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. John Madon

    Hillary is staying in because she's going to run as an Independent–
    Obamaniacs can say goodby to all their dreams–

    May 10, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Enraged

    "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. " -Winston Churchill-

    After reading the blithering inanity of the people who post here at CNN, the truth of this quote becomes quite apparent. That goes double for Clinton supporters who, quite frankly, prove themselves to be uneducated and misinformed whenever they type a misspelled and grammatically incorrect sentence. If the past eight years were any indication of the sheer stupidity of the American electorate, then my suspicion is that the worst is yet to come.

    May 10, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Debby

    Hey marcelo I agree CNN use to be the meat and potatoes of cable news especially in a Presidential Election. There was the Spin Room Press and Carlson were great along with Crossfire. Where is Tony Snow he was on a couple of times and no where to be found. Instead we have to endure Cafferty, Borger, Toobin, Gergen and Martin. CNN has also taken a dive in nighttime ratings to from what I am reading. The tickers are a plus but after the race is over these blogs will be dead.

    May 10, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Desmond

    The problem with Dems is that they never see the big picture until it's too late, so they lose elections. Obama has done what he's needed to do to win this nomination fairly. Clinton got arrogant and fell asleep at the wheel. All of these opinons people have about who is better to lead is stupid, no one knows until the office is taken. So I say to all you Obama haters, suck it up and support your PARTY and not the PERSON. May the best PARTY win.

    African American and Rep 09' McCain

    May 10, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. anybody but republican

    All of these people who keep saying they will vote McCain if their nominee is not whom they support need to wake up and realize they are both Democrats. There is not much difference between Senators Clinton and Obama. Whichever one wins, we, as Democrats, need to unite and make sure they are voted into the White House.

    I support Obama, but I will vote for Clinton if she wins the nomination. I just hope we don't have another Roosevelt/Taft scenario. Don't sabotage your own party.

    May 10, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Julie mn

    I gather information on all the candidates, I go by how they conduct themselves at their rallies, ect I refuse to vote for someone based on color or gender! Please stop with the race baiting obama supportyers. I have been a dem for 20+yrs and this is the worst election time in history! the democratic party has done a shameful job! they and the media have lost all integrity, values.Obama would NOT be where is he now without all the bias media, turning a blind eye on the tactics and illegal activities done by his campaign!

    I hope the Democratic party folds, they have thrown the American people to the lions!!!

    May 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Mauri

    Today, I finally realized that the greatest and most wonderful thing the results of the primary elections has brought to me personally, is that I won't be reading the most mean-spirited, downright rude and cruel messages that people who support Barack Obama have, and do, put on these blogs - about Hillary Clinton. This is a woman who has worked night and day for the good of her country - our country - in the fairest, best manner possible, and these ugly diatribes are what she gets as thanks.

    This is a wonderful opportunity that CNN has done for us, yet even so, you all criticize it (or them) and call them names I'd be ashamed to say. I have been a supporter of Hillary and will always think of her kindly. I will continue to think of her opponent and supporters in a way I can't even admit in print. I hope your choice of candidates makes a good president, but when things go wrong for him - it would do you well to think of all the mean and derogatory statements you have made about a fine woman who had the guts to try.

    May 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. margaret in Ca.

    IMPORTANT TO ALL OF CLINTON SUPPORTERS :

    October 2007: "It's clear that this election they're having [in Michigan] is not going to count for anything," Hillary Clinton during an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio in
    August 2007: Clinton adviser Harold Ickes voted to strip the rogue states (Michigan & Florida) of their delegates as a member of the DNC's Rules and Bylaws committee – "to prevent the gaming of the system,"
    September 2007: Patti Solis Doyle, Former Clinton's campaign manager, pledged not to compete in either contest -. "We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process… and the DNC's rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role," "Thus, we will… adhere to the DNC-approved nominating calendar."
    January 2004: Former DNC chairman–and current Clinton aide–Terry McAuliffe: "If I allow you to do that, the whole system collapses," (According to his memoir)."The closest [Michigan's delegates will] get to Boston will be watching it on television. I will not let you break this entire nominating process for one state. The rules are the rules.”

