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. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Obama needs to be careful. He will need to pressure Hillary into spending more money. The sooner she runs out of money, the better.

    He needs to blanket both states with ads, if for no other reason, to make Hillary nervous.

    But he won't need to go negative. Just a few "Yes We Can" ads ought to do.

    May 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. mitchell from arkansaw

    it's not enough to win the nomination.barack has too huge of a lead.besides ,hillary is to inexperienced to be president,and bill will try to run things ,from behind the scenes.hillary is too dishonest,just like mccain and bush.her ideas for the economy are bogus pandering for votes.obama will campaign in the remaining states,to try to maintain his lead,and he will narrow the gap,as more people get to know him better,and recognize hillary's deceit.and ,by the way ,you people thinking she's going to lead in popular votes,are crazy.she's 3/4 of a million behind obama ,and now,has even took over the super -d lead.pack it up hill,you are finished.

    May 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. fred

    its too late the partys over , bye bye hillary

    May 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. ivar

    Hillary Who???? Ahhh the one who refused to understand that she lost????Mama Mia....She is going to be still hollering after the swearing in ceremony of Obama...
    By the way did any one notice shape of hillarys eyes


    May 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Noel

    Hillary, I'm totally moved by your commitment to the American people. I'm convinced that you're running for president because you care about the people and the country. Your determination to fight against all odds, especially as a woman, is admirable! Keep it up!

    May 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Monica

    Adam, he did not lie about Wright and hearing the things he said. He specifically said that he was not in church during those particular sermons that were making the news but that he had heard him say other things. Don't come on these blogs and post that nonscence because it ultimately makes you the liar.

    May 12, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. C@$H

    Hillary behold there is a King coming from the east.............This election should not be about blue or red state, black or white! It's about we the people who build american and it's economy.......Do u smell what Barack is cooking...:)

    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Dan, MA

    Not really surprising that Clinton is taking those "good ole boy" states. She's not going to get the nod, so all she's doing now is messing up the Democratic party. Rather self-serving actions for someone who wants to serve the people.

    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. fred

    Well Sabrina....I guess the democrats are going to fall!!!

    We will not vote for OBAMA!!

    Go Hillary....if not McCain!!

    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. David Rodriguez

    Keep the good fight going Senator Clinton. She is the only one that knows what they are doing. We can't afford to elect another president that has no experience in Washington. Haven't we learned our lesson with the one we have now.

    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. John Medvit

    Enjoy this win ! It will be your last. Time to say goodbye.

    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Bob

    The comment in the article, "Kentucky is considered a solidly Republican state" is not at all true. Not only did Bill Clinton carry the commonwealth twice, it has only had one Republican governor in more than 30 years. Not to mention the fact that an overwhelming majority of registered voters are democrats.

    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. For Hillary 08

    No way to the Obomadable. He's no fighter and has no experience. He is prejudice snob that has no clue what he's doing. He'll never win in November and the party will learn their lesson the hard way.

    I'll pull the vote for Mccain before I do for Obamadable.

    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Nick

    So we have the nominee from the democrats, and he is loosing in the remaining states from Senator Clinton. Liberal media is throwing the final punches to shut down Hillary Clinton, and cheer lead their favorite candidate ( Windy City Senator Obama).
    Howard Dean is all over his stupid decisions on Michigan and Florida, and Obama is happy with it...
    So we are going to have McCain for a president. I think this is a god news for America.
    At least McCain is a patriot and loves this country.

    May 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. John in KY

    Kentucky is a solidly Republican state when the Democratic Party nominates liberals.
    When the Democratic Party nominates moderates the state goes Democratic. Note the last two Democratic Presidents have carried Kentucky. Does anyone see a pattern
    Enough said. Sadly the Democratic Party is sliding back to the 80s in it nominees.

    May 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Julia, Kentucky

    Keep on insulting KY and WV and show your true colors. Our votes are no more insignificant that yours are. It doesn't matter how the primaries end, the person who is elected will be who the "big business" or the Washington political machine chooses. If our votes mattered so much, why have delegates, super delegates, etc.? Think of past elections and the big surprises. You may be in for one this time before it is all over. And another thing, insulting people just because of where they are from or because they don't agree with your choice of candidates is childish and immature and doesn't bode well for the candidate you are suppose to be representing...Grow up and leave the schoolyard antics at home!!

    May 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. leon

    WE HILLARY SUPPORTERS will not vote for Obama the fake and arrogant lier whow is playing with voter's dreams. He is a vulgar and average politician and we are going to start a movement against him.

    He has portrayed himself as the champion for change,what change and based on what. Is he is the nominee and if he reach the white house his followers are going to be so dissapointed he will achieve nothing and he will change nothing.

    May 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. mitchell from arkansaw

    to susan from missouri: everyday you come in here promoting hillary ,and in the same article,you promote obama.who's side are you on? or better yet ,how many split personalities do you have?i think you are a limbaughnut trying to stir trouble in the democratic race.

    May 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Women for Obama

    We all know that the delegate math is against her 100%. Her only hope is to swing some of the Superdelegates to her side (or back to her side) to make up the difference. That would mean that 80% of the toal number of Supers would have to vote for her. Possible (as anything is possible), but extremely unlikely.

    I think the true gauge of one's character is not how you win, but rather how you lose. There is a way to gracefully lose and I hope that she does that.

    May 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. pam

    It is over so it does not matter at all.

    May 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. AVEMBE The sun

    Just let HRC compete till the end...even if she tries to change rules in the process like "under the republican system i would be the nominee ?!?!?!" does she mean she wants the DNC to ...become...Republican...(HOUHOUHOhahahahahah!!!) oh boy!that woman...Just Let her Win!!!!Please let that woman win the nomination and the GE...

    May 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Adam

    God speed ahead Ms President. Thanks for the medical coverage, helping pay off my college debt, and for bringing my brother home after 8 years in the desert.....

    May 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Getting tired of this

    To Tony (11:30 am):

    I do not mean this in a nasty way at all – but Obama's lead is now at a point where it seems even if tallies from all 50 states are counted, HRC will not have the popular vote lead – and certainly not the delegate lead.

    Also, even if HRC were able to catch up in the popular vote, this country has had elections in which the delegate leader and the popular vote leader were different. The delegate leader has won each time because that is how the system is set up. I don't think if Obama and Clinton were in reverse positions that you would call for this system to be altered and I don't think it should be now simply because your candidate is losing the delegate count.

    May 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Big E

    What a shame that the Obama supporters are such nasty, angry, hateful people. What a turn off!!
    Obama's a good all aren't doing him any favors with your nastiness. Give it a rest.

    May 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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