Choosy West Virginians Choose Clinton
Posted on May 13, 2008
What’s that? The Democratic primary race is over? Not if West Virginians can help it. Almost immediately after polls closed, the West Virginia primary was called for Hillary Clinton. But will she win by a big enough margin to turn heads? It’s hard to beat expectations when you’re expected to win by a landslide.
Nebraska also held a primary Tuesday, but the state’s Democratic delegates have already been allotted according to caucuses held in February. Obama won both the caucuses and the essentially meaningless primary.
Update: Clinton won West Virginia by a whopping 41 points, with about 67 percent of the vote. Obama got about 26 percent and John Edwards, who is no longer running, captured just over seven percent.
Hillary Clinton won an overwhelming victory in the West Virginia primary Tuesday, though only her most loyal supporters clung to the hope that it could loosen Barack Obama’s grasp on the nomination.
The Associated Press and television networks projected Clinton as the winner seconds after polls closed, suggesting that surveys that showed her winning by a bruising margin were accurate.
Clinton, who campaigned energetically in the state, insisted to West Virginians that their vote would still play a role in determining the party’s nominee. “I keep telling people, no Democrat has won the White House since 1916 without winning West Virginia,” she said Tuesday at Tudor’s Biscuit World in Charleston.
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