May 10th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
10 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. Stuart in L.A.

    Those who don't want to vote for Obama are doing so because they don't like or bleieve in the magical Obama, not because Hillary is winning or losing. We will either stay home or vote mcCain if he comes out with ideas that we like.

    May 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Steve

    nate May 10th, 2008 11:22 am ET
    We at Camp Obama recognize the tremendous support HIllary has and we recognize her impressive capabilities. Our policies and goals are virtually identical and therefore respectfully request all Dems come together around the nominee.

    Paul May 10th, 2008 11:22 am ET
    It means nothing, just like her promises.
    Funny. Nate gets it...Paul doesn't.

    May 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. K in TX

    It will send a sobering message to Obama supporters that attacking Hillary and her supporters only divides us further and ensures a McCain victory in November. She has the right to continue her campaign so stop your hateful attacks or pay the consequences.

    May 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Ricardo Williams

    That's OK if Hillary needs a consolidatory victory to heal her bruised ego. She already sealed the votes by making it an issue of race. I just want to remind Hillary that Blacks always voted for Whites in the past. Infact we didn't have a choice, as all the candidates were White.
    I hope Hillary gets out of the race after her victory so we can focus on bigger issues rather race. Hillary, Bill, McCain, Rev Wright, Pat Robertson, Fox, CNN are all the same. A deeply engraved hatred fuelled by racism. It is time for Change. We are one people regardless of race, age, beliefs, color, rich, and poor. I hope Cnn posts this one.

    May 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Franky

    Man, I just wrote a good comment here. Ohh well....

    Anyway, do you know what's the most unfortunate thing about this??? She couldv'e used a win like this VERY, VERY EARLY ON....

    And according to Hillary, if white people can trust her and not my boy, then why did she not win as many states to make it competitive???? Ohhh and by the way, what about the young white kid who's 18 or over??? I wonder who he votes for??? Hmmmm, since he's white and young and according to Hillary, he'll probably vote her...but wait a minute, is that true??? I wonder if that's true....

    May 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. JA Cook

    It means that in West Virginia, Hilllary has a stronger appeal. It doesn't change the fact that Obama has received more votes and more delegates nationally.

    The largest vote getter would be the most electable. Since Obama has won more states, more delegates and more votes overall, it appears that Hillary is the one who is less electable.

    May 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. BGIV in NC

    She is exiting the race with all the tact and grace of a blind, three legged, pregnant yak.

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Anna, IL

    Bill Schneider's " What might West Virginia's primary mean?" article is truly disgusting. It's no secret to the viewers that Mr.Schneider wants Hillary to be the nominee instead of Obama, but to suggest that Obama needs Hillary is laughable. Have you thought for one second that Obama will need his own supporters in November? Your polls are wrong. There are more Obama supporters who wouldn't vote for Hillary. You, the elite media, are the one who needs a reality check. You are so out of touch with the mood of the country, it's incredible. Hillary has lost all her dignity during past few months. The answer is no, no, NO! What part of "no" do you not understand? Unless you're really campaigning for McCain, it's time for you to rethink your coverage.

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Craig A. Carroll Hastings, MN

    I agree with the premise that this contest should tell the Obama zealots that all is not what they believe. W Va. could very well be a harbinger of November. As for Hillary. It's over irregardless of the outcome.

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Nicole

    The trump card Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton held in her faltering bid for president — her support among the superdelegates who can control the fate of the Democratic nomination — began slipping from her grasp on Friday as Senator Barack Obama moved into the lead on this front, with uncommitted delegates declaring their allegiance to him as others deserted her.

    Mrs. Clinton publicly vowed to fight on for the nomination while campaigning on Friday in Oregon. But a new, more conciliatory tone crept into her stump speeches, as she shied away from the more spirited attacks on Mr. Obama that characterized her recent primary battles, instead engaging him more gently on the issues while aiming her fire on Senator John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican nominee.

    Clinton advisers say attacks on Mr. Obama are no longer enough to change the momentum or the outcome of the nomination race. So continuing to attack him on the campaign trail, at this point, would probably inflict more long-term harm on Mrs. Clinton than on Mr. Obama, her advisers said.

    Mr. Obama made his own peace offering to the Clinton camp, albeit a tactical one, suggesting he would be open to helping her retire her campaign debt. “I’d want to have a broad-ranging discussion with Senator Clinton about how I could make her feel good about the process and have her on the team moving forward,” he said. “But as I said, it’s premature right now. She’s still actively running, and we’ve still got business to do right here in Oregon and in other states.”

