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

Clinton holds big leads in West Virginia and Kentucky

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/12/art.clintonpolls.ap.jpg 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. SAM

    Hillary :it iis all good and well, please do your self your family and american family a favour, put your pride aside, I know ihow one want to go back to the white house to get some attention, expecially when one is not getting it from the husband believe me I have been there . I know how if fell to be upses about something just to prove a point.
    IT OVE, LET IT GO.

    May 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. BILL

    MCCAIN DEMOCRATS. SOUNDS GOOD HUH! I MAY HAVE CONSIDERED obama BUT THE UGLINESS OF THE BLOGS SHOWS ME THEY PROBABLY SIT IN WRIGHTS PEWS AND PRETEND NOT TO HEAR. NOWAY WILL THIS COUNTRY MOVE AS FAR LEFT AS OBAMA WANTS. I'M GONNA ENJOY THE LOOK ON KENNEDY'S AND KERRY'S FACE WHEN THEY FIND OUT THE DEMS LOST AGAIN. THE PRICELESS HEADLINE WHEN RICHARDSON LOSES NEW MEXICO FOR SUPPORTING obama WHEN THEY DIDN'T. THE NEW SLOGAN FOR obama "GOT MILK?"

    May 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. fairandstraight

    If God be for you, then who can be against you. I say that to Sen. Obama for all the people who say he can not win in the General Election. There are going to be people who planned on voting for McCain, but will end up voting for Sen. Obama in November.

    Yes we Can!!!
    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Tony

    Timothy, you sound like your drama queen candidate Obama. When that bag of wind get the nod, I and many others will become first time republican voters. And, as whacked out as the Democratic Party is becoming, I may just stay right there. Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Mc Govern, there are some real winning presidential candidates backing Obama. Can you say “too far to the left”? If you think Obama will win in the fall you are as out of touch as dream boy is. If not Clinton, then Mc Cain 08

    May 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Dina Phila., Pa

    The only thing that her big wins in WV and Kentucky means it that just like she says, she can win the uneducated, gun toting, against abortion white votes. This only indicates to me that these people would never vote for an African American, either male or female. Now that is racist. So, we really don't need them anyway! Don't vote for him, there are plenty of open-minded people that will vote him into the White House this November without them. Hillary also forgets that there are 4 other primaries to go after these two, and Barack is favored to win big in at least 3 of them and Puerto Rico may be a split like Indiana and she still will not have the popular vote, so I don't know what she is talking about when she says that she will have the most popular votes....here she goes again, not knowing how to count and changing traditional math the new Clinton formula.

    May 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Nick WV

    "Uneducated, racist hillbillies… Does that about sum it up?"

    I'm sick of reading all these unnecessary attacks on West Virginia. The fact is, if you're making these accusations of West Virginia voters as inbreeding, racist, uneducated hillbillies, you need to do a bit of your own research. By the way, Deliverance was actually set in northern Alabama (an Obama state)...look it up.

    My wife is from Taiwan, and I've lived in Detroit, NYC, and now Morgantown, WV, and I have to say that this is a beautiful state with a large amount of educated people living in its cities and beyond. Kentucky and West Virginia's people living in the country are no different than the people living far in the country in Michigan, New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania and anywhere else in the USA.

    I happen to be voting for Obama, and I take great offense at people showing such great prejudice towards entire states of people, while at the same time claiming to support unity. I can't help but feel you're the uneducated ones.

    May 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. WILL IT HAPPEN

    WILL WE PICK A LOOSER (OBAMA) OR the person that can win November (Hillary).

    We force a looser to be our candidate we will loose in November I guarantee it...

    Will this be the trifecta? Gore, Kerry and Obama?

    May 12, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. After further review,Texas

    Hillary,China,India and Walmart,working together to bring you low,low prices and no jobs.

    May 12, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    I guess the Clinton ego can be stroked one more time, but it is time for Hillary to call off the attack dogs and bow out gracefully before doing further damage to the party.

    May 12, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. gary jennings

    Timothy. Get your facts straight. HRC is the one that has been for health ins. for yrs. Obama hasnt got know plans, solutions or know how. He copies all of her issues. You haters are only making it worst for your canidate if he gets nominated. The Clinton supporters will get even by all the hate you givin her through this race and vote for McCain.McCain is alot better choice than Obama. He is to green to be a President. O.B. hasn't done anything for this country. HRC has always been here for us and shows how much she will fight for us. O.B. is in this race for history. HRC is in this race for us.All O.B. 's glamour, smooth speeches and money sn't enough to run our country.America will fall if he gets elected. You think we have problems now. You havn't seen anything yet. Go HRC.

