May 12th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton holds big leads in West Virginia and Kentucky

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/12/art.clintonpolls.ap.jpg 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. SaneTexan

    Anyone but Obama in 08!!!
    This Democrat will LAUGH when he loses the general election. He has basically gotten the nomination because of all his racist supporters who want to feel good about their choice. And don't call ME racist...90% of the black vote has gone to Obama so I would say the shoe is on the other foot for not supporting a white person. Once again, the Dems find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.

    May 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. gary

    any moron who feeds into voting for McCain because they are miffed that their choice isn't the nominee really needs to do some soul searching. elect McCain and you can guarantee the final nail in our country's coffin. dividing the democratic party is exactly what these idiots want us to do. pathetic.

    May 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Billy, Baltimore, MD

    This is surely the question that will be asked over and over again during the next two weeks: If the Democrats have chosen Obama over Clinton, then why can't he put her away? Why is she going to keep on winning states this week and next?

    The fact is that this race is not over. It's still going strong. We have two great candidates and people seem to be divided almost evenly over which one of them is better. That's okay. I don't think this is bad for the party and I don't think Hillary is damaging anything by continuing her fight.

    Think of this in terms of sports. No sports fan would ask his team or even the other team to walk out of the staidum or arena when it is close late in the game. The seats stay filled and it goes to the buzzer. We've got a nail-biter.

    May 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. KBG

    Cnn should be ASHAMED of themselves! The are anything BUT a neutral news reporting agency. It is disgusting how they pick smiling Obama pictures and chose to put the most unflatering scowling photos of Clinton. Even on the talk show, with the so-called contributors, they always have more Obama supporters than anyone else. Stop pretending to be fair and neutral....it is very obvious you are not. This is not "reporting" the news it is trying to shape it. Shame.

    May 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Paul

    Would you overwhelming majorities of voters in KY and WV stop being so selfish and voting for Hillary when the media has declared the race over???

    May 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. frank kd

    the democrats should be very careful! Republicans are now saying Obama is easy to beat come fall, this is a strategy to get clinton whom i know is easy to beat cos they know her weak points. she should drop out now!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. CW4Barak

    I think the Billarys are in for a suprise in WV and KY....they may win by a MUCH smaller margin than the polls are showing....as white and as racist as people may say those states are, I believe they are not different from the white people in say Idaho, Iowa or Illinois...they have the ability to see through the Billary bs. Sen. Obama is even doing them a big favor by not campaigning there until today when he will make appearances...he is not conceding the states, he is just being decent and honorable by giving Billary the opp. to have a big win and go out on a high note....something I know they would not have done for him. So yeah, bottom line, they will win WV and KY, but not in the huge margins that are being predicted....Sen. Obama will net 11 delegates from WV and 30 from KY!

    May 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Jan

    I loved that soft-spoken intelligent reporter from WV who did not waver when the CNN reporter tried to bully him into saying the BO endorsers would make a difference to the electorate. When will CNN realize that some of us know a leader when we see one and do not follow endorsers like sheep? Hillary is that leader and a fighter for all Americans!

    May 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Clinton 2008

    We do NOT want someone who voted "MAYBE" 132 times as a state senator. We do not want obama. Stand tall Americans, a vote for a Fighter who WILL make a difference, not a sweet talking, spineless obama. He stood by an ANTI-AMERICAN WRIGHT FOR 20 YEARS!
    NO, OBAMA- NOT this time....GROW UP DREAMWEAVER!

    West Virgina Vote 4 Clinton!

    Clinton supporters WILL vote MCCAIN in the fall if NObama still this nomiation.

    YES WE WILL!

