May 12th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton holds big leads in West Virginia and Kentucky

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton holds big leads in the next two states."](CNN) - Even as her campaign appears to be in its final stages, Hillary Clinton is headed for two sweeping victories in West Virginia and Kentucky, the next two states to weigh in on the prolonged Democratic presidential race.

According to new polls released Monday, Clinton holds a 34 point lead in West Virginia and a 27 point lead in Kentucky.

In West Virginia, which votes Tuesday, a Suffolk University Poll has Clinton drawing 60 percent of likely Democratic voters compared to Obama's 24 percent. That poll also shows Clinton holds a 70 percent approval rating among West Virginia’s Democratic primary voters. Only half the state’s primary the state’s likely primary voters think Barack Obama can beat John McCain in a general election matchup.

In Kentucky, a Research 2000 poll shows Clinton winning 58 percent of the vote to Obama's 31 percent. But despite Clinton's strength in the state, the poll suggests John McCain would easily defeat both Democrats in November - the Arizona senator holds a 25 point advantage over Obama and a 12 point lead over Clinton. Kentucky is considered a solidly Republican state, though former President Bill Clinton carried it twice. The state's primary is May 20.

It remains unclear how Clinton's likely large wins in both states will affect the presidential race, given Obama's significant lead in total delegates. Only 28 pledged delegates are at stake in West Virginia Tuesday, while 51 are up for grabs in Kentucky.

soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. Timothy

    Please stop with the selfishness. This is larger than you and Bill. We need Healthcare, jobs and to bring the troops home. You are actually urging your supporters to vote against these things in the fall. Your ego is enormous. You have lost. You cannot win this. You are going deeper and deeper in debt. You know this and so do your supporters. If you truly care about us as you say, you would stop trying to divide us and bring us together so we can achieve the things this country needs. My mother desperately needs healthcare, but thanks to you she may not get it. People are not against you because you are a woman. They are against you because you are you. The thing you do and say. Stop the tantrum and show some nobility for once in your life. It's not cute anymore.

    May 12, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Ivar2

    All i can say is that Hillary is doing crazy things where she is going to politically hurt others and herself too.

    May 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Adam

    Obama and his fans have a big surprise coming.

    Hillary's supporters will NEVER vote for Obama. Hillary has been robbed the nomination. Every time someone says something about Obama it has to be race related. Look at South Carolina. Obama has played you guys. Every time some questions Obama he get angry and says that's not what he meant. He lied about Wright and hearing the things he said.

    Hillary supporters will have the last laugh! YES WE WILL!!

    Hillary supporters unite..VOTE McCain or stay home on election day!

    May 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Susan MO

    Why are some of my fellow Obama's supporters so mean and angry Stop clinging to your computer with antipathy for Hillary.
    We have won be nice. Remember she is still pretending to be a Democrat and her husband was a great President.
    Obama is not about hate.
    —————————————————————————————HRC: I'm not quitting! I am in this for the long haul because the people deserve a choice – they deserve a president who's ready on DAY 1.
    OBAMA: Give it a rest Hillary then continue Swearing Ceremony

    Obama / Webb 08

    May 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |

    THE 'FAT LADY' IS SINGING SO LOUD.......I don't understand why the Clintons don't hear her !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    And there are not enough literacy programs in either state either.....I mean – ask the HRC supporters in that state – "you would want a healthcare plan that also covers 12 million illegal aliens??" – or maybe ask "would you ever support giving illegals drivers licenses like Hillary tried to do in NY State"?? People need to look at the multiple messages Hillary releases – I know that the majority of HRC supporters cannot read – or are in complete denial....I mean....what position are you supporting her on....she has taken virtually all sides..omg...wake up

    May 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. R.I.F.

    I like how this article didn't mention Oregon (52 delegates), Montana, or South Dakota.

    CNN...never give up on still trying to make this a race.

    May 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Prejudiced White Guy From WI

    Alright you "disenfranchised" Florida and Michigan voters, some of you have a handle on what really happened there, but for the others who haven't got a clue: Don't point your fingers at Obama or Dean or the DNC. Point them at your state officials who screwed you over. The rules were clear and they believed that it was more important for you to vote early rather than your vote having any weight. Yeah, it sucks that you had no say in it. Put the blame where it belongs. By the way, republicans had their fingers in this ordeal as well. If the DNC sticks to their guns on this, I bet officials will be more careful next primary season.

