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. Felton......the sense maker

    .Well.Clinton supporters...if you go the the "handy dandy" delegate calculator, so graciously supplied by our friends at CNN, you will find that if Clinton beats Obama 80% to 20% in all the rest of the remaining primaries..SHE WILL STILL BE BEHIND. I believe in the media is called a "WRAP"....TAH DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH !!
    If Clinton collar...a.k.a. biogted rednecks, won't support Obama...I don't want to hear any crying when the Republicans run amuck and more and more of their jobs go overseas; either stop the stupid racism or face the consequences.

    May 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. joann

    Hey Timothy, "selfishness" – how dare you! I'm not surprised a guy would make a statement like this – your sexist. How is she selfish because she'd like to give the last 6 states a chance to vote. You sound unamerican. I will vote Mccain because I'm sick of people like you "railroading" Hillary so Obama can win – he can't win – get it?

    May 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Its sad to see so much ignorance. Clinton can not win the nomination even WITH FL & MI counted.

    My guess is that she will do enough damage to Sen. Obama, to ensure or at least attempt to ruin his chances ....... so that she can run again in 2012.

    I don't like to say mean things, but Hillary & Bill are power-hungry and altogether nasty. BUT they underestimate the American people!

    OBAMA/CASEY 08 & 12!

    May 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Hunter, MA

    Yes, the same as a tornado, a lot of wind, dust and destruction. In a few minutes, she will be gone and the Dems will have to clean up her mess.

    May 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Adam

    Theresa, Uneducated, racist hillbillies… Does that about sum it up?
    I guess you caould say that about the people in NC who voted for Obama?? Watch your words sister!

    May 12, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Venus

    She needs 70% of the remaining states and some money!

    May 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. rickG

    I think she's the best candidate and democrats need to win states like West Virginia but always discount them. I think lots of her supporters will vote for McCain as I will. I just can't support this guy and reading the nasty things written by Obama supporters about Hillary tells me we are very divided and cannot come together.

    May 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Jonesey

    Forget West Virginia and Kentucky!

    We don't need you to win in November!


    May 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Harrison


    Your comments are pleasing to my ears as a McCain supporter. All HRC supporters should vote for McCain in the fall – we just don't want you in our party. I mean look at what a cancerous group you have become to the DNC. You will kill that party.

    So please – vote for McCain – just don't join the GOP. We have enough challenges without you.

    McCain 08

    May 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Dr. Truth, Boston

    Who cares – either Dem would lose these states badly in the general election.

    Which is more important Hillary? Winning the states that count or winning the popular vote?

    Make up your mind and do the right thing and bow out and accept that fact that even with the advantages of you name and you support among women most people don't like you and you have lost. You can't win every time!

    May 12, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. M Philllips

    Let's review: twenty million in debt, lost lead in super delegates, fewer pledged delegates , and a spread too large to narrow mathematically. She cannot catch Obama - what is her motivation? Her current arguments are ironic considering her earlier remarks on the significance of Obama's small state wins. Show some integrity and do the right thing,Hillary.

    May 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Brad

    To the Hillary supporters who will vote for McCain, you should realize
    that this is politics. No sooner than Hillary gives her concession speech,
    she will mend the party by immediately urging her supporters to join
    together and support senator Obama. That's just the way it is done.
    Hillary will urge her voters not to vote for John McCain as she has done
    often during her campaign. So if you are going to vote republican, whats
    the point in claiming you are democrats?

    May 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. mitchell from arkansaw

    so what?she can't catch up.she needs to drop out.she's damaging the party ,with her bigoted remarks.her supporters think she's entitled to the wh,even though she doesn't have enough support.the longer she holds out,the more of her supporters are gonna stay mad,and vote for mccain or not at all.she should be focused on uniting the party,but she's tearing it down,instead.

    May 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Whatever

    Her denial of the blatantly obvious facts about this election remind me of someone else who constantly denies the obvious. I don't think we need a repeat of GWB.

    May 12, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. s

    I'm still tring to figure out why she's still running instead coming on board with Obama. If it was the other way around Obama would have stopped just like Edwards to help the campaign and bring the democrats together. Hillary has shown me that she rather join MCcain then Obama. She's fighting desperately against Obama even though he's leading. Therefore, if Obama is denied as the nominee I do believe 80% of his supporters will vote for McCain or not vote at all. I made up my mind not to vote at all if this happens because denying Obama as the nominee it will be just like saying our votes for him didn't count.

