May 10th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
7 years ago

D-Day in West Virginia

Barack Obama at a rally at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, Friday.
Barack Obama at a rally at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, Friday.

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (CNN) - Barack Obama is coming to the Mountain State.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner is campaigning today in Oregon, which holds its primary on May 20th.

He's off the campaign trail Sunday for Mothers Day, but expect the senator from Illinois to come to West Virginia at the beginning of the week.

Rival Hillary Clinton made campaign stops in the state on Wednesday and Thursday and is scheduled to return tomorrow and Monday. The Senator from New York is favored to win Tuesday’s primary.

She leads most polls in West Virginia by thirty to forty points.

Twenty-eight delegates are at stake when voters go to the polls in West Virginia. The state’ s primary is semi-open, which means that Democrats and Independents can vote in the Democratic primary.

soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Susan

    You know, at this point i'm starting to think CNN is in the tank for Republicans...they know well the race is over but keep playing up West Virginia. I'm starting to ask myself what their angle is. Oh well...

    May 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Greg

    K - the only betrayal of the rules would be if they were changed in the middle. They were not. She knew and agreed to the rules beforehand. Let's stop complaining about how touchdowns are worth 7 points and field goals are worth 3 points and whether they should be 10 and 2. The rules of the game are what they are. You play to win according to the rules. She lost.

    May 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Lilarose

    It would be really nice if everyone who has ALREADY VOTED would allow the rest of us the privilege!

    On May 21, the day after Oregon finalizes it primary votes, I am leaving the Democratic party (member since JFK) and becoming an Independent. I think then I won't be so blasted angry about the super-delegate thing whereby a tiny handful of people will make the final nomination decision for the rest of us–

    So much for voting in America. It don't count for nothin'.

    May 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    we have to remember that Bill Clinton won this state twice, so it is a potential swing state

    May 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. honkey white guy from cali

    Jack in Miami I have to agree! Those states both of them will go to Mc Cain in the fall! The superdelegates know this. Sen Clinton's argument has fallen on deaf ears, It is not easy to lie and trick educated people into voting for you. In Fact she has even been losing her superdelegates pledged to her because of the style campaign she has run. She had the chance to get out with grace and honor. She has taken the low road once again it seems to be were she is most comfortable

    May 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Maya

    Hello Obama

    Did you say the US of A has 58 states , you said you have been in 57 states and one more to go , hellooooooo, since when te US has 58 states, what is Obama drinking.

    May 10, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. No Reservations

    My parents always said, "Birds of a feather, flock together" and "tell me your friends and I'll tell you who you are!?" Over the years, I have found a lot of truth in these cliches. So why is it wrong to question Obama's relationships with racists, left wing terrorists and other shady characters like Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Rezco? What about his endorsement from Farakhan, Hamas (and now it looks like an adviser had actually met with the terrorist group) and his participation in the Million Man March? CNN wake up b/c these are important things we voters need to know about a man who could potentially be president of the United States!!!

    May 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Joshua College Station TX

    Yaaaaaaaaawn...

    This is a speed bump for Obama on the path to the nomination. All Hillary's supporters will get their panties in a knot because she'll win big, thinking she has a chance, and then Oregon will come, and the numbers will crystallize for Obama, and then it's over.

    She's a sinking ship. Sorry folks.

    May 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Debby

    Chicagoway, Obama is not going to win anyway when Hillary supporters either don't vote or go to McCain. Some of us aren't liberals but Independents and moderate democrats that want a strong and experienced person to lead our country.

    May 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Ron L

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS QUIT CRYING ABOUT MICHIGAN and FLORIDA...

    YOUR CANDIDATE AGREED... I repeat...YOUR CANDIDATE AGREED..WITH THE DECISION WHEN IT WAS MADE...

    IT IS IN THE RECORD...I repeat...IT IS IN THE RECORD...

    IF SHE HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT SHE SHOULD HAVE SAID SO BEFORE THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY....

    SHE WOULD NOT BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE P.O.d THE PEOPLE IN THAT STATE AND SHE WOULD HAVE LOSS...

    HILLARY IS A MANIPULATOR...IT IS TIME WE EXPECT MORE FROM OUR LEADERS...SHE IS LOSING BECAUSE MANY AMERICANS SEE HER FOR WHO AND WHAT SHE REALLY IS ... DEAL WITH IT..

    May 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Greg

    Obama is stealing the election by winning more votes, more states, and more delegates!! How undemocratic! If we raised the voting age to 65 she would be winning!

