May 10th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
15 years ago

D-Day in West Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama at a rally at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, Friday."]

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (CNN) - Barack Obama is coming to the Mountain State.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner is campaigning today in Oregon, which holds its primary on May 20th.

He's off the campaign trail Sunday for Mothers Day, but expect the senator from Illinois to come to West Virginia at the beginning of the week.

Rival Hillary Clinton made campaign stops in the state on Wednesday and Thursday and is scheduled to return tomorrow and Monday. The Senator from New York is favored to win Tuesday’s primary.

She leads most polls in West Virginia by thirty to forty points.

Twenty-eight delegates are at stake when voters go to the polls in West Virginia. The state’ s primary is semi-open, which means that Democrats and Independents can vote in the Democratic primary.

soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. lxg

    Yes, I agree, Hillary should run as an independent. Then she will need to finance her entire campaign as no one in their right mind will support her campaign anymore. Her fan base is broke. She is relying on racist tactics, and the racists she appeals to won't give her a nickel. Her pathetic website asking for $5 shows her campaign is groveling. The only reason she remains in the race is to have anyone who doesn't have a brain, contribute to her own personal account. Go ahead Hillary supporters, send her your money so she can pay back the money she "loaned" her campaign. She is counting on your generosity. 110 million dollars is not enough. She wants her money and wants it now!

    May 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. nmt

    Dear Hillary supporters,
    The race for the white house among the democrats had its very clear rules set before it began. All 6 candidates agreed to the rules.
    -most popular votes
    -most pledged delagates
    – superdelagates
    -all the above conditions were set.
    Florida and Michigan brought their primaries forward, thus were punished and their delegates would not count.
    Hillary, Edwards, Richardson, Obama all the other contenders in the DNC agreed to this.
    Now after Hilary realised she was not winning, Bill decided to go to florida to fundraise whuile the florida primaries were taking place. Obviously his presence there made Hilary win. After the contest, every news agency called it a win in a beauty pageant, where she was the only competetor, and anyway, they even said tha race did not count.
    Hilary did not complain then, her supporters did not complain then. But when Hilary realised this race was becoming really tight, she made FL and Michigan an issue. Obama did not even have his name on the ballot in michigan, becusae the race would not count.
    Now this spin of defranchising voters, is what makes alot of educated people not voter for Hilary....Do you , her supporters understand this??????????????

    May 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Not in Nov

    Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama in Nov for the very same reasons that Obama supporters are not voting for Clinton now....

    Because we do not believe Obama is the best candidate. We just do not get hateful and nasty and vulgar and vitriolic about it. We will just be true to our conscience and Write Hillary Clinton in this Nov.

    No need for need for McCain. Hillary is available and ready for the Job. All we need to do is write her name in.

    For me, Hillary's health care plan is the only one I will vote for. EVERYone deserves health care. Giving people the choice to OPT out of affordable universal health care just panders to the selfish and irresponsible. Obama's health care plan IS NOT UNIVERSAL.

    May 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Brian

    Well lets just stop the hate guys and see what happens here. I am an Obama supporter but still think that Hillary has the right to stay in this. Obama hasnt clinched yet, so lets be mature and respectful about the situation. We need to work on uniting this party and rallying behind one candidate. If not its 4 more years of the republican party that the people/economy cant take. Lets come together on this and move in one direction!

    May 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. sage bill

    No joint ticket with Obamoron! Hillary should run as an Independent to stick it to the Dems. If McCain choses Jindal, goodbye Mr. Obama.

    McCain/Jindal '08

    May 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. ashley

    I voted for Gore,Kerry,Clintonor whoever was a Democrat all the other
    elections now that there is a black man running for President
    that I like and think is a better candidate I am now racist because I am
    black. I supported the Clintons wholehardly when he ran for President
    You white people need to stop trying called black people racist when you guys are the real racist one. I know you people think we as blacks should do want you want us to do, BUT NOT !!!! I have the right to vote for whom I please I am not asking for your approval.Just deal with it.
    Because You people will never be pleased with the black man no
    matter what. *amn If Do *amn if Don't

    May 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Robert Mpls

    You HIllary supporters are simply delusional. The goalposts are stuck in the electoral ground, sorry. WV will not determine this with its whoppin' 5 electoral votes and 28 delegates.

    (No disrespect to WV; it's a beautiful state. But a tiny one.)

    May 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Time To Evolve

    I want Hilary to stay in the race for as long as possible, why because I think the only way for her to evolve as a human being is through her utter humiliation. She is reaching a tipping point, her campaigning is becoming a clinched joke (I'm a fighter nonsense), and her greed and selfishness becomes more apparent each day as we start to see more of the real Clinton.

    This lady will only be happy when she has lost everything and is turning tricks downtown for Bill to fund a campaign she has already lost.

    Clinton supporters need to end this for her, it would be the most humane thing to do...same as if you hit a deer that was dying and in unbearable pain. However a minority won't do this because they are mostly republicans in democrats clothing, as demonstrated by their wish to vote for McCain come fall rather than Obama. Such supporters (I'm sure it is only a vocal minority) are truly uneducated and stupid and will be replaced by a new generation of dems. Goodbye.

