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. Karen

    Clinton is showing her true color: if not the party nominee, then the VP; if not the VP, then split the party; if cannot spilt the party, then damage Obama for her ambition in 2012.

    I'm sure Limbaugh and Hannity are appluding her effort; she is their gun.
    That is why Obama is fighting on both fronts. In fact, fighting this ego-driven Clintonism is more challenging then fighting McCain. If you still do not realize it, then face it now: this primary is the main battle field in this election year, simply because political cancer emboddied by Clintion is too pervasive and too deep in our system.

    Wake up, Clinton voters. Given the high turnout this primary season, I do not see how McCain can win even if half of you vote for him. You can stick to Clinton and lose, or vote for Obama and win the election. It is your own choice.

    May 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. linda-Texas

    Senator Obama's in not an accurate representation of the majority of voters in this primary election. With the voters of two state being disenfranchised by the DNC and the questionable results of the caucuses, the primary election is a complete farce.

    The true majority will have their votes counted in the general election. Senator Obama may win the nomination but I would not put any money on him winning the general election.

    May 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Bitter Surburban voter

    It shows Obama's race will be a factor in the general election.

    May 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    It means that even some Democrats will not ever vote for Obama, so He is going to lose on November. (I meant the corrupt media is going to lose on November)

    May 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. CNN is a Joke

    Wait... so after Tuesday's primary you couldn't WAIT to pronounce the race over and call the remaining contests meaningless, but now West Virginia – a state there has NEVER been any question would go to Hillary decisively – could send a "sobering statement" to the Democratic party.

    You idiots never cease to amaze me. What happened to "journalism"? It's all sensationalism. You're as bad as Fox "News".


    May 10, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Kirk

    It Means Obama Can Not Win The White Lunch Bucket Folk !!! He Can't handle The pressure , Look At What Obama said

    Obama 57 state strategy:
    Whoops, Obama in Oregon today:

    It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we"ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I"ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

    The Times' conscientious Robin Abcarian thought she heard something different there. She checked her tape recorder. It had captured what he had actually said - 57 states now.

    He even paused before he said "57" as if he was thinking about the number

    Wow this is funnier than any Bush fowl-ups

    Hillary 08 ,

    May 10, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. B, USA

    NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After all according to HRC small states don't matter

    We have a NOMINEE already

    Just another trick up their sleeves to say HRC won by large margin. It's over and better luck next time.

    May 10, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. A Sobering Message?

    Right now Obama is ahead by 164 delegates. Even if West Virginia reduced the gap by 14, Obama would still be ahead by 150. How could that send "a sobering message" to Obama? Ridiculous.

    May 10, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Dems2008

    I doesn't show anything.

    Once Clinton leaves the race, we will all coalese behind our democratic candidate. Obama could't have lead the way without a big portion of the white vote and we all know the differences between Clinton and Obama were minute–it explodes when you compare McCain and Obama.

    Once women realize that McCain will do his best to overthrow Rowe v. Wade, replacing retiring judges with overly conservative one and expanding tax breks for the wealthy (do you like crumbs)?

    This race was exciting to say the least– but its now a done deal!

    May 10, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Lucy

    Hillary would be getting even higher numbers if Republican women were allowed to vote for her in this state.

    May 10, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |





    May 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. right to vote.

    It means EVERYone- even poor white people have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice, without being branded racists.

    It means that the racial divide Obama created to fuel his rise will work against him in Nov.

    He chose to divide by race.

    May 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Mary

    West Virginia is holding firm because has made this a race war. It is a shameful way to get votes in difficult times like these. He 'new-base' is listening to her and so is the media.

    May 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Steve

    who cares? it's over. she is doing more harm to the dems than anything at this point.

    May 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. nyangena

    There is a demographic group that will not vote for hilary or Obama in any election (ferminist vs racist).but lets face it out of the two, Obama attracts a larger constituency .

    May 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Josh

    What might West Virginia's primary mean?


    May 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Paul

    Tell us something we dont know...!!

    It wont make any difference! Even Obama has admmited that
    he doesnt have a chance in WV..

    He is too far ahead, Clinton is as good as gone!

    May 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Robert

    Go Hillary..Show em that this race is NOT over!

    May 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Glenn, Cary, NC

    So now the Obamabots will say:

    1) Insulting things about West Virginia and West Virginians
    2) Insulting things about supporters of Senator Clinton
    3) That Senator Clinton and her supporters and West Virginians are racists because they are white
    4) That it doesn't matter because Senator Clinton has long been favored in West Virginia (never mind that Senator Obama was always favored in NC, that one counts because he only lost half of his early lead)
    5) That it doesn't matter because Senator Obama has already won (not true)
    6) That it doesn't matter because Senator Obama is going to win anyway (could be, you never know, have you kids ever heard of a man named Thomas Eagleton?)
    7) That CNN is biased because they occasionally say something about Senator Clinton that isn't nasty

    Just thought I would save you all the trouble of reading all the other comments.

    May 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Michael in MO

    Media mavens have decided that Barack must be the nominee – not the voters. Unfortunately, we are a 30" sound bite/video clip culture, and tend less to think/research the truth. It is long overdue for all of us to finally stop playing the American Idol game and acknowledge the hypocracy of Obama. He is an empty suit – a proven racist, and a pathological liar. He does not offer this country leadership in any tangible sense – he offers words. He offers hope. We don't have time to "hope" for "change." For someone who touts not being a part of the Washington system, his "change" platform is one of the oldest politcal dog-n-pony shows known.

    Both Senator Clinton and Obama represent a unique opportunity via race or gender. The difference lies in experience and tenacity, which Senator Clinton offers in volumes. If Obama were white, older, and lacked the orator skills he has, he would have gone the way of Dennis Kusinich months ago, as he is no different – admirable for change, but not leadership material. This man has no vested interests in the needs of Americans and the betterment of our country, domestically and internationally. He is in this for one thing only – Obama. For the country's sake, please get real and vote for Hillary. Research the facts and positions – educate yourselves. Without question, you will find Hillary to be the obvious choice for president.

    May 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Demian

    God help us , if Obama puts Clinton on the ticket. With a Clinton in the White House, it would be an inside plotters heaven. Also,

    Maybe W. Virginia will surprise all of us by keeping the expected Clinton victory to a smaller margin.

    May 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Ken

    Obama can not and will not win in November.I have been a registered Democrat for over 20 years.I have always voted for a Democrat.But what I am seeing now,with in the Democratic Party sickens me,I will register as an independent.
    Go Hillary,fight the good fight.

    May 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. PJ Boise ID

    It will mean with Hillary's help, Obama will be the next president (not as a vp though). If Hillary keeps attacking him she can run against McCain in 2012.

    May 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Haneefah

    This is just what most people are talking about, Senator Clinton is really playing the race card and a lot of white people are falling for it also. She is really telling White people to show their racism and let the world know that they will not tolerate any other race in the White House but White people. Senator Clinton said it herself that the only hard working people are White people and White Blue Collar workers. She did not say that their are Black, Latino, Asian, African, etc. Blue Collar workers. I am an African American woman, I teach and I am insulted that she feels that white people are the only people that work.

    Stone Mountain, GA

    May 10, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Joss

    Even if she wins 100% it still won't help her towards becoming the nominee. If she cares about the future of the democratic party and of Obama's chances at becoming the next president over McCain then she needs to drop out before West Virginia.

    You lost Hillary. Sorry – face it.

    May 10, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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