May 13th, 2008
07:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Analysis: The battle for white, rural, working class voters

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Watch John King explain the significance of white, rural, working class voters.

(CNN) - Watch Chief National Correspondent John King explain the importance of winning over white, rural, working class voters in the current election cycle and in recent presidential elections

May 13th, 2008
06:59 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: More sobering news - the value gap

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PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES.

(CNN) - The West Virginia exit polls show more sobering news for Democrats about the deepening division within the party.

We asked the voters whether each candidate shared their values.

Among Barack Obama supporters, 62 percent said Hillary Clinton does not share their values while just 37 percent said she does.

The number is even more staggering among Clinton supporters: nearly 70 percent of her voters say Obama does not share their values while just 30 percent say he does.

We're getting over 60 percent of the supporters of each candidate saying the other candidate does not share our values – which could spell trouble for the Democrats as they try to unite the party for the general election.

May 13th, 2008
06:47 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Change vs. experience

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(CNN) - All year long, there has been a debate between change and experience. Barack Obama says he's the candidate of change; Hillary Clinton has stressed her experience.

We asked West Virginia Democrats, which quality is most important to you when looking for a candidate?

Those who said experience voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, 93 percent to 3 percent. That clearly is not Obama’s strong suit, to say the least.

But here is the surprise: Obama and Clinton nearly split those voters who named change as the most important quality, 53 percent for Obama and 45 percent for Clinton. That margin has been much wider in other states.

So it looks like she's made some headway in West Virginia, offering herself as the candidate of change.

May 13th, 2008
06:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama targets McCain, pivots to general election

CNN

Sen. Obama held an event in Missouri on the same day Sen. Clinton was expected to win big in West Virginia.

(CNN) - In this short clip, Sen. Barack Obama speaks in Missouri Tuesday before polls closed in West Virginia where rival Sen. Hillary Clinton is expected to have a big victory.

Related video: Obama pivots to November

Related video: Obama looks ahead


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
May 13th, 2008
06:26 PM ET
7 years ago

What would you ask Hillary Clinton?

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(CNN) - On Wednesday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer will sit down with Sen. Hillary Clinton to discuss what's next in her bid for the White House.

What would you like to ask her?

Send in your video questions. Then tune in to The Situation Room, 4 p.m. ET for the full interview, and her responses to your questions.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • I Report
May 13th, 2008
06:08 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Exit polls show sobering news for Democrats

 First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, West Virginia.
First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, West Virginia.

(CNN) – The West Virginia exit polls have some sobering news for the Democratic Party.

As has been the case in previous states, a significant amount of both candidates' supporters said they aren't willing to vote for the other candidate in November.

Among Obama supporters, just 51 percent of West Virginia Democrats say they will vote for Clinton if she is the nominee. John McCain would get close to a third of Obama's supporters, and 14 percent said they wouldn't vote at all.

But an even smaller number of Clinton's supporters would back Obama: just 36 percent say that they would vote for the Illinois senator. About the same amount, 35 percent, say they would support McCain and 29 percent say they wouldn't vote or would vote for someone else.

It looks like if Obama becomes the nominee, he's going to have quite a struggle with John McCain to carry West Virginia for the Democrats.

May 13th, 2008
05:53 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Gender gap is back

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(CNN) - The gender gap, a factor earlier on in the Democratic presidential race, seemed to disappear over the last few weeks. But the gap is certainly back in West Virginia.

In early exit polls, 55 percent of Hillary Clinton’s supporters are women, and 45 percent are men.

How about Barack Obama’s voters?

Just about the reverse: 57 percent of Obama supporters were men, and 43 percent were women.

So it looks like the gender gap, long a feature of politics between Democrats and Republicans, has established itself in the Democratic primaries.

May 13th, 2008
05:41 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Gas tax suspension proves popular

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(CNN) - The idea of a “gas tax holiday” has been a hot-button issue on the campaign trail: Hillary Clinton argues it could provide drivers with relief at the pump, while Barack Obama has called it a Washington gimmick.

What do West Virginia Democrats think of the idea?

According to the exit polls, 63 percent overall think it’s a good one. But while 72 percent of Clinton’s backers think the proposal is a good idea, just 43 percent of Obama’s agree.

May 13th, 2008
05:23 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: It's the economy

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(CNN) - The economy is the top issue of concern among Democratic voters in West Virginia, according to just released exit polls.

Nearly two-thirds of voters named the economy, compared to 19 percent who said Iraq and 14 percent who said healthcare.

The rule in politics is when the economy is bad, the economy is the issue. But how bad is it for West Virginia Democrats?

Well, we asked them: How has the recession affected you? Forty-five percent said it's affecting them a great deal. And almost as many said they've been somewhat affected by the recession. Only 11 percent said they had not been affected much, or not at all.


Filed under: Economy • Exit Polls • West Virginia
May 13th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: The Wright effect

(CNN) - Is Barack Obama's former pastor still an issue for voters? We asked West Virginia Democrats whether they think Barack Obama shares the views of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Just over 50 percent say Obama does share Wright's controversial views while 47 percent say he does not.

These numbers suggest Wright continues to be an open issue for at least West Virginia Democrats

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