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

Clinton holds big leads in West Virginia and Kentucky

Clinton holds big leads in the next two states.

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. cjvwise1

    The Clintons have a history of broken promises. Last time they started their reign with a ten day corination. One of the most expensive parties of all times. I believe they want a Chelsea wedding to be at the taxpayers expense. I have no faith that they will keep any campaign promises.

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. NC voter

    WV AND KY PEOPLE,

    THIS IS NOT OVER

    WE NEED YOU TO ACTUALLY GET UP GET OUT

    AND VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    Susan Missouri, what experience does Hillary actually have? Obama served in the Illinois state senate before being elected to the US Senate. Prior to becoming a US Senator Hillary was first lady. First Lady doesn't equate experience.

    People stop listening to the rhetoric and do your OWN research. Think for yourselves. Please, for once, think for yourselves!

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Mike

    To demonstrate his arrogance, it is amazing to me that NObama pretty muche blew off West Virginia & Kentucky; with his elitist attituted!

    It's almost as if to say, "I have pretty much wrapped up this deal, so screw everyone else..." just one more reason he is NOT the right candidate for the job!

    I admire my candidate for allowing ALL voters to have a chance to vote for their candidate, a true "fighter."

    Go Hillary!!

    Go McCain!!

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. jodie Lewis

    Wake up America!!!! We are in a crisis and Hillary has the experience to push our economy back on track! Go Hillary Go!

    The truth shall prevail. I will pray for your winning Hillary!
    HILLARY CLINTON THE NEW PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. We believe in you President Hillary Clinton!

    May 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Sabrina

    Democrates remember - TOGETHER we stand; divided we fall! Come what may – we MUST unite if we want a better life for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren. I'm hoping the present administration hasn't done so much damage that this nation can't be repaired.

    May 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Sharon a Scorpio

    As a Scorpio woman myself, Hillary shows us the best qualites of the Scorpio. Scorpios are fighters and they don't give up just because the odds have them down. Is this the message Obama wants his daughters to take away from this race? If you are a woman up against a man, and the odds have you down, just give up and throw in the towel. I believe Clinton supporters will have the last laugh. I would rather have someone in the white house that knows how to make money than someone who doesn't. Why is it a crime to have wealth or know how to market yourself to make money? Obama has done nothing for America but given great speeches and the Democratic party is the one that is going to suffer as a result.

    May 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Michael Phoenix

    I admire people that support their chosen candidate so strongly but there come a time when everyone that wants change needs to make a choice based on the facts and think of the greater good or America.

    If McCain we to win America would collapse faster than the Roman Empire.

    May 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. lol

    hillary, stay in this race, and then run as an independent. the dnc is a disgrace under the leadership of howared dean, and nancy pelosi. take your loyalist and run as an independent. you will win. let's see if obama's college, "educated", and african american support is enough to win the white house. (doubtful)you owe the democratic party nadda. hillary clinton independent candidate!

    May 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Barack the Vote in RI

    For argument's sake, at this point, if you do the REAL math and give HRC 100% of the votes for W.Virginia and 100% for Kentucky as well as %70 for all remaining states – not counting any additional superdelegates for either side....Barack Obama STILL breaks the 2,025 margin leaving her far behind. Those are the facts.....don't believe the hype.

    08BAMA

    May 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. h.maragos

    Obama never clinton or maccain.like me million democrat support hillary and only hillary.

    May 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. dan

    Like a bunch of baby brats. My pawr hillawy isnt winning, wahhh. Lets wuin things fawr everywone else.

    May 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Roger Finderson

    I believe the WV and KY contests will actually be good for the Democrats. Hillary can win both without the need to be negative. They precede OR (sort of, if you consider when polls close), SD, MT, which Sen. Obama should win easily. Clinton gets to see the numbers after big wins and realize she has lost. Meanwhile, the voter rolls swell with new democrats wanting to get involved and Obama wins the final contests, leaving the primary season with the wind at his back. This is a win-win situation for the democrats.

