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. walli

    simply put; absolutely nothing!!!

    May 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. sozzi

    It will mean that White Working Clas voters will only vote for a White Candidate, Which is NOTHING.

    May 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Obama Supporter

    West Virginia wake up, a vote for Hilary is a vote for higher gas prices, no healthcare resolution once again, high food prices, no advances in alturnatives fuels, high insurance rates, more NAFTA, bad goods from China, nothing will change. She is bought and paid for by oil and other lobbyist. She is broke and in debt, niice way to run a campagine, good going Hilary. Is this the way you will run our country? You are no Bill Clinton!

    She is old school Washington business as usual. West Virginia is doing well to want more of the old ways of Washington.

    She can not win!!!

    May 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. TimeToUnite

    it is clear that Obama is doing minimal campaigning in West Virginia and Kentucky. He is focusing on Oregon and the general election. Today is Obana's 50 state voter registration drive. It's a movement. Obama supporters please go to his Website and find locations near you to help! Obama's campaign is a movement...a truly amazing time in our lives to see Americans of every corner pull our country up! Sorry CNN we have all moved beyond the Clinton's failed quest to capture the nomination. With 9 delegates supporting Obama on Friday, it looks like Washington is looking beyond as well. Please post!

    May 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. john

    Clintons Last gasp. maybe a net 15 pledged delegates immediately nullified by 17 supers declaring for Obama.

    This last gasp is all about Hillary's ambitions maybe the vice presidency and the Clinotn legacy it is not about the electorate the party or the Country.

    May 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Susan Missouri

    Hillary is still be in the race!

    She is very intelligent, for the people... all the people, experienced, and a fighter.

    We feel she will win the democratic nomination!

    Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. David

    Hillary should run as an independent.

    May 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Hillary/McCain

    I'm a Hillary supporter but I'm not so sure she will win this big time. The main stream media has already kicked her out of the race. Many people in West Virginia who were orginally going to vote for her and are listening to the news, may not vote for based on what the main stream media has been saying. Then when she doesn't win West Virginia big time the main stream media will claim that this is proof that more and more people want her to quit. It goes to show you the power of the media in dictacting what happens in this country and world. The main stream media has been trying to kick her out of the race since January and it's depressing.

    May 10, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. peter

    What happened? Obama suporters lost their voice? Usually there is a lot of hateful comments in everything about Hillary. They don't get it
    Regardless who is the nominee, Hillary has given voice to millions of people. I am one of them. GO HILLARY

    May 10, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Jonas

    Its a nice day out here in New Jersey. I was just thinking about buying myself a sandwich. So is there anything interesting in the news today? How about the gas prices around the country.

    May 10, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. faye, NV

    It has been said by Obama that Billary will win and by large numbers. She wants to prove how white she is and that whites will not vote for a black man.

    So sad to how low she will go. I see America people are still with slavery thinking. This country will never change and people like the Clinton's should not be in any office.

    This campaigne has made me sick.

    May 10, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. andrew

    A big win in West Virginia will not mean a thing to the nomination.

    What it might mean otherwise is that the media will continue to fuel Billary's delusions, giving them time to stay in the news some more.

    With each day she remains in the race I am donating funds to an account that will go to support her Democratic challenger in the next Senate race. Her race-baiting pandering is, as P. Noonan wrote, "vulgar." This is what Senator Kennedy was referring to regarding her lacking the character to be considered for VP.

    May 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. stacy

    Go Hillary, save us, stay in.

    May 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Caroline

    What will it mean? If she keeps her lead, it means that West Virginians would rather elect a provably corrupt lyiing pandering divisive white woman than a decent man of mixed race.

    Nothing particulary against West Virginians; one could say that about any person that has thus voted for Clinton, and I can't figure out why anybody votes for her.

    I couldn't figure out why anybody voted for Bush either. And especially the second time.

    I would never in a gazillion years vote for that horrible woman!!

    May 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. An American in Canada

    I hope they come out and vote for her by 90 points or more...

    That would be marvelous... Thanking you in advance, West Virginia!!!

    May 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. The DA Enforcer

    This just goes to prove that there are still bigoted, hatred-filled, and Hell-destined Americans. For somebody not to like anybody else who is not native-born white, this speaks volume of their evil nature. God commanded us to love everybody. And for somebody to dislike somebody just because of their skin color is a fact itself that the bigots have no place in America.

    Vote for a candidate based on your conscience and not skin color.

    I am not even a black by skin color but this is what we ,the whites, should do – follow our conscience.

