May 10th, 2008
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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. Kris In Atlanta

    Instead of holding on to ancient racial ideas, West Virginians have an opportunity to be part of history. Truthfully, Obama and Hillary are very much the same ideologically. So why does the state favor Hillary so heavily? Quite simply, race has been the center of much strife in the entire history of the state and it continues to be today. The majority of West Virginians are good people who are blue collar in every way. And if they look closer, they will see that Obama has a lot in common with them. He is a man who knows adversity, challenge, and poverty. He worked his way though college-with no wealthy family or connections to back him up. He worked hard and it apayed off. And wisely, he knew Iraq was a disaster in waiting, which shows he was much wiser than Bush or McCain and stood up for what he believed. He is where he is at today because of the man he made himself into-not because of his spouse. Obama is West Virginia and he is America. And he has my vote in November.

    May 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Sean

    All things considered, it won't change the reality that Hillary can't come back at this point. She'll win the state, but Obama has some wins coming up soon too. It's still over, and we still need to stop pushing racial divisions and bring the Democratic party together.

    May 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Jack - Miami

    It proves that a good portion of the WV population needs to catch up with this century and not fear change. Their younger generations are suffering and the older ones simply dont care. That is why they cannot attract new business who want a progressive environment to their state. Jobs and economy will never improve in WVa until they want progressive change. BTW – I was born and raised there.

    May 10, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Venus

    It would mean that Hillary won the state big time!

    It also means another state and we march forward!

    This also means – Hillary is closer to getting the door slam on her!

    Go Obama!

    May 10, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    This will allow Mrs. Clinton to leave the race with grace. The voters of W.V. need to remember that the most important thing we do is to make sure that Obama is elected in the fall. It will be awful for all of us if Mr McCain were elected. Hard to imagine 4 more years of BushCheney.

    May 10, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Rodney

    It means nothing. Unless Clinton knows something that may reverse the tide the best thing she can do for the party and America is to stop now and help Obama bring the party together. By her continuing it will only help dividing the party and the Republican.

    May 10, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. cj

    i love politics.......go obama

    May 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. lorraine

    I hope Hillary gets such a large percentage of the votes that it knocks the wind out of Obama sails, these people in West Virginia are finally showing the rest of the country what others are too laid back to come out and be heard, wake up America we are down to the wire (almost) and Hillary needs your support NOW.

    May 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Asa For Hillary!!!!!

    Obama will not stand a chance up against McCain and Hillary will so i think if the democrats really want to win this election, Hillary is their best bet!

    May 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. barry

    What does WV mean? is much later than you think and IT IS OVER !!! Deal with it....

    May 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Peg

    It will not send a sobering message to Obama supporters. We know why he is not campaigning in this "red" state. It's important Hillary bow out gracefully and if she wins W. Virginia and Kentucky big...she'll be able to leave the campaign under postive circumstances. If she continues to "fight" and becomes negative toward Obama, the Supers will weigh in much faster to end this thing once and for all.

    Hillary has been a good campaigner and should be allowed to exit on her own time......we should be gracious winners.

    May 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Zachary

    Wow does Hillary control the media or what? Umm this state also has less delegates than Puerto Rico.........

    May 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |

    A Middle East policy adviser for Barack Obama has left the campaign after acknowledging having held talks with Hamas, FOX News confirms.

    The Times newspaper in London first reported Friday that the campaign was severing ties with the adviser, Robert Malley.

    Malley said he had been in contact with the Palestinian group, but only through his work for a “conflict resolution think tank,” and not on behalf of the Obama campaign, the newspaper reported.

    Obama spokesman Bill Burton told FOX News Malley was “an ancillary adviser who never met with Obama, literally one of hundreds of informal advisers who from time to time offered advice on Middle East policy.”

    Another Obama spokesman told The Times Malley “has no formal role in the campaign and he will not play any role in the future.”

    Hamas, which is labeled a terrorist organization by the State Department, is a touchy issue for the Obama campaign.

    Hamas adviser Ahmed Yousef said in a recent interview, “We like Mr. Obama, we hope that he will win the election,” and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain has poked fun at Obama for the apparent endorsement.

