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. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA


    The Dems have done it again. Perhaps only they are more out of touch w/ the American people than is the GOP.

    By using their weird caucusing (which disenfranchises old people & working people due to the time commitment) and their soviet-style party bosses, they are about to again nominate an unelectable figure.

    It is time for the creation of a new party. We need some real choices.
    Why does a culture that has 1000 flavors of salad dressing content itself w/ 2 flavors of out-of-touch politics?

    May 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Sharon Minnesota

    The Obama people should be a little more discerning. No democrat has EVER won the white house without winning WV. Keep on with the insults. More votes for McCain in November.

    May 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. LCF

    Did she really gain an edge in the independents or is this an edge in the WV independents??? Watch out now, the medis is in full spin mode of the exit polls....

    May 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Nick, Texas

    Who cares? Its purely academic. She's lost. This is just a face saving exercise for one self-important elitist dynastic senator.

    May 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. enoughalready

    hillary is the stronger candidate. she will heal the divide. she is a very smart and persuavive. change and solutions is what hillary is all about. hrc stands for change with solutions.

    May 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Illinois

    She's winning every core democratic voter, plus making inroads in Obama's territory of independents and younger voters. She'll never get the left wing liberals or the AA's if Obama is still in the race.

    She will win the nomination and the GE. OF course the media and the DNC will poo-poo her landslide win tonight as unimportant. They are making a HUGE mistake if they do that......and are playing into the hands of a major loss in November if they nominate Obama. It doesn't matter how many delegates Obama has at this point. What does matter is who can win in November.

    May 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |

    Romney graciously withdrew his nomination for the sake of his party even though many supporters were surprised. Hillary has done a great disservice to her party by insisting on trying for a nomination that she cannot achieve. If McCain wins in November we can thank Hillary Clinton for her divisiveness.

    May 13, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Susan Missouri

    Way to go Hillary!!

    Hillary Clinton 08!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Dan (TX)

    "Big win in a small state." Hillary picks up a net gain of 10 delegates (19) to Obama's 9.

    The so-called West Virginia "independent" voters are an even smaller segment.

    Too little, too late. Perhaps she'll run a better, more successful national campaign next time.... 🙂

    May 13, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Mack

    Go Hillary. now if you could get the superdelegates to listen to the people, Hillary could win.

    May 13, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. steven j stevens

    hillary should stick it out to the convention...when it gets down to voting on the floor of the convention the obama bullies will not get their way as they did in the cacus states...the super delegates will go for clinton when the stuff hits the fan..obama cannot beat mccain and definately obama cant win without the states that hillary won...
    i think that sthe super delegates can and will rise obove the threats of the obama people who will not be satisfied no matter what if hillary wins

    May 13, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. Edith Arkansas

    Hillary can stay in but what is the point, the number one winner has it in the bag. Plan for the General Election Senator Barack Obama. Appeal to the balance of the contest to prepare for the General Election but would appreciate their vote in this primary contest. OBAMA 08.

    May 13, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. Jenna, CA

    @ DrCats – I don't care!!! You can no longer threaten me with Roe V Wade – male democrats have been doing this since the beginning of time. I don't buy it.

    I've lasted this long, I can go 4 years with McCain to wait for Hillary to run in 2012 if she doesn't win this time.


    I'll vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't win. Roe V Wade does not threaten me as much as having a completely inexperienced, under qualified candidate.


    May 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Copperfield

    Jenna from CA:

    Making this campaign about gender, is just as bad as making it about race. That kind of thinking will get us (not only as democrats, but as Americans) nowhere...

    May 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. john

    If CNN ran a poll that asks West Virginians if they are smarter than a fifth grader, the answer would be 95%-i only made it to the fourth and the other 5% would say-of course i'm smarter than a fishing pole.

    May 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Glen Crawford

    The Clintons left the White house in good condition, They were attacked personally and had personal problems. Hillary Clinton, pulled up her boot straps and held their family together. When they left he White House, the Country was 3 trillion ahead, They were in debt personally ( I understand ) over 5 1/2 million !.......In the 8 years The Cheney/Bush Clan have destroyed the economy! With unknown trillions in the Whole! The Clintons have made over 100 million. They know how to make money personally, and they Know how to make money for the Country !!! We need Hillary in the Oval office.
    Give her the 1st 4years and She will Earn the Next Four !!! jmo Glen

    May 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Gabby

    Of course they did. Clinton will take W.V. and Ky. this is not a suprise to any pro Omaba voter. Like Hillary said herself she has the poor white uneducated vote. Now W.V. proved her right. No one disputed that she would take W.V. I only hope that Ky. will let the country know that they are not poor white uneducated voters and stand with the rest of the country. If not so be it. By anyones math Clinton can not win this.

    Obama 08 🙂

    May 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. Maria E

    That's the way Hillary!!!! Go for it!!!
    I have many friends that even though they are Democrats they are not gonng to vote for Obama if he is the nominee, they will either vote for John McCain or not vote at all! I believe the Democratic Party should take a better look at this issue, since Sen Clinton has the vote from white Americans ,blue collar workers, the Latinos and senior citizens, she is the better candidate to take on McCain. If Obama is the nominee, brace yourselves for 4 years more of Bush politics. That is why the Republican Party is so anxious for Obama to be the nominee, they know if he is, McCain wins!!

    May 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. RandyT, Denton, TX

    Did not WV go Red last two eletions? And if the income stats are correct, voting Republican is a form of insanity. And they will repeat it again no matter which Dem runs, after all last election they belived Democarts would take away their bibles cause the Republicans told them so.

    May 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Obama4Life

    Hillary needs to leave the race now. This prolonged race is dividing the democrat party, and we really need to beat McCain in November. And anyone who would be crazy enough to vote for McCain or write in Hillary's name because Obama is the nominee instead of Hillary is obvioulsy not mature enough to understand voting.

    May 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Kyle

    If I lived in W. Va. and wanted Obama to be president, but had something else to do today, I wouldn't have gone to the polls. There is no reason to waste your time when the he is already the winner. I bet there are some others who would have done the same

    May 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. anon

    To all of you saying you're going to vote for McCain so Clinton can run in 2012.. what do you think the Obama supporters are going to do in 2012? Think about that.

    May 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Linda

    Can someone answer this? Why not Obama? Is it his policies or the man himself?

    If it is experience I ask that you do the research. Go to the library of congress' website and look at what they both have been doing in the Senate. Even with his limited time there, he has made an impact.

    Do the research and then answer my question.

    Also, you may be able to take more of the same but I don't think the country can.

    May 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Hill will

    Hillary Clinton is the best.

    She is slightly behind because the deck was stacked against her.

    The DNC swiftboated her.

    Obama cheated and bullied himself into a slight lead.

    The DNC is held hostage by Obama supporters who threaten a Blackout of the vote ( the demanding AAs) or threaten to stay home, once again (the selfish youth).

    To vote for Obama in Nov would be to approve of fixed elections and coercion of the vote and stealing our RIGHT TO vote.

    Don't let the DNC get away with it.

    Hillary in Nov. Write her in. Yes, we will.

    May 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. CA Chris

    The only way to appeal to poor, rural, uneducated white voters is to pander to their fears, bigotry and superstitions. Obama won't do that and doesn't need to. We don't need West Virginia. Look at the electoral maps over the last four elections. If all consistently blue states got to Obama, which they surely will, and all consistently red states go to McCain, which most of them will, AND if you give McCain Florida and all but two swing states, then Obama wins. Who honestly believes that McCain can win a solid blue state or that Obama can't win two swing states. The general election is a lock.

    May 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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