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. Alex

    CNN POST THIS AND PLEASE COVER IT

    You want to talk about October surprises? You want to talk about skeletons in the the closet? I would have never thought the corruption with the Clintons went this far, but wow forget Paul v Clinton, all I have to say is don't cross the Clintons, this is ridiculous. Just follow this link to a disturbing documentary on Bill and Hillary.

    There are 12 parts.

    Since I can't display the link bc CNN won't let me post it that way go to YOUTUBE and search BILL, SECRET.

    May 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. TERRI

    REPUBLICAN HERE...BUT I AM VERY CONCERNED OVER CLINTONS RACIAL REMARKS. AND WITH HER OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN W. VIRGINIA IT ONLY PROVES THAT RACISM IS STILL ALIVE AND KICKING IN THESE UNITED STATES. FOR THAT I AM ASHAMED AND VERY SORRY!

    BO 08! WHY YOU ASK??? I WONT VOTE IN A WAR MONGER THAT IS ALREADY 70+ WHOSE ONLY EXPERIENCE IS THAT OF A DECORATED WAR VETERAN AND A SENATOR FROM A STATE LIKE FLORIDA.....NEWLYWEDS AND ALMOST DEADS!

    TIME FOR CHANGE, I WILL TAKE THE ROOKIE OVER THE TRUE TAINTED ELITISTS.

    BUT WHAT A GREAT THING TO HAVE A WOMAN OR A MAN OF COLOR FINALLY THIS CLOSE!!!

    KUDOS TO BOTH!

    May 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Deann

    For this to be America I am deeply sadden by so much racism thats
    being displayed. People can we just like each other because you are human and not the color. Rather or not you believe the is a heaven
    one day we will all be together.UNLESS you tell God I don't want to
    go there because there will people of another color or background
    there. So People you need to check yourselves before you want to
    be racist no matter what color you are.

    May 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Trish- PA

    I am so sick of this argument that white, hard-working people do not vote for Obama. I am a 44 year old white woman from Pennsylvania, with two jobs and a household income of less than $40,000 a year, with a family of four to support, who PROUDLY voted for Obama. What do we expect from a state like West Virginia? As far as I am concerned, she can win ever single vote in W.V. and it won't matter to me. That state is so far behind when it comes to racial equality. If this horrid woman steals and cheats her way into this nomination, I will be writing Barack in come November. If she somehow wins 80 percent of all of the remaining primaries and wins FAIRLY, then I will vote for her. Otherwise, she will NEVER get my vote.

    May 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. STH

    No one should be suggesting that Hillary Clinton (or Barack Obama, if he loses the nomination) should be running as a third party candidate in November. That would be the death of the Democratic party. If one of them runs against the other in the general election the Democrats stand no chance. Saying that Hillary should run as a third party candidate is essentially casting your vote for McCain, and anyone that calls his/her self a Democrat and says the McCain is a better choice for president than Obama needs to take a serious look at what they want the future of this country to be.

    May 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Alex in TX

    Yes Hillary. Run as an independant. Cause, if I can be president, no one can.

    Sabatoge everything you stand for becuase those initiatives aren't coming out of your mouth but your competitors.

    This race has degraded into a personality issues and not the issues. I urge Hillary supporters to unite behind Obama because while he isn't your candidate of choice, he shares nearly all the issues Hillary takes near and dear. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Hillary as an independant equals McCain in November.

    May 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. TERRI

    BTW I WISH PEOPLE WOULD QUIT SAYING SHE WON MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA! INCLUDING CNN. DON'T BE STUPID PEOPLE NO ONE WAS EVEN ON THE MICHIGAN BALLOT EXCEPT HER....THE DNC ASKED THAT ALL CANDIDATES REMOVE THEIR NAME, OF COURSE HILLARY THE REBEL DIDN'T BUT NOW WANTS TO ACT LIKE SHE WON SOMETHING. AS FAR AS FLORIDA GOES...BO NEVER STUMPED THERE.

    SHE WON NEITHER STATE...HOWEVER SHE DOES WIN THE STATE OF CONFUSION IF SHE REALLY THINKS SHE DID!!!

    May 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Independent

    This is not D-Day. CNN you are trying to make a big story out of a molehill. Clinton is favored to win, and has alwys been favored to win.It won't change the outcome – Barack will be the next President. I also wish Hillary supporters would calm down. She ran a good race, but she lost it fair and square. You need to get over it and become the true Democrats you say you are.

    May 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Emeka

    I'm happy many Hillary supporters are ever getting closer to reality by urging Hillary to run as an Independent if she doesnt get the Democratic nomination. With time, by the time she drops out, more would realize that the Presidency is greater than the ambitions of one individual, and her running as an Independent would almost mean the ultimate burial of her political career. Guys, know what you wish for.

