Official West Virginia Democratic Primary Results (Update) Hillary’s victory speech added

As expeected, the results and exit polls are showing a huge margin coming for Hillary Clinton. We’ll continue reporting about the margin as it comes in. John Edwards, an unlikely name, will be playing a role tonight since his name is still on the West Virginia ballot.

The polls closed at 7:30pm eastern time, here are the official results:

Click on “Update Results” to refresh vote totals…

A report on the status from Fox News:

Hillary Clinton has beaten Barack Obama by a decisive margin in the West Virginia Democratic primary, FOX News projects.

Exit polls indicate that Clinton is winning by roughly 2-to-1. She is capturing almost every demographic group, doing particularly well among the large group of white, working-class voters in the state.

West Virginia offers just 28 pledged delegates, and so Clinton’s victory Tuesday, which was widely expected, can have little impact of the overall trajectory of the race. Obama, leading Clinton by a wide margin in total delegates overall, has already started turning his campaign toward the general election.

But the win prolongs the race and fuels Clinton’s argument that she is able to carry groups that will be important to Democrats in November.

“I don’t see the inevitable,” Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe told FOX News Tuesday afternoon. “Why is it … that she can have a double-digit lead here (in West Virginia)? … She’s winning a lot of these big states … in our mind we’re going on right to the end, we’re gonna be the nominee.”

Exit polls highlighted the demographic divide between the coalitions of Clinton and Obama.

More to come as the results pour in.

Update

Here is Clinton’s speech to supporters following the expected West Virginia victory:

Onto Kentucky and Oregon on May 20th…

  • Curtis

    Great win.

    Great speech.

    GO HILLARY!

  • Jade

    I love how the 11th minute of the speech is paraphrased from Obama’s speeches.

    And she better hope she can raise some money… With $20.4 mil in debt… ouch.

  • Michel

    It’s a good victory for her… not for her campaign but for the rest of her political life. I’m glad she won because she campaigned hard and with great sacrifice. Who I have a problem with is McAuliffe, calling W.V. a signal of Clinton being able to win “a lot of these big states”.

    But I’m confident on Clinton’s senses and I believe she will step down without further damage to the actual democratic nominee.

  • Michel– is that why she made a point of saying no democratic has won the presidency in over 85 years without winning West Virginia?

    I don’t think she’ll step down just yet…

  • Michel

    Well, Michael, she has the right to say a lot of things 🙂 And her position now makes her judgement on the matter just a little too skewed, but I’ve gotten used to that.

    I don’t think she will step down soon either. She can do it whenever she wants, I just want her to not cause too much trouble.

  • Michelle

    Anybody think she’d accept the VP slot if offered?

  • paul

    I am happy you won In West Va you keep running I do not care what the news people say what do they know anyway. I live in Oregon and I waiting to vote for you and to have my vote count.

  • Don

    For some moments I thought I was listening to Obama lol.

    Good victory for Hillary.
    But I am wondering if Hillary is such a great fighter, what does that make Obama? Superman? Because he is winning.

  • Joyce

    Why are so many Obama supporters weighing in on this Hillary Whomping of their guy? I thought you guys were so confident that the nomination is all sewed up!! You actually sound a little nervous(as you should be)…GO HILLARY!!! YOU”RE OUR ONLY CHANCE TO WIN BACK THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

  • Babs

    Paul, I’m glad you posted that you are waiting for your vote to be counted. Tell me, is it insulting to you that Obama and the media are writing off your vote as inconsequential to the nomination? That to them, your vote does NOT count for anything?

  • Don

    Babs, when did Obama say that? Maybe I missed it but I don’t remember him saying that.

    Joyce, because we have the right to do that. Yes I am confident that Obama will get the nomination, but it isn’t over yet. Am I not allowed to give my opinion?

  • Cameroon

    A good but confused speech.She spent time defending why she is the stronger candidate than why she is in the race is.Trying to force superdelegates to understand that.Voters have decided who is stronger and then the superdelegates are simply confirming what voters have decided.
    I am also glad she is ready to work FOR WHO the norminy ‘may or would’ be.even though she knows who the front runner already is.
    She keep talmking of white voters as if they are the only citizens who have been voting through out the elections.Withought their vote Obama has prevailed.But that doesn’t really matter because they are all Democrats and when its time to decide whether to put a democrat or a republican into the White House I strongly believe they will be considerate in the name of their party unless otherwise.
    FOR ME it will be a nice idea that there be a joint ticket-Obama/Clinton- for the two democratic runners so that it will easy the fusion of their voters differences regarding their prefered candidates.But when I look at the history of the Clintons into the white House I sense what their unaccomplished mission was looking at their last days in the white House.
    God Bless Democrates
    God Bless America and God Bless me.

