May 10th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
6 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. Joyce in WV

    Was this story really coming from Charlestown, WV or Charleston, WV, which is the state capital? Both are cities in WV, but at some distance apart. It is a common mistake made by folks who don't know much about the state.

    May 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. mary

    It means very little. This process is over. She can't possibly win this in any legitimate way. A big win in West Virginia is not unlike some late wins that Huckabee racked up. Doing well in a state like this doesn't change things. It seems everyone knows this is over but the Clintons. It's time for her to start paying off her debt, especially to the small vendors, dating back to the contest in Iowa.

    May 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. G. Hill

    I hope she wins by 100%. This Obama guy is a character!!! All talk and NO SUBSTANCE, Not to mention he is an elitist, a racist, a friend with a terrorist and a wife who does not give a hoot about the country unless he becomes president. I feel sorry for this country. This just proves that there are a lot of ignorant people in this country who do not know how to think anymore. They need someone to do it for them. This country would go to hell in a hand basket if he was elected...and let me tell you all something else....Think Hard about this because once you put him in office, it is virtually impossible to get him out!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Ann Marie

    It means I will not be visiting West Virginia any time in the near future. I think Hillary is a Republican. Maybe Hillary is trying to get back in the White House, so Chelsea can have a White House wedding.

    May 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Right on Day1

    We all know this means very little. Obama can't help but be very aware of the issues blue collar whites have with him. So this primary is about a month too late & about 160 delegates too few.

    Obama will reveal another 10-15 super delegates next week. When that happens it will blunt any notions that WV had any significance.

    Not to mention that on the 15th we will know how much money Clinton actually owes. It may be another nail that blunts anything positive out of WV.

    May 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Ken

    I think it is wrong of the media to portray Obama as the nominee for the contest is NOT over.

    Obama CANNOT beat McCain in November. We need Hillary Clinton to win the nominee, and then she CAN beat McCain in November.

    Obama is already acting as if he is the winner, and yet he as well as Clinton do not have the necessary delegates to win. I watched how the media followed him at the House of Representatives yesterday, and I find that his acting as if he were already the President.

    Someone should bust Obama's bubble, and let him be able to humble himself and act as a normal person.

    May 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. SteadyFreddie

    It means Shrillery has firmly locked in the Mullet vote

    Tell me, will David Duke be stumping for her there?

    May 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Johnjones

    Fine. She'll win West Virginia by a huge amount. And so what? Whatever else you want to say about superdelegates, they can count. The more of them that go to Obama, the more of them that will go to Obama. The supers are the "race to watch" while West Virginia, Kentucky and the rest of the primaries are simply sideshows now.

    May 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Amused

    The results in the West Virginia primary means nothing. I support the Democratic party as a whole. I have not picked sides for the entirety of the primary. I did not vote in my primary as I am simply waiting for the nominee to emerge, and it's almost guranteed to be Obama. In order for Hillary to catch Barack's delegate total she must win roughly 85% of EVERY state, which is definitely impossible. I respect her choice to give everyone a chance to choose and stay in the primary to the end, but she has two chances to win, slim and none, and slim is packing his bags.

    I have also found it quiite amusing to watch everyone who has been posting for the past few months. You all argue and fight over who is better and don't even notice that it's like a tennis match. Obama's supporters blast Hillary for everything she does wrong and vice versa. This is why the Democrats are probably going to, sadly, lose the General Election.

    May 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Susan, PA

    BUSH(vp),BUSH(vp),BUSH,CLINTON,CLINTON,BUSH,BUSH
    W.Virginians are smart. They know its Clinton's turn.
    Whit House only for Bush-Clintons.

    GO America.

    May 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    HILLARY WINNING THE W V WITH A 43 POINTS LEAD MEANS

    THAT HILLARY IS STILL A PLAYER. SHE CAN EVEN BE THE

    NOMINEE. ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE INFO THAT IS COMING OUT

    ABOUT OBAMA'S PAST AND SCANDALS .

    COUNT OUR FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN VOTES .

    NO HILLARY ======== NO FREAKIN VOTES

    WE WILL STAY HOME

    WE DON'T WANT OBAMA . NO WAY JOSE!

    HAVING OBAMA AS PRESIDENT IS LIKE HAVING ANOTHER BUSH =========== INEPT INEPT INEPT =================== AND

    MORE LIES , SCANDALS , AND COVER UPS ENOUGH OF OBAMA !

    NOT TO MENTION== HIS RADICAL WIFE MICHELLE

    MICHELLE OBAMA GIVES ME THE CREEPS !

    BELIEVE ME I AM A VET BUT I THINK THAT THE OBAMAS ARE TOTALLY RADICAL FOR OUR WAY OF LIFE .