    May 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Aaron Deskins in West Virginia

    im from west virginia, and i dont appreciate all the slander you Obama folks on here are pushing on me and my fellow west virginians. we're not incest, or illeterate, thank you. Secondly, if it werent for rural americans, you folks in the cities would starve without food, and have no electricity. we make the world go around, you just flood us with money. So step back, and shut your biased jaws. We like Hillary because she gives us a glimmer of hope, and speaks to us in ways Obama can not. We like to hope for change, but we like a candidate with a track record of change. Nobody is sayin Obama is a horrible man here in WV, likewise, we just prefer Clinton.

    May 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. poyoray

    well, electing obama, the biggest flaw in history

    May 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. ml

    I have read a lot of posts over the past weeks and i am troubled by the messages the entire world is viewing about the integrity of American citizens. Anyone in the world can view the same posts i have been viewing.

    It is great to be enthusiastic about our governmental process and it is wonderful for people to stand up and be counted and be supportive of their candidate running for the highest office of American government.

    But, when someone reads the posts, what are they seeing? Are they seeing enthusiasm, supportiveness? What i am reading are vulgar, racist, bigoted, unintelligent, and jr. high school level "na, na, na" posts on so many of the sites.

    Is this what we want to convey to the rest or the world? Our country is the greatest county on Earth and we are responsible to uphold her dignity as her citizens.

    So I would like people to think about this: Be optomistic about America's future, be supportive and enthusiastic. Please be civil and let the rest of the world know that the USA is great because her people are great! We are a nation of incredible minds who are willing to accept differences and acknowledge everyone is entitled to their own opinion with the freedom of speech to express it.

    Thank you.

    May 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. tom

    I agree K....

    Hillary should leave the democrat party. I am....and it it is obama/mccain then I will be voting nader and if nader is not on our states ballot...i will vote McCain. Anything to keep obama out. He is going to be too soft on terrorist countries and even wants to sit down with Iran...bad news...he scares me

    May 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Not in Nov

    We support Hillary Clinton because she is the best candidate.

    Hating and trashing and bashing her will not encourage us to vote for Obama.

    We vote on issues- not out of party loyalty.

    Besides, the DNC has shown Hillary Clinton no loyalty for her years of dedicated service. In fact, they have been hateful and insulting to her and have tryed in every way possible to fix the election for Obama.

    The people say no to that. We will teach the DNC and old time Washington insiders (who actually support Obama, contrary to Obama's sales pitch for change) not to mess with the right to vote.

    May 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. After further review,Texas

    Dont be fooled West Virginia.John McSame and Hillary are one and the same.They will both take your guns and more.They have a secret United Nations Agenda for the coming years and your privacy and rights are not included.Obama, it is hard to believe may be your only option for future job growth.Ron Paul is the only person who really cares about your second amendment rights,let alone all our rights.

    May 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. rules are rules

    Dear 65+ ,

    May 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. fred




    GOODBYE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    May 10, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Kevin, Hanover PA

    I'm tired of the Obama supporters calling WV, KY and PA racist. The truth is (and history shows) the Democratic Party is the party of racism:

    – President Roosevelt by Executive Order 9066 interred 110,000 Japanese-Americans.
    – President Kennedy and Attorney General Kennedy ordered the FBI to spy on MLK.
    – A Democrat, Richard Russell of Georgia led the filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Incidently 80% of Republicans voted Yes and only 63% of Democrats.
    – The Poll Tax was a Democrat invention following the 14th Amendment.

    Give me a break, you Obama maniacs can even play the race card right.

    Give me Clinton, McCain or even Ron Paul - But Never Obama!

    May 10, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Peter

    If Hillary ran independent, all it would do is split democratic votes, obama and hillary would lose and we would end up with mccain in white house.

    May 10, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. John

    Go Hilary!! If not, then go McCain..

    Hussien Obama will never get our votes..

    May 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. B

    It is amuzing for a non-american to read a blog where people of similar beliefs, all supporters of the same party argue over two candidates who are virtually identical! (Although it must be said that on this side of the pond Obama is gaining much more respect for his apparent ability to understand the mindset of people beyond the US).
    'Change' is what the US needs. It need to stand up for itself as the superpower that it is and reafirm its self as such. This of course was Bush's ideology, but the 'agressive' mannar in which he carried this out caused this superpower credibility to falter.

    I hope either was you will all eventually put your diiferences aside and back your party in November. Don't vote for the other party just to make a point about Hillary/Obama

    May 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. David, Charlotte, NC

    The primary process is greatly flawed. We really need to revisit our thinking. Why should all the states who have earlier prmaries be the ones deciding the nominee. States will later primaries are written off - in essence the votes are considered irrelevant. ALL Americans should have a vote that plays signfificantly into the selection process.

    On a side note, I found previous coverage by CNN to be offensive. There is no need for CNN or anyone to belitte the people of WV as backward 'rednecks'. Maybe the voters of WV have it right! CNN has no right to belittle their judgment.

    May 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Philandis Wimbush

    I guess she can be elected president of West Virginia.

    May 10, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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