(CNN) - While exit polls from the West Virginia primary seemed to suggest the party is deeply divided between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a new poll out Wednesday suggests either candidate would easily beat Republican John McCain in the fall.
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, both Democratic candidates beat McCain by a gap well outside the margin of error. Obama beats McCain by 7 points in the poll, 47 percent to 40 percent, while Hillary Clinton bests the Arizona senator by 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent.
The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 points and was conducted from May 8-12.
Clinton and Obama's relatively strong standing against McCain in the poll appear to dispel notions that Democratic party may be unable to come together around one candidate in the fall, even as West Virginia exit polls reported majorities of both candidates' supporters would not support the other candidate in the general election.
(CNN)— Fresh off of her victory in West Virginia, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton picked up her first superdelegate endorsement since last week.
Vicky Harwell, president of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women said Clinton’s victory in West Virginia helped make her decision apparent.
“Hillary’s decisive victory in West Virginia is the latest evidence that she is the strongest candidate to take on John McCain and win back the White House,” Harwell said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign. “Hillary has the plans, leadership and experience to deliver real results as president.”
This is Clinton’s first superdelegate nod since May 9, while Democratic rival Barack Obama has seen a wave of 26 superdelegate endorsements in the past week. With 2,025 delegates needed to clinch their party’s nomination, Clinton has 1,718 and Obama has 1,884 according to the latest CNN estimates.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Navy denied Chelsea Clinton access to a former firing range in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Navy officials said.
The Navy rejected the request because U.S. law forbids campaigning on federal property and because the Navy allows only people clearing the Vieques range of ordinance to enter the area, the officials said. They said they did not know what Clinton planned to do there.
The U.S. Navy used the long-controversial Vieques range - the majority of the island of Vieques - for bombing and artillery practice until May of 2003. It was the target of frequent protests by Puerto Ricans who objected to its use. It is now federal property being cleaned of unexploded ordnance.
Clinton - who has been campaigning for her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton - is in the U.S. territory ahead of its June 1 primary. It is the largest prize left for the Democratic candidates.
Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is also due to campaign there.
Watch Gov. Rendell's interview Wednesday.
(CNN)-Governor Ed Rendell's name has recently come up as a potential running mate for Barack Obama, but the Pennsylvania Governor said Wednesday, why settle for a Clinton supporter when you can have the real deal.
Rendell, who has encouraged the New York Senator to 'stay the course,' despite calls for her to end her campaign, said Wednesday she may not win the nomination - but should be on the ticket either way.
"If Senator Obama becomes our nominee and he wants someone to carry the Clinton banner there's no question in my mind he should ask Hillary Clinton," Rendell told CNN's Kyra Phillips.
A major rift remains among Democratic voters as exit polls continually show a large portion of Clinton's supporters will not support Obama if he is the nominee in November, and vice versa. Still, the Pennsylvania governor said he would help Obama in his state as he did Clinton.
"If Hillary Clinton is not the nominee, I know that she cares very much about making change, and she will absolutely support Senator Obama enthusiastically," said Rendell. "But I believe with all my heart that she is the most experienced and most ready to be president."
(CNN)—Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory in West Virginia’s primary Tuesday proved the New York Senator is still in the race. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Jessica Yellin reports on Clinton’s call for cash and push toward the upcoming primaries in Kentucky and Oregon, while Barack Obama begins campaigning in the fall battleground states of Missouri and Michigan.
Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on the voter trends in West Virginia that helped seal the deal for Clinton’s victory, while Chief National Correspondent John King uses his ‘magic wall’ to show what states and how many delegates the New York senator is looking to pick up in the handful of remaining contests.
Finally: The Kentucky and Oregon primaries are just around the corner on June 20. CNN’s Dan Lothian reports on the top concerns of voters in Kentucky.
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(CNN) - West Virginia exit polls appear to show the prolonged Democratic presidential race has produced a clear rift in the party, at least for now.
We asked supporters of both candidates whether they would be satisfied if the other candidate won the nomination. A large majority of both candidates' supporters said they would not: only 38 percent of Obama supporters said they would be satisfied if Clinton won, and only 25 percent of Clinton backers said they'd be satisfied if Barack Obama was the nominee.
Translation: There's a lot of reconciliation to be taken care of.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman & Mary Grace Lucas
NY Times: ‘Almost Nominee’ Status Keeps Obama in Limbo
The contest with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton not quite over and the one with Senator John McCain not quite under way, Senator Barack Obama is floating somewhere between the two major phases of his long campaign — a political limbo that brought him to this Republican hamlet on the night of a West Virginia primary he was expected to lose.
WSJ: Clinton's Win Brings Little Reward
Hillary Clinton trounced Barack Obama in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary, as expected. But her negligible payback in convention delegates illustrates why her rival and her party are turning away from her candidacy to begin the fight against Republican John McCain.
The Hill: GOP Looking Past Bush
A growing number of Senate Republicans are preparing to break from President Bush on an emergency war-spending bill. It is the latest in a series of fights that demonstrate GOP willingness to look ahead to the next administration while ignoring the one still in office.
Washington Post: Democratic Victory May Be a Bellwether
A Democrat won the race for a GOP-held congressional seat in northern Mississippi yesterday, leaving the once-dominant House Republicans reeling from their third special-election defeat of the spring.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau
*Hillary Clinton is in Washington, D.C. today and has no public events scheduled.
*John McCain holds no public events today.
*Barack Obama is in Michigan today. He stops by the Chrysler Plant in Sterling Heights, holds an economic discussion with workers in Warren, and attends a rally in Grand Rapids.