    ====THIS FLORIDA VETERAN IS FOR HILLARY ALL THE WAY !

    WAKE UP AMERICAN S ! THIS GUY OBAMA IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR DEAR COUNTRY ! WAKE UP BEFORE IS TOO LATE !

    May 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Jack Robertson

    Mrs. Clinton's expected wins in West Virginia and Kentucky will be pyrrhic victories at best. They will also be a tragic testimony to the 'success' of her decision to play the race card as a last, desperate gamble to salvage a dying campaign. The real tragedy however will not be the deceived voters of either West Virginia or Kentucky or Mrs. Clinton's eventual defeat in her bid for the Democratic nomination. By remaining in the race long past her 'best before' date, and by using tactics of divisiveness at a time when her party needs unity more than ever, Hillary Clinton risks inflicting irreversible damage on the eventual nominee (Senator Obama) and the party's candidates throughout the country in November. Whether by default or by design, her refusal or inability to retire from the race with any semblance of dignity intact sets the stage for a McCain victory – essentially four more years of a costly, losing war and economic policies that have brought the United States to the brink of ruin.

    May 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. JT

    WV is part of this great nation, and it happens to have much more Clinton's supporters than Obama's. Let their voice be heard, just don't call them harding-working White Americans. It's an insult to harding-working none-white Americans.

    May 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Matthew Daye

    It means about as much as the gold watch at a retirement party. As far as I've seen, Obama isn't even campaigning there. He's mostly letting her win so she can go out with a bang. Why waste money in states you don't have much of a shot in winning that you don't entirely need?

    Honestly, this will be Hillary's last hurrah and he's simply letting her have it.

    May 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. WVguns

    The full story says that 70% of West Virginia households own a gun.

    If they value their constitutional rights they should vote Obama – NOT CLINTON.

    The Prohibition On Confiscation of Firearms law was signed into law October 4, 2006. It prohibits the confiscaton of a firearm during an emergency or major disaster where the possession of such firearm is not prohibited under Federal or State law. In other words the police or federal agencies can't just take your guns citing an emergency as long as you aren't violating any other laws related to gun ownership.

    Barack Obama voted for this law, guaranteeing the right to bear and Hillary Clinton voted against.

    Hillary Clinton wants to take guns from law-abiding WV voters and Barack Obama will support your right to hunt and bear arms.

    May 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    What might West Virginia's primary mean? That there is a correlation between in-breeding and poor dental hygiene with a proclivity towards racism. Just kidding, it obviously means that Obama is "fundamentally" flawed.

    May 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Jack

    This won't look good for Obama.....

    he needs not just African-Americans and young voters to beat McCain, but he needs to find a way to get Hillary's supporters of Hispanics, Jews, and whites (Catholics and blue-collars)

    May 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Sb from West Virginia

    I will never vote for Hillary cause she is dividing the country. She and her so call campaigne has played it so dirty i cannot beleive it and now they are trying to divide us on race again

    May 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. JRC

    So, the "little" states only count if HRC wins them?? She needs to make up her mind. I'm not sure Washingon wants or needs a manipulative whiner in the White House.

    May 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    meaningless.... the woman cannot give up the spotlight, can she?

    IT'S OVER.... GO HOME, HILLARY

    May 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. OBAMA FAN

    Nothing!

    May 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Ben

    It will mean nothing at this point, although the media is going to do all it can to make this last until the convention.

    May 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Milbs

    Why is CNN focusing on West Virginia? Is it because it is the only place Clinton is doing well? For balanced reporting, why don't you also include how she's doing in Oregon, or at least how the rest of the primaries are leaning.

    May 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. David Thinks!

    The next few contest will prove that Hillary is the "correct" nominee to represent the "broader" base of the party. Obama is so far in his Oprah-Winfrey Ivory Tower that you've got to wonder if he will give away free cars when he becomes President-and no one will be able to afford the gas for them. Hillary is experienced on the issues that matter to 'average' Americans and knows how to deliver to fix many of the problems facing "the people". Obama and his supporters seem to be on some cheerleading team about "changing" history – but that doesn't put food on the table, secure your job, create new jobs, create healthcare for all etc. Hillary's ideas hit the soul of what the problems and solutions are for the next President while Obama just keeps yapping and droning on like he's trying to win a toast-master's trophy. Go Hillary go..despite the pundits with an agenda.

    May 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. beckleyj

    what did SC mean? What did the VA, MD, and DC primaries mean? What did GA, AL mean? Is one landslide victorie at the end of the season more important than six in the middle? I'm still sober . . . what have you been drinking?

    May 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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