January 26th, 2008
07:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: Voters spread blame for campaign trail conflict

(CNN) - Who’s to blame for the campaign trail battles of the past few days between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? Half of South Carolina’s Democrats say both candidates are equally to blame, according to CNN exit polls. Of those who said one of the contenders was more to blame than the other, 21 percent blamed Hillary Clinton, and 6 percent said Barack Obama was at fault.

Among those who said both candidates were equally in the wrong, 43 percent voted for Barack Obama and 31 percent for Hillary Clinton. John Edwards, who spent the past few days positioning himself as the above-the-fray “grown-up” in the race, drew support from 26 percent.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Exit Polls
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  1. JR

    8 more years of republicans. It does not matter who is at fault. If the news media and blacks really think that Obama won Iowa, think again. All you had were a bunch of white republicans (independants) voting for Obama and will return to the republican party in November. I am not even a fan of Hillary, but it would be nice if the Democrats would have had at least a chance in November. So thanks to all the republicans and blacks voting now in the democratic primaries that will return the republicans to the White House. How many special elections have the democrats even won since they regained the house and senate??? Answer:::NONE. Then only chance democrats have is for Hillary to be the nominee, then the republican nominee will have to run against two people to get to be president.

    January 26, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. suzanne

    Bill Clinton just set race relations back 50 years. When asked to comment on the fact that Obama has to go up against two opponents, he responded with a completely unrelated swipe comparing Obama's victory to Jesse Jackson's.

    I voted for Bill way back when. Now both he and Hillary disgust me!

    UPDATE. Carolyn Kennedy just endorsed Barack!

    I can't wait! Obama '08!

    January 26, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Nicholas in Atlanta

    Seriously? Who's to blame for the rhetoric flowing on the campaign trail lately? It's the Clintons. This is how they've run every campaign that Bill has ever been involved in. Unfortunately, in this campaign I have to hear BOTH of them throwing stones at the other candidates. Where is Hilary on the issues? She's still sitting on the side lines awaiting the results of CNNs daily polls. Now the Clintons are trying to polarize the nation by making the election about race. How quickly the mighty have fallen!

    January 26, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. morgan ehana

    we should not deceive oourselves,i am ablack person,this is all about race,the black people voted for obama,but america is big.

    January 26, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Robert

    If you have been paying attention it is pretty clear that the Clintons tried to submarine Obama on race, and it blew up in their faces, even with the media playing its echoing role of everything they said over and over. Their comments came DAYS before Obama responded. I wish he had never said anything and rose above it, so the media could not say both took any part, but I understand him responding to such a gross divide and conquer strategy on the Clinton's part.

    If you had any doubts about Bill Clinton's intentions, look at his disgusting comments TODAY. He clearly is still trying to affect the narrative like I mentioned above

    January 26, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. ascencioncastaneda

    Pam , fact pretty states that South Carolina votes on racial lines for most part. Super tuesday will be better indicator on your point, wouldn't you say. I am Democrat and will vote on nominee. I believe we have three good people running and if Edwards were to get nomination he would make a fine president. As far as intelligence is concerned they all outshine you know who.!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Anti Clintons

    Bill did all the damage, end of issue!

    Go Obama!

    January 26, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    yes it is.

    January 26, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. morris

    nice comment pamela the best fit for the priesident of united state just happened to be black

    January 26, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Bernice

    Hillary is "Ready for Change", instead of "Stand for Change".

    January 26, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. chickc

    It was Obama.

    January 26, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. joe

    Unfortunately it is about race, thats the way everything is in the south.

    January 26, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. KeithM

    It was the Clinton's who attempted to play the race card. It was unnecessary and a dirty tactic. I hope it is cleaner going forward. Go Obama Go!!! He is a unifier not a polarizer!!!

    January 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Tarik

    I think that this was a Bill & Hillary Clinton dirty bag of tricks game that just simply went bad. In politics some people are willing to try or sample all kinds of tricks and schemes to just get elected. But today's Americans are more educated and well up to speed on all of the Willie Horton tactics that simply won't work anymore. Today's presidential candidate will simply have to bring more substance to the table instead of preying on peoples fears and etc.

    Go Obama!
    Go Obama Go!

    The Obama Revolution is happening now. So get on board everyone. Obama is the latest presidential candidate to move this nation like JFK!

    January 26, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Rob

    It was 60% Bill, 30% Hillary, 10% Obama's surrogates.

    Then again, the media can claim 70% of each person's tally.

    January 26, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. James

    Any one see the exit polls? Hillary on experience 83% Edwards 9% Barak Husein Obama 7%.

    You people really want a person totally lack of experience running this country in one of it's lowest points due to Bush and company.

    January 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. anonymous

    Actually it was Oprah – she is the one who "introduced" race into this election. And a close second behind her is the pathetic media in this country especially the broadcast media.

    January 26, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. Texan for Hillary

    Enjoy it while you can Obama. You will win three more states then it's over for you. GO HILLARY AND BILL.

    January 27, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  19. Texas Mad

    The media is to blame for the race issue. They undoubtedly want a race fight. Obama brought the subject up with his mention of Martin Luther King Jr. I am tired of CNN and the other news media wanting you to believe what they want you to believe. BE SMARTER THAN THAT PEOPLE. Vote Hillary.

    January 27, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |

    The news put the bate out there and Bill Clinton grabed it. From there on it was news person field day. Bill wasn't smart enough to let go of it early. So who was the real blame?

    January 27, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  21. AJ, IL

    A great win for Obama! Throwing race and gender aside, it is interesting when you look at the polling from November to January in all of the Democratic caucauses and primaries. There have been record turnouts in each Democratic state primary and caucaus thus far.

    Hillary led the entire Democratic candidate field in all the early states in November and earlier. In Iowa, Hillary had a 2 point lead over Obama in November when averaging all the polls. Actual Iowa result, Obama wins over Hillary by 9 points. In New Hampshire, Hillary had a 12 point lead over Obama in November when averaging all the polls. Actual New Hampshire result, Hillary wins over Obama by 2 points. In Nevada, Hillary had a 23 point lead over Obama in November when averaging all the polls. Actual Nevada result, Hillary wins over Obama by 6 points. In South Carolina, Hillary had a 16 point lead over Obama in November when averaging all the polls. Actual South Carolina result, Obama wins over Hillary by 28 points.

    Obama in 08!

    January 27, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  22. Gavin


    YES, even Saint Obama, O Holy One needs to take the blame

    He is clearly, if not more, responsible for the bickering

    So much for "hope" IT'S JUST A SLOGAN PEOPLE

    January 27, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  23. rick

    okay i don't see what the big deal is here,, obviously black americans feel most comfortable with someone who looks more like them,, just like many white and latinos feel more comfortable with someone that looks like them,, that is not racial but personal preference,, it was not suprising that this would happen just as it was not suprising that it happened in N.H. and Nevada,, nor will it be any different when we look back after super tuesday

    January 27, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  24. Danny

    IT WAS ALL A RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY!!!! I just wanted to be first to say it. LOL

    Wait! This was just all of Hillary's master plan! That is right! See giving Obama South Carolina will trigger an all out white vote for her in the rest of the country! ROFL I could not believe reading that garbage either but one must admit it was good spin to losing a state. You have to wonder if "Slick Willie" thought that one up all by himself.

    I would like to invite those of you that are tired of race riots and gender wars to come on over to the more peaceful party. We can skip the gender and race wars by backing a republican. It beats burning down our neighborhood and sleeping on the sofa for four years! ROFL!!!

    January 27, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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