    McCain has said he would be Hamas’ “worst nightmare”; he told “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart Wednesday that he could “guarantee” Hamas would not endorse him for president.

    Obama accused McCain of “losing his bearings” and engaging in a smear campaign for the remarks.

    Click here to read the article about the Obama aide in The Times.

    FOX News’ Major Garrett contributed to this report.

    May 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. lol

    go hillary, stay in the race. since the dnc treated you so bad, run as an independent. your supporters will vote for you!

    May 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Noah

    If Obama loses, it means that he is not the front runner. How is that he is being crowned the nominee when he is still losing major contest.

    Superdelegates need to wait till the voting is over and the media is wrong for crowning Obama King when the voting is not over.

    Obama can not win without Hillary and Hillary should be the nominee.

    May 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Women for Obama!

    This story is over people! There is no way Hillary can win.

    Check the FACTS!!!!! IT is IMPOSSIBLE for her to win-unless she somehow convinces the super delegates-through some ridiculous scheme to overturn the will of the voters and overturn the super delegate pledges-thus completely destroying the party and any chance of the Dems winning the general and I just can't see that happening. It makes NO SENSE for her to stay in. I'm all for women and the movement but you have GOT to know when to fold em. AND if she really does support the party like she claims then she would see what she is doing. At this point it's for purely selfish reasons that she remains.

    You know, the sooner her followers wake up to the facts and join the winning team the sooner we can begin to heal America and defeat the Republicans in the general election.

    May 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. walt

    It means.... nothing!

    May 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Marjorie Helms, Amherst, NY

    What does a West Virginia win mean for Hillary? Why, it means that there's still one state where backward, racist beliefs will still translate into victory for a white candidate! Hillary will put on her best 'blue-collar' face (despite the fact that she's a millionaire many times over), and tell the nice, white voters of WV that they can count of her to protect their jobs. What a crock! She's never worked a day in her life, and she knows that she has to play the race card, yet again, in order to claim that she still belongs in this race. Please, Hillary, come home to New York, where you can continue making promises to us about new jobs!

    May 10, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. conservative

    Absolutely nothing! The dems are in a process so bizarre that it defies description! If this process gets their "unqualifieds " in the presidency beware America ! We are in mortal danger as a country and few of the new generation can see it , know it ,or care ! All the libs care about is crowing about their enlightened mensa !

    May 10, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Mary

    What will WV mean once its over?

    It will just mean 5 primaries are left before this thing is finally over.

    While I know that the people from WV are very nice people, whoever wins this or any of the remaining primaries will not change the fact that Obama will have the most pledged delegates.

    Enough trying to change the rules or the math or the game.

    These rules and the math was agreed to by both parties before the primaries.

    Also, whatever happens in the primaries does not really indicate who will win those states in the elections.

    IF Hillary doesn't like the rules then she should join in reforming the rules for the future. Again, you can't change the rules once the game is close to over.

    Lets unite

    May 10, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Ric Shaw

    The simple answer to "What might West Virginia's primary mean?" is...nothing. The remaining primaries are simply an exercise in democracy to let everyone have their say, but everyone except Hillary knows and accepts this thing is over. The superdelegates are trickling toward the Obama camp, and that momentum won't be stopped by WV because there was no doubt in anyone's mind Hillary was going to take this state by a significant margin. Of course, she will use this as another futile argument to stay in the race. But hopefully she is just using this win as a way to go out on top and bow out gracefully.

    May 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. R.I.F.

    Nothing. We know she's going to win big so who cares. What about those states that Obam awon 70% to 30%. Oh yeah, they don't count because Obama won them. This race is over and stop trying to add drama and divide the party CNN.

    May 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Ogechi

    It never ceases to amaze me how the "feminist" movement and white power movement always trump common sense in this country.

    May 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. No thanks Mr and Mrs Pander Bear

    it means that Hillary continues to attract voters based on the fact that she is a white femaie. period. people in this country need to grow up a little bit.

    May 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Venus

    I forgot to add in my post!

    W-Virginia will also mean that you have less money to run your campaign considering you are spending $1-million dollars a day!

    So let's see – you have about $31,000-million dollars including the loan of amount $15,000-million dollars you gave to keep your campaign alive – so -–you win W-Virginia and lose the race to the White House!

    May 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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