Archive for Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Clinton trounces Obama in W.Va.

May 14, 2008


— Hillary Rodham Clinton coasted to a large but largely symbolic victory in working-class West Virginia on Tuesday, handing Barack Obama one of the worst defeats of the campaign yet scarcely slowing his march toward the Democratic presidential nomination.

"The White House is won in the swing states. And I am winning the swing states," Clinton told cheering supporters at a victory rally.

She coupled praise for Obama with a pledge to persevere in a campaign in which she has become the decided underdog. "This race isn't over yet," she said. "Neither of us has the total delegates it takes to win."

Obama looked ahead to the Oregon primary later in the month and to the general election campaign against Republican John McCain, but the West Virginia defeat underscored his weakness among blue collar voters who will be pivotal in the fall.

"This is our chance to build a new majority of Democrats and independents and Republicans who know that four more years of George Bush just won't do," Obama said in Missouri, which looms as a battleground state in November.

"This is our moment to turn the page on the divisions and distractions that pass for politics in Washington," added the man seeking to become the first black presidential nominee of a major party.

With votes from 69 percent of West Virginia's precincts counted, Clinton was winning 66 percent of the vote, to 27 percent for Obama.

Clinton's triumph approached the 70 percent of the vote she gained in Arkansas, her best state to date. It came courtesy of an overwhelmingly white electorate comprised of the kinds of voters who have favored her throughout the primaries. Nearly a quarter were 60 or older, and a similar number had no education beyond high school. More than half were in families with incomes of $50,000 or less, and the former first lady was winning a whopping 69 percent of their votes.

Clinton won at least 16 of the 28 delegates at stake in West Virginia, to seven for Obama, with 5 more to be allocated.

That left Obama with 1,882.5 delegates, to 1,713 for Clinton, out of 2,026 needed to clinch the nomination at the party convention in Denver this summer. The Democratic win on Tuesday in a Mississippi special election increased by one the number of delegates needed to win the nomination.


meggers 9 years, 10 months ago

lucky man says "What if ALL white people only voted for a white candidate:.oh yeah, racism!!"As preposterous as you seem to think it is, that has been the case in every general presidential election in the nation's history. Hysterical chicken little arguments won't get your guy to the WH this election cycle. Gobama.

jonas 9 years, 10 months ago

"Again, Obama is selling out to the religious right by proclaiming that he will do the Lord's work."Kind of like in 2004 when Bush said that he thought his party's policy on homosexuals was perhaps maybe misguided. Welcome to election year politicking.

jonas 9 years, 10 months ago

The Daily Show's coverage of this last night was awesome.

Confrontation 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't know, beo, they did have a black man posing behind her during her victory speech. That must prove something, right? :)

Godot 9 years, 10 months ago

beo concedes that Obama defers his decisions to God.

Godot 9 years, 10 months ago

Obama is marketing himself to the religious right in Kentucky by saying that he is ready to do the Lord's work. I repeat, Obama is marketing himself to the religious right in Kentucky, and beyond, by pronouncing that he is ready to do to the Lord's work.Again, Obama is selling out to the religious right by proclaiming that he will do the Lord's work.

Bossa_Nova 9 years, 10 months ago

lucky man,unfortunately you're dead on. if obama gets to the white house hopefully the not so radical democrats can keep him from ruining the country which would provoke those of us who have a tendancy towards the center, to move to the right.

beatrice 9 years, 10 months ago

Bow, Obama is winning the popular vote. But what do you care, you will be voting for the Republican anyway, even if it is a liberal environmentalist who supports amnesty for illegals like John McCain. Oh, how conservatives must hate their lives right about now.

Godot 9 years, 10 months ago

How can the Dems reconcile their "separation of church and state" mantra with Obama telling the folks in Kentucky that he is ready to do the Lord's work, and publishing a flyer showing him at the pulpit with a cross behind him?

oldvet 9 years, 10 months ago

Keep fighting, Hillary! And don't let them sell you that VP baloney... hang in there for the White House!

beatrice 9 years, 10 months ago

But is there a way it can be permanent?

beatrice 9 years, 10 months ago

lucky-man: "I'm not a racist and if you or any other far-left kook says it again, I'll contact LJW management. And if they can't handle it, I'll figure out a way. Got it? Don't say it again."lucky-man, you are a racist. There, I said it. Now, go contact LJWorld managment, tell them all about how we keep saying mean things about you, and don't forget to tell LJWorld managment how you were banned before for your racist comments when you were registered as "right-thinker". Knock yourself out with that one, racist. By the way, I've got a great life -- and you are busy issuing threats. Oh how funny it is to see you neocons squirming now.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 10 months ago

snap writes:grilfriend,that'sprettyboldwordsfromthe individualwithmoreinternethandlesthanalemurhasfleas.

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