The Math: It was a whomping win in a swing state won by successful Democratic nominees in general elections since 1916. With 93% of the West Virginia vote in Hillary has humiliated Obama with a margin of over 40% of the vote. Obama outspent Hillary. Hillary outworked Obama. Obama hid tonight from the voters – again.
Together, we have won millions and millions of votes – by the time tonight is over, probably 17 million, close to it. We’ve won them in states that we must be prepared and ready to win in November – Pennsylvania and Ohio, Arkansas and New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Florida, and now West Virginia. It is a fact that no Democrat has won the White House since 1916 without winning West Virginia.
The bottom line is this – the White House is won in the swing states and I am winning the swing states. And we have done it by standing up for the deepest principles of our party with a vision for an America that rewards hard work again, that values the middle class and helps to make it stronger.
Big Media and Big Media tool Barack Obama lost big tonight. Thank you voters of West Virginia. Thanks also to the voters in Nebraska who gave Hillary a close loss.
Hillary Clinton made a point tonight in support of the voters of Florida and Michigan.
The Florida and Michigan votes must be counted as they were voted. On to Denver.
Politico, before the votes in West Virginia came in: Here are five indicators that the pros will be watching:
1) How goes Mason County? In 1988 and 2000 — the most recent elections with no incumbent president on the ballot — the county of less than 30,000 residents on the Ohio border was within 5 percentage points of the actual statewide primary results.
Actual results for Mason county: Hillary 72.43%, Obama 18.65%, Edwards 8.92%
2) The Edwards protest vote. John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator who ended his Democratic presidential campaign in January, remains on the ballot in West Virginia. And he polled at 4 percent in the Suffolk poll, popular primarily with men and independents.
If Edwards gets that much of the vote or more, it could add to the night’s woes for Obama and presage problems for him in a general election matchup with McCain, particularly in rural states such as West Virginia.
With 92% of the vote in: Edwards 7%
“There are people who for some reason won’t vote for Obama,” said David Paleologos, who directed the Suffolk poll. Edwards’ poll showing, combined with Obama’s relatively low favorability numbers (44 percent favorable and 41 percent unfavorable, compared with Clinton’s 70 percent favorable and 21 percent unfavorable ratings) suggest to Paleologos that “Obama may have to write off West Virginia come November.”
The poll also found 40 percent of respondents would vote for the Democratic nominee if their preferred candidate lost, while 23 percent said they would cross the ballot to vote for McCain.
3) Turnout in the southern coal fields, the northern panhandle and the Ohio River counties. These areas, home to some of the most unionized, blue-collar and economically distressed populations in the state, are Clinton country.
Hillary swamped the vote in every county in West Virginia.
4.) Television coverage. The Clinton campaign blames the Obama-as-inevitable story line partly on the saturation television coverage of last week’s huge Obama victory in North Carolina and unexpectedly narrow Clinton win in Indiana. Much of the analysis framed the night as a determinative moment in the campaign. Campaign aides were particularly peeved at Tim Russert’s declaration on MSNBC that “we now know who the Democratic nominee is going to be, and no one is going to dispute it” — even before the network called Indiana for Clinton.
All the Big Media bias is increasingly being turned off by the American people. West Virgina voters ignored Big Media. This was a major loss for Big Media and their tool Barack Obama.
5) Fundraising bounce. Clinton’s campaign has been outspent in nearly every state by Obama’s fundraising juggernaut, and the Clinton campaign acknowledged over the weekend it is $20 million in debt.
Only Hillary supporters can answer this question.
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West Viginians rejected the presumptive Democratic nominee by a roughly two-to-one margin, one of the widest margins of the primary season. The outcome was the predictable result of familiar demographics: West Virginia’s relatively poor white voters have been Hillary Rodham Clinton’s base since February.
In a stark rejection of Obama in a state Bill Clinton carried in 1992 and 1996, almost half of the Democratic primary voters — typically the most partisan Democrats in a state — said they’d vote for Republican John McCain rather than Obama in November.
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Hillary Clinton in an email tonight:
After tonight’s tremendous victory here in West Virginia, it’s clear that the pundits declaring this race over have it all wrong. The voters in West Virginia spoke loud and clear — they want this contest to go on.
I’m listening to the voters — and to you.
With your help, I’m going to carry the energy of tonight’s victory into the next contests in Kentucky and Oregon. And just as always, I’ll be depending on you to share every step of this journey with me. You have worked your heart out, put yourself on the line for what you believe in, and given generously. And I’m not about to turn my back on you.