May 15th, 2008
07:25 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton win leads to Obama boost

John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama following Clinton's big win in West Virginia.
John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama following Clinton's big win in West Virginia.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton's decisive win in West Virginia caused John Edwards to throw his support to Barack Obama, the Illinois senator's aides said.

Edwards was concerned that the Clinton storyline - that Obama can't win white, working-class voters - was becoming too damaging to Obama and the party, aides said.

Obama had been courting Edwards for four months. Since Edwards abandoned his presidential bid in January, he and Obama have talked regularly, Obama said.

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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Cue the Clinton Crybabies with their "HILLARY CAN WIN! OBAMA IS A LOSER" garbage.

    May 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Lawrence - Virginia Beach, VA

    Everything is about the democratic party. In the end all democrats, willing independents and republicans need to get along to bring this country back to what it was. Let's face it, Obama will be our nominee and let's not cut our noses off to spite our face. Those who claim they want to go vote republican seriously need to think about the last 8 years.

    May 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Edwards is a smart selfless man who is looking out for the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Hillary. Anyone that knows anything about politics knows that Hillary played the race card to appeal to the people of West Virginia and it worked. Each time there's a primary; Camp Clinton tries to add some drama to the game to get votes, like "bittergate." I must get her credit, she's has the determination of a mutating virus. But there’s even a cure for her mutating viral campaign. That cure is Obama!

    YES WE CAN!

    May 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. curious

    where is John McCains Flag Pin Today and why didnt anyone ask

    May 15, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. kim

    look at the polls hillary's people well not vote for him... People believe she is the stronger canidate, and dont like Obama. Super's should really look at that. We are not Joking....

    May 15, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Watch – now Clinton and her cronies will say John Edwards endorsement does not matter, just like the other endorsements from major political operatives, just like superdelegates don't count, just like delegates don't count, just like caucauses don't count, just like popular vote doesn't count, just like the media has been unfair, just like somehow Obama played the race card yet the racist comments from the mouths of her and her surrogates.

    *yawn*

    May 15, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Endorsments

    So since I'm white and John Edwards endorsed Obama I am now suppose to vote for Obama? I'll make up my own mind thank you very much!

    May 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. NickSanDiego

    Hey people it has been over 200 years that every Black person who had Confidence and or education was considered ARROGANT. Nothing new.
    you might as well just knock it off because it make YOU look stupid and fearful. I bet you hated it when they let Tiger Woods play the Masters and he won by an all time record margins. Grow up the world is changeing keep up or get out of the way!!

    May 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. andrew

    Obama said W Virginia is not even in his future game plan. pretty stupid to tell an entire state he does not care about what they think now or in the future

    May 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Tony, Mount Vernon, NY

    If Obama can't put Clinton away this coming Tuesday there are going to be serious doubts about his viability. With Edwards, a slew of super delegates and some new union support Obama should be able to take the momentum from Clinton. Not to mention the media calling him the nominee for two weeks now. If he beats her in Kentucky she's done, but if she holds onto the based and still wins Kentucky by big numbers I think the DNC and some super delegates are going to start to wonder if they're backing the right candidate. We'll see, Tuesday is going to be exciting for sure!

    May 15, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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