    May 12, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Jose'

    Operation Chaos!!

    May 12, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. La Raza

    If Hillary "were winning" as you say, then why does she have to loan her campaign money? I don't understand. Why don't you Hillary supporters send her money if you want her to win so bad?

    I am an Obama supporter and he seems to be doing fine money-wise. I send him $25/month. I TRULY support his campaign.

    It appears that Hillary supporters are just doing lip-service to her campaign, but don't want to "come out the wallet" for her.....sad, so sad. Because you may SAY you want her to win, but won't do whatever it takes money-wise.

    May 12, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Scott, Charlotte

    So ? Obama is focusing on his upcoming Presidential campaign in the fall against grandpa McCain.
    While you're there in WV and kentucky, Hillary, please be sure to tell them to vote for Barrack this fall in the campaign. Thanks for campaigning for us !

    May 12, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Janet,

    As an American 60+ White Catholic Female, I am very sad to see someone like HRClinton to take the Party into a division of White vs Black, Blue Collar vs White Collar, and in general trying to divide the American People. Shame on her! She is an insult not only to the female gender but she is not a true American, but caring only for herself, and not the American People.
    If she can't financially handle her campaign , how in the heck is she going to handle our taxpayer money in the White House?
    She isn't anything more than a school yard bully, liken to those female teenagers beating up of one helpless girl, on You Tube!
    If we do not want that kind of politican, old boys school, which has damaged our country and international identity.

    Change Now or Forever live in the GUTTER!

    May 12, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Concerned

    It's a shame that this country is still divided by race. The only reason Obama won't win in West Virgina and Kentucky is because those are still heavy racist states southern states.

    But don't underestimate God, people!

    May 12, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Bryan in AA

    How are Hillary supporters claiming that this election has been stolen nfrom her? You are absolutely dillusional at this point? She accepted the rules of the contest before it started. Michigan and Florida were not going to count and it was up to she and her campaign to create a winning strategy. Hillary came in with a HUGE advantage and her campaign botched the execution. Don't blame Obama, don't blame the DNC. If she can't win the Democratic contest with a HUGE lead at the onset, what makes you think she can win the general election? Hillary and her supporters need to look in the mirror and understand that this presidential term is too important to lose. Let's unite around our nominee (Obama) and move forward. When it was clear that McCain was going to win the nomination, Republicans voted in droves to support him whether they love him or not. It's smart politics. Let's not be real "donkeys" and do the right thing for the party. VOTE OBAMA unless you want another BUSH term.

    May 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. AJ

    She will most likely hold those leads, but, sadly, as the democratic leadership is pushing for an Obama candidacy, it's most likely the super delegates will follow. Once again, the Democratic leadership has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Obama can not win the general election. Any idiot that can read an electoral map can see that. He cannot win Florida or Ohio. Michigan is doubtful. For the red states that had the slightest possibility of voting democrat this election cycle, its not likely that they will choose an untested black man who has accomplished nothing during his entire career in politics over a seasoned somewhat conservative white man who actullay has some accomplishments under his belt. Obama is running on nothing but rhetoric and arrogance.

    May 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Maryland Woman

    Hillary is fighting as if she is trying to get her husband a job (Vice President)?????? Husband & Wife team. PLEASE!!!!

    Any old administration will only taint what has already been damaged by Bush.

    We have all lost the sense of reasoning first then reacting later. If Hillary or McCain is in office, we will still be in a war whether it is an old or new war.

    May 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Don from Canada

    Hillary run for the votes but it does not matter – you are the only one left that doesn't seem to notice it's OVER !

    May 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Michigan 4 Clinton

    Obama is a cotton candy politician...He is sweetly spun, and looks ideal...however..but so true to all cotton candy...once you take a bite.....THERE IS NOTHING THERE BUT SWEET AIR!

    I am a 22 y/o college student, and a strong Hillary Clinton supporter. If Obama becomes our democratic nomination, by a narrow lead, and by dismissing MICHIGAN & FLORIDA... I will VOTE for Mccain in the fall.

    Clinton supporters UNITE>>>>Yes, We Will!

    May 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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