    May 12, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Esther from Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    Yes My fellow American's Let us show the Republicans how chaotic we are. Let us continue on and keep ourselves the Un-United party Live and Let Live is not words we live by. Its kill the Ump, Batter up Three Strikes your Out. Down with Hypocrisy Up with the People is Obama's Call and you all are just going to waste this opportunity like we have in all the other times with childish fights for nothing but EGO

    May 12, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Mike

    Hillary...it's all over but the crying and the tears.

    May 12, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Francois

    I'm glad the Super delegate ain't stupid!! Clinton has been a good oponent, she's a tremendous "adversary", but some time, it is time to be real....I would vote for you if you would win...but now, it is OVER! Please withdraw yourself as John Edwars mention it, before it is too late, before the republican take advantage of the situation, and let Obama do his job...Just for the love of the party...Please!!

    May 12, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. McGriff

    It really surprises me that Clinton fans say they will NEVER vote for Obama... What has he done that's so irreparable and offensive? Hillary Clinton has "thrown the kitchen sink" at Mr. Obama and slandered all of the "other" working – hard working, American's out there (African Americans, Hispanic, Asian, Native etc.). You must be out of your mind if you think Hillary is "nice". She is nasty, divisive and her newest title is BIGGOT. I am hurt and completely undone by her "winning" mentality... If she prevails, it would be a Pyrrhic victory at best.

    May 12, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. beatriz rivera

    hillary all the wayy. i love you hillary !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Jerry in Boston

    The bile directed at the Clintons by Obama supporters on this forum has been reprehensible.

    For a group of people that espouses "hope" and "change", you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

    You're all hypocrites.

    May 12, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Afsaneh Lachini

    after few weeks of starting election all we have heard from Obama people is calling for Clinton to get out . what kind of election is this and if he is enough confident why he does not wait to see who is realy elected and we are hearing so many superdelegates going to Obama but superdelegates should come after peoples vote.

    May 12, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. mark- Las vegas

    Hey Obama supporters...wake up. Your candidate is severely flawed. He can't win. Call it race, call it inexperience, call it empty rhetoric, call it whatever you want. The fact is, too much of the Democratic base has a problem with this guy. And good luck with the 'youth' vote you're banking on so heavily. You're gonna have to throw keggers at every university in the country on election night to even motivate them to come out.

    An Obama nomination = a vote for McCain for this Democrat.

    May 12, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Linda

    Democrats unite and stop acting like kids

    May 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. dave

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

    When McSame's new Supreme Court justices overturn Roe, which they WILL do, I hope these shrill women remember what they said. Vote for McSame=turn back women's rights 40 years.

    Yes, Hillary is tough and smart, BUT he campaign was butchered by Bill and a group of terrible advisors. I'm sorry, but you don't get a do-over. She lost, deal with it.

    May 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. leon

    Son of LIberty,

    You should have been more intelligent before you voted for Obama so we have the same right and vote for either Hillary or McCain in the general election we can add her to the ballot

    May 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Mike

    It is amazing and very disappointing that the Clinton's have resorted to racist campaigning to achieve their blind amibition. Bill Richardson is right...stop trying to cling to the throne. The Democratic party belongs to the poeple..not the Clintons.

    May 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. The Engineer

    I find it really funny when Clinton supporters say that black people are playing the race card by voting for Obama.

    This is the first time they have a canidate that has a really shot at winning, i don't remeber black people supporting Reggie Jackson or Al Sharpton.

    Can a Clinton supporter tell what percentage of white people voted for a white canidate since the begining of this Union.

    May 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Mike Guinn

    To the Hillary cultists that are now screaming "vote McCain- we will have the last laugh--"-Thank you for validating my statement from months ago when I said We aren't the cultists- the Hillary Clinton fans are the cultists and they don't care at all about unifying the party.
    If you vote McCain- you just prove so many of us right.
    And take that last laugh with you on the way to the poor house, or when you see another relative off to Iraq, or when we bomb Iran, or when RoevWade is over-turned.
    Last laugh indeed.

    May 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Keith

    @Timothy: Stop your whining. I'm for Obama as much as the next guy but he is not going to "give" your mother health care. If your mother needs health care it is NOT the government's responsibility to provide it. That is not American, is it? America is built on independence, freedom, choice, capitalism. Stop hanging on presidential campaign promises and start taking some action and personal responsibility for the sake of yourself and your family.

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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