Clinton Wins In West Virginia, Determined To Stay In Race

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Senator Hillary Clinton says her win in the West Virginia Democratic presidential primary is an "overwhelming vote of confidence."

Coasting to victory Tuesday over Barack Obama, Clinton told supporters in Charleston that she is "more determined than ever" to carry on the campaign."

Clinton appealed to backers for their financial support to help her through what she calls "the home stretch." She asked them to go to her Web site. She also called for the party to make sure that delegates from Florida and Michigan are seated at the convention. Those states were sanctioned for moving their primaries ahead of Super Tuesday.

The New York senator said she's in the race because she believes she is "the strongest candidate," even though Barack Obama is closing in on nomination.

Clinton also said she will work her heart out to make sure there is a Democrat in the White House.

Meanwhile, the economy continues to be in the front of the minds of voters this election season. More than six in ten voters Tuesday in West Virginia picked the economy from three choices as the most important issue facing the country. That's according to exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and television networks. About one in five picked the Iraq war.

In an apparent show of support for Hillary Clinton, seven in ten voters said they'd prefer that their candidate wins the Democratic presidential nomination, even if the race continues for months. But a quarter said they'd prefer the race ends as soon as possible, even if their candidate loses the nomination.

Barely a third of Clinton supporters say they'd vote for Barack Obama over John McCain in a November matchup.

As far as the delegate count is concerned, Tuesday's West Virginia contest gave Clinton at least 16 of the state's 28 delegates.

Barack Obama won at least seven delegates in the primary, and there are still five more to be awarded, according to an analysis of election returns by The Associated Press.

But despite Clinton's large margin of victory in the primary, she still trails Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

According to the Associated Press delegate count, Hillary Clinton now has a total 1,713 pledged delegates compared to Barack Obama's 1,882 pledged supporters. 2,025 delegates are needed to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.


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