Politics

Clinton’s Leads in KY and WV Point to Lingering Problems for Obama

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Polls indicate that Hillary Clinton is headed for landslide victories in Kentucky’s and West Virginia’s primaries. She leads by 29 and 34 points respectively. Unfortunately for Clinton, this is what’s known as too little, too late.

Still, the Barack Obama campaign has to be concerned that the Illinois Senator is still underperforming in states with high numbers of rural and blue-collar voters. With all the talk of Obama now being the presumptive nominee, you’d think he’d be polling a little better in these two states. I mean, after John McCain became the presumptive Republican nominee, it’s not like Mike Huckabee posted any massive victories.

Now that Obama can pull his attention away from primary politics, he needs to assess whether his lack of appeal among rural and blue-collar voters is a problem that will carry over to the general election or whether the vast majority of Clinton voters will line up behind him. Right now, I think the biggest question out there is: how many Clinton voters will switch to McCain or at least move to the undecided column? If it’s a significant number, Obama has a lot of work ahead. We should have a better grasp on that situation within the next few months.