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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soundoff (437 Responses)
  1. Washinton Insiders for Obama

    Wow... superdelegates will decide who the nominee is.

    So the old Washington insiders who broke washington will now HAVE to give the nomination to Obama. To pander to the threats of youth who never bothered to vote before and to appease African Americans.

    This is NEW politics? Sounds like the same old crap to me.

    Obama should be denouncing the support of the superdelegates. After all they broke washington and are all washington insiders.

    Instead he will be the nominee ONLY if they vote for him.

    How sadly ironic that all is.

    May 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Concerned American

    She needs to quit and I am sick of CNN announcing these insignificant "closing the gap" updates. Let's hear more about Obama's significant gains.

    May 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. sally

    Hillary has really gone more right wing than the Repubs – her true Goldwater roots are showing, she only went Dem for Bill, as they say

    Is this article implying she is anti-gay, anti-civil union, anti-womens right to choose? Thanks for being such a great womens candidate. God help us if the Dems think this stance is going to win the general election. West Virginia is not even important in the electoral college.

    Why are we so bent on having the least educated deciding the most important office in the world? Cnn what is she promising you?

    May 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Doug from Cali

    Don't follow the logic, the GOP in W.VA will paint Obama as a pro-gay, pro-choice far left liberal and they won't to Hillary...or it won't work? They have voted the same about 95% of the time. This is an idiotic take and goes to show the vapidness of talking heads like Schneider. Like Obama's going to ask Hillary to be VP in order to win W.VA. What a schmuck.

    May 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Jamey Columbus

    In the words of demographics... WV may not matter.. its a mccain state.......

    May 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. al

    AH so now we know that Hillary is in "Hill Billy Country" now and should get a BIG WIN. Thats funny. So this is where the HARD WORKING white people live and they will not vote for Obama.

    I wonder if the folks of West Virginia will allow themselves to be BRANDED as RACIST and this is what the Clintons have pushed and are about to use the people of the state to PROVE a point that "race does matter" and West Viginians are living proof of it.

    Obama 08

    May 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Go Hillary

    1 down, 5 to go.

    I mean it... Hillary, please GO!!

    May 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Realistic

    It will mean about the same thing as a three-point basketball goal by a team down 22 points with 9 second remaining. Yes, it is exciting and will cheer up the fans of the underdog, but in the big scheme of things it will be totally, utterly meaningless since this primary race is effectively over.

    You may switch channels to a competitive game now .....

    BTW, let us never forget:

    (1) Hillary voted for the war, and

    (2) Hillary agreed that Michigan and Florida should not be counted.

    May 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Vahe

    That's a shame for CNN to have such an idiot Political Analyst as Bill Schneider

    May 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Finally a state that isn't stupid and can see through Obama's false hopes. Connections to terrorists, racism, wealth distribution, the list goes on and on. I've had enough of Obama. "Change we can believe in," yeah right. You've got to be an idiot to believe that.

    May 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Don

    CNN Plz post my Comment.
    Hope U'll say the same when it comes to South Dakota, Montana and Oregon.

    May 10, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Dick in Sioux Falls

    All Obama needs to do in West Virginia is to point out that only he (and Sen Orrin Hatch) advocate removing the Social Security
    Tax cap which would guarantee Social Security forever! Hillary has resisted the idea because she and Bill have too many rich friends.
    Only he has set forth a plan to give $1,000 Tax cut to lower and middle income America.
    Only he has resisted NAFTA, and not campaigned for it vigorously from its inception, as Hillary has done.
    It is ridiculous to suggest as Hillary maintains, that she has been an enthusiastic champion of middle income America.
    It is Obama who worked as a community organizer in Chicago, helping lower and middle income Americans to pull themselves up out of poverty, and received national recognition for it. Hillary has nothing like that in her resume.
    And being brought up in Lake Forest, Illinois, is not being a part of middle income America.

