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. Tahmoi

    HIllary, or dare I say "The Clinton Machine" has demonstrated in the latter stages of this primary season that personal ambitions supercedes not only the good of the Democratic Party, but as well the wishes and interest of the American people at large. I think that Hillary and the Clinton Machine is in such a state of shock as this was suppose to be Hillary's coronation, as a result they're stuck in an elevated state of denial, and still somehow believes that this is a nightmare they'll soon awake from with Hillary winning the nomination. I hate to be the one to wake you from that Dream Hillary, but "it's over"

    May 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. bigben

    West Virginny and Kentucky: Obama doesn't want to put you in shackles, take your guns or moonshine. You don't need to be ascared any more. He's one of the good guys that are more representative of you. Go for it!

    May 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. jojo

    GO Hillary!!!! People should rethink their decision about Obama being the nominee. How can he win the general election when he has that whole fiasco involviong Rezko, his spiritual mentor- Wright, and the fact that HAMAS (terrorist group) actually is endorsing him. CNN had a segment on it yesterday indicating that this will be a problem for Obama come general election time.

    Hillary is the only choice.....the best choice!

    May 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. JRC

    Kentucky and West Virginia are racist states, just like Ohio. I don't think anyone ever thought Obama would win there. No one thinks they are important or they wouldn't be so low on the voting calendar.

    I like how the Clintonistas think WV and KY are valid NOW, even though the small states Obama won weren't important because they were small. LOL!

    May 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Irishspaceonk

    Shouldn't the news be that Obama's actually gaining in these polls now that democrats are beginning to understand Clinton's yesterday's story?

    May 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Jessica @ work

    PLEASE tell me these are the last 2 states she'll get so that she will DROP OUT.

    May 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. elvispresley

    »»Hillary "So Fake!So Pathetic!" Clinton already LOST the democratic nomination. GOODBYE!!... Go AWAY!... GO Obama.

    May 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Madeleine Slaughter

    Run Hillary run! She has consistently said that she will run in each and every state until the primary is over and that is just what she is doing. She is no quitter!

    Hillary has not torn Obama down nor done anything other than point out her far superior qualifications.

    Voting for Obama is like voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976. A backlash .

    May 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Cheryl L. Swaim

    A lot of Democrats in WV, KY, and around the country like Hillary a lot. Her own party members have stabbed her in the back, and the party elite and much of the African American community have denigrated her. I sure woudn't want you Obama supporters as friends. You're one of the main reasons I won't vote Obama.

    May 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Allen deLuca - Florida

    What John Edwards has said is that there's not much chance of Hillary winning, but he also thinks Obama is not worthy of his sponsorship. Too bad, John Edwards, you are a member of the destroying-itself democrat party.

    May 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Tom

    The Clinton GAME IS OVER!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. WBC

    Hillary you made the deal and agreed with the party rules of excluding Michigan and Florida. Now it is not to your benefit, you want to disagree. Hillary you need to man up!!!! Keep your word. Will you change your word on me later?

    May 12, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Jaanum

    whether ur for obama or clinton u must vote democrat in the fall because either one of these two r a lot better than mccain. we have to forget about our anger if the one we want does not bcos we desperately need a democrat in the white house. mccain is with bush on iraq and his tax cuts. i'm for obama but if hillary by some miracle is the nominee i'll vote for her mostly to make sure a democrat is in the white house, not bcos i like her. it will be a vote against mccain.

    May 12, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Barbara Querrie

    Oh atlast she understands that winning smaller states is important,previousily he argument has been that she wins big whats up with West Virginia? is it as big as PA?Too late, Obama understood that every state is as important as the other long before you ,give it up

    May 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land

    I'm a 40 year old white male in Kentucky. I live in a county where the Democratic Headquarters had a "Hillary" sign in the window for many, many months until last week's primaries where Obama regained momentum. While such is not indicative of an overall change in support from my fellow Kentuckians, it was surely refreshing to believe someone at the HQ acually had the nerve to replace the dynastic presumption with hope for change. Likewise, while there are not enough of us to make a difference in the primary next week, please know that some of us in Kentucky embrace Senator Obama and his courage to stand up for commitment, change, and politics unusual in Washington. Got hope? Yes! But it seems like Kentucky is once again being painted as some misanthropic, Appalachian caricature of days long past. We have hope, too, only we hope that it is not Hillary that gets the Democratic nomination.