    CLINTON/EDWARDS 08

    May 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. F. Lynn

    What's to admire about this? She's trying to play spoiler to run in 4 years. I don't admire that? She's trying to make this a black vs. white thing! That's clinton for you. I love her other comment about "They don't want me in this because I'm a women", that's heplful to the Democratic Party HUH!
    You have to admit it, sour grapes has moved in and no good can come from this! If Obama had made the "whites won't vote for him" or the"They don't want me in this because I'm a women" comments, the media and clinton would have been all over him, every min. of the day! She's a joke and shouldn't even be a Senator!

    May 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. dan

    It's one thing to vote for hillary or obama. But it is one thing to vote for a republican or refuse to vote if hillary does not make. You are just sticking your foot in your own mouth. When mccain gets in and drafts us to fight a BS war. Im sure we will be happy then.

    IGNORANCE IS BLISS RIGHT??!?!?

    May 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Democrat

    From the beginning I have vowed to vote democrat no matter who won the nomination. I stand by that.

    Clinton & Obama are almost identical in their platforms. McCain's plans are nuts.

    McCain is for continuing the war/occupation – Clinton/Obama for ending the war...McCain is for continuing tax breaks to corporations & CEO's – Clinton/Obama for ending those privledges...McCain is against universal health care – Clinton/Obama for it.

    The differences are stark. You can't honestly vote McCain if you really look at what he stands for. It is ANTI-HILLARY to vote McCain.

    May 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    CNN, you guys are too much, who cares how this tooth-less Cavemen in both West Virginia and Kentucky vote, the game is long been over. Let’s be honest this Uneducated inbreed Red-Necks will never vote for an African American anyway no matter what! It a shame but that’s the society we live in.
    Congratulation Obama, we are almost home!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    May 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Matt B

    To all those Hillary supporters who claim you'll never vote for Obama:

    The policy differences between the two are minor. The differences between either Clinton or Obama and McCain are huge. Therefore it makes absolutely no sense for you to vote for McCain over Obama – unless all you care about is a summer gas tax holiday, or unless you are all petulant, spiteful children. So get a grip and vote for Obama this November.

    If by some miracle Hillary gets the nomination instead of Obama, I would vote for her despite her dishonesty, race-baiting, and utter lack of integrity – because despite all that she's still better than McCain.

    May 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. fred

    Go Hillary!!

    Who cares if Obama and the DNC are hurt!!

    Run as an Independent Hillary!!

    May 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. TF, CO

    Adam,

    I hope for all our sakes you are wrong. If McCain wins I hope you lose your job and your insurance. Then you'll see why you should not of acted like a child and voted democrate.

    Vote McCain if you want the US dollar to worth $ 0.30 by 2012.

    May 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. gene

    I have a hard time trying to figure out what is going on with CNN. I wanted to add a comment on the Edwards story and with only 88 comments and up for about one hour, they closed. Edwards was my first choice, but whem Obama and him played tag team to bash Hillary Clinton in the debates, he lost me! The reason he did not endorse Obama in N.C. is very simple, he would not have moved the white vote, and his endorsement would have been wothless. If he Endorsed Clinton nothing would have changed, because Obama"s big victory came from 91% of the Black vote, with Clinton only getting 6% of the remaining number. One out of every three voters in the Democratic primary voted for Obama. That is why he could not win Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, there was not enough of a pool of AA voters. If he is the nominee he is a sure loser in the fall. That is also why he is going to lose West Virginia and Kentucky.

    May 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. John

    Hillary can beat McCain, Obama can not. This is a fact!

    If D party want to take over WH, Hillary is the only one.

    McCain will beat Obama easily.

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Concerned Canadian

    Since the superdelegates came out early in the primary races and made their alliances known way in advance of some big primaries that could have affected the results , then Hillary Clinton has every right to continue her campaign to keep the options open to the rest of the voting public.

    Its the superdelegates, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, a presumtuous Barack Hussein Obama and a vicious attacking media which targeted Hillary from the onset that harmed the Democratic Party more than Hillary Clinton can ever do.

