>Can Obama win without white, working class voters?

>If anything, Sen. Obama’s loss in the West Virginia Democratic primary sealed his fate among white, blue collar workers.

The stats in this New York Times article are sobering:

More than half of the Democrats said Mr. Obama did not share their values, and 47 percent said they would not vote for him if he were their nominee.

Obama’s loss in West Virginia could be tied to his losses in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Among these voters, Sen. Clinton has proven herself to be the favorite over Sen. Obama, the black “snobbish” candidate looking down on those who “cling to guns” and resort to hate mongering because they are frustrated with the country’s outlook.

While Sen. Clinton’s campaign is running out of cash and trailing in the delegate count, she has solidified herself as the preference of these voters. While these are the same voters who snubbed former Vice President Al Gore in 2000 and Sen. John Kerry in 2004 and favored President Bush, they are flocking back to the party to reluctantly support Sen. Clinton.

Even though voters also perceive Obama as out of touch, they also used race as a factor in deciding between him and his opponent:

In West Virginia, 20 percent of respondents said that race was a factor in their decision and those voters, by overwhelming number, backed Mrs. Clinton.

I recently said in a comment on another blog that there are more West Virginias in this country. There are more people who will continue to look at Sen. Obama’s race and see that as a negative. Right-wing, conservative activist who proclaim that race is unimportant in this country are getting a sobering wake-up call.

To West Virginians, race mattered. And, as Sen. Obama’s campaign continues, race will matter to the general public, whether we want to admit it or not.

So what do you think? Can Sen. Obama pull these voters into his camp? Can he overcome the “race issue?” Can he overcome the “class issue?” Can he win without these voters? Why or why not?