May 13th, 2008
06:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Exit polls show sobering news for Democrats

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, West Virginia."]

(CNN) - The West Virginia exit polls have some sobering news for the Democratic Party.

As has been the case in previous states, a significant amount of both candidates' supporters said they aren't willing to vote for the other candidate in November.

Among Obama supporters, just 51 percent of West Virginia Democrats say they will vote for Clinton if she is the nominee. John McCain would get close to a third of Obama's supporters, and 14 percent said they wouldn't vote at all.

But an even smaller number of Clinton's supporters would back Obama: just 36 percent say that they would vote for the Illinois senator. About the same amount, 35 percent, say they would support McCain and 29 percent say they wouldn't vote or would vote for someone else.

It looks like if Obama becomes the nominee, he's going to have quite a struggle with John McCain to carry West Virginia for the Democrats.

soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Why is there no reporting on the Nebraska primary that is also being held today. Obama has won that one and there is 22 delegate there. West Virginia has 28. Is seems as thou the News outlets are not giving the hold picture. They want this to be about race. Nebraska is just and white as West Virginia.

    May 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. zina

    Good grief! Can we call it what it is?

    We know this has to do with race! The people of WV have been saying it themselves.

    May 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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