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. Sean

    Obama supporters behave like they are 30-40 percent ahead in national poll and they say Obama can unite the country!! Hehe. Most of you have no idea about NAFTA and Bill Clinton presidency or other topics because you were just kids!! you spread hate and negative campaign and expect Hillary supporters vote for Obama in election!!! Obama and his supporter just repeating empty words and questioning everything about the past!!

    May 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Joe St Louis, MO

    How can she run my country if she cant run a campaign. She is in the RED and so is our country. Please Vote Obama and see if we can get back our future.

    May 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. quan

    After a speech on "57 or 58 states" in his Oregon stop ....he is skipping WV and KY ....what kind of presidential quality do you folks see in BHO. ... got whipped during PA ... how is he going to stand up to Hamas and Al Quida ?

    Hillary and McCain is clearly more presidential and composed

    May 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Heidi

    What i s interesting about this is last week she was supposed to win WV by 43% and now it is 35%. I can not wait until the results come in to see how much she actually does win by.

    May 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Obama Superdelegate

    Don't worry about the squirrel eatin', raccoon hat wearin', horse marryin' voters in WV and KY.....there primary won't mean zilch this week.

    May 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. leon

    Can anyone tell me why and how the preimary elections of the Democratic Party are really Democratic. Obama's campaing first said that Super Delegates had to follow the consensus of their state constituencies, when Kennedy, Kerry and Richardson did not follow that rule they change and said that it has to be the consesus of the national lead in pledge delegates what an irony. Thy can change the rules but the Clinton campaing can not. They can attack the Clinton campaing and be negative but if the Clinton's does the same they are racist. Who is racist here and who plays the sex and race card here.

    Who lies and who will not deliver OBAMA

    May 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Russell

    CLINTON supporters why would you not support Obama? You would rather MCCain take office than see a fellow Democrat in office. You would rather stay jobless and broke than see Obama in office. What is wrong with you guys? That would be just stupid! You might as well call yourselves Republicans.

    May 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Debbie,NJ

    Hillary supporters, by not voting for Obama you're not hurting him. You are hurting the country if you let the Rep back in office, you are hurting your education, your children's chance of education, you will give the reps the ok to initiate a draft, kill more Americans, send more people into poverty, lose more jobs, help other countries get our jobs, our money. There is not enough hate for any AMerican to do this to yourself or your country.

    May 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Dannette

    Hillary's campaign is 2 million in debt for what? How much money did Hillary spend campaigning in WV and KY? Hillary knows the demograhics of both states money wouldn't do it, fear of an African American answering the phone did.

    May 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. USAF Sr. Airman


    The math is against Clinton because she cannot win the most delegates, she cannot win the popular vote, and she cannot even win the most number of states won. Neither candidate can reach the goal without Supers.

    Counting Florida and Michigan, Obama is still ahead in all Categories. Even popular vote. 16,556,313 to 16,452,341. Not counting those two states, his lead is 727,053.

    Now, why would Super Delegates decide to give the nomination to Clinton, when she is not ahead in any of the measured categories? This would only tick off the majority of Dems who voted for Obama.

    That's how the math is against Clinton.

    Also, you mentioned the Electoral College. The Republicans are using that flawed method in their primaries. Winner take all. The only possible way for Clinton to claim a lead is by saying she'd be winning by GOP rules. I bet you'd be on board with that logic as well.

    That's the math, boy.

    May 12, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Paul

    Obama won't win the white vote, won't win the gay vote, won't win a large swath of educated votes (countless democratic lawyers have told me they won't vote for him). If he loses in November, he owes the Democratic Party and the American people a giant apology for jumping into a race for which he was ill-suited and losing an election that should have easily gone to the Democrats. Hillary would have beat McCain. Obama's idealism has blinded him to the harsh reality of racism in this country. For better or worse, now is not the time for President Obama.

    May 12, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Gwen

    I'm not devoted to the democratic party or republican party, I'm devoted to the American and as such we all have the right to choose who we think is the best candididate. KY & WV have the right to say as well, it's not the media's right and there's more at stake than 2 teams playing a game to win. I like many others have weighed the choices carefully. Hillary is the smartest, most knowledgeable and has the best ability to get the job done. McCain is next, he will protect this country and not cave to outside pressure over what's best. Obama, nice man, not strong enough to handle things, not enough experience. If Hillary was a man I'd vote for her, If Hillary was black I'd vote for her, get the point!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Sure

    How is she being selfish? If people are still voting for you and you are still winning states how does it make sense to drop out?

    May 12, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Pedro Martinez

    Hi, I love Hillary Clinton, I will not vote for Obam, I will vote for Mccain Better.

    May 12, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Floridian for Obama

    hookeded on phonixs werked for dem! heelbilleys!

