I'm happy they are supporting Hillary clinton the most qualified and most experianced person in the race. Obama has only been in the senate for 3.5 years. What are people thinking? we can not put someone like that in the white house, are you kidding me? Regardless if she is expected to win this state or not, it's not a good enough excuse for obama to put the blame on this if he should lose. Obama thinks he has the nomination in the bag, but didn't anyone ever tell him that old saying? Dont count your chickens before they hatch.

    May 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Shawn from Kansas

    Whoever the nominee is, they will need to rely on the Democratic votes from WV come November. Wish Obama would have campaigned there out of respect for WV voters. It may help his cause later.

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

    What a bunch of idiots!
    As a white older male, with an education who follows politics closely, it is simply a fact that for the last 46 years, that without a 90% African American vote for the Democrats, not a single Democratic president would have been elected!
    It is absolutely outrageous that anyone would accuse African Americans of being racist for overwhelmingly votig for a candidate (50% white) who is so emunently qualified, that they can actually relate to!
    Look in the mirror if you twits want to see a racist…the reflection will be white!

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. j gannon

    Hillary can be proud to win all the inbred votes to be had in WV!
    What's so surprising is her talking up how she gets all the uneducated voters, is that her sense of pride?

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Sean Lloyds

    zzzzzz...nobody cares!!
    W Virginia is the U.S. equivalent of Uzbekistan...
    Do they even have electricity in this state land??

    These remaining "also-ran Primaries" are getting boring...

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Extinct Snipe

    How many people live in West Virginia who aren't related to everybody else. Billary must have a cousin there so that means she's related to 99% of the state's population. Who wouldn't vote for their cousin? They speak the same Hillbilly language.

    Seriously, the people in West Virginia are great people, and I'm just jiving about them all being related. J.F.K. carried West Virginia in his time so for sure Obama will carry them as well. When he's running for president. Obama for President!

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Q

    There ya'go, the good, God fearing White Folk of West virginia have spoken!

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. vict

    What this is going to change? is that mean she will be the one who leads in delegates after tuesday? do you have any news about how super delegates are flowing to OBAMA? she can win 100 to OBAMA 0 ii WV who care?

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Kevin-Seattle

    I'm going to say this everyday till November-25 yr. Democrat member. I've NEVER voted Republican and NEVER WILL!! When I see Democrats suggest to not vote or vote Republican, turns my stomach. There have been plenty of years that my candidate didn't make it as my nominee...I never considered switching parties. We are Democrats for a reason a no vote or a vote for Republican has lasting consequences–Supreme Court (Judges), Iraq War, Pro-Choice Rights, etc.<–YOU VOTE REPUBLICAN THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE IMPACTING!!! McCain said last week or this week that he would nominate Supreme Court Judges that support Pro-LIfe/Anti-Abortion. Seriously, think about it!!

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. David

    She wins the uneducated, white vote all the time.....who cares.
    West Virginia is barely a state.

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Hal

    I hope the people of W. Virginia will not turn out to fit the stereotype of the uneducated, racist, hillbilly. I have to believe that they have a little more decency and intellect than that.

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Peridot, Atlanta

    Uhhhhh and your point is...?

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Darren

    She actually looks like a West Virginny mixed gene pool type!

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Steve in DC

    What???? My God in Heaven...If she wins by that much...Obama will loose the nomination for sure!!! Maybe Obama should get out now before they even hold the primary...after all if he cant win WV...how can he run the country?

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Jim

    I find it very interesting that the posters on here find it perfectly fine to slander and harshly ridicule WV and its residents but will champion Obama and his message to unite the entire country. Guess unless I support Obama I will forever be a rural, poor racist hick huh Obama nation.

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Sick and Tired

    Is this news?

    May 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. nick, houston

    It's over. Obama is the nominee.

    ONE PARTY, ONE VOICE.

    VOTE DEMOCRAT '08

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. M.S. Indiana

    Come on, she is not in for the race any more, it have been over for a long time.. but at she can try and rescue the money spend on this campaign.. and pay the debts....

    What is her goal ?? to become VP or something else ???

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Judas From New Mexico

    If Obama has yet to reach the magical number and she's gonna win more states, then why shouldn't Clinton continue?? Sure, the math is very unlikely to work for Clinton this time around. But like every other politician out there, she's gotta look out for #1. It doesn't mean it's right, but that's the way and life of every sick and twisted egomaniac running for office – especially at the presidential level. All politicians are the same, don't tell me otherwise. That said, Clinton is smart to continue and build her base for a possible if not likely 2012 presidential run. If Obama loses to McCain, then she's already ahead of the pack to challenge for 2012. No Obama and his core of black voters to deal with then. Losers get eliminated from contention: Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, etc... Four years isn't that far away, just think back to how quick college went by.

    Sure building her base of support, winning states, votes and delegates for Clinton now is akin to hitting a useless HR in baseball or scoring a TD in football when your team is gonna lose the game anyways. It might not matter now, but those stats still count when it's time to negotiate a lucrative contract. In Clinton's case, that would mean cashing in 2012.

    Like it or not, politics isn't a team sport – it's every man for himself.

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Team Obama

    Has anyone noticed he has not campained there at all. He knows he won't do well there, no matter what. Why waist all of our "Hard Working" donations on a lost cause......

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Cyndi

    Here we go again calling the voters stupid and ilerate. Hillary how can you fix your mouth to say that to the American People. I don't consider myself as studpid or dumb and that is why I am not voting for you.

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. This side of the Mississippi

    Well,
    Hillary gets her "white American" votes, as if white Americans are the only hard working Americans in this country and their vote is all that matters to her campaign because other non-white American votes are not as important.
    I know that was a run-on sentence, but what makes me sick is the fact that she is enthused about the voters who would rather vote for her than see a black man as president. sad and pathetic.................

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Mar

    Now we'll see how the Obama people like it when they see all the NON-VOTERS for Obama. Maybe they will get it thru their heads that he is only getting the black vote nowadays. Iowa is long gone and those that voted for him are in deep regret. Who knew at the time they were voting for an unpatriotic candidatem, not to mention dear old Michelle, and a guy with no real ideas of his own. His famous last words are "I agree with Hillary". Not a thought in his head. He even has someone else write those lovely speeches. This guy can't do anything!!!
    Go Hillary, we love you!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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