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. June


    The guy in the picture behind Hillary is probably talking on the phone, but he looks like he's holding his nose.

    May 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. saks

    If not Hillary, then McCain.

    Hillary's been screwed, the party's been screwed and I'm voting for McCain.

    Deal with it.

    May 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Steve in DC

    Ohh Yeah...well Obama just took the lead in superdelegates today. How do you take the nomination away from a person who leads in the popular vote, most states won, pledged delegates and superdelegates? If her last name was not Clinton...she would just be ignored now. Which is what Obama is doing...he barely mentions her anymore. I think its hilarious!

    May 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Bob L.

    I can hear it now. Hillary wins West Virginia and Kentucky by huge margins so she MUST be the people's choice. Well, up until today, Obama has won 16 primaries/caucuses with 60% or more of the vote. Hillary has won just one – her home state – Arkansas. The numbers don't lie. More delegates, more superdelegates (and more every day), larger popular vote, no matter what happens in WV and Kentucky.

    Hillary – put your (and Bill's) huge ego aside and show some grace by withdrawing. You do not want to be remembered as the primary reason for McCain getting in in November!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Gerry In Toronto

    Obama needs only 33 more pledged delegates to wrap up the race. Even if Hillary wins in West Virginia and Kentucky, Obama will win the nomination on May 20th, because he's got a 15 point lead in Oregon where there's 52 delegates up for grabs..

    When that happens the SD's will flock to Obama to give him the 2025 needed.

    It's time for all democrats to unite behind the Obama campaign and get ready for the fight with John McBush in November.

    May 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Girhen

    Even with people like Adam below, who is no Democrat but actually a Republican, Obama is going to win, hands-down.

    America is tired of the Republicans right now. As soon as Hillary finally gives up and the media turns its spotlight on McCain, he's done.

    I look forward to President Obama. He'd better deliver on his promise to change the tone of Washington. He feels like our last, best hope – else America may be doomed to continue down the tubes, and the good times will be forever over as we become just another country, and no longer anything special...

    May 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Hillary supporter

    Is that fear that I hear from the Obama people? What are you afraid of? That all the states will get a chance to vote? Come on, be nice. We love our candidate as you love yours and we want to see her win ! Let the voters have their say–The supers will control the primaries, so, be not afraid. It is the general that you need to worry about! Onward and Upward! Love Kentucky and WV–my kind of people–Michigan Nurse–also "educated".

    May 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. jack

    guess I don't vote for a president this time

    May 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Johann

    It would be impossible for Mr. Obama to win against Mr. McCain. The basis of the Democratic Party supporters e.g. blue collar workers, women, would only vote for Hillary Clinton at the general election. They would rather vote for McCain than for Obama. That is why iIt would be wise for the Democratic Party if superdelegates would choose Hillary as a nominee.

    May 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |




    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. 35 year old white woman in NY

    I just want to go on record AGAIN saying how completely ignorant it is for women to be voting for Hillary because she is a woman. While I can understand your need to eventually have a woman in the White House, there are many women who do not believe she is the best candidate. Shame on any woman for voting for her just because she is a woman. I thought women were smarter than that.

    May 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Nando, Florida





    May 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Susan MO


    I am convince you are a republican posing as a democrat

    Obama / Webb 08

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. TF, CO


    Please respond and answer me this. How can Hillary save our economy when she is running a campaign in the RED?? Doesn't sound very fiscally responsible to me. Please stop saying she has experienced, being the first lady does not give you experience. If that is your case then Robin Givens should have been a heavy weight champ after being married to Mike Tyson.

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Hillary will probably enjoy her last two victories......but the math is seldom wrong.........she is behind.......and will be unable to close the gap delegate that exist in favor of Obama. She will win these two battles, but the "war" is over.......she is defeated......endure it and move on with life.

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Porter

    In addition to dominating West VA and Kentucky head-to-head, Hillary also holds comparative advantages over Obama in a race against McCain in the following states (RCP averages):
    Florida: +10.7
    Ohio: +8.8
    PA: +8.0

    Don't worry dems... I'm sure those states won't be important in the fall or anything!

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. bigben


    I really hope Obama breaks with another tradition: The nominee paying off the debts of the candidate running 2nd. Why should Obama's campaign pay for your fiscal irresponsibility? Democrats are supposed to be "pay as you go", but you seem to subscribe to the republicans' "charge it" tendency. Hate to say it, but our nation can't just go claiming bankruptcy and get a fresh start on the world stage like so many Americans can!

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Cathy

    Obama supporters are the loosers.Why are they putting the people in WV down?Is it because obama is not in the lead there?Grow up obamabots.

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Arthur Nnaemeka

    For the sake of her dignity, Hilary Clinton should just quit. She is doing nothing but destroying the political future of her little girl Chelsea.

    Go Obama.

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. John Colopy

    Ya right, Obama voted "present" 24 times in the Illionois Senate to protect himself. He even voted "present" on his own bill twice – ummhh I wonder why?
    John C
    Chicago, Il

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. AZM

    Come on Hillary....

    Don't quit... ever... run independant if you have too... it's time for more options!

    May 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Rod

    Hillary would give illegals healthcare. I'm against that completely. If you aren't a proper citizen of this country you need to get out of here. You can come back when you follow the rules. This is a huge problem.

    May 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Karl Wirth

    No dout (from my german very-far- away-distance) that Obama will win.

    Hillary´s role to play in the future is VP of Obama If she wants to play that role) In order not to loose her face, she is said to continue her race, faithful to the motto:

    " I don´t mind Obama being presidend under me"

    May 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. jenn

    This is our democratic election process at work! Leave it alone and enjoy the ride. Its not all Hillary... people are voting for her and want her to win the nomination. Sounds like to me Obama supporters want their guy to have an easy time of it... wanting her to throw in the towel... she has substantial voter support that cannot and should not be ignored. Finally in my lifetime we have a primary that will actually be forced to hear from all the states, and people are complaining. yikes.

    May 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. U.S. Patriot

    Liked both Obama and Hillary, but Obama more. He's fresh and we need real change. Not another Republican for sure! McCain is just Bush 2.0. Wish the world could vote for a U.S. president, not just us Yanks. It would be Democratic everytime.

    May 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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