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. Dee

    With do respect... So?
    What does she want?

    May 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. elvispresley

    »»GO WAY Clinton!!YOU already LOST!!

    May 12, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |

    who cares, the nomination is not going to be taken away from Obama because of some sweeping victories. She is not going to win. I have to say if this were John Edwards and Hillary, the superdelegates would have been stepped in and ended the race months ago. No only is Hillary making racist remarks she knows that because she is running against an African-American that she is going to be given every opportunity to slander his name, which she has done aready, and every opportunity to find a way to take it away from him. He has clearly won. She superdelegates that have not yet commited to an candidate should be ashamed of themselves as they allow something like this to go on. This just goes to show how divided were really are.

    May 12, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Mauri

    Carry on, Hillary. You have every right to stay in this race until all primary voting is over - but only then if the race is numerically over. Perhaps by then, Barack Obama will have been sufficiently vetted, which is certainly not the case right now.

    May 12, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Johnny Be Good

    So from what Ihave been reading this morning, America has not moved forward like some people are saying. Those poll numbers speak volumes to me. This is still about race when it sould not be. Obama takes a dump just like you and me. He is not different or a lower form of life as the HILLBOTS would have you beleive.

    Notice if you can, the real haters of this country....HILLERY's SUPPORTERS. Very mean people and sore losers if I might add!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. elvispresley

    »»Go AWAY Hillary "So Fake" Clinton!!...YOU already LOST!!...Obama WON!!...

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. shelly in IL

    All you Clinton supporters that will "vote McCain" in November if she does not get the nomination will regret that decision in the future. You think you are in a bind now, Oh just wait until McCain gets hold of this country.

    He admitted that he knows nothing about the economy and the troops are in Iraq because of oil and yet you will still vote for him? How foolish is that? I feel sorry for you and your children and your children will despise you for your idiotic descision making.

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Who cares!!!! She needs 20 West Virginias to overtake Obama and that ain't gonna happen. This race is over!

    She needs to find away to pay off her $20 million in debt. What’s sad about this is that she supposedly had a plan to stop foreclosures. But the truth of the matter is that she’s getting ready to foreclose on her campaign!

    Thank God this woman lost!

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Debbie,NJ

    She also needs most delegates, most states won, and popular vote to win the nomination. She needs all 3.

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Stop that Woman

    Duh..... Everyone knows that... Who cares???? It's over!

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |

    From the beginning of this campaign, CNN has shown nothing but bias against Hillary Clinton – and with no good reason. Posts commenting on CNN blogs are removed when they are pro Hillary Clinton while more than half of the Democrats in this country voted for her, some of whom are not happy about CNN's apparent bias and censorship of them.

    People pay for their cable TV and contribute to CNN in that way and in being consumers making purchases from CNN advertisers. Yet, CNN continues to squelch the voices of some who just want to have our say by removing our posts from the Ticker/blogs.

    I think it is pretty disgraceful.

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |

    I know the polls say that Senator Clinton has a 30-40 points lead in WV & KY, but wouldn't it be ironic if her lead shrinks drastically without Obama even stepping foot in either state until today?

    What would that mean? Just a thought.

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. elvispresley

    »»The great Barack Obama already WON the Democratic nomination. GOODBYE Clinton(s)!!!... Aaaah!...

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Sandra from West Virginia

    There's a growing movement for Hillary to run as an Independent. She's got a ton of money that she can't use in the primaries but CAN use in the general election. Go for it Hillary!! You've got my check anytime you want it.

    May 12, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Bonnie DePrimio

    West Virginia...................Do you have $6.5 million dollars to lend to yourself to continue having the "spotlight?" I doubt it and she sure isn't willing to give it to you directly to pay your mortgage, is she? If she really wanted to make a "federal tax holiday" possible on gasoline prices, why doesn't she offer to pay them herself?

    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. After further review,Texas

    She shows us the worst qualities a Scorpio Woman can have.

    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. bernj

    And, so what? This thing is over.

    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. Tee

    This means What?

    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Theresa in Minneapolis

    Uneducated, racist hillbillies... Does that about sum it up?

    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. gerald strother


    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. fred



    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. catjax

    If we have the primaries for the whole country in one day, this could have been over, and we could have avoided all this grossly waste of money, and we could have a front runner who is the most qualifed and viable candidate in November to lead this country, and who's name is Hillary Clinton. I will never vote for Obama.

    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Milwaukee for Obama

    Good for her

    May 12, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Tee

    This means WHAT?

    May 12, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Bobo

    That's nice, I actually lead Hillary in polls in my hometown 98-2.

    May 12, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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