May 13th, 2008
08:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit Polls: Clinton gains edge among independents


(CNN) - Exit polling shows Hillary Clinton winning a slim majority of independent voters in West Virginia’s Democratic primary. Eighteen percent of the voters in today's Democratic contest identified themselves as independents; they went for Clinton over Obama, 53 percent to 40 percent.

soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Dandy Don Merideth

    "Turn out the lights the (Democratic) partys over"

    May 13, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. JuleS, Chicago

    Stay in it 'til the end, HIllary!

    May 13, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Copperfield

    To Obama supporters:
    Reality is, Obama has the nomination. However, instead of being negative and isolating Hillary and her supporters, you should acknowledge her strengths; appeal to rural white voters and people without a college degree. Democrats CAN NOT win the White House without these categories. Be patient.

    To Hillary supporters:
    Instead of trying to work against the system and claiming you'd rather chose McCain, you should reflect on what this vote would mean. Without you, Obama can't win the General Election. Before you get excited and agree, think about who is going into the White House if he [Obama] doesn't. Are you ready for more WAR and more recession?

    Again, divided we fall...

    May 13, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. puntarenus

    Independent voters will vote for McCain and not Obama....unlesssssss Hillary is the candidate...

    May 13, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Robert

    Come on.... Give it a rest.... You just said that West Virginia ranked 50th out of all the states in the union as far as household income... Rank 48th as far as level of education......

    I'd like to see how 4 years of any president is going to change that statistic....


    May 13, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. NickNas

    LOL CNN Quit trying to parse WV into a representative body of the U.S. There are really nice people who live there I am sure of it but even the people who LIVE there know how they think and what they think. You keep right on trying to Glossy up this win for Clinton M 'KAYYY??

    May 13, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Jenna, CA

    HILLARY BRAG – BRAGG – BRAGG...Men bragg all the time – it's now time for WOMEN to stand up and BRAGG.....


    These men keep trying to push you out.

    After you won TX, OH, IN, PA, now WV – it's time for Obama to concede this race – HE CAN'T WIN!!!

    May 13, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Germain in CA

    It's so silly how some voters will vote for McCain if Clinton does not get the nomination. Both Dems have been running similar campaigns. If you vote for McCain then you're essentially voting against the very things Hillary was going to fight for....


    May 13, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Trev

    And the rants about all the HRC voters in WV being racists begins in 3... 2.... 1....

    May 13, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Mike Rush

    How much do the polls really matter in West Virginia, though? It's a state full of the noneducated, with some of the lowest high school and college graduate rates in the nation. Since this tends to be the kind of folks Clinton attracts, are any of us really all that suprised by what the exit polls say?

    May 13, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Tim

    Well said, Copperfield.

    May 13, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. hamstring

    Since when is 53 to 40 "slim"?

    May 13, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. ramond Sneed

    Can you please get that pro Hillary supporter "Campbell" of the tv screen. She is doing a poor job of not showing favoritism. It is so obvious, why has no one addressed this yet.

    May 13, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Why would a 53% to 40% margin be characterized as a slim majority? Is a bit of Obamania bias showing here?

    May 13, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. DrCats

    Good point, copperfield...

    I also want to say to the women of Hillary supporters that if you decide to vote for John McCain you can say goodbye to pro-choice, McCain said very clearly "conservative" judges, that means, overturn Roe v Wade...
    He voted against AGAINST equal pay for women...
    I wonder if we will still be able to vote..

    Old men making choices for us women, it will set us back 30 years....

    May 13, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. lugina


    May 13, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. outsider

    Respect rules. No rule, no law, no order, no peace. When you lose you could still have respect if you follow the rules preset. Ugliness, racism can only hurt everybody.

    May 13, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. Drumz

    I prefer that we go back to the old way of "conventioneering" where all interested delegates wait until they get to the convention before hashing out their differences on live TV.

    Having everything pre-packaged without an open discussion is not democratic. I'd like to see how people like John Edwards or Ron Paul would do on the floor of a traditional convention – one NOT manipulated by advertiser-supported news over many months of polling.

    Wait, maybe we could still see that. Ron Paul is still a candidate... one who combines the BEST of both McCain and Obama, while throwing out the smarmy corporate lobbyists and war profiteering. What kind of "change" was Obama talking about anyway? Skin color? Is that IT?

    May 13, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. puntarenus

    Germain...this is a working man's country and that is why Obama cannot win the Presidency in November

    May 13, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Herman in LA

    A Little History on this Year Presidential Race.

    Hillary will lose out on two ends let me explain why thanks to Bill Clinton and the DNC. The democrat national committee knew Hillary was a polarizing figure to the American people and had lots of baggage that would be used against her had she won the nomination for president and was their first choice and they the DNC had built this years election process around her.

    The DNC knew about Barack Obama when he gave his speech in 2004 and several high profile people including the Clinton's wanted Barack Obama to wait and run for president "8" eight years from now giving HRC a straight shot at wining the White house in 08 because they new the republicans would not have a chance in hell of taking the office again after a Bush administration.

    Now here is why Hillary will lose out on two ends, she could have had the chance of becoming the 1st women president of the United States Or 2nd The first women to become the 1st Vice President of the United States both historical achievements for women. Now she will lose out on both because she chose to run her campaign like a republican which could potentially damage the DNC.

    Obama / Governor Kathleen Sebelius

    May 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. Yinka Lawal

    From a blogger on the Daily Kos:

    States & elections won with 60% or more of the vote:
    Barack Obama: 15 States + DC + VI
    * Virgin Islands (89.9%)
    * Idaho (79%)
    * Hawaii (76%)
    * Alaska (75%)
    * District of Columbia (75%)
    * Kansas (74%)
    * Washington (68%)
    * Nebraska (68%)
    * Minnesota (67%)
    * Colorado (67%)
    * Georgia (67%)
    * Illinois (65%)
    * Virginia (64%)
    * Maryland (62%)
    * North Dakota (61%)
    * Wyoming (61%)
    * Mississippi (61%)

    Hillary Clinton: 1 State
    * Arkansas (70%)
    * West Virginia (??)

    May 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Karen G

    I think the demacratic party has got them self into a mess with obama, he is there and they don't know what to do with him. So they figure they will get him in then get him out. So it doesn't become a race war, if they give Hillary the election.So people are the same as being threatened to put this man into office.Kind of like between a rock and a hard spot. We all know obama can't win the general election. But as always we have to apease the black americans that can't seem to fit themselves into our American society withour a pitty party. I am not talking about all black people I know some that I like very much,but to many of them are living on the woes of the slave days which have been long gone, those that have gotten beyond this have done very well and fit into society just like the rest of us.

    May 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. tomkat

    Did the Scientologists move the Sea Orgs to W. VA?
    They have a hand in Clinton's campaign.

    May 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. walli

    Im not surprised...Stupidity is contagious!!!

    May 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. JB Cal

    Funny thing Trev, you're the first to mention it. Jenna why would someone who is actually winning want to drop out.

    May 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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