    May 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. mitchell from arkansaw

    k-noone wants an habitual liar as president.if you can't understand that,too bad.you're not a democrat,any way.if you were ,you would know ,we can't allow mccain to give us 4 more years of war,economic misery,and grid-locked government,full of the same lies ,that got us into the war in iraq ,in the first place.hillary can't get enough votes ,in the dem.party.independents have consistently voted for obama,during the primaries,when allowed to vote. fl. and mi. broke the rules,plain and simple.obama has said ,we must count them,in a way that's fair.is there something wrong with being fair to both candidates?your just like clinton,win at all costs,even to the point of self-destruction.

    May 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Venus

    With her win in WV – the closer she gets to having the White House doors closed on her!

    I can't wait!

    Go Obama!

    May 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Bayou Joe

    The Democratic Party has no one to blame other than themselves. They blew any chance of winning in November by eliminating their two most powerful candidates. (Hillary and Edwards). Obama cannot and will not win against Senator John S. McCain.

    Hillary would make an excellent VP for McCain. She has the same contituents and would fit in with the Moderate Republicans. As a Mod Republican I would vote for her in a second. There is no way that I can vote for Obama. The man will be a disaster for our country.

    If you think Bush was bad, you haven't seen anything yet.

    May 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Budvar

    I think it will be McCain almost now, there is just a little thread over to leading Clinton in The White House. But i believe that thread is holding and strong! Go Go Go!!!

    May 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Josie WA

    Why do people think Hillary is the only one for the VP spot that can bring in these voters. There are other options. It is her job to bring her supporters over to Obama when this is over. Obama would do it for her. Let's see how much she loves this party. Is she going to step up to the plate if she doesn't get the nomination? That is a true measure of her character. By the way there are other states we need that alot of white blue collar voted for Obama in-that is what the superdelegates are looking at more than WV. Of course they care. WV is important, not just as a selling point-as part of America as a whole. Will HIllary help keep them on our parties side , is the real quesrtion.

    May 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Flo

    If people are going to vote for McCain should Obama get the nomination, then they are saying a lot. They are saying the country has not progress much at all and everyone knows the county economy will remain the same, higher gas prices, more people loosing their jobs, higher income for CEO's, more jobs going out of the county under McCain. If people wish to do this to themselves then so be it. They will have notthing to complain about for the next four years. Hillary who thinks she can have African American votes, well they also can say they will vote for McCain because they do not like Hillary. It is ashame that both Hillary and Obama are asking all of us to unite and beat McCain. If you cannot, you are more into the game than the politians and not for helping all people.

    May 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Anna

    Hillary represents the will of a minority of white people who are scared to have a biracial male in the White House. She continues her campaign for this minority in an attempt to give them a greater voice in the promise of democracy.

    May 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. J

    Fred,
    what's up my main man.

    are you going to O'bamas party if you get on the list ??

    May 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Bayou Joe

    Angela, I did the math and Hillary would have enough delegates to win the nomination. The DNC and the Supers are scared of the Obama fanatics and the repurcussions from their core constituency,
    African-Americans to deny Obama the nomination. They are virtually caught between a Rock and a Hard Place.

    This election is over: Unless McCain dies before Jan 19th, He will be our next president.

    May 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Y

    Let's not criticize West Virginia too much. They're just having a difficult time adjusting to change. The change America is experiencing is like upgrading from typewriters to computers. Hillary's candidacy does not represent the future, it represents the past, and there is great danger is returning to the old ways of doing things. We need to upgrade in order to compete and work with the rest of the World. We can just thank God that West Virginia only has 28 delegates. Change is necessary and God is blessing America with the leadership of Barack Obama. Don't worry West Virginia, this change is all for the good.

    May 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Hillary Staff Member

    Remember White uneducated Voters of Ky. and W. Va. Hillary deserves your vote! Why? Why? well... because... She is White thats why! And.... and... if your uneducated you don't know that the Clintons have made 109 Million Dollars from the Corporations for selling your good jobs to China. Thats Why!

    May 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. no more Hill-Billys

    if they vote for her, are they as stupid as her too.

    leave now.

    vote for Obama

    May 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Obama Supporter

    Fred, K, Michael in MO., YOU LOST! Get over it, the majority do not want Hilary, she can not win. You people go ahead and vote for McCain and the reas of us will save our country. You are all too stupid to do the right think and put a Democrate in office even if he or she is not the one you want! Playing right into the Republicans hands.

    Go Obama!

    Hilary it is time to unite the party and for you yo drop out and support Barack. You need to zip it up and support Barack!

    May 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. DELMARVA

    My, my, my. There are some bitter folks up on this message board today.

    May 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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