    In my job, I would prosecute you to jail whether or not you are black, white, blue, or whatever.

    May 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Outsider

    If this is a reflection of a significant part of American voters, then Obama's supporters should avoid confronting them, otherwise the former may be absebt or vote for MCain in the election

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Mike

    This just shows that outside the black community Obama has minimal support. He only goy 1/3rd of the white vote in his 'blowout' in NC. Blacks make up 12% of overall voters. They always vote Democratic anyway, so Obama as a candidate doesn't bring any new demographics to the table. McCain will appeal to the mainstream voters and independents much more than Bush ever did. He'll get the conservative vote, because they have no other tolerable choice. He'll get a lot of the Reagan Democrats. Unless the Dems nominate someone with broader appeal (i.e. Clinton), they will be toast in Nov. If it's one thing the Democratic Party excels at, it's snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. They always default to the most liberal choice, and most Americans aren't that liberal.

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. An Outsider's Perspective

    If I were a West Virginian, I would be incensed with my persona being labeled as "uneducated", "those who did not attend college", and so on, proclaiming to the world at large that 66% of my state belongs to this category!

    It would be bad enough that the Newsmedia were creating this label as it analysed the demographics of my nation and found this statement to be true.

    It would be infinitely worse that someone who wanted my vote would define me as uneducated and driven by my closedminded inability to absorb and become part of the world at large – or even the mosaic of my country, America! I would consider that the candidate was insulting me – implying that if it wasn't for my lack of education, my ability to analyse not being present, this candidate could easily hoodwink me into voting for them.

    If I was American, I would be ashamed that in the world's largest superpower a single state could hold this large a percentage of its population unable to grow with the advanced strides that humanity has made as it hurtles off to conquer new worlds. This would not be something I would want to parade day in and day out in the news.

    I would want West Virginians to hold all their traditions dear and gain from education in this current age!

    As a Canadian onlooker it is good to see that you as a country can elect a woman or a black man. You have come a long way America. Hopefully, you will be able to say that your people are educated, that your people are healthy, that your people have ideals, dignity, and integrity and that you truly are a just society.

    This will happen someday, if not today or tomorrow.

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Roland

    It will show that Clinton has connected with her sheet-wearing base . . . WV and KY (the home of the Klan). Remember, she should win these by a tremendous margin because of all the racists who live in these two states.

    (Shame on you CNN. All I have done is clarify what you are too scared to put in print . . . you pandering bunch of weenies.)

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. vic nashville,Tn

    race is not over

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. jo jo

    Apparently, older, socially conservative, less educated, non-black blue-collar workers are a scary bunch of critters..... and 70% of them in WV have a gun. Yikes! Sounds like the Appalachians are the great divide for racism. Virginia didn't have such a problem in giving Obama a win. Hill Billy must have a nice ring to it in WV.

    Hillary can use WV and Kentucky as feel good states for her and make the descent of her campaign plane more comfortable. She can then put on her coal miner outfit and stump the states to win them for Obama iin the fall - ha ha - fat chance as there will not be much in it for her then.

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Steve

    It will show that Hillary's poorly-worded statement about her "base" is correct. She is very popular among poorly-educated, blue collar workers. They will vote overwhelmingly for her, mainly because they actually think she's a blue collar gal, based upon what she's told them. Anyone who wears blaze orange "deer hunter" pantsuits MUST be blue collar, right???

    Unfortunately for her, (and fortunately for the rest of the US) this particular segment of the population isn't very big. If it was, she'd be in the lead, now. Thought the Clinton machine, as broken and creaky as it is right now, will try to make a very big deal of this win, it really doesn't mean anything at all, on a national scale. Perhaps, when she loses her job as New York Senator, she can get a job as Senator from West Virginia, representing the people who she seems most closely-aligned with in philosophy and outlook.

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Marc - don't be fooled WV

    Hillary and Bill are multi-millionaires. Hillary does a good job of making you all believe she is there for you when in fact she is only there for herself and her huge EGO.

    Just ask upstate New Yorkers IF Hillary kept her many promises to them. The answer is NO. Vote for hope and a new change of direction and philosophy in Washington. Vote Obama and get this thing over with.

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. started

    Obama started a really hateful, bad divide when he played the race card to secure the black vote. He was exploiting race for his own advancement. Now it is backfiring on him.

    It was wrong to call the Clintons racists.

    We all know that they are not.

    So now he is the one responsible for the lack of unity in the party.

    It will not unite in Nov.

    May 10, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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