    She is starting to concede the nomination....This is from the NY Times, published today...Let see if CNN has the guts to publish the article

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. mn

    i hope she wins...over that obama....although it seems hard...HILLARY 08

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Independent

    Wouldn't it be a shocker if the race were truly tighter? Clinton is still pinning her hope on stealing the election. Not Clinton, Not Anymore. I hope the people in West Virginia look at the person, and not what they promise and pander to. It still wil not help her. Obama is to far ahead. Go Obama 08

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Linda in CA

    I admire Hillary for staying in the race to give everyone a chance to vote. She may win W.VA., but it is only because of the demographics of the state. It would be wonderful if the voters read the issues and not just vote for a white woman who has nothing in common with them. Race will always be an issue to some uninformed people. It is sad that color matters.

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Randy

    I'd rather deal with Hillary than Obama. At least if she lies, she does it in plain sight. Obama has fooled everyone with lies wrapped up in talk of unity and commonality. Neither one have anything in common with me but I'd rather live with Hillary's lies over Obama's anyday.

    McCain/Huckabee '08

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. cnn rocks

    signed,sealed and delivered,
    obama 08
    cnn,the best political team on tv!

    May 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. PCS / North Carolina

    If she wins big, then she can leave with grace. If not, her political future is in question. There is no way she is going to be the nominee. It is all about her political future and campaign debt. If she continues to bleed Obama, and if he looses in November, then, there is no way she is going to make it in 2012. Remember Edwards in 2004. So there is no guarantee of her coming back, or even Obama coming back in 2012, if DNC dose not get to the white house this time. Because, GOP will sell our country to China, India and the middle East.

    May 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. A.M. Saqib

    Mr. Bill Schneider whatever it will mean but one thing for sure. Hillary Clinton will have another semi-artificial thing to boast and to create non-sense. Anyhting can be expected from 'Clintons', and what I am saying right now is without prejeduice. You can see yourself, the final outcome is so obvious, and if there was any consideration of the party, Democrats, Hillary Clinton would have bowed gracefully, instead making a most rediculeus argumnent, just to hurt 'Obama'.

    I will not hesitate to go that far that she is perhaps using the race by showing that white blue coillar worker are with her; so what. Do you think blue collars workers in United States are only whites? Come one give us a break, Hillary!

    On the surface 'Clinton' and particulary former president Bill Clinton, appear to have a very supportive heart for blacks in this country, but if anything this primary election has shown spade as spade.

    It is about time 'Hillary' type of people must realize that America is no longer "Black and White'; and some how it is hard to swallow for the older generation.

    If anything 'Obama' has brought about is the fact that he can unite the nation, let alone democratic party. Hillary Clinton is making things worse every day and not better.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston., Texas

    May 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Tom

    Why isn't Obama trying to show he can win over white voters in this state instead of just giving up on it entirely? What does that say about him and his lack of concern for folks in MI and FL as well as WV? This is all fitting right in with the pattern that was established long ago about his character and what he REALLY believes in. I have news for the U.S. citizens – it's not us. Can you imagine Hillary NOT going to North Carolina because everyone said she'd lose there? She went and lost as expected.........but she went there knowing that. That's character.

    May 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. stand up

    It means the people will not accept a nominee forced on us by the DNC and the democratic party elites and the left wing extremists.

    Most democrats- in a FAIR race where all of the votes were counted and where caucus votes were not overweighted- prefer Hillary Clinton.

    May 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Mark

    As my daughter points out from the NY Times, time to reuinte the party and move forward...You all want McSame, join the Republican party and stay there.

    May 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. thetruth


    May 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Clinton Supporter

    nate – I like your comment – but all one has to do is take a look at these blogs to see the hate-filled comments posted by Obama supporters – sure gonna be tough for Obama in the general election if he is the nominee – I have nothing against him at all (just prefer Hillary) but the majority of his supporters on these blogs are disgusting and have already alienated many Democrats.

    May 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Sean Dunn

    What is should mean is that Camp Clinton is recruiting loyal subjects for the fall election of Barack Obama. It should mean that she is starting to weave a story together that will bring the party together to win the White House, Senate and House. She should be building up the 95% overlap between her story and his story. She should go out gracefully – winning WV for teh party.

    Unfortunately, what is does mean is that Hillary and Bill are so narcissistic they will put their point of view out there, for all to see, even if it burns everyone around them. Sound familiar? That's right. It's should. It's 1992 -2000 all over again.

    Get off the stage, please. It's not yours anymore.

    May 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Rob-BC Canada

    It means the most to cable news.It will no doubt bring out all the pollsters and spin doctors.In the bigger scheme of things it means little.If Obama is allowed to start the Presidential campaigning as soon as possible he will have no difficulty convincing voters by November that the Democratic are the only choice for any hope of a change in America's current financial, social and international problems.By the way, Hillary Clinton has no place in that government.She is currently campaign to undermine Obama's elect ability,contrary to any spin or excuse she presents.

    May 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Absolutely nothing.

    The fact that West Virginia voters would be this out of step with the rest of America doesn't say too much about the fine citizens of WV does it.

    May 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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