May 10th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
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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. wakethehellup!!!!!

    This mean don't cound Hillary our and the SD's need to wake up!

    May 10, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. very smart lady

    Good for West Virginia. Somebody better wake up and smell the coffee. Obama will be the worst thing possible for America at this time. Maybe a great win for Senator Clinton will at least wipe the smirk off Obama's face. He and Michelle have too much baggage to be president. He hasn't a clue how to lead. I am afraid of the terrible genes he has, also. You know, they say blood tells, and so does genes. If Senator Clinton loses, I will vote for Senator McCain.

    May 10, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. liar Obama

    The people are not deciding the nominee. The Washington Insiders will vote and decide for us.

    Obama the man of change... who speaks of a broken washington... and of the old washington insiders who broke it- must NOW ask those old washington insiders to GIVE him the democratic nomination.

    Ted Kennedy and the superdelegates are nothing but old washington insiders. Now they will vote and select the party nominee- NOT the people.

    Obama should be shunning and denouncing them- instead he is courting them. What a hypocritical liar.

    May 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. MP-Pennsylvania

    This was news yesterday. Why CNN has same thing over and over when it is about Hillary.
    Only thing Obama got was Wright.

    Clinton Net Work

    May 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Chris - WI


    May 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Jean

    Go Home Hillsilly!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Pete

    Its means they are just as backwards as theyve ever been. You can't say that WV is an important swing state and then disenfranchise all the others that obama has won.

    May 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. for obama nj

    it really doesn't mean anything, i cannot understand why people will waste their vote on hillary......and as far as the white votes, the chosen vice president will draw those voters....but there are many, many whites in obama's corner.....hillary is not all that!!!

    May 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. drew

    Senator Obama has some work to do in West Virginia, certainly. But it is a small state that has not been vital to Democratic success. What is refreshing is that Obama is still campaigning there, fulfilling his commitment to serve as President of a United States of America.

    May 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Being frank

    If PENSYLVANIA , the big state couldn`t help her? Is it WEST VIRGINIA, the small state that will help her.

    May 10, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. David Thinks!

    The next few contest will prove that Hillary is the "correct" nominee to represent the "broader" base of the party. Obama is so far in his Oprah-Winfrey Ivory Tower that you've got to wonder if he will give away free cars when he becomes President-and no one will be able to afford the gas for them. Hillary is experienced on the issues that matter to 'average' Americans and knows how to deliver to fix many of the problems facing "the people". Obama and his supporters seem to be on some cheerleading team about "changing" history – but that doesn't put food on the table, secure your job, create new jobs, create healthcare for all etc. Hillary's ideas hit the soul of what the problems and solutions are for the next President while Obama just keeps yapping and droning on like he's trying to win a toast-master's trophy. Go Hillary go..despite the pundits with an agenda.

    May 10, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley Missouri

    Hillary Clinton has been sounding more like a member of the Republican Party over the past weeks... and I am beginning to believe that only those that want to continue the policies of W. will support her. Those Democrats that don't represent the party, but tend to vote Republican, or on hot bed Republican issues, Gun Control, Abortion, Gay Marriage, Etc.. Etc... Many Republicans are disinfranchised with their own Candidate.. and they will vote for the next best... Clinton... another truly Savvy, Old School Politician, just like McCain.

    The states that vote for Clinton represent more of the same... those that vote for Obama... want change... significan change in Washington D.C.

    These folks will likely not even research Obama.. but will only vote against him because they think he's a Neo Liberal... which he is not.

    May 10, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Dems2008

    It also means, 1 down and 5 to go until we can really get this long awaited pre season over.

    Everyone will eventually realize we are just one country and we all have the same basic values.

    We need a big coalition–not just rural white people. We are not as resitant to change as some would have us be.

    May 10, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Luis

    Well, at this point it will mean a lot to her exit strategy but nothing to overall race... how many delegates are at stake? She might win big but it won't change the status of the race. She needs to retire very soon, otherwise the democratic party will have to thank the Clinton's for a big win for McCain in November.

    May 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Die Hard Obama Supporter

    It does not mean anything. It is time to land this plane Hillary. Try and avoid sniper fires as you land!

    May 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. MichaelMichigan

    It's pretty interesting that Obama supporters are such bigots toward the people of West Virginia. I thought he and his supporters were for change, warm fuzzies, and hugs? Not if you happen to be from West Viriginia. This Clinton supporter will be voting for McCain in the fall. He and his supporters disgust me.

    May 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. skyjuice

    The numbers will change slightly towards Barack before tuesday's primary but she'll still lead by at least 15 points. Kentucky he will do slightly better. Puerto Rico is Clinton's land but after that, it's all his with SD,OR and MT.

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Hamilton, Kansas City

    (what happened to my comment?)

    It will show that even with all of the lies, double-talk, smearing, and pandering that there are still many racists in this country who would vote for Hilary over Barack Obama.

    May 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Drew, Central FL

    "Some say it could send a sobering message to Obama's Democratic supporters."

    That small minority is talking about a state that comprises roughly half a percent of the country's population. Obama will still have an INSURMOUNTABLE

    May 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. erica

    Since I can see the barrage of racist claims coming from Obama-bots:

    For the last time, if someone doesn't vote for Obama, it does not mean they are racist!!!

    Hillary supporters don't cry sexist at everyone who doesn't vote for her.

    Get over yourselves!!! Substance, people.

    May 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Christopher

    What West Virginia means is simple: America still has a long way to go to rid itself of racial prejudice. It's that simple.

    May 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Bob from Virginia

    "Some say it could send a sobering message to Obama's Democratic supporters" Some Hillary supporters you meant to say. They are the only ones that think a big win here means anything.

    May 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Mary L.

    Wow, the voters are getting it. Senator Obama is nothing more than a talking, walking machine. All air and no subsatance. Believe he has bribed the superdelegates with $$s for their next campaign or promised favors. Does the people want all of America to look like his South Chicago area with is proverty and crime. And lets not forget, the very corrupt Chicago political maachine that has helped him so far, Rezko, Ayers, Rev. Wright, the Black Liberation Theology Church and its hateful teaching that the BLACKS ARE THE CHOSEN PEOPLE. Wake up, voters, this man is not the leader we need or want. Vote for anyone except Obama. Even his wife hates America.

    May 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. JM

    I've been trying to find a blog to leave this comment on. So far this is the only one i've found and my comment does't go with the subject.

    Anyway, I've been hearing about Obama finding a V. President they keep saying Hillary.
    Well, what if he asked another African American man to be his V.P. Someone like COLEEN POWELL.
    To me that would be the best ticket ever offered in any Presidental Election.

    May 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. GrannyRyan53

    This means nothing because the race is over! Hillary is behind by every objective standard! She can't catch up! She can't win! She will likely continue to bash the Democratic nominee because she is a "sore loser."

    CNN please post this!

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