    By the way, I'm 100% for Obama!

    May 12, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. 2Nurselady

    Hillary – Keep on truckin'!

    We love you!

    May 12, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Kathy

    GOOOOOO HILLARYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    May 12, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Phil-Little Rock

    Duh! Is anyone surprised? These are the 2 most inbred states in the country, any non-white person doesn't have a shot in hell!!

    Get the votes you can, Obama, you're still the man. And when you win, make sure you keep KY/WV states stocked full of Jim Beam and hog mawls so these country mo-fo's can't keep up with the rest of the country!! ha ha

    GO OBAMA '08!!

    May 12, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. shirley ann

    I have LOST all respect for the Clintons. She is not concerned about the democrats winning in November.She is only concerned about herself.

    May 12, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. proud army and navy mom

    she's irrelevant. she's a joke and she's broke

    May 12, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Glenn

    Hillary knows this, but her supporters, are obviously ignorant of mathematics and percentages. She can win "all the delegates" with 100 % of the vote in West Virginia, Puerto Rico and Kentucky and Obama can win just 50 % of the vote in Oregon and South Dakaota and Obama still wipes her out of the race. There are not enough primary delegates left for the fat lady to win. The super delegates know she's a loser and they are not going to back or bet on a losing horse. I hear another fat lady singing "Obama 08 and 12."

    May 12, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Lamont

    It dosn't matter how well she or he does in these states. The Dem's will lose West Virginia and Kentucky in the fall. Just goes to show how much behind the times they are. That is very sad!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 12, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. park more

    President as independent you will win

    May 12, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. sky

    Of what significance is any of this anymore?

    May 12, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Wendy, South Carolina

    Okay I hope the polls are correct and not misleading like it was for Indiana. This will give Hillary a big boost but is that enough for her to be happy about. Hillary should be low key and not get to hyped about this campaign until it the pantsuit say it s over.

    May 12, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Angus

    West Virginia and Kentucky voted Republican in the last two presidential elections...these are obviously small and insignificant red states, so winning them doesn't help at all.

    May 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. liv, ct

    you never know. The times can change dramatically. I hope. This is my hope. Hope for experienced, wise person. For real leader. No hype, no weaknesses, etc
    Someone who is strong, smart, experienced, environmentalist too, who will raise this country of the knees – that is where we are right now – on our knees, hurt, in debt, in war, bad economy, not good at all.

    So my hope is quite real : someone who knows how to make this country better, not someone who hopes.

    Hope is last instance – when everything else fails, then you hope.....but without solid plan, experience and knowledge the hope will remain a hope only.

    May 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Lee WV

    Can someone mention that if she goes on that Obama is heavily favored in Oregon,Montana and South Dakota.Those three should erase any gain that she makes.She will try to make a big deal about the big wins but like someone said it is like being 3 touchdowns behind and kicking a field goal.

    May 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Dee

    What's crazy is this new theory of Hillary's which I just read. She's saying she's close to Obama in popular vote? LOL. The only reason she is "close", is because cacus states do not provide numbers and Obama's name was not on the ballot in Michigan. You put Obama's name in the ballot in Michigan, and even if you count the states (which she herself said they should not be counted). Obama is clearly still ahead. I used to be a big fan of Clinton's but every day I am becoming less of one. She's definately a politician, and she will stop at nothing, to win. I guess it depends on whom you talk to if they find that trait admirable or not. To claim that she is narrowing the "lead" is clearly misleading. What people in Caucus states do not count? I know she was trying to make that argument before, but only Clinton could try to spin it so that her side is not disenfranchised while she dismisses the number of people in Caucus states who voted for Obama. Who does she think we are?

    May 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Michele

    Whats with Oregon ?

    May 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Jeff

    This does not matter. The only thing that matters is Clinton has done a lot damage to the Democratic Parry by her abuse and attack on Obama. She really cares nothing but herself. The selfish woman has been dividing the Party for her own power trip. And she is still continuing doing this.

    May 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. elvispresley

    »»The Great Barack Obama already WON the Nomination!!...What the Hell is Hillary "Annoying" Clinton doing NOW?!??!? DESTROYING/DAMAGING the party and the Democratic Presidential Campaign!??!?!...Goodbye Clinton(s)!!!...GO WAY!!...

    May 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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