The Washington Times - May 13, 2008, 08:22PM
Sen. Hillary ClintonWest Virginia SEE RELATED:


After tonight’s tremendous victory here in West Virginia, it’s clear that the pundits declaring this race over have it all wrong. The voters in West Virginia spoke loud and clear — they want this contest to go on. \ \ I’m listening to the voters — and to you. \ \ With your help, I’m going to carry the energy of tonight’s victory into the next contests in Kentucky and Oregon. And just as always, I’ll be depending on you to share every step of this journey with me. You have worked your heart out, put yourself on the line for what you believe in, and given generously. And I’m not about to turn my back on you. \ \ We’ve proved conventional wisdom wrong time and again in this race. We did it again tonight in West Virginia. Let’s keep going. \ \ Thank you, \ Hillary
After tonight’s tremendous victory in West Virginia, this race is far from over. Keep the momentum going at www.hillaryclinton.com. Thanks for everything.
TO: Interested Parties
\ FR: The Obama Campaign
\ RE: West Virginia and Obama’s Strong Position in the Race Ahead
\ DA: 5/13/08
\ \ There is no question that Senator Clinton is going to win by huge margins in the upcoming primaries in West Virginia today and Kentucky next weeks. She has poured resources into both states and she, former President Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton have all campaigned extraordinarily hard there.
\ \ The Clinton campaign has already been touting their margins in these states - In fact, Bill Clinton said that Hillary can win West Virginia with 80 percent—and the West Virginia Senate Majority Leader said Clinton needs to win by “80-20 or 90-10.” And in keeping large margins in perspective, it is worth noting that, while Senator Clinton will win big in West Virginia, Barack Obama won neighboring Virginia by 29 points.
\ \ But with 49 contests behind us and only six to go — including several states where we expect to do well — Barack Obama leads in pledged delegates, contests won, and superdelegates. And for perspective, while 28 pledged delegates are up for grabs this evening, Obama has won the support of 27 superdelegates in the course of just the last week putting him less than 150 total delegates away from clinching the Democratic nomination.
\ \ Obama’s Strong Position in the Race Ahead\ Nationally, Obama is running stronger among Independent voters than any winning Presidential candidate since 1988 and is significantly outperforming Sen. Clinton among these voters as well in general election polling.
\ \ To understand a potential general election match-up between Obama and McCain, the only analysis and data that should be considered valid are the current head-to-head National polls rather than extrapolating irrelevant assumptions from exit poll data in Democratic primaries.
\ \ And, on the issue of Democratic unity in the Fall, analysts need only consider that in April of 1992, on a night when Bill Clinton won four primaries and was the presumptive nominee, 6 in 10 Democratic primary voters said they wanted another candidate in the race. Despite this, five months later, Democratic voters were unified behind Clinton and he won his first of two terms in office.
\ \ Debunking Five Myths About Obama’s Support
\ \ MYTH 1: The Primary has left Democrats divided.
\ FACT: Democrats are united behind Barack Obama, even more so than Republicans are united behind McCain
\ \ … \ \ MYTH 2: The Primary campaign has hurt Obama with swing voters and Republicans:
\ FACT: Obama is winning the swing voters against McCain by a wide margin.
\ \ …\ \ MYTH 3: Obama cannot perform strongly enough among white voters:
\ FACT: Obama’s is running as well or better than past Democratic Candidates among white voters.
\ \ …\ \ MYTH 4: The race against Clinton has compromised Obama’s position among women:
\ FACT: Obama has begun attracting the support of a broad coalition of women and is poised to win historic margins.
\ \ …\ \ MYTH 5: Obama cannot win working class voters:
\ FACT: Obama is already winning working class voters
Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times