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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Hillary Clinton is expected to win big tomorrow in West Virginia. A new poll there shows her leading Barack Obama by 34 points. Clinton remains strong among working-class whites, women and older voters – and those demographics should play to her advantage in West Virginia as well as next week in Kentucky.
But, how much does it really matter? Obama seems to have this thing pretty much in the bag. He leads Clinton in overall delegates, states won, popular vote... and now for the first time, in superdelegates. You may remember, at the beginning of the year, Clinton led the superdelegate race by more than 100.
Clinton is vowing to stay in the race until someone gets enough delegates to clinch the nomination. Her campaign is also pushing the idea that she's "within striking distance" of winning the popular vote, which should make her the nominee – even though the rules are clear – the nomination is won with delegates, not the popular vote. It's clear that Clinton has a steep road to climb for any chance at the nomination. Her campaign is also confirming that she is now $20 million in debt.
For its part, the Obama camp seems to have its sights set on November already. Instead of waiting for election night results in West Virginia tomorrow, Barack Obama will travel to Missouri, a swing state in the general election. Next week, he's headed to Florida. It's also worth noting that the tone of introductory speeches at his events has turned much more partisan, focusing in on John McCain.
Here’s my question to you: Is it possible for a landslide victory in West Virginia to put Hillary Clinton back in the race?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Judie from St. Augustine, Florida writes:
Jack, Hillary only thinks she is still in the race; the race has been over for some time. But please don't let her know… it's a secret we are keeping from her. She is basically running against herself, like a hamster running on a wheel getting nowhere. This is really getting sadder day by day.
Jack, The horse is dead. Stop beating it. It's over. Good night Irene. Elvis has left the building. The fat lady doesn't do encores. Remember to tip your servers. The entire world (except for Hillary) recognizes that it is over for Clinton.
Susan from Missouri writes:
Jack, The race is not over. Hillary can still win the nomination.
Honestly, a year ago I couldn't imagine even having this conversation. Obama came out of nowhere and took this nomination from the Clintons because they felt entitled to it. He worked really hard, played by the rules laid out by the DNC and won it fair and square. Looking at Hillary's shortsighted campaign, divisiveness and campaign debt, how good would she be at running the country? This thing is over.
Lanny from Kentucky writes:
I live in Kentucky. A co-worker told me months ago that for the first time in history we might have a chance to change the outcome of an election. I would have never believed him but now it looks like it could become a reality. My family and I will be voting for Hillary on May 20th.
Winsten from Berrien Springs, Michigan writes:
A landslide victory in West Virginia is just one more reason for Barack Obama to put Hillary on the ticket. Who else but Hillary can deliver the Hatfield/McCoy vote?
Tom from Huntington, New York writes:
You just love stirring the pot. Don't you, Jack?