    May 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. End this now

    WE UNDERSTAND IT IS JUST WEST VIRGINA'S CULTURE.,IT'S PROBABLY WHY THEY BROKE AWAY FROM VIRGINA. I AM JUST SO THANKFUL TO GOD THE DELAGATE COUNT IS NOT VERY HIGH,AND IF OBAMA GETS AT LEAST 23% THAT MIGHT AVERAGE OUT TO MAYBE 16 DELGATES. HILLARY CAN ONLY HOPE TO GET A BOOST ON POP VOTES IF TURN OUT IS HIGH. I READ ONE ARTICLE THAT WEST VIRINA WOULD PAINT OBAMA AS FAR LEFT ON PRO ABORTION ,GAY UNIONS,WELL WV NEEDS TO KNOW HILLARY IS PRO CHOICE AND FOR GAY RIGHTS ALSO, INFACT THE GLBTG GROUP IS ONE OF HER BIGGEST SUPPORTERS,SHE ATTENDED A CHURCH THAT PERFORMED A GAY MARRIAGE ,WHICH WAS UNADVISED BY THE CHURCH'S AUTHORITY. BUT IT'S OK BECAUSE SHE IS AFTER ALL WHITE SO SHE IS FORGIVEN !!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. more Obama rules

    Double standard

    "ANYone BUT Clinton" is okay to say- even if you get ugly, nasty and vulgar about it.

    "ANYone BUT Obama" is NOT okay to say. It is apparently RACIST. Even if you simply exercise your right to vote and say it.

    May 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Matt

    How many times can Hillary change her argument?

    I'm most qualified because I have experience ducking sniper fire.

    I'm most qualified because I won some big states (those are the ones that really matter, after all).

    I'm most qualified because I win the white vote (those are the ones that really matter, after all).

    and then after she wins WV: I'm most qualified because I won some small states (those are the ones that really matter, after all).

    The point is, after all votes are in, what really matters is the bottom line. It's not about taking the majority of the big states, the majority of the little states, the majority of the white vote or the majority of the black vote. It's about taking the majority of the vote; the math doesn't work out for Clinton because that majority goes to Obama.

    May 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Cheryl KY

    Wow, you Obama supporters call everyone who doesn't vote for Obama racist! No, It's not about racism, it's about common sense, which, we have and you obviously you do not! You can call people from WV and KY ignorant and racist but the fact is we are not blind sided with a smooth talker that offers no real solutions and may-be he will be the nominee but our votes send a VERY clear message that in the GENERAL he will not have our vote, it will go for McCain, a true Patriot and someone who has ALWAYS been proud of this country! Oh, and by the way, I'm from LOUISVILLE and Mr. Obama has totally ignored us, while Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea has been here several times~Just shows, how much he does care about ALL the people.

    May 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. frank

    If Obama is the nominee, McCain will win the presidency. The politic life of Obama will be ended right after the race, since he let Democrats lose a good chance to come back to White House.
    People have suffered 8 years of Bush, who care about another four years of McCain? If Hillary is not the nominee, many her supporters may not support Obama for sure.

    May 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. TB

    The really ironic part of the "if not Hillary, then I'm voting for McCain" crowd is that it simply proves that they are really enamored with the old style of politics in this country.

    The backbiting and name-calling in this thread against Obama supporters is proof that HRC's divisive attacks can still influence the electorate who may fear any real change in our politics. And that's the real issue, isn't it?

    Change is difficult, and that's why it's resisted so strongly in so many ways, both personally and politically. With Obama leading the country, there is a chance for a new way of "doing policy" – in a transparent, thoughtful, and carefully analyzed way.

    No more posturing and threatening to obliterate nations, no more corporate back-room deals, no more "pre-emptive strikes" or authorized methods of torture. This is what happens under the old style...

    It's time for a new perspective, where our divisions can be bridged, and the strengths we have historically shown to the world can be renewed. It's time for the U.S. to be respected again! And yes, we can!!

    May 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Slammed

    Obama is getting unfairly positive press coverage.

    Clinton is getting unfairly negative- even hateful- press coverage.

    This will not play well for democrats in Nov.

    Clinton has done nothing but good for her country and gets bashed for it.

    Obama has done nothing but promise change and gets praised for it.

    So who's biased again?