    May 10, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Tammy

    It means nothing. He know that going into the primary for that state. People need to stop thinking that putting Clinton on Obama's ticket as VP is a good thing. With all of Clinton's negatives it will divide the party more and the people voting for Obama (such as myself), will end up not voting or not voting Democratic.

    May 10, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. tom

    Its funny how WV is a small state, and a red state, yet Clinton now insists that it actually does count!

    May 10, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. BillieJean in Idaho

    The media injects race into all of its polls so let's be honest about it.

    My daughter in law is from West Virginia and she says there is no way they will vote for an african american man before Hillary. She believes the true democrats will vote for him in the general over McCain, but in the primary they are going to make their first choice Hillary due to the age and makeup of the state.

    Luckily, there are not very many states like Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee that are left in the US or we would never get past the racial issues in this country.

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

    This is just getting painful to watch. She's already lost. She's just running out the clock. It's saddening.

    It's time to stop this travesty and get behind Obama and mend tensions. Democrats have to get ready for the real fight in Nov. The real opponents are McCain and the GOP.

    Dems UNITE ! ! !

    May 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. voters only

    It means the DNC messed up by fixing this primary for Obama.

    It means Obama screwed up by exploiting the race card too many times.

    It meand that the people should have made this decision. Hard to do when their votes are disenfranchised and when the votes from the flawed, undemocratic caucus format count as much as the votes from primaries.

    It means Democrats will lose in Nov. And it will teach the DNC, and the WASHINGTON INSIDER ELITES THAT BROKE WASHIGTON, a much needed lesson.

    May 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Shannon

    It shows that a large group of democrats want HIllary Clinton to be our president, and that the campaign of hope and change doesn't have a chance in the general election. The Obama campaign has run the most negative campaign ever, with the help of the media. Hillary Clinton, one of the greatest champions of children's rights, women's rights and the rights of African Americans didn't suddenly become a racist hate monger. That is how the Obama campaign, the media, and most of all his supporters portrayed her. There are millions of democrats who will not vote for Obama because of this horrible destruction of one democrat by another democrat. His actions never matched his words, and people like Jack Cafferty and Roland Martin on CNN were on everyday destroying the character of Hillary Clinton. Anderson Cooper the other night even mocked a Hillary supporter on the air, I guess CNN has given up on journalism. Just read the posts here by Obama supporters, have you ever read such hate. It's going to be my goal between now and the general to show as many people as I can the pages and pages of posts here on CNN that I have printed out. These posts show people how hate filled the Obama campaign is, how racist it is, and how his supporters seem to endorse violence and hate to get him elected. Good luck Obama in the general, you're going to need it, this lifelong democrat will never vote for you, and I know many more who won't. I say bravo to the people of WV, and be prepared to be attacked, I have already read here how racist and ignorant the people of WV are. It's just typical Obama rhetoric, all part of the campaign of hope and change.

    May 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. alex

    who cares about her big win still obama

    May 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. RICK


    May 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Aren't you tired of it too?


    May 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. count the votes

    It means that the people should have been allowed to vote and their votes should have counted.

    Why should Obama be our nominee just because the same old tired washington insiders make the decision for us?

    May 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Mr Plum

    It means that this nation still struggles to overcome the racial divide. Have you ever wondered why the more racially diversified states are "blue" while the other states are "red"? It's not simply liberals against conservatives.

    May 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. kris

    west virginia's primary means that HILLARY is still going strong. she barely had time to enjoy her win in indiana (my home state) before people were calling for her to quit the race. really?! SHE'S STILL WINNING STATES, and by all accounts, will win w.v. BIG TIME.

    she deserves the nomination at the most, and at the least, a v.p. spot.

    May 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. god bless america

    Clinton does not get support from "older population", she got support from "mature population". Obama had caught my eyes four years ago, however, his reputation does not sustain with time. Look closely, you can find the twinkles in Bush's eyes in Obama. Obama got a free ride from the press which stirred up a fashion trend in younger generation. But, will it last?

    May 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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