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Clinton's West Virginia Collapse

- May 11, 2016

LAST NIGHT, CLINTON SUFFERED AN EMBARRASSING LOSS IN THE WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRAT PRIMARY, PROLONGING A "COSTLY AND DISTRACTING" PRIMARY FIGHT WITH BERNIE SANDERS

Last Night, Clinton Lost To Bernie Sanders In The West Virginia Democrat Primary. "Hillary Clinton's campaign gaffe about putting coal miners out of work likely hurt her badly in West Virginia, a primary she lost to Bernie Sanders on Tuesday. More than 60 percent of voters in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary who identified themselves as belonging to coal miner households voted for Sanders, according to MSNBC exit polls." (Jonathan Swan, "Clinton's Coal Gaffe Likely Hurt In West Virginia," The Hill, 5/10/16)

Clinton Lost Every County In West Virginia In 2016, A Marked Contrast From 2008 Where She Won Every Single County. "Hillary Clinton, who won every single one of WV's 55 counties in 2008, will likely lose every single one of WV's 55 counties in 2016." (Dave Wasserman's Twitter Feed, 5/10/16)

  • Clinton Lost All Fifty-Five Counties In The West Virginia Democrat Primary. ("County By Country Race Results," West Virginia Metro News, 5/11/16)

Clinton Even Finished In Third Place In Coal-Heavy Mingo County, Behind Sanders And Local Attorney Paul Farrell. ("County By Country Race Results," West Virginia Metro News, 5/11/16)

  • Paul Farrell Is A Huntington, West Virginia Attorney Running For The Democrat Presidential Nomination. "In the grand scheme of nationhood, Huntington lawyer Paul T. Farrell Jr. said the Mountain State has been forgotten and belittled to more like a pile of rocks. That's why, Farrell said, he filed to run for President of the United States… Running as a Democrat, Farrell officially filed his paperwork with the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office on Thursday." (Bishop Nash, "Local Attorney Running For U.S. President," The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, WV ), 5/10/16)

Clinton's Loss Will Force A Prolonged "Costly And Distracting" Primary Fight With Sanders, As Democrats Cleary Are "Not Ready To Fall In Line For Clinton"

Sander's Victory In West Virginia Is "Forcing Hillary Clinton To Continue A Costly And Distracting" Democrat Primary. "Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont captured the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, forcing Hillary Clinton to continue a costly and distracting two-front battle: to lock down the Democratic nomination..." (Trip Gabriel, "Bernie Sanders Wins West Virginia, Prolonging Race With Hillary Clinton," The New York Times , 5/10/16)

  • Business Insider Headline: "Bernie Sanders Defeats Hillary Clinton In West Virginia, Slowing Her March To The Democratic Nomination." (Jonathan Allen, "Bernie Sanders Defeats Hillary Clinton In West Virginia, Slowing Her March To The Democratic Nomination," Business Insider , 5/10/16)
  • The New York Times Headline: "Bernie Sanders Wins West Virginia, Prolonging Race With Hillary Clinton." (Trip Gabriel, "Bernie Sanders Wins West Virginia, Prolonging Race With Hillary Clinton," The New York Times , 5/10/16)
  • Politico Headline: "Hillary Clinton's Primary Quagmire." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Hillary Clinton's Primary Quagmire, Politico, 5/10/16)

The Wall Street Journal : Sanders Is "Regaining Momentum And Leaving Some Of Mrs. Clinton's Backers Uneasy That Her Path To The Democratic Presidential Nomination Figures To Be Rocky To The End." "Bernie Sanders defeated front-runner Hillary Clinton in West Virginia on Tuesday, regaining momentum and leaving some of Mrs. Clinton's backers uneasy that her path to the Democratic presidential nomination figures to be rocky to the end." (Peter Nicholas & Byron Tau, "Bernie Sanders Wins West Virginia Democratic Primary," The Wall Street Journal , 5/10/16)

Politico: "Democrats Are Now Growing Uneasy Over A Rocky Finish That Has Clinton Spending Resources And Political Capital So Late In The Process." "Some Democrats are now growing uneasy over a rocky finish that has Clinton spending resources and political capital so late in the process." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Hillary Clinton's Primary Quagmire, Politico, 5/10/16)

National Public Radio : Clinton's Loss In West Virginia "Highlights Some Of Her Main Weaknesses." "Clinton's loss highlights some of her main weaknesses, especially with white men. She came under fire from the state's important coal industry in the state after she remarked last summer that 'we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business' as she was talking about ways to promote alternative clean-energy businesses." (Jessica Taylor, "Bernie Sanders Wins West Virginia Primary," NPR, 5/10/16)

ABC News' Rick Klein: "Democrats In West Virginia Repeated The Message That Primary Votes Have Sent With Some Consistency: They're Not Ready To Fall In Line For Clinton." "Eight years after winning on her way toward losing the nomination, Hillary Clinton is losing on her way to winning it. Democrats in West Virginia repeated the message that primary voters have sent with some consistency: They're not ready to fall in line for Clinton." (Rick Klein, "ANALYSIS: Democrats Again Sound Alarms for Hillary Clinton," ABC News, 5/10/16)