    Obama '08

    May 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. KMAN

    So what? She has already lost and every (constantly changing) goal she has set has been forced to morph into a new one. The woman has no shame and has all the grace of Attila the Hun.

    May 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. TF, CO

    Folks,

    You should stop wasting your time writing to people of WV they don't have the internet in the Hillbilly capital of the US. They do make some good shine though. They should let Hillary take a swig of that. That might wake her up.

    May 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. charlotte

    Hillary supporters unite and write her name on your ballot in November. We can do it....Yes we can.. If you can't stand Obama and his nasty supporters. Write her in, FDR did it and he wasn't even running...

    May 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. cjvwise1

    If the Clintons were to convince the DNC to give her the nomination, I believe Obama should run on the Independent ticket. That would burn both McCain and Clinton in the November election.

    May 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    OK,

    WHY DOES HILLARY HAVE SUCH A COMMANDING LEAD IN THESE STATES?

    EVEN THOUGH THE MEDIA REPORTS HOURLY ON HER DEMISE?

    BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WANT HILLARY CLINTON! BECAUSE SHE IS SMART AND CAN STEP RIGHT IN AND START IMPROVING OUR ECONOMY ETC......

    HILLARY HAS PROVEN THAT SHE IS TOUGH AND CAN STAY THE COURSE!!!!!

    WE NEED A LEADER! AND THAT IS WHAT I SEE IN HILLARY!!!!!!

    HOW WOULD OBAMA EXPECT TO WIN IN NOVEMBER IF HE CANNOT WIN THESE LARGE STATES?

    ALSO, WHY WOULD THE SUPER DELEGATES WANT TO NOMINATE SOMEONE WHO HAS PROVEN HE CANNOT WIN?

    I SAY GO HILLARY I AM CONTRIBUTING AGAIN!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Mook

    As far as I'm concerned, and as a hard-working white American male, HRC's potential wins in West Virginia and Kentucky come a day late and a dollar short. Mysteriously enough, I can't for the life of me understand why the people of these two states would willfully vote for a person who: (1) supported the entire NAFTA issue along with her President husband–which subsequently shipped the majority of their jobs overseas; (2) supported the war in Iraq, which has caused our economy to deteriorate to the present extent we see today–everything has become more expensive only because our nations finances are being spent in Iraq on people who could care less; and (3) blatantly lied about arriving in Bosnia under "Sniper-fire." I mean, if you lie to me before you obtain Presidential office, why should I believe that you won't continue once you're in office.

    Go away HRC and let our Democratic Party heal in peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 2008

    May 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Mike in Calgary

    Hillary's racist remarks certainly seem to appeal overwhelmingly to West Virginia voters. Seems like they and Hillary are really BITTER. Now we know why they are each trailing in the nation.

    Mike

    May 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. paul oregon

    this is great tell someone that cares. how come is her campain so far in debt? with all of these supports???????????????

    May 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Dana

    For the record:

    We DON'T want Hillary on Obama's ticket. She brings too much baggage and we have enough on our plate without worrying about what Hillary brings to the table, which in my opinion are all negatives.

    So give her a courtesy interview and then ignore her, she's bad news. Of course she's going to bug the hell out of Obama, but he's got to be strong.

    Oh, by the way, we don't want Rendell either. He was the first to say proudly that whites would never vote for Barack. As if that's something to be proud of-give both of them the boot.

    May 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Jack Cilvavy

    Hllary wil win the next two races by 75/25 and the third one 65/35. The rest of them will be 55/45 Hlilary. The people "get it" now. Michigan and Florida must be resolved – the fact they have had three months (and 8 months before election) and done nothing smacks of imcompetence in the Decmocratic Party. If you leave the two States out the Dem Party will pay the price in November.
    Jack C
    Oregon

    May 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Lynn

    I agree with your poster that CNN has been biased against Hillary.

    May 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    GOOD FOR YOU HILLARY!!!!!!!!

    WE ARE BEHIND YOU GIRL!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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