    Now , Edwards (also a superdelegate) is coming out in public telling Hillary Clinton not to harm the party. Man, this incompetency in the Democratic Party seems to have no end. Edwards, first of all shouldn't be opening his trap and second he's another over zealous politician who just can't wait to stick his lousy two cents in because he's been dying for some spotlight. Once again you some bumbling Democratic party member saying and doing something stupid and useless just to get their 15 minutes of fame. One more thing. Its really terrible that a superdelegate , Donna Brazile, was on CNN everynight promoting Barack Hussein Obama. She should be ashamed of your actions and the DNC should be reigning these superdelegates in, though its too late now, from opening their traps and spewing all sorts of their own personal views to affect the outcome of the election. Let the people speak first.

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Joan Buch

    Obama cannot win the General Election because he does not have the support of three groups of people. They will vote of McCain rather than him – there are too many questions unanswered w/Obama. He called himself Barry until he got into Politics- I wonder why? Not a critical point, however one wonders why? Many more critical points that we cannot figure out.
    Joan B
    Chicago, Il

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. bigben

    I used to be republican before I had children. Now I realize that I've got to try to make this country a better place for them and not just use this planet for MY benefit. This means putting more emphasis on education (no child left behind is a farce), environmental and fiscal responsibility, to mention just a scant few. I don't see McCain or Hillary fitting any of these requirements as well as Obama. He's got my support 100%, as with my $250 donation to his campaign. His "inexperience" is refreshing. He might not be so far out of touch with us like the other "seasoned veterans". Term limits are desperately needed to prevent the polluting of the minds who are leading this country.

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I think it's disgusting how Hillary Clinton has willed alot of her supporters to blindly follow her without thinking of the reprecussions of ANOTHER Rebuplican term (ie McCain). Don't kid yourself – the policies that John McCain would impose are those EXACTLY like those of George W. Bush! So if you've enjoyed seeing your country go from super powerhouse to bottom feeder, then yeah! Go ahead and throw away your vote – it's in your constitution!

    And the comments that Bill Clinton said over the weekend just PROVE once again that the Clintons are NOT about this country, and NOT about this Democratic party! They care about one sole thing – and that's the nomination. I think they are using her situation as being the underdog by rallying her support BUT AT A COST TO OBAMA. Using separitist language like "only hard working, white Americans" and "the rest of the country makes fun of me for campaigning here".

    Now you tell me – when have you EVER heard anything positive or about coming together from the Clinton party? Every word the spew is divisive and about separating the party between her supporters and the rest. And all for the name of building up their base, and then coming to the DNC and saying "Look, if we go...our supporters go. So put me on the ticket or else."

    THIS WOMAN IS TRYING TO BLACKMAIL THE PARTY INTO GIVING HER THE VP NOMINATION.

    And anyone to blind or stupid to see that...well, I feel sorry for you.

    Hillary and Bill Clinton have no morals. And yes, they are absolutely losing their bearings!

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Swiss in Canada

    Fred, you are boring. Do you have nothing else to doo?

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. MCD

    UNITE

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Tony

    For literally months Obama's campaign and his nasty supporters on this blog have been calling for super delegates to commit. Why? Because they're affraid that if the primaries play out their candidate won't have the popular vote even though he'll be ahead in terms of pledged delegates.

    So what are super delegates to do at that point? Do they stick with Obama and give him the nomination or do they jump ranks and go with the candidate that more people actually voted for? We've only got three weeks left and six contests. Clinton is favored in three and Obama is favored in three. Let's see where the popular vote stands at the end of the day.

    I find it totally laughable that a party that to this day is upset that Gore was cheated of the White House because he won the popular votes but came up short in terms of Electoral College votes is potentially about to deny the candidate with the popular vote their own nomination. What hypocrites!

    Also, everyone talks about the "math" being against Clinton but the "math" is against Obama too because neither will get the number of pledged delegates needed to be the nominee. The super delegates will decide and they can float from side to side 100 times over between now and the convention. So, please tell me how the "math" is only against Clinton?

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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