Alright, pretend to be surprised… Hillary Clinton won the West Virginia primary!
The New York Senator basically swept the contest, taking about 67% of the largely white, working class state. Rival Barack Obama, the man many believe will win the Democratic presidential nomination, only received 26% of the electoral backing.
As many predicted, race proved to be a factor in this particular contest:
The number of white Democratic voters who said race had influenced their choices on Tuesday was among the highest recorded in voter surveys in the nomination fight. Two in 10 white West Virginia voters said race was an important factor in their votes. More than 8 in 10 who said it factored in their votes backed Mrs. Clinton, according to exit polls.
So, basically, West Virginians have no problem declaring their racist tendencies, which, we suppose, deserves a bit of praise. Nothing worse than a closet racist!
Despite this win, Hillary Clinton’s campaign most likely won’t make it to November, as Obama leads in delegates and superdelegates. In fact, he’s received more superdelegates since last Tuesday than regular delegates Clinton gained last night. Clinton, however, will not be deterred and vowed last night to fight to the finish. Said the Senator from West Virginia, “The bottom line is this: The White House is won in the swing states, and I am winning the swing states. I am more determined than ever to carry on this campaign.”
Obama, meanwhile, traveled to Missouri – which he won and will prove invaluable this November – and began looking ahead to the general election. He even stood behind a new slogan: “Reclaiming The American Dream.”
Here’s the AP video of Clinton’s victory: