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. Johnny Be Good

    Now I really find it funny that most HRC supporters are "hoping" things will happen to Obama so HRC can get the nom. Now you know what hope is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Eric

    Hilary is spending more money then her campaign can afford. She is in big debt. This is a huge mismanagement of money.. How does she plan on getting our economy back on track when she cant even manage the debt of her campaign, neverless the huge task of the United states?? Anyone? Anyone?

    May 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. leon

    Why should I support Obama? Why should I embraced Obama's supporters who though all the campaing have been arrogant and disrespectful for Clinton's supporters.

    And by the way McCain is not an evil person he is a decent politician and we have all the right to look at the other side of the table to see who really can offer a real change and not an illusion of change

    May 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. DBMilford

    Obama's and Clintons views are almost identical the only difference is how they implement their ideas. If you like Hillary and she does not win why would anyone not vote for the party winner or vise versa. Then vote for the opposition candidate those views you don't agree just to spite the winning candidate ? That's insane!! What would make you now vote for the winning candidate? Silly..A hundred years from now people will get a big chuckle out of this stupidity.

    May 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. obama supporter


    eat your words
    obama is speaking right now in wv and will speak later in ky
    get over it

    hillary would not speak to you if it were to save your life. she is to rich for any of us

    May 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Maksim Tsionskiy

    To all those people who is going to vote for Mccain if HRC don't win, Think about it your family, think about economy, Can we have another 4 years of BUSH. That what MCCAIN is. And if she runs as independant, that free give away to MCCain. too.

    Clinton please do every body favor, quit that if you care about country, not just yourself. I know a lot of you HRC supporters are Racist and will not vote for Black person. Please this is new century wake up and change.

    OBAMA 2008

    May 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. gene

    Just another thought. Some of the Obama supporters are saying some very mean and nasty things about the people of West Virginia and Kentucky. One even said that it did not matter because they always vote Republican, which is not true. West Virginia has been a very good Democratic state over the years. Now apply the logic to all of Obama victories, such as Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Utah, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Nebraska ,Louisana and Virginia, all Republican states. Most are so Republican, with the exception, of two Senators, all have Republicans as the office holder. If you think that Obama is going to carry these states, you need to stop smoking those "reefers", they are affecting your judgement.

    May 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. The ATL

    Yawn. WV tends to flip back and forth between the Republican & Democratic parties. KY is a hardcore, unwinnable red state for the Dems (yes, polls show a Hillary vs. McCain matchup in KY as a 12 point victory for McCain.) I think Hill will quit when she wins one or both of these 2 contests as it will allow her to hold her head high when she concedes.

    May 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. David in Granville, Ohio

    OK I am an active Obama supporter. Do any of you Clinton supporters ever actually listen to Obama speak? I do, and I listen to Clinton and McCain's points of view as well as I make an objective judgement based on all the facts available to me.

    Obama and all of his true supporters, far from being "nasty" as quoted above are on record in saying it is Clinton's right to stay in as long as she feels like it and there is nothing wrong with letting all the contests play out and finding a resolution for FL and MI.

    That process is over on June 3. After that the super delegates should decide so there is enough time to unite the Party.

    May 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Clinton 2008

    WV & KY, Now is the time for your voices to be heard!


    THE 90s were good: we had $, our national buget was balenced, we had jobs, and gas was affordable!


    Clinton supporters UNITE! STAY home on election day if NObama steals the nomiation from us. This election is for every hard working American, working hard for a better future; for ourself, our families andour fellow Americans. VOTE for a President who will make a difference for you!


    May 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Elizabeth

    You're the reason I respect actual McCain supporters. You see the facts for what they are, and although I don't agree with you (at all), I respect the fact that you are supporting him because you agree with him and not out of spite, which is what many Clinton supporters are doing. One minute they demonize Republicans, the next minute, they vote for them. The democratic party is destroying itself this way and can no longer blame Republicans for it's own shortsightedness.

