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. Susan Missouri


    Hillary is experienced, for all the people and a fighter.

    Hillary 08 🙂

    May 12, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Ron R

    If the primary schedule had Oregon, S Dakota and Montana voting first, we would be spared the next 3 weeks of Clinton rhetoric that she can still win as Obama will probably win by similar margins as those in WV, Kentucky and VI. It amazes me how the press can take a NOTHING story like the WV primary and spin it so that the people of this country truly believe there is a story when in fact there isn"t!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Spirit of America

    Hillary carries a commanding lead in these states, so why just dismiss her candidacy? Seabiscuit won in Kentucky 70 years ago. Looks like another longshot is going to finish first. Time to redo the math and finally count the voters of Florida and Michigan, too.

    May 12, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Anonymous

    you go girl!

    May 12, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. sacto joe

    You gals in Virginia and Kentucky need to bring this thing to a close. Hillary needs to be set straight on the "kitchen sink" attack mode on her fellow Democrat. By switching your vote to Barak you will be delivering her and future Democratic candidates a powerful message.

    As it stands, she has gone a long way towards damaging the cause of women's rights. You have a chance to help repair the damage, even though you didn't cause it.

    May 12, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. David

    I hope that my fellow West Virginians surprise the pundits by turning out for Senator Obama. Yes, the Clintons have been spending a lot of time in WV, but Obama can do more for WV and the country by uniting our country more than Sen. Clinton will be able to do. Four years of the Clintons will bring about more divisiveness and harsh politics.

    May 12, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Elizabeth

    It's no surprise. Obama and his supporters already know we'll lose WV and Kentucky because he's black. There, I said it. Some white people there won't vote for him because he's black. As one voter put it, "I want a full-blooded American." No surprise. Just disappointment. Go ahead and have the last laugh if you want. But I think you'll stop laughing when you realize just how bigoted some parts of this country still are.

    May 12, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Alan Boyer

    Hillary Clinton: Ready on Day 1; Broke on Day 2! Let's move on.

    May 12, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Harrison

    Honestly – who cares? About all we have heard about West Virginia is that they are troubled by the race of a candidate and would never vote for a black man who they think is muslim and not a "full-blooded" American – whatever that means. Kentucky is more progressive but is still challenged by the past. Regretfully – these stances are only hurting the economics of these states as companies do not want to do business in places that cannot move forward. They are hurting themselves and their younger generations. McCain will win both states in the fall so HRC is just racking up numbers that will have no effect on the nomination process and will only further hurt the democrats in the fall.

    McCain 08

    May 12, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. sophia nyc

    How can Hillary be the stronger candidate for the general when she can't even beat Obama in the primary?

    It's Darwinian people. Stop falling for Clinton's pandering.

    May 12, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Jill American

    Finish with all the states.
    Count ALL the votes.
    See who wins.

    Stop asking Hillary to GIVE the nomination to Obama.

    The Dems created this process – so deal with it.

    May 12, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. AJC

    Here's the double standard:
    If a politically incorrect, yet factually accurate statement is made by a republican, everyone is outraged and his resignation is demanded.
    If Hillary says she can get most of the white, blue collar working people, we are supposed to stop and listen.

    I encourage more direct statements like this which we should listen to with a little bit more of a thicker skin, no matter what color it is!

    May 12, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Ludovic

    Obama have won 13 state with more than 30 points
    6 states with more then 40 points
    1 state with more then 50 points
    are those states less important then KY and WV?
    maybe ...

    May 12, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Rosemary

    Hillary "08 and '12. Our lack of unity is bred by the Party itself. Women have a voice and it will be heard as McCain is no Bush.

    May 12, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Venus

    In a few weeks this freak show will be over!

    Go Obama!

    The math is not there for Hillary – and that includes her broke campaign!

    Funny how her supporters are blaming the media, DNC and every thing else ------ when they are not supporting Hillary will any money!

    Go Obama – next president!

    May 12, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Pam

    Why isn't CNN reporting what Obama's lead is in Oregon?

    May 12, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. mike

    What about the FL and MI voters who didn't vote because they were told it was not going to count!!! Does any one care how they are being disenfranichised. I guess not

    May 12, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Chris from San Antonio

    Quick! Move the goalposts!
    It's not the voter's decision that counts, it's the superdelegates!
    Caucuses don't matter, they're too political!
    It's not the number of states won, it's WHICH states were won.
    Texas is the important primary. No, PA. No, it's West Virginia!

    Now we hear from the Clinton camp, it's not the delegate count that matters, it's the popular vote!

    May 12, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Ron L

    HEY, WEST VIRGINIA…go ahead and vote for Hillary. SHE SAID IT ALL JUST A FEW DAYS AGO…
    The polls show Baracks support among..
    –hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how the, you know, whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me. …






    May 12, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. sage bill

    It is time for reflection. The Democratic Machine, led by Howard Dean, has bullied Hillary to get out of this race for months. Much of the media has joined in the blood-letting. If the MI and Florida debacles had been sorted out earlier, Hillary would be in a very different place. The so-called darling of the Democrats, Barrack Obama, will get destroyed in the next 2 contests and many Clinton Dems will not vote for him. It may be too late to get a grip on this. Obama is preparing his national strategy and should, in fact, be preparing his surrender.

    Hillary '08 or McCain/Jindal '08

    May 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Tired of W, OH

    Way to go, uneducated white voters! You ARE Hillary's base! Yee-haw! (By the way, I'm white, so don't go screaming racism.) Also, congratulations at proving how disconnected you are from the rest of America! It won't matter in the end, but at least the rest of the country knows where your priorities are.

    May 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Chris from San Antonio

    RE: Adam May 12th, 2008 10:57 am ET
    "Hillary has been robbed the nomination."

    By robbed, do you mean" gained the advantage in popular vote, delegate count, now superdelegate count, and states won?"
    If so, then I agree with you.

    May 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Stephen

    Please begin your exit.
    As for you strategizing for the VP post, I think Obama is a lot smarter than to have you prowling the corridors of the White House. I won't even address what I think of that husband of yours being within striking distance of the Oval Office. GOD FORBID THIS!

    May 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. M Jones

    A local sportswriter recently compared Hillary Clinton to Tanya Harding. At first, I got a laugh out of it, but then the analogy of Bill out there swinging a "lead pipe" made me wonder.

    May 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Rosemary

    PS, Chris, I can not only read but currently hold three university degress with a fourth initiating. Perhaps we are just smarter and understand things at a much higher level above the "psychology" of inspiration and emotion and the Obama supporters on all these blogs on his pay role. That is a fact that this blog fails to acknowledge and usually zaps. Easy to prove.

    May 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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