The polls just closed in West Virginia, and already Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner. This is not shocking or surprising as she was expected to blow out Barack Obama in a state where he didn’t make much of an effort to connect with voters.
Exit polls show that Hillary Clinton won the state by at least a 2 to 1 margin. In actual numbers this means that she will pick up 19 delegates to Barack Obama’s 9. This is a symbolic win for Clinton that she hopes will put a seed of doubt into the superdelegates’ minds about Barack Obama’s electability.
West Virginia has one of the oldest electorates in the country. A vast majority of Democrats in the state do not have college degrees. 26% of the voters in the primary were over 65, and 12% were under age 30. No one should be surprised if Clinton wins the state 70%-30% or 80%-20%
This is a victory that means nothing. If Clinton would have won Indiana by a wider margin, then perhaps the case could be made to the superdelegates that they should wait, but now Clinton needs to run up gigantic margins of victory, and win 80% of the remaining superdelegates. This is an unlikely result at best.