  • Babs

    Paul, I wasn’t referring to a quote, I was referring to the general consenus of the media and Obama that the nomination is wrapped up and he has won. That means your votes don’t mean anything anymore, it’s a done deal. There was a discussion on another thread as to whether or not that was insulting to voters. That’s why I asked you, you’re still waiting to vote.

  • IndiMinded

    Babs, I don’t believe Obama has ever said that a voter’s vote should not or does not count for anything… I don’t think Obama has even called for Hillary to drop out of the race yet.

    Are you spreading rumors, or did I miss something really offensive in the news?

    No votes cast in a republican primary have been able to change the course of the race for months now. Why should democrats be more bothered by it than republicans?

  • IndiMinded

    ah… you answered my question as I typed it. Clever girl. Well given that Obama never said anything like that I wish you wouldn’t put such words in his mouth. That’s called lying. 😉

  • Josh

    Babs, that’s a consensus reached by analyzing pretty damning mathematics. Even if she were to win ALL of the delegates in the remaining contests (which is impossible in and of itself), she would still not catch up to Obama. What this means is, mathematically speaking, the votes of people in Oregon don’t really matter (and they are leaning strongly in Obama’s favor there anyway). I’m not so sure how someone can be insulted by a statistic. It’s not as if Obama has come out and said that Oregon and Kentucky votes don’t count, but anybody with any intelligence would know this anyways.

  • Babs

    Well, IndiMinded, I guess Josh said it better than I could. *L* If I were putting words in Obama’s mouth, that would have been a quote, but as it is, I think his camp already planning a victory celebration for his nomination May 20th pretty much says it, don’t you? I’m sure he and everyone else is right, barring something catastrophic he’s the nominee (although he doesn’t have the delegate count he needs either). Which begs the question, why bother with these last states? They don’t matter.

    Josh, you’re totally correct, but people are insulted by statistics everyday, and that’s why I asked the question. Just as the Fla. and Michigan people are insulted that their votes didn’t count. To me, it’s a throwback to a much earlier discussion we had here about the problems with the entire primary process being drug out over a long period of time. Some have less information to base their vote on if they were at the front of the voting line and may suffer buyer’s remorse down the road, some have much more information if they’re at or near the end, but it may not matter by that time. Follow?

  • IndiMinded

    You know Babs, republicans are still holding primaries too… I admit, I sort of agree with you. Why bother at this point? It just taunts the poor Huckabee and Ron Paul supporters out there. But they’re still being held nonetheless.

    And Ron Paul and Hillary Clinton are still running for president, and they both have the right to run as long as they want, right up to the convention, but neither one of them are likely to actually win that office. So they’re sort of stringing their supporters along at this point, and making the whole process a little more difficult for everyone.

    I just don’t see how it’s offensive to anyone to say that Hillary isn’t going to win. Call a spade a spade – every vote does count, there just aren’t enough votes left for her. Sorry if the last states feel let down – they should complain about being the last to vote. But mathematically their votes count just the same as anyone else’s. No one’s saying any different.

    My friend was a die hard Huckabee fan, but Huckabee was finished by the time the republican primary came to my state. My own favored candidate was Joe Biden, but he had dropped out by the time my vote was cast. Sucks to be us, but it happens. Until I move to Iowa or my state votes earlier, I’ll just have to grit my teeth and bear it.

  • Babs

    I think we agree on a lot of it, IndiMinded. And yes, the Republicans are still voting and are in the same situation. EXCEPT there hasn’t been the dogfight in the Republican arena this election like there has been in the Democratic. I can’t personally remember a time when 2 candidates put on such a show for voters like Hillary and Obama have. I think you’ll admit the Republican race has virtually taken a distant back seat in the media compared to the constant frenzy over the Hillary/Obama race. Their supporters have drawn lines in the sand against each other, and all feel ready to fight for candidate – and that means voting. They’ve rallied on voter registration and set records for the number of new voters.

    Which just brings us back to the system that is not ideal. If the state primaries were on a closer timeline and distributed more evenly, I think a couple of things might have been improved. The first being what I stated before, and the second being that perhaps the race would not have gotten as ugly if it had be ended earlier. It might have been more exciting to watch the primaries, too, if say California and Texas were the last to vote.