Some analysts see today’s West Virginia primary as a final chance for Hillary Clinton to raise questions about Barack Obama’s weaknesses. Here’s what to watch, via Kenneth Vogel on Politico:
- How will Mason County go? The 30,000-strong district has been a remarkably reliable indicator of statewide results in the past.
- Will John Edwards' fans stick with him? The former candidate is still on the ballot, and decent numbers for him could be further embarrassment for Obama.
- Will voters in the south’s coal fields, the north’s panhandle and near the Ohio River turn out? The poor, blue-collar, unionized vote might not come out in droves for Clinton: The Obama inevitability storyline could keep people at home.
- How will the networks cover the results? ABC and CBS say they’ll treat West Virginia’s vote like those in other small states—meaning they won’t cut away from regular programming.
- Will Clinton get a fundraising bump? It remains to be seen how her backers will react to a big night in the Mountain State.