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. Danny

    Can any body call for Obama to drop out if he lose in West Virginia and Kentucky? because she won more States than Obama after WI. I think the Democratic support with the wrong guy their don't understand Americans and the terrible thing going to come to this country. Hillary support the war in Iraq is good thing, that's mean she stand for Americans and protect Americans. Obama not support Iraq ware it mean that's he not stand for Americans and not protect Americans at all. In that time if some body not support the war that mean they don't want to campaign for President like Ted Kennedy. So, all the Sen. or Rep. that's support the war is their are American, stand for American and real American that's why their campaign for President. No Obama because he doesn't care to pledge of allegiance.

    May 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Tom

    I will NEVER vote Obama. Hillary will be the nominee or will be in 2012.

    Go Hillary!

    May 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. John

    Adam, It's a done deal and I agree with you completely!

    May 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. fred

    Son of Liberty, doesn't seem to bother you obamanites, you keep voting for the no nothing, empty suit Obama!!



    May 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Obama 08!!!!

    Big deal....she could win all the delegates from both states and not make a dent in his lead. Remember Oregon and Montana are Obama country...We continue to waste countless millions of dollars on something that has already been settled.

    May 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I cannot understand why you clinton supporters are saying obama have stolen the nomination from clinton...i don't think you are don't love the party, are juste the Clintons' worshippers...If you wanna vote for Mc Cain...go on..We are in a free country.everyone acn do whatever he wants....But let me just tell you that youa re wrong...Obama just fought for the nomination and he got it..clinton fought too but maricans chose Obama..i know it is hard for you.buf if you love this country you better forget your frustrations and vote for Obama and for the democratic vote for Mc Cain is just prolong bush policy,..If you prefer that...go on...but stop attacking Obama....he did not do anything bad...and he did not steal anything..Instead af attacking him...let us try to unify the party to win in november...the democratis party does not belong to the Clintons...Stop being ridiculous guys...

    Be fair guys...Sorry for Hillary and all of you !!!

    May 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. masgap

    What is the popular vote count as it stands now?

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. bigben

    We don't want you Obama. I think us Clinton supporters should riot in Denver. Just like Obama people said they would.
    It time to fight fire with fire.

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. fred

    Mike, yes that is WHY we will not vote for Obama!!

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. DemocracyNow2008

    Its does not matter its over Hillary even if you win in West Virginia and Kentucky .

    Obama is the persumptive nominee not you and has now taken the lead in supperdelegates for the first time in this Democratic Campaign.

    Gracefully stepdown after this next Primary .

    You know its over and so does most democrats around the Country.

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. larry King Live

    who care's about the Math this country is anyway weak at Math go see the school record of everyone on this blog lolol...... we dont care about the Math....lolol

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Barbara Dandridge

    If she can't have the white house, she wants to burn it down. It is not about the Clintons. It about America, and 4 more years of George Bush's policies would bury all of us!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Derek

    Obama is ahead beacuse of the race card. He has made many racist remarks but every time Clinton or her supporters open their mouths they are called racists. I think Obama is the one who is a racist and an elitist. He says words are important but denies his own words everytime he is questioned on one of his remarks. I am a Democrat and a Hillary suporter. I think if Obama wins I may bring out my old T shirt from 2004 which I bought when Bush won again....It says "NOT MY PRESIDENT".
    HIllary probably will not win which is a shame as the dmocrats are choosing a flawed candidate in her place.

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. An Interested Canadian

    Just for the records, Canadians would love to see Obama win the presidency. Even those of us who know that trade agreements would change and possibly not be as good for Canada would like Obama in the White House because we do believe that his sane, cool approach to the rest of the world would increase security for everyone. I used to respect Hillary but I have nothing but contempt for her now. I have always liked Americans yet I do know Americans would do much to dispell some of the negative images many people in many countries have of them were they to elect Obama. It would be hard to call you a nation of bigots were you to do it. I actually believe you will.

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Liz T

    The governor of WV said Obama will carry the state in the general election if he is the nominee. Barack is giving Hillary some space to go out on a high note. He wants to take the high road and not conduct old politics as usual.

    I think America is ready for an ethical, no-spin, transparent president regardless of color or gender. If he chooses a female running mate (not HIllary, she would just try to take over), but someone with solid credentials as an executive, not a spouse of one, someone like Janet Napolitano, governor of AZ, I think he will win by a landslide.

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. dee

    Well If Hillary's Supporter's want to have 4 more years of Bush than be so DUMB then Go Ahead And vote for 4more years of MCSame .........

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Bobby

    I voted for Hillary, but I will vote for Obama if he runs for president. It is not about the individual candidates, it is about the party. The reality is the USA is in trouble. Our economy and environment is at stake, and any of these two candidates will do a better job than a republican.

    Vote Democrate Vote for Hillary or Obama!

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Word on the street

    Those die hard Hillary Fans can start a campaign to keep Hillary as McCains running mate..

    That way they can best of both parties..NOT!

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. martin from Florida

    I think that the Democratic nominee should be the one who follows rules that were set by the DNC. It's sad but since Florida and Michegan did not follow the rules for the primaries, they should not count. Mrs. clinton is a very bright and strong so is Obama. My point is Obama followed the rules and should not be penalized for it. When the National election comes around everyone's vote will be counted. Hillary has all rights to continue but needs to stop taking pot shots at Obama who has consitently answer back to Clintons pot shots. She will really make this party look bad in the eyes of many if she continues a negative campaign. Mrs. clinton claims that Mr. Obama cannot pull in White Blue collar workers but he is and has consitently. Take a look at his campaign rally's it's represented by all Democrats. If Bill Clinton was running he would have secured the nomination already because he has proved himself already. Florida for Obama!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |



    YES WE WILL !!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. 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 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Maggie

    I am a Hillary supporter through and through.....I WILL NOT STAY HOME, AS IT IS MY RIGHT TO VOTE....I cannot believe you other supporters would throow away your right to vote, out of pure anger. I have no use for Sen. Obama, other than he is a great speaker. Perhaps he can motivate us all in the food bank lines and the unemployment lines. I have prayed and prayed that Obama junkies realize their mistakes and come out to Support the true Democratic Nominee, Hillary Clinton. Please vote Democratic in future and my childrens future depend on it. Non of us can afford 4 more years of Republican America. We are a Democracy not a Republic....Vote Democratic no matter who the Nominee is.......

    May 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Peter

    Closing to the end of primary and caucuses in the few remain States left with
    Obama leading with delegates count, we clearly see that in the next contest HILLARY is the choice. What is this telling the DNC and the superdelegates?
    HILLARY 08 the most qualified candidate/

    May 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Too llittle and too late!

    Poor decision and flawed strategy from the very beginning for her personal utter most quest for the highest position in this nation just DISQUALIFY her to lead the Dems and the nation!

    May 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Betsy

    Go Hillary, Go!!

    I really don't like all of the mean spirited things the Obama supporters write on here. If Obama hadn't run, you'd all be saying wonderful things about Hillary. So what's up with all the hate?? I've read where people call her a witch, say she cackles, and other really inappropriate things. If comparable words were used for Obama, the moderators would never let the comment be posted. But it's "ok" to say such terrible things about Hillary. Give me a break.

    Leave her alone. She's still winning states and that should say something. People still like her – and not just because we are "uneducated," "inbred," or "racist." Isn't it ok to like her just because we feel that she's the best candidate??

    By the way, I am personally offended when I read the put-downs saying that I'm "uneducated", "inbred", or "racist" when I am none of those things. Think about who you are offending – other fellow democrats that you will so desperately need should Obama get the nod.

    May 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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