May 14th, 2008
06:52 AM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: A clear rift in the party exists

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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.

soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Franky

    Also, one more thing.....

    If West Virginia couldv'e even advance to the National Title at the end of the season, I wonder how the people really feel.....LOL!!!!!! And by the way West Virginia, Pitt was a terrible team!!! LOL!!!! But boy, did you really mess up on that game......

    May 13, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Just Me

    Well this just goes to show you what happens when people do not go to college.... they end up voting for Hillary.

    I am amazed at how many times it has been said that Hillary leads amongst uneducated white people that do not have a college or university degree. I do NOT think that this is something to be proud about. On the contrary, it seems that those who are better educated are better informed. Therefore, they make a smarter decision.

    May 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. LCF

    Are you surprised that there is a rift in the party??? That wouldn't be exacerbated by Senator Clinton....would it???.... Did anyone think that hard working, Americans, White American like those living in West Virginia wwouldl be supporting someone other than her???? Not unless she urges them too and there is no indication that will be happening any time soo.

    I wonder how these hard working, White American felt about President Clinton during the impeachment hearings????

    May 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. reba

    Go McCain or Hillary? Have you lost your everloving mind? Let's remember what we are voting here for......ending the stupid war! I don't care who I vote for as long as they save us and get us out of the Bush debacle! Wake up people! Don't be ignorant of the platform!

    May 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Corrected copy: Today Obama is on the campaign trail in Missouri and Michigan campaigning for the general election. If you are a supporter and have not heard his latest speech... try and catch it on CNN or c-span it is worth the time. Very effective and powerful we are gonna have so much fun with the GOP this year!

    May 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    when obama whins big with blacks thats no big deal, but hillary wins big with whites in va. its because they are old , dumb and racists. if the news channels ever had anything good to say about clinton and not be so afraid of saying anything against obama, maybe things wold be different.

    May 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Lance

    Go Hillary, I hope she makes it or I'm back to my Party. Four more years? I hope the Superdelegates really look at the numbers, your losing the undecided and Clinton Republicans.

    May 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Lisa-Fl.

    I want my vote counted.!!!!! Are we really supposed to rally around Mr empty suit Obama!!! If he get's the nomination> I won't even turn on the political news until John McCaine gets elected & believe me if Obama is our nominee the Republicans sadly will be back in the Whitehouse. Obama has absolutely nothing to offer the American people but empty promises!!!! CNN please post my comments!!!!

    May 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Biff Biffington

    Lou Dobbs is a hack... he should have stayed in the financial arena.

    May 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Sharon in Georgia

    Ryan.....McCain is NOT a war monger.....are you nuts? The man survived how many years of torture for this country????? You think he loves war? You obviously are one of the young BO followers......sorry, but Hillary supporters who will support McCain if she loses will do so because McCain is a MODERATE....who believes in global warming and renewable energy....and has EXPERIENCE our country desperately NEEDS NOW!

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Borha

    When WV is became an important state? May be people in WV looking for Jeam Bean and Russian Vodka to snore!! What a big deal Hillary is winning who cares! Hey CNN Schnider stop saying what you think that Obama is in trouble since he did not win WV, het just be sincere when you analyse...did Hillary promise you anything?

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. lil

    hillary is very polarizing. She knows she cant win she is only staying
    in to pull the democratic party apart.

    For those of you who keep mentioning reveren wright he is only an
    excuse you are using to cover your racism. YOU know yourself that
    you dont go alone with every thing you paster say I sure dont.

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Steve

    Hillary is just weakoning the party. She will not win Oregon. Everyone knew the outcome of the WV results. She needs to bow out and strengthen the party. The more she stays, the more she hurts her own chances for a future shot. The more she stays, the more she divides the party. Please go away!

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. HRC

    Hillary is just playing the spoiler now. She doesn't care about the democratic party and its obvious. She is purposely creating this rift so she can campaign again in 2012. If she really cared abut the Dems winning in November under a strong unified party, she would have bowed out and started campaigning for Barack weeks ago. What a shameless person.....

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. cblcar

    The Clintons have raised millions for Democrats, and the party has repaid them by throwing Hillary under the bus in favor of the new guy on the block. The biased, sexist, despicable way she has been treated disgusts me. The DNC can kiss this woman's butt good-bye for good. I am happily re-registering as an Independent and will vote for Nader before I vote for their hand-picked wonder boy.

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. JBrown

    Not only do the Clintons say and do things to divide the party, they prolong their stay in this race and want ordinary people to pay their bills!

    Bill and Hillary, you got millions of dollars. Pay your own bills!

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Anita from Arizona

    I just did the Delegate count on this site giving Clinton 70% to Obama 30% in the remaining states and she still doesnt get the delegates she needs to win. WOW, why is CNN saying her fight is daunting instead of impossible?

    Obama '08 - The Uniter

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. JJ

    Breaking News: Bill Schneider single handedly divides Democratic Party in just under 3 hours of spam.

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Nora

    Great – I'm glad you finally got a Clinton supporter on your panel...

    GO HOWARD....

    They've tried to force her out since Iowa.....

    She's in to WIN....Go Hillary

    May 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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