    May 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. wow

    Who is the candidate you would least likely like to play a board or card game with? I say the one who constantly wants to change the rules, or redefine what matters in the game. . What the world would be like with a person like that in charge of a game piece in the game of the world? It is a scary world to live in where the rules are changed all the time. So far we have been lucky to only have to read about other countries with leaders like this.

    May 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. chris

    Hillary, keep doing what you are doing, it is empowering the democratic process in this country. The math is not in your favor, but it is not impossible for you to get the nomination. If you get 70% of the remaining states, which I believe that you could based on the demographics of those states, you would the nomination.

    I believe that most of the country is with you at this stage of the game and if you are not on the ticket, they will not vote democratic this year, something that this country cannot afford.

    May 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Dinesh Gangola

    HILLARY THE BEST CANDIDATES MUST WIN NOT ONLY IN PRIMARY BUT IN GENERAL ELECTIONS 2008.or its not gender or race ,old or young but the right candidate who has enormous experience and strength and she will prove to be a Cherismatic leader to entire world.AMERICA needs a" TRUE LEADER AND IMAGE BUILDER " to lead the world.

    May 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Those WV and Kentucky "hard-working, blue collar voters" she keeps yammering about are what we in Texas (yes, I am from texas) call rednecks. Rednecks vote Republican, not Democrat, unless the candidate is FROM Texas (or, I suppose in this case, WV or Kentucky).

    The Democrats wouldn't carry that vote in November anyway.

    How amazing this political season is when the Clintons are relying on Bush rednecks to prove they are the winners... I never thought I'd see that.

    It would be laughable except it is such a sorry statement about how bigotry and racism *still* exist in this country.

    May 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Son of Liberty

    To all those out there who are voting McSame instead of Obama when he is made the Democratic nominee, because it is inevitable. Remember this, you are basically voting for more Republicans in the Supreme court, do you want to risk loosing your right to choose? Just because Hillary isn't going to make it? That seems like lunacy to me! Either you're a Democrat willing to stand with the rest of your party and its ideals no matter who the nominee is, or you're a Republican who was just voting for Hillary because she is a woman. Because if you actually took the time to read Mr. Obama's 64 page plan for change on his website, you'd realize that 95% of his issues are Hillary's issues. He has many plans for this great nation. And as a virtual newcomer, he doesn't carry that baggage that wouldn't let him cross the isles and get things done. You'd rather spite the party just because your mad your girl didn't make it? Seems rather childish. As an registered Independent, I for one am fed up with the Republican rule in this country. I SAY NO MORE! And I will lend my vote to the DEMOCRATS whom ever that may eventually be. Because really, even as much as I do not like Hillary, I know that she would do far better for this country than 4 more years of the MiniMe McSame. Please, lets not have 4 more years of going backwards on economy, how we are perceived in the world, and our fragile environment. Think with your heads, not your emotions.

    May 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Robert NYC & Miami


    May 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Nick

    Keep on Going. Do not listen to bias Media.

    May 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Breaker

    I was a Hillary supporter all the way, but reading these stupid comments of other Clinton supporters going to McCain in November
    crazy. Therefore I now support Obama for President!

    May 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. CATE, NC

    I have been reading so much negativeness about WV and KY, but I refuse to believe that the people of WV and KY are that closed minded. Perhaps the polls are wrong.

    May 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Dan Lee


    May 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Bill

    Give Hillary FL and MI...Obama still wins.

    I'm so sick of Clinton supporters saying they won't vote for Obama. They share 95% of the same principles, which leads me to believe that a lot of these people just want a woman President no matter what. The fact that any Clinton or Obama supporter would switch to McCain is beyond comprehension. I thought 70% of this country was fed up with the war? I thought a similar number were fed up with the economy? How does McCain fit into the picture?

    May 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. melikeyhill

    its preposterous!!! how can hillary be the better candidate when she ran a lousy campaign and is behind obama by 15 states??? i want a candidate that can run her campaign effectively before we entrust her to the keys to our huge govt, get a grip people!

    May 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Liroudiane

    It's about DELEGATES not about popular votes. The rules are very clear: the only counts is delegates. Period.

    May 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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