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. Dale Suppappola

    I am sick of all these Obama supporters putting down anyone who does not agree with them. There are millions of Clinton supporters who believe she is the best candidate. Do you want to win us all over by calling us stupid, uneducated racists. You wont make many Obama converters that way. Hillary Clinton has earned the right to stay in this campaign. Is this America or not. Keep believing Hillary because we believe in you.

    May 13, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Rick J

    I am not going to vote for Obama. I will vote for Hillary and if she doesn't get the nomination i will vote for McCain simply because McCain has more experience than Obama. I am not a republican but I can't have an inexperienced democrat ruining the US more.

    No, I am neither white nor uneducated as Obama supporters try to dump all of us into that bucket. I just think logically. Obama doesn't have enough skills to tackle the hard situations the US is facing. Obama's nice speech won't provide us with results. You need years of experience no matter what you do. TRUST ME! You always learn something while doing's a fact. Obama just doesn't have enough expertise. He might become an amazing president in 10 years. This is not his time.

    Hopefully the US voters will not make Obama the president because I could say this for a fact that the US would face MUCH MORE hardships under Obama than McCain or Hillary.

    May 13, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Carol

    Where does Bob Barr stand on the issues? I'm serious – I want to know.

    We need an alternative candidate. The Dems are going to cancel each other out and NOBODY wants McCain.

    CNN, give this guy some air time. We're sick of looking at Hillary and Obama.

    May 13, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. daniel

    peter paul case watch it... for fun

    May 13, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. sunshinegal

    Hillary and her campaign keep saying she should be the nominee, that she won Michigan and Flordia. I beg to differ. The rules stated clearly that those states broke the rules and therefore those do not count.

    We don't need another Bush-type President (McCain) and we don't need another Clinton regime. Wake up people. You want change, then forget Hillary and McCain and turn your interests to Obama and listen to an honest man. Color means nothing, listen to his sincerety, no the lies of the Clintons.

    May 13, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. mike

    She's talikng right now about mountains or something and all the people are clapping. I think I may cry!

    May 13, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. JAS

    Someone please answer this question for me. The most polarizing republican politician is, without doubt, George Bush. The most polarizing democratic politician is, without doubt, Hillary Clinton. Do we really want to trade one for the other? Is that what our system really needs?

    May 13, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Rashida Wondering about Hillary Supporters!

    I just hope people are educating themselves on the candidates! We as Democrats have to let's stop the bickering about simple things and think about winning.

    Seriously versus having a third term of Bush, which Clinton supporters and Obama supporters agree will be a nightmare. Hillary has ran a wonderful race but at this point in time........she's too late......sorry Clinton supporters, but we need to start thinking of November!

    And who will bring jobs back, who will get us out of Iraq, who will secure our borders and etc. But if you are a Democrat thinking about going to McCain because Hillary lost, you truly deserve they next four years of inflation, recession, and nothing but bitterness and anger.

    Because if you think voting Republican is going to show the Democrats up, then you are wrong, remember Washington does need changing and McCain clearly won't change anything leaving you to ponder 4 years of Obama could have been good.

    May 13, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Paul

    Jenna CA

    So sorry to burst your little bubble, but..
    HE HAS WON!!!

    Even some of your friends, those on the inside with clinton, have admitted that!!

    Some Clinton supporters remind me of a child who's been promised a new bike..only to find out that the bike fell off the truck when being delivered!

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

    the last dog dies, this is good time for you to exit.
    we love you hillary but this is time to Quit. White house will be yours in 2016.

    May 13, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Gotta love the dreamers and kool-aid drinkers like Jenna in CA, and someone named Roger in another thread, who call for the frontrunner to drop out of the race! Maybe they will ask McCain to drop out too, so Huckabee can have the Republican nomination that is rightfully his? Maybe they will do what no one else has been able to do before, and convince the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to give up their veto power!

    May 13, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Pat in Cali

    $20 million in debt and growing...go Hillary...

    May 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. ramond Sneed

    Rick J you don't make sense. Hillary and Obama for the most part mirror each other. Is it because he is black? I am white by the way!!

    May 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Western Voter

    Oh don't you think the formula for a Democratic victory this fall is to reject the fact that Obama has won more states, more votes and more delegates...for the argument that the person who has finished second in delegates, second in popular votes and second in states won (and fund raising) should be nominated?

    After all Hillary did finish FIRST in hudspahhhh!

    This gives new meaning to the Biblical invocation...the last should be first!

    Go Dems!

    May 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. I love this woman

    I can not stomach the way the DNC has betrayed this candidate.

    I can not support a party that will sabotage their best candidate just to boost their favorite popular idol.

    I can not approve of the gang bang and the public bashing and trashing of this beautiful, dedicated woman who has given her life to the service of her country.

    Mock, demean, deride, denigrate, jeer and stone her. And we will rally all the more to her.

    No one gets our vote- but Hillary- as long as she is our option

    May 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Charlotte from West Virginia

    Not one Obamanian has a clue as to why there have been no terrorist attacks in this country since 9/11.

    Since you have no answer I'll tell you-George Bush announced after 9/11 that he would pursue Al Qaeda wherever they were and keep so much heat on them that they'd have no time to plan further attacks here. And he has pursued them in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
    So when Barack says he'll bring the troops home in 6 months, you'll find Al Qaeda coming right behind them. Wake up.

    May 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  17. MI White Catholic Woman 4 Barack

    We all knew that WV was going to go big for Hillary but the only thing it really confirms is that Hillary's blue collar uneducated white voters are as racist as she is and Bill is. Imagine that.....

    Hillary isn't going to get the nomination.....Barack will go on to be president and life in Ameria will get better.

    Hillary – go home.....the greatest portion of America doesn't want you....

    OBAMA 08 & 12!

    May 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Dandy Don Merideth

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

    May 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. disgusted

    Hillary Clinton is a desperate joke. She has done nothing but feed America and especially us New Yorkers she's doing the same on the campaign trail. I hear everyone call Obama supporters "a cult" and "drinking of the Obama kool-aid" well I'll tell you what...Hillary Clinton supporters have an Iron Curtain placed in front of them and Hillary Clinton is the Iron Fist of Communism

    May 13, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Linned

    Congratulations to the Clinton supporters. I do hope when it is all said and all the votes counted and a nominee chosen that we can all come together with one common goal – to defeat the Republicans.

    Can't we all just get along.

    May 13, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. a

    problem is that a lot of white people will only votes white when there is no looks like obama is going to lose in nov.

    May 13, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Raghu

    I'm very happy. There are so few mudslingers on this page, it makes me happy. Im glad people are waking up and telling the Democarats to Unite.

    DEMOCRAT '08

    May 13, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. WV Voter

    West Virginians weren't to be taken in by Obama's empty words.

    May 13, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. David from Ohio

    McCain would be disaster for the country and for those people who say they're going to vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nomination I have to conclude two things: (1) you're not really Democrats and (2) you've learned nothing from the past eight years.

    May 13, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Harry, Australia

    How come 2 days ago the the media was saying "Hillary can't win", "Impossible to overcome the maths", "Not unless Obama goes under a bus"

    But now heading into one state that we all knew she'd win comfortably, the media says "a big win will re-energise her campaign".

    Its such blatant spin on the media's behalf. Very sloppy.

    May 13, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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