May 13th, 2008
08:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: West Virginia voters want Democratic race to continue


(CNN) - Despite a week of intense media speculation about whether Hillary Clinton will drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination, early exit polling in today's West Virginia Democratic primary shows 70 percent of the voters would prefer the campaign to continue. Only 25 percent say the campaign should end as soon as possible.

soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. john

    Jenna: I hope all with your viewpoint will reconsider. Hillary & Obama are so close on the issues, and either one of them will make a fine president. McCain & Bush are also real close on the issues. Do you really want another 4 plus more years of Bush?

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. edward0911

    This race would have turned completely different if the media especially CNN and MSNBC would not have been so biased in protecting Obama and the story of Wright would be released BEFORE super tuesday. Since that point Obama has lost momentum and now it might be too late for the American Voters.
    We rely on the news coverages TOO MUCH and if I would have known about Wright before Supertuesday the vote would have been different.
    I do not believe that Obama did not know about Wrights comments. Especially while he was his spiritual guide and he put him in the same spot as his grandma. I really hope that Hillary would continue in the presidential primaries as an INDEPENDENT while clearly the voters did not got all the information. I will for sure not vote for Obama and if Hillary will not run as an INDEPENDENT I will vote for the the Republican party while I do not want us to make the same mistake as what happened with Bush. This was also the underdog and we did not know so much about him and look were we are.

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Ken S

    Hillary, quit dreaming and trying to buy the White House! I would like to point out one thing that will come out…If Clinton is always lending herself money because her campaign is 31M in debt does this not reflect on her ability to financially manage her own campaign funding yet she wants to manage the US Economy? Obviously one pales in comparison to the other…but we are beginning to see her inability to be fiscally responsible?

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. jcbize

    Heh, that doesn't mean much when 70% voted for Hillary... wow, you mean the people who voted for her want the race to continue? STOP THE PRESS!

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Well, let's see. WV voted overwhelmingly for Hillary, and gee... they want the race to continue. I'm absolutely shocked!

    C'mon CNN you are not playing fair to Hillary's supporters. They actually listen and believe everything the see and hear on TV... that's just plain ol' mean on your part. You give these folks a false sense of hope.

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. USAF Sr. Airman

    Okay. These polls were taken in West Virginia. Of course since the most of the people support Clinton, they want her to stay in. Very irrelevant poll.

    As far as people claiming to write in Clinton in the General, grow up. A write in for Clinton is a vote for McCain.

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Copperfield

    "It's Hillary or I'll write her name in." "If its not Hillary, I'm voting for McCain." Will you be able to say that without feeling ashamed when were still in Iraq and deeper into recession in four years?

    Stop focusing on the conidate and start focusing on the consequences. This isn't a desicion that should be based on spite or just having "a bad feeling."

    So go ahead, write in "Hillary" or switch over to McCain. Be spiteful and hold a grudge. I just hope you can feel good about that when a cousin, a neighbor, a friend or family member is killed in Iraq because we're still in there 3 or 4 years from now. Or, according to McCain, 100 years if necessary.

    Divided we fall.

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Dan

    Of course, the exit polls show that W. Virginia Dems want the race to continue – because they are solidly behind Clinton. I'm sure if Clinton were ahead of Obama in delegates and the pressure was on Obama to drop out then these same voters would be claiming that Obama should concede. The very fact that these people are coming out to vote in the primary indicates that they want the race to continue. Otherwise, they would just stay home and let Obama win comfortably.

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Paul

    They must be crazy. It can only divide the party and make a John McCain victory more likely. The rift will not heal in time for November.

    May 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. A.K.

    This is the "sobering news for Democrats"? Give me a break, CNN.

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Sharon from Dallas

    Please the race is over. Hillary is just making a fool out of herself and dividing the party. Anybody with a GED can add and figure out the math is not woking for her. Please...bow out now with grace and dignity! The only way she can win is if they steal the nomination from Obama. I doubt very seriously that the democratic party will stoop that low!

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Amy

    I don't think her expected win in WV means anything. We all knew she would win by large margins. Why is this surprising anyone? She is still behind.

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. TXFrog

    West Virginia is showing that race is clearly a problem for many white. They simply don't want to elect a black man as president. Obama and Clinton's values aren't really far apart enough for that to be the issue. Admit it fellow white're still plagued with the racist disease.

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Franky

    Go ahead! Only two things can happen if a "team" does not make the playoffs.............1)They struggle in the beginning, 2) That team can't compete, 3) That team needs improvement, 4) And last but not least, you gotta take EVERY "game"(state) seriously........unless you clinched a playoff spot MANY, MANY MONTHS AGO! LOL!!!! Yep, who knew this race would continue after Super Tuesday......LOL!!!

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. rachel

    obama wil win so be queit

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Bryan

    What definition of the word "mathematically impossible" don't any of you commenters understand?

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. David D Kollie

    Regardless of racism or not, the fact is it has been too long and nothing is actually working for Hillary. Yes, she winning W V but what will that mean? For person of her who speaks about uniting the party what will it take to know that things are not in her favor.
    Obama leads right now in superdelegates that was one of the major excuses she had. more states won by Obama. no debt on record for Obama. More campaign fund raised by Obama. The best campaign organizer goes to Obama. What else does Hillary wants. It is time for voters of the UNITED STATES to put an end to all this. This is The United States of America. This is not the Divided States of America. African-Americans have a long time record for voting for white candidates. Why can't people understand the phrase, "do unto others as you may want them to do unto you". Let this game be over please.

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Congratulations you Hungry for power lady loser!

    May 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. Laykey

    Obama will win the race.

    Too little to late. Sorry old girl.

    May 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Canadian

    It's this pandering to the uneducated and prejudiced that brought you Americans 8 years of Bush. Hope for our sake that it doesn't happen again. We here have a conservative minority government and they had to severely reign in their racist few to win. God Bless America, she really needs it now.

    May 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. Jim

    in the state of mi there was a drive to undeclared if you were for obama or edwards and it won 40% so even if you gave all that to obamahe still did not win mi did he ?

    May 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. Nija

    Hilary and Barack have the same idea on how to govern the country and the Republicans will laugh last if you guys keep deviding the D Party. Shame on all of you.

    May 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. HO

    Are you surprised?

    May 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. RB from NH

    Hillbilly shouldn't drop out until the primaries are over. That being said you must still play by the rules which means you can't count FL and especially MI.

    Also, keep in mind McCain came in a distant THIRD in WV!

    Its just a matter of time.

    May 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. J-Waters

    Obama's record__ This is for all you Obama Haters ( B/NYC)

    -A "health care for hybrids" bill
    -An Energy Security Bill

    -Various bills on relief for Hurricane Katrina, including aid for kids and a ban on no-bid contracts by FEMA

    -A public database of all federal spending and contracts

    -Trying to raise CAFE standards

    -Veterans' health care

    -Making certain kinds of voter intimidation illegal

    -A lobbying reform bill (with Tom Coburn), which would do all sorts of good things, notably including one of my perennial favorites, requiring that bills be made available to members of Congress at least 72 hours before they have to vote on them.

    -A proposal to revamp ethics oversight, replacing the present ethics Committee with a bipartisan commission of retired judges and members of Congress, and allowing any citizen to report ethics violations. This would have fixed one of the huge problems with the present system, namely: that the members have to police themselves.

    -Introducing legislation to make it illegal for tax preparers to sell personal information.

    -Legislation on chemical plant security.

    -Legislation on lead paint.

    Any questions!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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