    Emeka, from Florida

    May 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Jay

    Hillary supporters should stop complaining and donate to Hillary's camp. She needs the money, if you really believe in her you will give to her camp.
    Just look at the Obama supporters, they do not only vote, they donate, they voluntee, they are very dedicated to the campaign,

    May 10, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. The O

    I am so sick of this. Hillary supporters saying that if Obama wins they will vote for McCain. And Obama supporters saying if Hillary steals the race they will vote for Mccain as well. All I see now is a win win situation for McCain. And we wonder why we can't ever Take the White House. It's our own dumb fualt, we are acting like 5 year old children,

    LIKE ROME FELL
    SO SHALL AMERICA
    WHAT A SAD DAY FOR THE WORLD
    SHAME ON US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'am starting chinese lessons next week

    THE O HAS SPOKEN

    May 10, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Robert

    everyone is forgetting one thing....Obama has not been given the nomination! evryone is on a bandwagon...would it not be funny if he doesn't get it!!!! Go Hillary...what a beutiful day it will be when you are all wrong! LOL!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Obama

    Obama, give it up.

    May 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Desmond Sequeira

    Wouldn't it be a shocker, if more West Virginians vote for OBAMA than we expect?

    The OBAMA campaign should not give the impression that they have no hope in this state. They should know that more West Virginians want CHANGE than they think!

    On the other hand, "Come on, West Virginians, show that you can vote for the future rather than the same and the past.

    May 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Protest CNN for pusing joint ticket

    Whose D-day is it? Yours CNN?

    All of your major news men, Larry King, Wolf Blitzer and Bill Schnyder have come out to ask for a joint ticket with Clinton. Obviously this is an institutional effort to push for Clinton survival.

    CCN=Clinton News Network. Shame on you.

    May 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Jeff White

    MaN SO MANY PEOPLE HERE STILL ARE SO SO BACKWARD on their Comments? like "Will accept Hillary or McCain but not any other" any other ? His name is Sen. Barak Obama.. and if America is able accept a Black President then we as a nation will be 100 years ahead of Europe & rest of the world. About picking a Laby as a head of state .....well India, Bangladesh and Pakistan already beat us to that.... so lets prove that we are ready for the next level ....... it is time for Change and it is time for Sen. Barak Obama... our next President......he has definately earn the nomination by fair and square competition.

    May 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Kennedy

    I think Hillary should just respectfully retire and may be Chalse will take back the White House when she become a Sen. People will respect you when you can accept defeat. I will advice Hillary to seek advise from Rubert Mugabe as who America will become like if she refuse to accept defeat.

    May 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Bob

    Hillary belongs to elitist club of influential politicians. If she is really interested in democratic party's cause to win the November election she should have stopped campaigning after knowing there is slim chance of winning the nomination. But now she herself is potrayed as selfish and dividing the Democratic Party and destroying the image DNC. The irony here is the whole game is watched by indecisive suprdelegates. They ( her supporters ) are giving her more time to destroy and divide the party the way she likes. It is a big shame on her to say Obama will not get white's vote. She has created a storm, with this racial remark, among the democratic party to achive her own selfish goal. Such people should be condemned at highest level. Do not destroy this great nations values. I hope people will wake up and vote for a change.

    May 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Protest CNN for pusing joint ticket

    Whose D-day is it? Yours CNN?

    All of your major news men, Larry King, Wolf Blitzer and Bill Schnyder have come out to ask for a joint ticket with Clinton. Obviously this is an institutional effort to push for Clinton survival.

    CNN=Clinton News Network. Shame on you.

    May 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Obama won the Washington caucus 70/30 but split the vote there evenly. Obama lost Texas by 4% by won the caucus there by 60/40. How democratic we have become!!!!

    May 10, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Kenneth M.

    Come on people, we are only talking about 28 delegets. If the Hillbillies want her they can have her as governor. We New Yorkers are sick of her. Clinton is a bigot.

    May 10, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. tell the truth

    It means the same as the other states. After all states is in. The winner should have the most states,most votes,most delegates. That's the winner. Stop with the spin act. I like Clintion but she has lost unles she can win the popular vote without Fl and MI. She can not win the most states or most delegates. I would consider her for VP spot if she was ahead in one area but she is not. I wish the Clintion support would start talking with facts not this if if if if if if if and come together with Obama to defeat McCain. New flash Clintion has lost.

    May 10, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Jeff

    K, did you forget that your candidate signed an agreement to NOT count the vote in Florida and Michigan. Oh yeah I forgot, she lies about EVERYTHING!

    May 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Darryl

    If Hillary goes independent, it would hurt her legacy that her and Bill built up.

    I can't believe Hillary supporters are so "bitter" , people always want to change the rules when they can't win.

    It's Hillary fault she lost it, she totally underestimated Obama's campaign, her camp(Penn, Solis) said would have it wrapped by Super Tuesday.

    If people don't for vote Obama and vote for McCain you are going to deserve whatever you get. The war, tax cuts for the rich and more poverty and crime and more losses of job.

    May 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. gene

    Hillary has laid out the problem for the Democratic party. It is wrong, but it is true, an AA can not win the general election. If you are a Democrat and want to win the general election, you must vote for Hillary Clinton, who does have a chance to win in the fall. If you know any super delegates in your area, contact them , tell them you want them to suppport Clinton. Not only does Obama have a problem with the white vote, I live in Texas and I can tell you, he also has a problen with the Hispanic vote and McCain could poll between 40 to 50% of that vote. Obama could even lose California it McCain polled that number.

    May 10, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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