May 10th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
7 years ago

What might West Virginia's primary mean?

Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigns in West Virginia.
Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigns in West Virginia.

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (CNN) - West Virginians will head to the polls Tuesday for the state's Democratic primary between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. But what will the vote there really mean after new delegate totals show Obama with a sizable lead?

Some say it could send a sobering message to Obama's Democratic supporters.

West Virginia is expected to go for Clinton big time - and the polls show it.

Clinton has a 43-point advantage over Obama, 66 percent to 23 percent, according to a survey from the American Research Group released Friday.

The poll was conducted after Tuesday's primary results and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

"This state is really Hillary Clinton's wheelhouse. It's an older population, socially conservative, blue-collar workers," said Kennie Bass, a political reporter for WCHS in West Virginia.

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  1. lime

    It means that Hillary should consider a third party run for the white house. There are 3 partys in play now. The republicans, The Obama supporters, and the Hillary supporters. I believe with states being winner take all, Hillary could rack up alot of electoral votes. I believe she would win NY,PA,NJ,CA,FL,MI,OH,etc. no candidate would reach 270 electoral votes, She is just stronger than Obama.

    May 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. LifeLongDemocrat

    This means a lot contrary to some of the above. it is a boost for Hillary and her supporters and makes me wonder what the problem is with Obama. The bigger question is what is he going to do to garner the Hillary vote. Haven't heard anything close to addressing that but he isn't the nominee yet.
    Obama:
    Pick a staunch Hillary supporter for VP if you are the nominee and that would help. Those female Governors who came out for you are not viable candidates. That is why they came out for you but it backfired!

    May 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Gerry In Toronto

    This contest and none of the reamining primaries mean anything, since all Obama needs to confirm the nomination is 35 more pledged delegats.

    It's time for all Clinon supporters to join the Obama movement and ready for the November fight against McBush.

    May 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Dim

    What does it mean? At this point, it doens't mean anything.
    It's over. Let's start thinking about November.
    These are distractions from the real fight with Mc Cain.

    May 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Kirk

    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY HILLARY !!! " YOU ARE AMERICA'S MOM "
    Michigan Mothers For Hillary !!!!!

    May 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Jack - Miami

    OOOOOOOO I KNOW ....I KNOW ....PICK ME!!!!

    IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CNN TO PLAY THE ROCKY THEME FOR HRC AND SAY THAT SHE IS THE COMEBACK KID AND OBAMA IS IN TROUBLE AND THE RATINGS WILL STAY UP FOR ANOTHER FEW WEEKS.

    RATHER – WHAT CNN SHOULD BE SAYING IS THAT HRC IS PLAYING THE RACE CARD AND IS TEARING THE DNC APART. SHE HAS BECOME A VILE AND DISGUSTING CHARACTER.

    WEST VIRGINIA – BEAUTIFUL PLACE BUT YOUR OWN SAKE – CATCH UP!

    MC CAIN 08

    May 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Tony

    "I cannot find one reason why a Democrat would not vote for Obama other than racism "

    Statements like the above (from an Obama supporter) are incredible in their arrogance, naivete, and stupidity. I've tended to vote Republican all these years, but I have to tell you that while I find some of what Obama says inspiring, I DO have some reasons other than racism that would keep me from voting for him, namely base of experience.

    An issue that has become more and more obvious to me (and others) is the incredible arrogance of Obama supporters, and many Democrats in general. He IS NOT a savior, nor omnipotent, or anything else. He's a candidate. I think many of you Democrats have bottled up your angst for so long that you're allowing it to whip you into a frenzy. Know this: The world is complicated, and your simplistic views of how things will change are most likely NOT going to happen. It's NOT because Republicans are evil nor is George Bush the anti-christ. It's because the world is complicated and the U.S. is filled with people that think only of themselves (liberals are much more this way than conservatives, by the way). Get over yourselves, and realize that pretty much everybody is as smart as you...maybe more so.

    May 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Ron L

    And by the way I also agree with some of the other writers. CNN did increase it's coverage of Hillary that last four weeks. I don't think they wanted her to necessarily win. They just wanted this competition to be as close as possible to keep their viewership up.

    I will be VERY HAPPY to see the day our News Media MATURES and realizes by devoting some much time ( an OFTEN EXAGGERATING what is actually happening) to this they do the American public a disservice. We hear very little in regards to the extremely high drop out rate of Americas High School Students and other really important issues.

    May 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Media Blackout May 15th

    Oh..... and that WV primary??

    Obama is trying his best to allow Hillary to go out on a high note. Rather than trying to take WV away he will let Hillary win and hopefully she will feel like she's leaving on a high note.

    Not sure why many of you are not aware of this since it was the MEDIA who mentioned this 3 days ago..... but a story is a story right?

    May 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Ready For "THE END"

    What does it mean; it means that Hillary will have won one of the less diverse states in the union. That is not to disparage West Virginians– only to say that blue-collar, White people have been her strongest demographic all along therefore it makes sense that she has such a huge lead. That still isn't any reason for Barack not to be campaigning there. Nevertheless, it will barely dent Barack's delegate lead and if superdelegates keep falling behind him, Hillary may wake up Wednesday to find herself even further behind in the delegate math.

    With that said, it is time that we start behaving as USAmericans and not as White, Black, Hispanic, Jewish, Catholic, male, female, blue-collar, white-collar, college-educated, etc. individuals. In case you haven't been paying attention, foreclosures are sweeping the nation and have affected EVERY demographic CNN tracks (to our disadvantage); our infrastructure is crumbling; the price for necessities such as food and fuel are skyrocketing; we are fighting wars on multiple fronts and our military is stretched thin; later this year Medicare will begin paying out more than it takes in (the same is projected to happen to Soc Sec. in 2017). With all of this going on, watching many of you act like high school kids up for the prom queen/king ("I won't vote for her/him because his supporters insulted my candidate...") would be hilarious if it weren't so scary. Wise up people: vote for a candidate because you believe in their policies and that they will improve upon the current conditions. Regardless of who loses, all three candidates are wealthy and elite and you'll never see them at your local bowling alley, bar, shooting range or gas station.

    It's time that we remember, for which it stands, the 'Unite' in the United States of America. "United we stand, divided..."; I'm sure you can finish that.

    May 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. more Obama rules

    Washington insiders are responsible for the mess we are in. The old style politicians broke our government.

    UNLESS they are Ted Kennedy and other elite superdelegates... then they are cool because their votes give Obama the nomination.

    Without the votes of Washington Insiders Obama can not win the nomination.

    Ponder that.

    May 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Mira

    The results will mean NOTHING.
    WV always goes to to the republicans anyway.
    Obama was smart enough to divert his efforts where he knows he will win.

    A big Clinton win in West Virginia would not mean anything.

    By the way, the race is over, Obama already won. It is time for the Clintons to leave.

    May 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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