What to Watch Out for Tonight in W. Va.

Clinton, running on fumes, needs heavy turnout, wide victory margin
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 10:30 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Michael Browning)
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(Newser) – 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.