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. why the racist labeling?

    I'm confused:

    When low income, uneducated African Americans ( the black equivilent of blue-collar white workers) support Obama- that is a good thing, and not racist (even at 90-95% rates).

    When low income, uneducated white Americans ( the so-called blue collar workers) vote for Clinton at rates of 60-65% it is considered racist.

    Can someone explain this double standard to me?

    May 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. sue

    So she wins West Virginia! It doesn't change the math. OBAMA is the presumptive nominee. Hip Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Ding she still running ????

    May 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Des,Toronto

    What do you expect with her most recent statement that Obama cannot get the white votes and how they are flocking to her. She plays the race card against her opponent ,who by the way is in the same party. She is extreemly divisive. In any event Obama is not revengeful or vindictive and will be president for all the people, whether or not they voted for him.

    Obama 08 and 12

    May 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. PD from CA

    What will it show? Nothing. Obama isn't even campaigning in the state. He's moved on to a national campaign against McCain. There have been Hillary states... there have been Obama states. That will continue until June. The point now is that regardless of how well Hillary does in any upcoming primaries (barring some impossible sweep of all upcoming primaries), she cannot win the nomination unless she has enough superdelegates committed to overriding the voters' choice. And that's not going to happen. The "Hillary states" just weren't enough to give her the win.

    May 10, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. peter

    West Virginia kows that she will not win the nomination even the result is 100 to 0. They are clever people and they dont want to swim in a dry river. They will go to Obama.

    May 10, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Joan

    Hey CNN, It means that YOUR candidate Hillary Clinton will win the nomination. Won't you be happy?

    May 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. what it means

    It means that the race card Obama played in SC and has continually OVER played is now coming back to haunt him.

    You cand not be a uniter and then use racial division for your own political gain as Obama did.

    It proved him to be a lying, hypocrit

    May 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Looking towards November

    Not a thing!

    May 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. D Taliga

    West Verginaen how cane you vote for Hillary whom made politics from your children blood and sent them to Iraq to be killed 30,000 wounded and killed as well trillions of USD you pay.that it was popular.She supported the war just to be the next president.
    it is her judgment.also whom finance her all corruption of lobbyist.
    She stop to be Democrat when a Democrat will concide alone

    May 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. poyoray

    This means if the superdelegates choose now, then this will be one of the most undemocratic primaries in history. It means that some of Hillary's strongest states are being taken away from her.

    It means the supers are not waiting to decide until everyone votes and after more than 40 contests, they get to be the ones to tell voters that their votes don't count.

    It is dividing the party by deciding on a nominee until everyone gets a chance to vote. The best way for them to unite the party would be to let everyone vote and see what the results are and then make a decision.

    May 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. SLDV2000

    It means that West Virginia will for the first time in the states history be able to decide anything consequential in it's Primary history. They should mark this date down in their history books...oh that's if they could learn to read and write.

    May 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Indiana man

    it means that us dumb -low income– stupid white folks – who work our hearts out are smart enough not to vote for a liar and panderer.
    the lady has a mental problem'
    go back to arkansas if they will have ya.

    May 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Ludovic

    It will mean the same thing then Hawai, missisipi, NC or any other state obama won with a similar margin.

    May 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Media Blackout May 15th

    I saw The Gimmick Candidate last night. She did a terrific job in dividing the Democratic Party even more during her speech. Why, as a matter of fact, she laughed it up when the Gov said he will place Obama's picture on a milk carton citing: "Where in the world is Obama'. Sounds like a movie coming soon to a theater near you huh Hillary? Another reference to the Middle East and you just laughed...... and laughed..... and laughed....... I'm glad you had a great time with that joke....

    I particularly liked her comments around Obama didn't care for Kentucky because she was the only candidate there. But the one that grabbed my heart the most is when the Gimmick Candidate said her base was right there in the audience, which was filled with white older voters.

    Thank you Gimmick Candidate for showing the world the type of racist you are. I guess you never had to show your real side because you and your Gimmick husband always thought you had black folks in your hip pocket, but now you're under stress the real side comes out with ease without a blink of an eyelash.

    Pack up your trash Gimmick because NYS will NOT be reelecting you for ANYTHING!

    May 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Mohammad, Los Angeles CA

    This evil woman will never give up.

    May 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Marty

    west virginia means nothing race is over

    May 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Bill - Charlotte

    It will mean a lot to "Hillary in Wonderland."

    May 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. end it.

    w. virginia likes hillary. okay, but even if she wins 100% there and then 100% in kentucky, she still won't have more delegates than obama nor will she have won the popular vote.
    it's funny how she says she's won the "important states" but when addressing w. virginians she says every state is just as important...
    but her argument for nomination is that she can carry the "important states" in the fall....
    end it hillary, get out now and let us unite!

    May 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. L

    It really won't mean anything. Just like all the states that Hillary dismissed after she lost – she lost DC by 50%. Obama losing WV, even by a large margin, isn't a big deal, he has still won double the contests.

    May 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. mud

    it has no bearing at all!! When will you, the press, realize that you have done enough damage to the democratic party already by making people think Clinton has had any chance at all since April. She coil win the rest of the states by 70% and STILL MOT HAVE ENOUGH DELEGATES!!!

    It's OVER, get it through your thick skulls!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. charlize

    It doesn't mean much really. Say the voting is 66 percent to 23 percent, as mentioned in the article above. Even so, WV has only 39 delegates at stake, so it would be 25 Clinton, 10 Obama; a net gain of only 15 for Clinton, which won't help her much, both in delegates and popular vote. Even for statistical purposes, she couldn't say either, that after WV she got the biggest beating in the race, since Obama has beaten her by much higher margins IN A GREAT NUMBER OF STATES, for example in Idaho she beat her 80 to 17 (63-point lead); in Hawaii it was 76 to 24; in D.C. it was 75 to 24; inj Kansas 74 to 26, to only mention a few. Even though it would be her highest-percentage beating over bama ever, IT DOESN'T MEAN MUCH REALLY, AND THE MEDIA SEEMS TO AGAIN BE GIVING HER TOO MUCH IMPORTANCE AND KEEPING HER IN THE RACE IN ORDER TO KEEP HIGH RATINGS, that's all.

    May 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Joseph Adewole

    Nothing!! She has outlived her usefullness to The Americans; you only need to go to Google website and find out about Hillary; those people supporting her now are the people that want to divide America. Hiillary cannot deny the fact that she made a donation to a terrorist organisation, what of watergate and others to say a few. the Clintons even have the gut to visit and campaign in America Universities when no University is good enough in America for Chelsea......Are Americans really God loving? Otherwise Black and White Americans should live together as brothers and sisters so that the world outside America will be a better place; if we all look unto Americans as leader and the Clintons are engaged in what they are saying and doing about White voters Black voters, where is your leadership quality?

    May 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Jonathan of Tampa, FL

    She will do great in this state. The problem is this state is not a snapshot of the entire United States of America, it's not diverse enough.

    May 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Julie

    The Dems CANNOT win in November if they cannot carry states such as West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, and Indiana.... all states that Hillary Clinton has won.

    Yes, Obama has won more states, and also leads in the popular vote, but we need to remember these are the primaries, and in order to win the white house in November, we NEED the big swing states that Hillary has won.

    It's time to seriously consider a "dream ticket," for without one, McCain will easily win. Let's get our act together people!

    May 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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