Election 2008


Clinton’s Landslide in West Virginia Won’t Affect Nomination

May 14, 2008 04:51 PM
by Rachel Balik
As expected, Hillary Clinton won the West Virginia primary by a wide margin, but her words of victory mask an almost certain eventual defeat.

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New York Senator Hillary Clinton and her supporters have done their best to turn the landslide win in West Virginia’s primary into a legitimate victory, but even with the support of the Mountain State, it is essentially mathematically impossible for her to win the Democratic nomination. But some, such as Terry McAuliffe, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, insist Clinton can still come out ahead. “She will be ahead in the popular vote and within 100 delegates by the time the primaries are over,” said McAuliffe.

Clinton now appears to be making her case directly to superdelegates. In a speech after her victory, she said, “I am in this race because I believe I am the strongest candidate to lead our party in November of 2008, and the strongest president to lead our nation starting in January of 2009. I can win this nomination, if you decide I should.”

Two in 10 West Virginia voters indicated that race was a factor in their decision. The blog Daily Kos suggests that race does influence Democratic voters in West Virginia and other Appalachian states, but in many other areas race-based voters already planned to vote Republican. Meanwhile, Obama campaigners outside of Appalachia have reported several racist incidents.

Headline: ‘Hillary racks up big win’

Reactions: Clinton’s optimistic facade

Background: ‘Is Hillary Clinton Done?’

Opinion & Analysis: Obama and the white vote

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