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. David Higgins

    KLAN POLITICS – why has nothing been said about West Virginia Senator Byrd who is a 'former' member of the KKK. West Virginia is 96% White and polls indicate that a 'majority' of those polled consider race to be an important factor in their vote. Not to admit that this is racism not-so-pure but simple is to be part of it.

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Lee WV

    I do very much take offense to West Virginians being called uneducated hillbillies.We joke amongst ourselves but no one else has the right.I do apologize to all of my fellow Obama supporters for the blind prejudice that is going on here in WV.People are voting for Hillary simply because "they aren't voting for no black man".Hillary is trying to capitolize on the racism.Luckily it won't matter.

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. JJ in NY

    Using clintonian fuzzy math, I guess whoever wins WV wins the democratic nomination, right ?

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. jeff foxworthy

    YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK IF ................

    you vote for the person who reminds you of the first cousin you kissed

    no matter how many jobs are lost over seas you will never ever vote for the guy that looks like the slave your grand pappy used to own.

    it would take the devil himmself to get you to admit hillary got beat by a black guy.

    etc etc etc...........................kentucky and virginia

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Susan, PA

    May 12th, 2008 11:55 am ET

    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!

    I AGREE. ITS CLINTON'S TIME IN WHITE HOUSE.

    BUSH,CLINTON,CLINTON,BUSH,BUSH, CLINTON, CLINTON

    ABC = America for Bush Clintons. Vote for a Kingdom.

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Suzan

    I have never seen ANYONE as powerful and dedicated as Mrs. Clinton. She is what this country needs and she should be a role model for men and women of this country.

    The fact that Mrs. Clinton is lending her own money to this campaign is one of the many positive signs of her commitment and confidence in her campaign; it is not the money she is trying to save! She has her country in mind!!

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Roger Smith

    seems to me like Clinton just farted... see the guy in the back..

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Candi, South Carolina

    For the person who say Hillary will not support Obama is correct, but what he failed to relealize is that Hillary always fake the funk so why would that be a surprise.

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Paul

    You Go Hillary! I am still interested in to see what happens in Florida and Michigan! All US Citizens have a right to have there Vote count and be represented!

    May 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. M Johnson

    Well said Randy!

    May 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Dan, Hopkins, MN

    Hillary proves once again that she would do or say just about anything to get elected.

    If Democratic party steals the nomination away from Obama, I will not be surprised to see riots bigger than what we saw with the Rodney King case. This is a much bigger issue on injustice than that one.

    May 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Ted, Florida

    Randy in Denver: "Let's see if the parties decide to put America over their ownselves"

    It is possible, if enough voters see that what unites us is far more important than what divides us, that we will find a way to forge a new American compact, one that raises all of us, and restores our vision and standing in the world. Amen.

    May 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. gary jennings

    ADAM, ADAM, ADAM. YOU ARE 100% RIGHT. OBAMA IS SUCH A CON MAN. HIS PASTOR IS COMMING BACK FOR REVENGE. AMERICA WILL FIND OUT ABOUT O.B. AND HIS LIES.NEW YORK POST HAS ALREADY GOTTEN A THING ON HIS PASTOR. WRIGHT DOSN'T CARE IF O.B. LOOSES. HE IS GOING TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW O.B. BETRAYED HIM AND LIED ABOUT NOT HEARING HIS SPEECHES. O.B. HAS A SAYING HE LIVES BY. WHAT YOU DONT KNOW WONT HURT YOU. THIN ABOUT IT.

    May 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Jeanne

    Obama might be able to lessen the lead in Kentucky but WV is on Tuesday and there probably isn't time to change the outcome. Still I hope those voters will give Obama another look. He will make a good president, despite what Billary would have you believe. His plans have the better chance of moving forward.

    May 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Darryl

    Let us all pray for those who have lost someone one in the storms and those that are hurting today.

    Keep in mind that we have young men and women fighting over seas in two wars.

    As for Hillary Clinton the war have no real meaning. I am requesting that each give us give to the United Way or the Red Cross today let's start with at least $ 25.00....

    Please give today.....

    Go Obama 08....Our next President

    May 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Cindy in California

    Her lead in West Virginia should be no surprise to anyone. The truth is, some people will never vote for an African-American, just like some people will never vote for a woman.

    May 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. David

    Not going to help her this late in the game. sorry, the jig is up.

    May 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Cindy in California

    Her lead in West Virginia should be no surprise to anyone. The truth is, some people will never vote for an African-American, just like some people will never vote for a woman. Obama is still the front runner, and she can not catch up.

    May 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Nick WV

    excuse me... deliverance was set in northern Georgia, not Alabama.

    May 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Tony Z- MD

    Are the results from WV and KY surprising no. Do they feed HRC argument no. Unless these states are big states that Democrats needs she has stated they don't count.

    Obama is not going to win every vote or every state. It is about the American people thinking what is best. That includes have more than one strategy. You always need a Plan B.

    May 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Mike

    To you Hillary supporters who say you will not vote for Barack in November and hope he loses. Would you prefer that we stay in Iraq, bankrupt the US and bring in the 2nd Great Depression? That's what you will get with McCain. Don't you want something better for you and your children??!

    May 12, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. tidho

    A 70% aproval rating? I'm shocked that Hillary could manage that anywhere. Its one thing to like her more than Obama by a huge margin, but to actually like her...that amazes me.

    May 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Nom Deplume

    The Race is not over. If it were, there would be no superdelegates. They are there to serve a purpose, and that purpose is to nominate (not elect) the best candidate for the general election, even if that is not the candidate that won the most delegates.

    The supers were created to prevent purely democratic, mathematical results; in short to moderate the excesses of the electorate. Sure, and to keep control of the party.

    Without the superdelegates and party processes, the conventions would be irrelevant, and it is at the convention that the candidate is selected.

    And if superdelegates were ever needed, it is now. Obama is the most left-leaning candidate the dems have fielded in our lifetimes, is openly contemptuous of traditional american values, and would irrevocably alter american foreign policy in a way that would make Carter look like Roosevelt rather than, well, Carter.

    Compare the experience, independence, service, and, yes, heroism of McCain to Obama, and that is going to be a walkover when most americans decide that higher taxes, capital flight, and a welfare state are not something that they want.

    Hold your nose and vote for Hillary

    May 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. george

    people who will vote macain to avenge Hillary's loss will be responsible for the future thousands of addicional lives lost in iraq and other wars.. keep that in mind people

    May 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. pat, FLORIDA

    Hillary, stay in it till the end of it. You may just prove to the party officials that you have the endurance needed for the General Elections. I still think Obama can be surprised. It doesn't matter if you loose the two primaries out of the four remaining, you will have proved a fundamental point about tenacity. Go all the way to the Convention.

    May 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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