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. Jason

    It will mean that Hillary Clinton just had her best day remaining in the primary race and only gained a net of 12 delegates out of the 150 she is trailing. Obama picked up nearly that many in one day with superdelegates. It will show that the only demographic that Hillary is able to court now is the one the Democrats will not be able to count on in the fall.

    Hillary can resign now or get "fired" later, but she can't win . . . with or without the Michigan and Florida delegates counted.

    May 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Dr. Vincent Petrosino

    Excuse me, but why don't you just tell the truth about West Virginia? It is a unique state made up of less than 5% African-American folks, its white folks are poorly educated and poorly employed. The whole state is just made to order for the people Hillary has attracted all along. But they resist change just like the rest of the blue collar workers who refuse to listen to the call by young voters who see change as the most important deterrent to this mess created by Bush and his gang. The people in West Virginia, finally, would not vote for Jesus Christ if He was black. Thank God it is the only state in the union with these demographics.

    May 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. sick of hillary

    means nothing in the scheme of things...she can't win the nomination no matter how big she wins WV and Kentucky...she will also get a win in PR but lose Oregon, Montana and SD....so the delegate count will basically be a wash and by June 3rd, she will still be trailing by somewhere between 140 – 150 pledged delegates as well as trailing by the number of states won, popular vote and will, by then, be trailing in the super-delegate count...this is over, everyone knows it, even people within her own camp...valiant effort, but it's over Hillary...Hillary supporters need to move on and consider what's best for the party, and switching to McCain just because you don't like Hillary losing to Obama, is not whats best for the party....the divisions within need to come to an end...Hillary supporters, accept this end result...regardless of how big she wins WV or Kentucky, it doesn't matter anymore

    May 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Invading West Virginia has got to be a better idea than invading Myanmar.

    May 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Blayze Kohime

    West Virginia's primary means 'x' number of delegates divided up amongst the two candidates. Stop trying to make it more or less than it is. Most people involved here aren't even thinking logically, they're just automatically taking the side of their candidate.

    Do the math. CNN provides a handy delegate counter for this, so even you people that don't major in math can do it.

    May 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Deadhead for Obama

    I hate to say it, but I actually agree with what some of the Hillary supporters are saying in these blogs about the negative comments coming from fellow Obama supporters. Some of the comments are really going against Obamas message. Theres no need for name calling or bashing, it only brings us down to their level. Let's be the better people, and if that's "elitist", oh well. What's wrong with trying to make things the best they can be, "be all that you can be", haven't I heard that somewhere before. There's nothing unpatriotic about striving for perfection, actually setting a good example. With all that said, this race issue is still a problem that isn't going to go away any time soon. I wish it would but sadly racism still exists in this country, even with all the progress that has been made. As Democrats one and all lets not let an issue that we have fought for so hard, divide us.

    Vote Democrat '08

    May 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. David

    The facts are people make choices between what is available. When it comes in november Hillary Clinton will not be on the ballot. West Virginians will have to choose between Obama and McCain. If they are true democrat they have to choose for Obama.

    The suggestion that hard working white people won't vote for Obama, is so silly for Hillary Clinton, because she is just suggesting that all those millions of white people who voted for Obama are lazy.

    That's is selfishness.

    May 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. OMG

    So what. It is a big waste of time for Obama to spend more money and time in WV right now. He will have plenty of time to do that in the fall. It is fine for Hillary to go as she can lay the groundwork for his policies and the Democratic platform there. Obama should be focusing his time and energy on McCain and the Republicans.

    Clearly this is a great place for Hillary to do what she can to support the party. Same with KY. Good places for her to lay the groundwork for further campaigning by the Dems in the fall.

    Insofar as Clinton vs Obama? It's over, folks. Now everyone should be working for the Party.....I would like to think that is what Hillary is doing.

    May 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Brad

    It means that Hillary didn't hear political analyst John King on Tuesday
    night.

    May 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Ranjii

    I guess this will show her whiteness.......Go MC'Cain

    May 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Peter

    It doesn`t mean anything, if Clinton wins with 40% (70-30)which is not that unlikely it means she would net around 12 delegates, that is a huge win but not enough at this point. She could probably win Kentucky with huge margins as well, probably not 40%, I think Obama will campaign harder in Kentucky since it is a bigger state. But still, if she wins with 40% she will net around 21 delegates. Thats 33 total which will cut Obamas total lead from around 165 to 132.
    Obama will win Oregon the same day Kentucky votes and he will probably win with 15-20% which will net him 8-10 delegates, Clinton could win Puerto Rico with the same margin, giving her the same net delegate win (8-10).
    So you could go in to the last two primaries with Obama ahead with around 130 in the pledged lead, but the problem for Clinton is that Obama will win Montana and South Dakota easily, probably with 15-20% which means Obama will win the pledged delegate lead with 135-140 if everything goes according to the polls.

