The Mountaineer FactorHillary Clinton made a good point in stopping to campaign at a Biscuit World (if you've never spent serious time in West Virginia, Tudor's Biscuit World is a Southern West Virginia staple):
"I keep telling people, no Democrat has won the White House since 1916 without winning West Virginia."
On this point, Clinton is absolutely correct. If a Democrat cannot win traditionally and heavily Democratic West Virginia, it is a signal of almost certain defeat in the General Election (see 1984, 2000, 2004). West Virginians will not be inclined to support Barack Obama in large numbers, and the sheer scale of his defeat there in the Democratic Primary today could send a signal of what is to come in November.
If Clinton wins the West Virginia Primary by more than 20 points, or gets a victory as high as 25 or 30 points, it is safe to say that Barack Obama will not be able to count on victory in West Virginia in the fall, and if he cannot win there, his odds of winning the General Election are far more slim than the polls would seem to indicate.