  • Klein: "Clinton's Struggles Among Core Democrats Continue … Concerns About Clinton's Honesty And Trustworthiness Continue To Haunt Her." (Rick Klein, "ANALYSIS: Democrats Again Sound Alarms for Hillary Clinton," ABC News, 5/10/16)

THE EMBARRASSMENT OF CLINTON'S BLOW OUT LOSS IS EXACERBATED BY THE FACT THAT WEST VIRGINIA WAS ONCE RELIABLY "CLINTON COUNTRY"

"West Virginia Used To Be Clinton Country." "West Virginia used to be Clinton country. Hillary's husband Bill easily won the state in both 1992 and 1996. When Hillary Clinton was on the ballot during the Democratic presidential primary in 2008, she bested then-Sen. Barack Obama by 41 percentage points in West Virginia, one of her best results of the campaign." (Devin Henry, "West Virginia Is No Longer Clinton Country," The Hill, 5/5/16)

In 2008, West Virginia Was "The Heart Of Clinton Country," When She Handedly Beat Barack Obama In The Democrat Primary. "In the 2008 Democratic primary, Appalachia was the heart of Clinton country. Hillary Clinton did better against Barack Obama in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Arkansas-her longtime home state-than anywhere else in the nation. She captured more than two-thirds of the Democratic vote in Kentucky and West Virginia in May of that year, landslides that gave her campaign a late jolt and enough momentum to stay in the race for the duration of the primaries." (Russell Berman, "Can Clinton Win Back Appalachia?," The Atlantic, 5/3/16)

  • U.S. News & World Report Headline: "Clinton Finding Out 2016 Is Not 2008" (Lisa Lerer, "Clinton Finding Out 2016 Is Not 2008," U.S. News & World Report , 5/2/16)

"Back In 1992, Then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton Won Counties In Appalachia With Over 70 Percent Of The Vote In The General Election." "Back in 1992, then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton won counties in Appalachia with over 70 percent of the vote in the general election." (Meredith McGraw, "Tracking Appalachia's Swing From Hillary Clinton To Donald Trump Country,"ABC News, 5/4/16)

Clinton's Disappearing "Strength" In West Virginia "Seems Hard To Fathom - Even To Her." "Clinton returned to Kentucky on Monday for the start of a two-day bus tour through Appalachia, and her strength there eight years ago now seems hard to fathom-even to her. The white, working-class voters that embraced her message of resilience in 2008 have deserted her for Bernie Sanders in many primaries in 2016; she has relied instead on the African American and Latino voters who preferred Obama in 2008. Clinton has won the cities, but Sanders has trounced her in rural America." (Russell Berman, "Can Clinton Win Back Appalachia?," The Atlantic, 5/3/16)

CLINTON'S LOSS IS A DIRECT REJECTION OF HER PLEDGE TO "PUT A LOT OF COAL MINERS AND COAL COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS"

Clinton's Coal Comments "Hurt Her Badly In West Virginia" Where Most Self-Identified Coal Miner Households Voted Against Clinton. "Hillary Clinton's campaign gaffe about putting coal miners out of work likely hurt her badly in West Virginia, a primary she lost to Bernie Sanders on Tuesday. More than 60 percent of voters in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary who identified themselves as belonging to coal miner households voted for Sanders, according to MSNBC exit polls." (Jonathan Swan, "Clinton's Coal Gaffe Likely Hurt In West Virginia,"The Hill, 5/10/16)

  • The Hill Headline: "Clinton's Coal Gaffe Likely Hurt In West Virginia." (Jonathan Swan, "Clinton's Coal Gaffe Likely Hurt In West Virginia," The Hill, 5/10/16)
  • Reuters Headline: "Clinton Loss In West Virginia Signals Trouble In Rust Belt." (Amanda Becker, "Clinton Loss In West Virginia Signals Trouble In Rust Belt," Reuters, 5/11/16)

Clinton's "Missteps When Speaking About The Coal Industry" Cost Her The West Virginia Democrat Primary. "Sanders, long viewed as the front runner to win in the Mountain State, benefited from Clinton's missteps when speaking about the coal industry in mining-heavy West Virginia. While Clinton has proposed programs to help coal workers laid off due to a changing energy industry, she was haunted by her statement during a CNN town hall in March that 'we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.' Clinton's faltering is a marked difference from her performance in the state eight years ago, when she beat then-candidate Barack Obama by more than 40 percent." (Carrie Dean, "Sanders Wins In West Virginia Democratic Primary," NBC News, 5/10/16)

At A March Democrat Town Hall, Clinton Said "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." CLINTON: "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At CNN Democrat Town Hall, Columbus, OH, 3/13/16)

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