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. K

    Hillary should run as an Independent. Her own party has betrayed her with idiotic rules such as don't count FL and Michigan even though we want their vote in November. Allocate delegates instead of use a normal winner take all approach that causes no problems. Use undemocratic caucuses where the average working American with a life doesn't have time to sit and scream about politics all day. Howard Dean is a joke and the DNC is the reason we will lose in November. Hillary run as Independent and you will most likely win.

    May 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Of cause she should do well in W. Virginia this is Uncle Daddy State. This is Hillary's fan base. I thought it was illegal to inbreed!Congratulation Obama, we are almost home!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    May 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. LifeLongDemocrat

    I watch these races and the superdelegate votes very carefully. I am a good financial contributor and volunteer and will no longer donate to people who are in the Obama camp. They can do what they want but not with my money. I have received calls from my state party and have told them that since the co-chairs made public endorsenments that they can do without my money until the Obama era is over. (Should be short-lived anyway.)

    Hillary 2008/2012 or 2016>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Bob from Pensylvannia


    Is Hillary Clinton not tailor-made to win this nomination at least by SUPER TUESDAY?

    I HAVE A QUESTION FOR HER. If she can't answer this question satisfactorily, then she is not ready to be president and therefore should immediately drop out of this Primary.

    Why is you, Hillary Clinton, having been anointed and tailor-maid by the virtue of your position in the DEM PARTY to capture this Nomination almost unopposed, suddenly found yourself reeling from the possibility of a brutal defeat that has the potential of agonizingly bringing to an end your political career?

    Last time I checked, I haven't received an answer yet.

    May 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Gerard

    The Clintons are even campaigning by 3 persons.
    Obama is 1. He cann't split himself in 3, can he?

    May 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Jack - Miami




    MCCAIN 08

    May 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Josh

    I'm sure she's really excited about this, but even if she picks up 20 delegates, it's just a drop in the bucket.

    May 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Robert

    Run Hillary!!!! Run an independent! Go's not over....the tide will come around! The DNC is a joke! They will find out if he(Obama) get's the nomination! Sad, Sad, Sad, how they made your missfortune! But you will prevail!

    May 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Angela

    K – you read my mind – I am glad that other people are thinking this...

    What makes me crazy is that all the pundits and media are saying that the super delegates should not overturn the will of the voters.

    I may be wrong, but based on the large blue states that she has won – if all the elected house members voted as their district did, and senators voted as their state did, and non-elected supers voted as their state did – she would be ahead in supers – enough to win the nomination. No one in the media is doing that afraid to go there???

    May 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. T

    The problem is when you look at the enormous head sizes of Hillary and Bill O'Reilly, you have to come to the conclusion that there was evolution ions ago.

    May 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Debby

    CNN whats with the double voting for Obama in NC. It was in our local paper this morning that this was going to get investigated. How come you , MSNBC, Huffington Rag haven't reported anything about it.
    I agree Hillary should go Independent she owes nothing to the Dem. Party at this point. If the Dems. are so sure that Obama will win on his merits than they really don't need her support.

    May 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. For Hillary even if she contests as an INDEPENDENT

    I bear no doubt in mind that Hillary is the promise that we cannot let go. I cannot emphasize enough how much me and my family love you and trust you.
    It is only a nightmare to think of a president other than you , although McCain will not be a bad choice if its not you...

    Go HILLARY....Hillary ... MY president .. .OUR president...

    May 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Sharon Minnesota

    Nate, it's quite possible you're the only one in the Obama camp including Sen. Obama himself that has any respect for Sen. Clinton, women or white people at all.

    It's not about Sen. Clinton anymore, it's about keeping Sen. Obama out of the white house. It's not about democrat or republican parties anymore it's about saving our democracy from the ideology of hate and division. It's not about my one vote anymore but about millions of people who are going to vote in November to keep the radicals out of the white house.

    We shall overcome.

    May 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. David

    You removed my last comment so please allow me to voice my opinion.
    I wish Hillary would immediately declare herself as an independent.
    She would get enough votes from Democrats, Republicans and independents to declare her victory.