    May 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Brandon Baker

    I live close to West Virginia, and I can honestly say that people love making fun of the state... it seems to always be the "reject" of the country, because it's not a very diverse state by any means. It really is a very conservative state, and that's why Hillary will win there most likely. I hate to say it, but I don't think West Virginia is ready for an African American President. It's a shame it has come down to race, really.

    At any rate, GO HILLARY! :D

    May 10, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Clinton did not win big states without republican haters

    Clinton now claims that Obama cannot win in Nov. because he didn't win big states. Did she forget Limbuagh's cross over republicans who hated her so much to the extent that they voted her in Ohio, Texas and Indiana?

    Clinton=shameless.

    May 10, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. pam Eugene OR

    I am so glad to see Obama is going to WV. All democratic voter are important if we want a different kind of America.
    Please Obama supporters STOP the mean and nasty comments about Hillary. It is more important to be a good winner and be respectful to Hillary folks than it is to get in one last cheap shot. This does not help defeat McCain and that is the goal for all people who love America.
    It is over for Hillary. Let her walk away with our best wishes.
    Unite for America

    May 10, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    Obama is like having an Umpire who doesn't even know how the game is played..Now that is scary..I did the math and believe it or not Hillary can still pull this off. If not and she doesn't run as an independent, WRITE HILLARY CLINTON on your BALLOT in NOVEMBER, we can do it....

    May 10, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Ray - WV

    I think its funny that everyone is bad mouthing people from WV just because we don't want Obama for president. WV is an overwhelmingly a Democratic state and I just voted for Hillary (early voting).

    Plus, most of the states that Obama won (like ND, WY) will be Republican in November so who cares if he won them. WV is a true swing state and moderates win here. Not ultra liberals like Obama. A moderate will win in November and I'm afraid most people will eventually vote for McCain.

    Go Hillary!

    May 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Hill Fore PRess

    This is why John McCain will be getting my vote if obama is the nominee. Look at all his supporters making fun of West Virgina. Obama wants the party united but look his supported are taring it apart. I should move to Canada if Obama gets the presidency.

    May 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Molly

    TO PSC in NC – SORRY – THESE ARE FACTS!!!
    ALL THE OTHER MEDIA HAS REPORTED THIS FACT
    Check OUT FOX NEWS – FOX MEdia and MSNBC -First Read
    Reported Yesterday 5:05PM

    NC State Officials are looking into voter fraud in two counties – seems the votes were counted twice – for Obama

    HAMAS – Obama campaing advisor steps down for the good of the party after London Media reported of "secret talks" with Hamas.

    Google this – TRUE FACTS! Too bad you do not want to believe the bad stuff about your boy! I would never state false attacks on anyone – I uesed to even like Obama – Now I find he is just far too questionable to ever be President of the USA!

    May 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Lori Larson

    I am shocked at the some of these blogs. So much hate and so much intolerance. I guess our country has a long way to go. I am for Hillary because this is my right. I respect Obamas gifts, but Hillary is the best candidate for me. Hopefully, people will all learn through this process about racism and sexism....and voting on issues!!!!. Pelosi...said it clearly this isn't over. Be patient fellow Democrats. This will all work out in the end.

    May 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Mark

    I'm a Hilary supporter adn will not vote for Obama if he is handed the democratic nomination since he has road blocked Michigan and Florida's voters. Obama is a fraud. I would rather have McCain over Obama.

    May 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Shannon

    Clinton supporters read the racist ignorant rants by Obama supporters, do we really want this man in the White House. Look at the hate he inspires, it's time to organize and say no to Obama and his hate filled supporters. Tell your friends and neighbors what Obama supporters are about, show them the posts here on CNN, show them the racism, the insults, the close minded hatred Obama supporters have toward anyone who doesn't agree with them. Is this what we want, four years of hatred, what kind of hope and change is that. It's time to go third party, don't put Obama in the White House. Do you want to be called a racist for the next four years, every time anyone disagrees with him, that's what happens, you're a racist. What a sick bunch of people, go read the posts about WV here on CNN, these people are vicious. Print them out, show everyone what Obama and his supporters are really about, We need to start a legitimate third party movement to keep this hate from taking over our country. If you want racism and ignorance read an Obama supporter's post.. Is this the kind of hope and change you want....I don't think so, hate and destruction seems to be more what they are about than anything else.

    May 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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