    May 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Mary

    Lets stop this SNIPER FIRE TALK………..and lets begin to talk the TRUTH!

    Lets face it, Hillary is way down in the only stat that counts. The DELEGATE COUNT. Hillary had to win the last 3 or 4 big primaries by HUGE margins to have hoped to get back into it. So NO MATTER how well Hillary does with the remaining few smaller primaries Hillary will still be remaining behind Obama in the DELEGATE COUNT.

    So if Hillary doesn’t like the rules at this late stage of this contest its just too bad. She can try to help change the rules for the 2012 primaries.

    Also, until you change the rules so that it fits Hillary’s distortions of what constitutes a win, the MEDIA should stick with the rules and say she CANNOT WIN. Actually, for the most part it has been stated since last Tuesday.

    Vote Obama ‘08

    May 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Amy NO VA

    Maybe some of these people in WV are lying to the pollsters.
    They might be afraid to have an Obama sticker or yard sign for fear some of their bigoted neighbors may harm them.
    Maybe the only safe place in WV to support Obama is
    in the privacy of the voting booth !

    OBAMA 08 !

    May 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Tim

    It kind of destroys her argument that she can win these states that Barack can't when polls show her losing them to McCain.

    May 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. IHH

    Ahh Kentucky, the great state of coal, moonshine and another disturbed First Lady who used two-last names first (Mary Todd-Lincoln). Wouldn't be surprised if HRC came out with her grandfather's moonshine recipe and her over/under shot gun and a swell recipe for hog jowels and fat backs. West Virginia is the inbred cousin of Western PA. When those poor coal miners got hurt there they took them to Pittsburgh-remember? She'll be having a fish fry at the Moose Lodge tonigh I bet. She could raise money with a ham and turkey party at the VFD I bet too-Hosted by the decendents of the Hatfields/McCoys who she spent her falls with mashing apples for cider. PSYCHO watch old Hillary GO-PSYCHO and crazy is her game-o

    May 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. K

    She can have these bama states, her campaign is over and all that is needed for her is to stop the negative attacks on the soon to be presidential nominee Barack Obama and gracefully bow out and go home.

    May 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Perplexed

    I really do not understand how Democrats – particularly Democratic women – could possibly vote for McCain instead of Obama! You guys DO realize that there are at least three Supreme Court justices who have kept Roe v Wade from being overturned and who are over 80. That means – given his public position on the issue – that McCain will will likely need to fill at least two of those positions in the next four years. Make no mistake, he will surely nominate justices whose primary qualification would be their willingness to take away a woman's right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. A vote for McCain is a vote for the return to back-alley abortions. Do you guys REALLY want that to happen? Would your anger if Hillary doesn't get the nomination really be worth losing that right?

    May 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Obama 08

    It`s so funny:

    Clinton supporters: Aaaaa, CNN is proObama and bias against Hillary Clinton.

    Obama supporters: Aaaaa, CNN is proClinton and bias against Barack Obama.

    It`s remine me kids in preschool!

    An Old White Hard-Working Women for OBAMA 08

    May 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. maya

    Obama- Why are you too scared to campaign in West Virginia and Kentucky? Too scared to debate Hillary one on one?

    Just like you can't pick and choose when to debate, you can't pick and choose which states to count in the GE....

    Florida and Michigan anyone?

    May 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Brad J

    It's unfortunate that Hillary supporters are not seeing the bigger picture here and are missing the point of the campaigns. We need to beat John McCain and the only way we are going to do that is come together.

    Instead they prefer to stay divided. It's just sad.

    May 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. The Wizard

    The remaining Hillary supporters are a bunch of nuts and frustrated women suffering hot flashes. Sure they can vote and so can KKK members, but they are still not playing with a full deck.

    May 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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