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Clinton Handily Defeats Obama in West Virginia

Victory Does Little to Tighten the Delegate Race

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Clinton: ‘More Determined to Carry on Campaign’

Hillary Clinton gave no indication she’s dropping out of the race for president Tuesday, after winning West Virginia easily. Clinton reiterated her desire to have the delegates from Michigan and Florida counted in the final delegate count.

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By Dan Balz

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 14, 2008; Page A01

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton routed Sen. Barack Obama in the West Virginia primary yesterday, scoring one of her most lopsided victories of the long campaign even as she continued to battle overwhelming odds in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton’s resounding victory in a state that has slipped away from Democrats in the past two elections added fresh ammunition to her claim that she is better positioned than Obama to capture critical swing states in November. But the primary win may have come too late to have a significant impact on the trajectory of a nomination battle in which Obama has an almost insurmountable lead in delegates.

Clinton advisers hoped the size of Clinton’s victory and signs of dissatisfaction with Obama among West Virginia voters would reopen a conversation about who is the stronger Democrat to take on Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, in the general election. They also hoped the results would tamp down talk that Clinton should consider dropping out of the nomination contest before the primaries end on June 3 to speed the process of uniting Democrats.

Clinton was winning with a margin of better than 2 to 1 in the popular vote in West Virginia. With 28 pledged delegates at stake, that margin would produce a net gain for Clinton of an estimated 12 delegates. That would only partially cut into the gains Obama has made in superdelegates since he easily won North Carolina and narrowly lost Indiana a week ago.

Former Democratic Party general chairman Roy Romer, who was handpicked for that job by former president Bill Clinton, announced his support for Obama yesterday.

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