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. average joe

    She is going to run as an independent. We expect her to announce soon. Then what?

    May 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Lourdes

    Yes, and she leads in Puerto Rico, too.

    BUT, Obama leads in the other 3 remaining races...where's the ticker on that, CNN?

    May 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. alee21

    Even if Hillary were to withdraw from the race, for which there is absolutely no reason on earth to do so, it doesn't detract from the obvious, that Obama has a huge problem with a significant part of the democratic electorate. Why are the Party members and the pro-bamies so defensive about Obama? I won't vote for him even if he was last body standing – he embodies weakness, hypocrisy, a mastermind at playing the race card, no experience in legislature or foreign policy to speak of, a product manufactured by Axelrod and his ilk. Worst of all, he is denying the country the best candidate there is around today.

    Obama has conducted as negative a campaign as anyone today on the campaign trail, yet all the swooners are so eager to give him a break. His supporters have called Hillary so many names – Cohen and fatal attraction, McCaskill and her snide Bill Clinton comments, Ted Kennedy and his hardly subtle denigration of Hillary and the list goes on. Propped by the aging sexist liberals of his party, he will be a weak president if he doesn’t first get trounced by McCain.

    May 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Jennifer, VA

    Clinton Supporters...I would like an intelligent, well-reasoned answer as to why you would vote for McCain, whom you know in your heart, would only serve to keep this country on the same reckless course it's been on for 12 years already–as opposed to voting for Obama if he is the nominee. As a democrat, I am confused as to why you would be so selfish as to make the entire country suffer more (especially us Democrats) because your candidate, who ran an excellent race, didn't win. It wasn't like he cheated. They both played by the rules, the people voted, and he won. Is it so inconceivable to believe that she can lose? Help me to understand who it is you really support–the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or whomever it is you think can make your own pockets fatter--forget about everyone else? Haven't we had enough of that selfish attitude from the Republicans? I thought we were different.

    May 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Randy I somewhat agreed with you because in some cases you don't actually know if there is an Obama or Hillary supporter writing this information. Sometimes I think it could be that some of the posters are angry about the fact Hillary is not up front and write nasty comments about Hillary with the Obama reference and vice/versa. So we all have to make sure that hatred is not apart of both campaign when posting to the blogs.

    May 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Chris

    Yes I am voting for Mcain 1 reason is I will not forgive Obama and his pastor for his coments about 911 us New yorkers had it coming. He can go Fu–k himself. New yorkers are still waiting for an apology from Obama and his Pastor.

    May 12, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Liz

    I've seen a call for Clinton supporters to vote McCain in the general election or stay home as a protest a few times in these comments above. We've really got to stop hating and start uniting as Democrats. I read these comments and feel like I'm witnessing middle school behavior and this is a popularity contest. There's way too much at stake here for small minded punitive thinking to gain traction.

    May 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Marc in Quebec

    She'll use this to try to land a spot on the ticket as VP. She will then wait until Obama's time is up and finally, try to become President. Her ego won't allow her to lose and this is her last chance. Her ego is immense; hopefully Americans will see her as she is and let her go before it is too late.

    May 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Cathy

    cnn why don't you post my comments?are you biased?now that i am not saying anything you will.

    May 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Linda Walker

    I once loved the Clinton's but both have lost all respect from me.
    Hillary you have such a BIG EGO, stop trying to be something you can't.

    By the way, if you had won the democratic nominee this is one loyal demoncrat who would have stayed at home and not voted for you.

    Virginia-OBAMA 08

    May 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Kenneth M


    May 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Tonya-CA

    Yes i look like Obama and I was backing Hillary for a long time. I have lost a tremendious amount of respect due to her choice of words. "Experience" is what lead us to the mess we are in now. We need somebody like Obama in the White house to make changes from the top down.

    May 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. OBAMA '08

    Wait! The people of Kentucky and West Virginia won't vote for a black man? Really? Is that real news? Why am I not surprised?

    They all think he is a muslim......idiots.

    May 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. pat, FLORIDA

    HILLARY WILL WIN, and all this skeptists will be shocked to death. I hope your health insurances are in order because you will need medical help when you hear the announcement at the convention.

    Go Hillary... Our next President

    May 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Helene

    Isn't the state where they filmed "Deliverance" ? That says it all ...

    May 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Mike

    To you Hillary supporters...we invite you to join us in support Barack Obama for President. Together we will build a better America and world.

    May 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Brian

    Both states the Clinton herself said they don't matter.... they are small.

    May 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Lemuel Magistrado

    He is not even president yet but he seems to agree to disenfranchising voters inorder to get ahead. A true leader should hear the voice of everyone, Let the votes from Florida and Michigan be counted !!!. What is he afraid of????....

    May 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    Hispanics for Clinton, please , stop trying to be the new white people. Do you think she privately thinks any better of your group after calling Bill Richardson a Judas on Palm Sunday.

    May 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Harvey, Tampa, FL


    "FRED May 12th, 2008 11:07 am ET
    YES YOU WILL!!!"

    Fred, I think it might be time to put down the pom-poms....

    May 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Geo from Toronto

    You go girl.., Hang in there Hillary, you are a true fighter and it shows that you care so much for the U.S. Im glad you are staying in this race, its about time someone with real concerns and real goals and ideas ran for president. I have faith in you, and believe you are the right candidate.

    If it was not for the media bias in the beginning, and everyone treating obama like some kind of rockstar, you would of been way ahead. Oh wait you are, cause if it was run like the republican primaries you would of been the nominee a long time ago.

    Keep strong, and keep going.

    May 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Denise

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


    Adam: Hillary's supporters ARE going to vote for McCain come November anyway. Conservative white democrats are only voting for her in the primaries because they see her as the lesser of two evils. That will be short-lived - trust me. Obama has a better shot.

    May 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Dale Wise

    Wait a minute! You're telling me that Clinton is more popular among rednecks and racists than Obama? Holy crap! Who would have known?!?!

    May 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Ex-Hillary Supporter

    I am disappointed in Hillary handling of this presidential race. For the cause of the party she should recognize majority of America has voted for Obama in all demensions. As a white blue collar male, I am now switching my vote to Barack Obama. Her campaign has been flawed with tearing down the other this late in the campaign. ALL call on all other women and blue collar white male to begin support Obama for President.
    I hadn't realized she and her husband made $100M since he left office. I don't think someone with this Kind of Money understand our struggles. Obama has been fighting for people for 20+ years. Too many of our so called "experience" politicians haven't been able to lift this country mess we now ind ourselves in. We need a new face in politics. Lets look at the trend.

    First Bush>>>First Clinton>>>Second Bush>>>Now Second Clinton

    Same to families...give another a break to run this country with fresh ideas and new politics. Time to change the washington mindset.

    I will cast my vote for Obama.

    May 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Jamaal Kansas

    West Virgina does not matter this thing is a rap and Hilllary don't come talking that we need this state for the General Election because thanks to you we are still in the Primaries.

    May 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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