May 13th, 2008
05:53 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

It's PRIMARY DAY...the people of West Virginia head to the polls today to vote for the democratic nominee. Most believe it is a slam dunk for Hilllary Clinton, the latest CNN political polls show her with almost a 40 point lead....but can a win convince the party and superdelegates that she is indeed the better candidate? She claims "you cannot win the general election without West Virginia." West Virginia is another state, like Pennsylvania and Ohio, that is filled with the white working class vote...a major voting block across the country that Clinton claims Obama cannot win.

BUT while Obama NOW leads in superdelegates, the outcome of West Virginia's primary Tuesday may best be foretold by where Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama plan to spend the day. Clinton is expected to be in Charleston, West Virginia, to celebrate what should be her large victory. Obama has no plans Tuesday night, but he is spending the late afternoon at a campaign event in Missouri. Missouri has already voted this primary season but is considered a swing state that Democrats and Republicans have in their sights this November...So Obama is already thinking about November and a match up with John McCain....

Soooo tune in tonight at 7 pm and CNN will have all the results and all the analysis. AC360 takes over at 10 pm with John King, Bill Schneider, Soledad O'Brien, Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux and the best political team on TV...

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. John - Spokane, WA

    What are the Obama people going to say after Hillary KO's him in W. Virginia today, Kentucky next week and Puerto Rico and possibly a win in Oregon, if not a draw. So what about Montana & S Dakota – I have more delegates in my Bathroom than they have combined !! And for all you Obama Bandwagoneers who are already celebrating, those Superdelegate (all 21 of them) you got last week were HIS anyway except for the few fencejumpers like McGovern AND Michigan & Florida WILL Be considered – Just Watch. And for all you rulebook fanatics, The party broke the rules in those states NOT THE VOTERS – YOU DONT PUNISH THE PEOPLE WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT JUST SO YOU CAN HAVE YOUR WAY.

    May 13, 2008 at 9:42 am |
  2. Ed

    I guess I am getting frustrated by the constant reference to white working class voters as uneducated and with a strong inference that their votes are based on race. You can no more get inside their heads to ferret out the reasons for supporting Clinton than you can the 90% + African-Americans supporting Obama. If indeed racism is a factor for some white Clinton supporters then is it not also a factor for some Obama supporters? Racism in this country is a two sided coin. Rev. Wright proved that.

    May 13, 2008 at 9:31 am |
  3. Syed Ali

    "You can not win general election without West Virginia". I thought she said the same about Pennsylvania. So if we are talking about GENERAL election, let's get rid of electoral votes, caucuses, primaries, etc. Let's then have a general election in which whoever gets the most votes (read general votes), gets to be the president. We would then know who the strong candidate is. There should be a condition though for who can and can not run – No Clinton, no Bush, no Nader, no Perot, no member of congress, nobody who has served in any capacity in DC.

    May 13, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  4. Cindy

    Well let's see if Hillary really does as well as is expected. If so what does that say about Obama? Does it show a kink in his armor? It would seem so to me. But hey...I ain't voting for him so...

    If he is the one that will run against McCain then you may as well give it to McCain now!

    May 13, 2008 at 9:07 am |
  5. Michael, NC

    Wow...quite the sellout tonight with John King and Soledad O'Brian. They are two of my favorites of the CNN crew (add Erica's name and its a blowout). Really looking forward to the unmatched coverage you guys always give.

    May 13, 2008 at 9:06 am |
  6. Forgotten Vote

    I am a Professional Black American Woman and I supported Hillary. After her comment on White hard working Americans and white blue collar workers I feel she has forgotten about me. I am living the American dream and she is too. Is this all I can get from her, the same 400 hundred years of oppression. Now, I am undecided. She will not get my vote.

    May 13, 2008 at 9:02 am |
  7. Lilly

    I am a bit puzzled with the democratic nominations. The other day as I was watching CNN's comments on the elections it was stated that there is a poll that suggests that if Obama wins the democratic nominations then a high percentage of Clinton supporters would not vote for him in November where as a high number of Obama supporters would vote for Clinton in the November elections if she won the nomination. Now if the Democratic Party wants to a chance at winning the general elections in November, given the said poll wouldn't it make more sense for the Democratic Party to prefer Clinton over Obama at the risk of loosing to the Republicans?

    May 13, 2008 at 8:54 am |
  8. Barb

    I notice CNN is showing the clip were Obama had too put the american flag lapel pin on, when he was asked face too face too wear it,but never wore it after.
    CNN will play that over and over today, trying too show voter's that Obama actually has pride in America.
    The media can't make Obama love America the way Hillary Clinton does,it's hard too show love,when you don't feel it...........good luck CNN.
    The superdelegates can do what they want,but Hillary Clinton is showing her supporters that she cares more about the people than the delegates or superdeldgates, which is the change america needs.
    CNN should get good ratings to-day, praising Obama , and bashing Clinton.

    May 13, 2008 at 8:53 am |
  9. Jan Gray

    The people in W. Virginia are making a statement. They want the super deligates to know they WILL NOT vote for Obama in the
    general election and neither will Ohio, Mich, Fla, Penn,Ky,Tenn
    and N.J. The democrats are going to loose the election if Obama is
    the nominee. I am going to write in Hillary's name on the ballot
    if she is not the nominee and so are millions of other voters.

    May 13, 2008 at 8:07 am |
  10. Kathie, Ontario, Canada

    What intelligent , thinking person can honestly believe that Obama
    has an ounce of sincerity in him? He just says and does whatever
    his advisors tell him the blogs say he should do.
    Through the whole campaign he resisted wearing an American
    flag pin. Then all of a sudden when realizing how it's hurting
    him with the voters, he suddenly wears one while talking to
    veterans. Also, he took a page out of Bush's book and because
    he is losing to the white working person , he all of a sudden
    takes off his jacket and rolls up his sleeves, as if this will show
    them he can relate to them. I have one word for Obama FRAUD.

    May 13, 2008 at 6:41 am |
  11. Jessica

    Hey Anderson!

    Looks like it's still anyones game! Can't wait to hear the results.

    May 13, 2008 at 6:00 am |