    May 12, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Ken B

    In regards to Tmothy's remark that his mother did not have healthcare because of Hillary Clinton:
    I remember when Bill Clinton was elected President the first time and Hillary made a huge effort to get a National Healthcare plan but was attacked terribly by Congressmen who were in the pockets of Health Insurance Lobbyists who are out there everyday to make sure there is as little regulation on Healthcare Insurance as possible AND I KNOW HOW UNFAIR THE SYSTEM IS BECAUSE I SELL HEALTH INSURANCE!!
    Hillary and Bill Clinton have done more to get something done in this area than anyone I know.
    Barrack Obama according to the non-partisan website has failed to vote on over 60% of the issues put up for a vote when he was in the senate and do you really think he is going to take on this explosive issue of Healthcare? Get real !
    If he wins this thing in November I can't wait to see all the Obama supporters crying like little Kids when he can't deliver and OH I know if you talk against him you are a racist right!
    i hope if Obama wins the nomination that all the Hillary supporters back McCain as at least we know how he feels about America.
    Wright,Bill Ayers,Rezco.... That says it all as far as I am concerned about radical Obama.

    May 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Floridian for Obama

    Does that guy in the photo holding his nose, smell something?

    May 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Hoyahoye

    If racial issue is a concern for Americans, what it would be for Africans?
    Shame on some of HRC supporters

    May 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. leon

    Brad you and the rest of the Obama supporters too does not get it . WE do not believe in Obama, we do not trust Obama, we do not believe that he is honest and will bring or deliver the changes he has promissed because he is a typical and average politician. WE do not believe in the person and we are more comfortable with McCain as some democrats were with Reagan in the 80's

    Obama is an opportunist and we do believe he is not honest and lie

    May 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. An American in Canada

    Adam May 12th, 2008 10:57 am ET

    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 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Priscilla for Obama

    Barack allowed Hillary to have her moment in the Sun in WV and Kentucky. He is letting her go out with a bang! BUT, she IS GOING OUT!

    Obama for President

    May 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Randy - Denver

    This is the expected outcome in these two states, Ms. Clinton's "average" supporter resides in these two staqtes, anything less than a landslide would really lookbad. I aqm happy to see her stay in the race, I support Mr. Obama but it would look terrible for him to lose to someone who is not running!

    Finally a quick comment to those who do not understand the terrible things supporters of Mr. Obama have said about Ms. Clinton, you need to understand these are (for the most part) DEMOCRATS saying that. Ms. Clinton has been, and most likely will remian a HIGHLY divisive person. People tend to like her, maybe even love her, or they HATE her with an unnatural hatred. What you have seen here on these boards, AMONGST DEMOCRATS, is a VERY small version of what you would have seen should she have competed against the Repunblicans. While most Democrats can see the good times during the former President's time in office most Republicans see only bad times. If Ms. clinton had gone on you would ahve seen this country torn apart much worse than the party ahs been. That is a simple fact, and right now the country needs to pull together again. So while Ms. Clinton has strong supporters the COUNTRY needs someone who is less divisive. I AM NOT saying Mr. Obama has done nothing divisive I am simply saying he will not bring the same level of hatred Ms. Clinton would have.

    It is interesting to note BOTH parties seem to be picking the candidate which will bring people together, almost like the country, as a whole (minus some radicals on BOTH sides of the aisle) feels it is time to mend fences between the parties and start running America as a single country. We have the possibility of really bringing about change this time folks, now lets see if the PARTIES have noted the same thing and if they decide to put America over their ownselves during the upcoming election or if they decide to continue spewing hatred instead of cooperation.

    May 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Gonna leave

    CIm a teacher in Texas, How the dems are going for Obama over Hillary is beyond me, I guess I will vote for Mc Cain

    May 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Montana is Obama Country

    I Love the way Hillary has adopted the catch phrase... Yes..We.. Will..

    Holiday Tax Relief- John McCain started with it April 1, 2008 than Hillary decided it sounded good so she was going to use it..

    Barack Obama -... YES...WE...CAN... beginning of his campaign in 2007..

    Hillary adopted – March 2008.. Yes..We..Will... she can't even think on her feet unless it is somebody else's ideas.

    The true and real ideals come from inventive people like Barack Obama..


    May 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Canuck

    A Canadian Perspective:

    Obama Fans: RELAX. You probably have the nomination. Rub it in and you will face defeat in November. You NEED Clinton supporters to help you, and you need them all.

    Clinton Fans: RELAX. We all know you have a strong candidate, but it hasn't worked out. Even if Clinton somehow took the nomination from Obama, she will cause irreversible damage to the party and face obliteration in the fall.

    Everyone: It is now time to grow up and prepare for the real game ahead.

    Cheers from the Great White North, eh!

    May 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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