    May 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. ms

    hillary and everybody else knew the rules before the beginning of the primaries! if she was the front runner , would she or anybody else argue the same? rules are rules, why change of heart?

    May 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. CNN SUCKS!


    The next few contest will prove that Hillary is the "correct" nominee to represent the "broader" base of the party. Obama is so far in his Oprah-Winfrey Ivory Tower that you've got to wonder if he will give away free cars when he becomes President-and no one will be able to afford the gas for them. Hillary is experienced on the issues that matter to 'average' Americans and knows how to deliver to fix many of the problems facing "the people". Obama and his supporters seem to be on some cheerleading team about "changing" history – but that doesn't put food on the table, secure your job, create new jobs, create healthcare for all etc. Hillary's ideas hit the soul of what the problems and solutions are for the next President while Obama just keeps yapping and droning on like he's trying to win a toast-master's trophy. Go Hillary go..despite the pundits with an agenda.

    May 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Michael in MO

    Re: K's comment – HERE HERE!!!!! Excellent suggestion. Without any other options, millions and millions of Democrats will be voting as independents for McCain this Nov. if Obama is put forward. These are not bitter comments that will wash away over time. These are very real facts folks. We cannot support Obama, who aside from being grossly unqualified, is a proven racist, a hypocrite, and a pathological liar. This is not about party loyalty, this is about what is best for our country – our future. Painful as it is to admit, McCain would be a far better option than Obama. Again I support – if they push Obama forward, please Senator Clinton, run as an independent so that we can vote you in. Othewise, we will make certain that Obama does not make it to the presidency.

    May 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. fred

    I agree K!!!

    The obamanuts are crazy if they think we will unite behind Obama!!
    McCain will win by a landslide against Obama!!!

    IF you don't win the as an Independent Hillary!!

    Go Hillary!!

    May 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Sukie

    Write-in-Hillary on November ballot is being considered by many who don't want to vote for Obama.

    This is considered better than voting for McCain while sticking to one's convictions.

    May 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Chicagoway

    K, your an idiot. First, neither hillary nor obama would win if hillary ran as an independent. They would cancel each other out and mccain would get handed the nomination on a silver platter. Also, if hillary ran as an independent her reputation within the Dem party would be destroyed and she would most likely never have an influential position within the party again. That seriously is one of the worst ideas i have ever heard.

    Obama should just pay off Clinton's campaign debt and then im sure she would bow out and throw all her support behind Obama. Will you hill supporters still vote for mccain if hillary is campaigning for obama?

    May 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Lee

    Obama and his supporters are trying to steal this election. Obama blocked efforts to revote in Michigan and Florida. 93% of blacks support Obama, however any comments regarding this fact, or mention of blue collar white workers for Clinton, is met with accusations of racism. Obama has taken the lead by outspending Hillary 2 or 3 to one, and his caucus wins don't reflect a true lead in popular votes. In addition, early calls for Hillary to drop out show a ploy by Obama to circumvent the democratic process. As a result of all this, the less qualified candidate may end up as our leader ... what a shame.

    May 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Hillary for LIFE!


    May 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. J

    go away hillary! GO AWAY! obama leads in popular vote, pledged delegates and by monday will lead in superdelegates–for a reason. more people like him that her. go AWAY hillary!

    May 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Ron L

    What I find interesting about this is Hillary is ahead by 30 points and she still feels the need to spend 4 days there!! Wouldn't it be one HECK of a blow to her campaign if she only won by only 10 percentage points instead of 25.

    Just imagine the people of West Virginia saying after hearing the bogus GAS TAX HOLIDAY PLAN they to are sure that Hillary will say anything to be President and that is not the type of person they want to elect!!

    I WOULD LOVE to hear HER and BILLS spin on that!!!

    May 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Sean

    Well, isn't it nice that Obama is going to grace the state of West Virginia with a last minute stump. Given all the NASTY things the supporters of him have said about the state, it's nice to see that he's actually going to appear again here before the primary. Of course, just another state in his 48 state United States map. 🙂

    Oh, and for Gerard, of course he can't split into three. But he has his own surrogate campaigning for him. The joy of getting Michelle Obama. LOL

    May 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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