Clintonites Soldier On in W. Va.

With 20-point lead, Clinton stumps heavily in Mountain State
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 7:51 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton and her supporters are canvassing heavily in West Virginia despite a 20-point lead and little competition, the Baltimore Sun reports. “We are all pretty inspired,” said one Clintonite on the eve of the state's primary. But Clinton and her family were the only politicos stumping across the Mountain State today: Barack Obama was MIA.

Obama did run three ads in the state, including one on the hot-button topic of coal energy. But in a state that skews heavily towards Clinton’s strengths—it has one of the nation's oldest, poorest, and whitest populations—Obama has turned away to set his sights on the general election.