    Clinton would do well in WV if she exceeds expectations, but that means more than 40% win, which could be quite difficult. So, WV doesn`t mean that much since Clinton is expected to win big, to get some momentum should would need to win by more than expected.

    May 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Mary

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    May 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Joe

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    May 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. The Lord Almighty

    Are you KIDDING me? IT'S OVER. The people of West Virginia are going to be as important to this election as they always have been. Which is NOT AT ALL.

    May 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Dane Clune

    NOTHING!

    May 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Scot

    Huh?

    What will West Virginia and Kentucky tell us that we don't already know?

    And maybe an Obama resurgence in the West will be a suprise.

    May 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. NiceSpin

    Nice spin CNN. Hillary winning West Virginia means absolutely nothing. The pulse of the country is not centered around a bunch of uneducated miners with almost no diversity in the state. Yes, she'll win. She'll win big and still won't make a dent in Obama's lead. Superdelegates will continue to trickle towards his campaign. Why not do something rare and just report the truth. She'll win West Virginia and Kentucky by large margins and it's too late to mean a single thing except that she gets to leave on the note that she got those votes.

    May 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Inevitable

    thought small states didn't matter ... hmmm ............ she can get 100% of the votes she's still be behind ................

    time for Hilary to quit ............. and rally around Obama .......... to unite the democratic party ........ I'm a 00% sure if Obama was in Hilary's position Hilary would've wanted Obama to quit ..............

    May 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. easy choice

    If everyone who doesn't vote for Obama is called a racist... what kind of president will he make?

    Everytime someone disagrees with him or criticizes him, that person will be called a racist.

    That is an unnecessary distraction at this time of crisis.

    We know we can call Hillary anything we want and even be ugly and vulgar about it and she still keeps on going. She is not sidetracked and offended whenever people voice a disagreement with her. That is a true leader.

    Obama thinks he is perfect and demands that everyone must agree .
    Clinton realizes she isn't perfect and goes on doing the best she can for ALL Americans.

    May 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. JAMES IN BAMA

    IF THE DEMOCRATS COULD HAVE WON ANY OF THE THREE STATES OF EITHER FLORIDA, OHIO, OR WEST VIRGINIA WE WOULD HAVE WON THE WHITE HOUSE AND PUT OUT G.W. I DONT THINK BARRACK HUSSIEN OBAMA WILL BE ABLE TO WIN ANY OF THOSE STATES. AND CONSIDERING THE SIZE OF OHIO AND FLORIDA EVEN IF HE TOOK A RED STATE LIKE KANSAS OR NEVADA IT WONT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE BECAUSE OF THE WINNER TAKE ALL WAY IT IS IN NOVEMBER. AND WITH THE WAY HIS CAMPAING HAS HANDLED THE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA ISSUE HE WILL PROBABLY LOOSE MICHIGAN AS WELL. I AM A LIFE LONG DEMOCRATE WHO IS FIGHTING FOR OUR PARTY IN A RED BUT INCREASINGLY BLUE HUGH. BUT OBAMA SEEMS TO DIVIDE MORE THAN HE UNITES AND HE PULS FROM AL THE WRONG DIRECTIONS.

    May 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Bratt

    ARG is a unrelible sourse and you know that. They predicted victory for Clinton in Indiana by 17 points and lost in NC for her by 3 %... Nobody trust this group EXCEPT B. Schneider who is one of the biggest Clintons supporter at CNN. Look at other polls released today – the margin is within 10-14 points... and that will give HRC about 15 delegates from 28..Who cares? Meanwhile Barack will have 2024 and the contest will be over even before Oregon, dear Bill Sch.

    May 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Joe

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    May 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. FreshAir

    A: Nothing.

    Those needing a dose of sobriety would be those thinking this makes any difference. The math is the math is the math is the math is the math. It would be nice if the media could bother to deal with reality before posting such misleading and pointless stories. ITS OVER. Capiche?

    May 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Jane

    She is going to lose very big in Montana in a few weeks, and that will send her crashing back to reality that she's history. Then we won't have to hear anymore about the woman, and she can get on her broom and fly away with her evil flying monkeys, never to be seen or heard from again.

    May 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. paul oregon

    so!!!!!!!! if shes not going to get the nomination whatsthe difference
    only the people that support her really care life goes on. hillary needs to think of some one besides of herself.

    May 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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