February 12th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Exit Polls: Dealing with the base

McCain walks to his office from the subway on Capitol Hill today after a series of votes.

McCain walks to his office from the subway on Capitol Hill today after a series of votes.

(CNN) – John McCain has been struggling to win over his party’s conservative base – and 1 in 4 Virginia GOP primary voters say they’ll be somewhat or very dissatisfied if McCain is the Republican nominee.

But Hillary Clinton actually fares worse on that question than McCain: more than 1 in 3 Virginia Democratic primary voters say they will be dissatisfied if she is her party’s nominee. Barack Obama does best in this respect: fewer than 1 in 5 primary voters would be unhappy if he is the Democratic candidate this fall.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Exit Polls • Virginia
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. puddytat

    THANKS FOR THE WARNING ... I'LL GO LISTEN TO MICHAEL SAVAGE ON THE RADIO WHILE THE "STRAIGHT TALKER " GETS HIS LIAR LIPS MOVING .

    February 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Barry James Moore

    I do not see Mike Huckabee as John McCain's running mate. I do wonder if McCain might try to get Condoleezza Rice as his VP choice to garner both female and African-American support.

    February 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Jack Louton in NJ

    Obama isn't really black. He's not a black candidate – he's a biracial candidate. The sooner black Americans realize this and quit calling him "brother" the better. Also, Obama's not an African-American. He wasn't born in Africa, he is an American who has never defended this country. Obama was born in the US and educated here in mostly white schools. Get real people! If you think Obama is going to help black people, think again. All of his money has come from special interest groups, blue collar unions and political action committees. He is owned by these people.

    February 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. puddytat

    WAY TO GO OBAMA ! WE WE CAN'T STAND MCCAIN AND IF THE REPS WON'T / CAN'T GET HIS LIEING BUTT OUT OF THERE

    ((((((((YOU'RE THE MAN THAT CAN )))))

    February 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Thomas

    What a poor comparison. Clinton has 1 of 3 of today's VA Democrat voters against her and McCain has 1 of 4 of today's VA Republican voters against him. Uhhhhh, Clinton is in second in a tough race. It is not surprising people would be against her. McCain has basically already won the Republican nomination and he still has Republicans against him. Seems like a very odd comparison even to a Hilary hater like myself.

    February 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. puddytat

    I'VE CHANGED MY WAYS ... I'VE SEEN THE LIGHT

    FROM REP. TO OBAMA ...

    AND NOW I'LL BE ALRIGHT !

    February 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. katey WI

    Whats wrong with being a Veteran? They saved your sorry butt.
    Whats wrong with being rich? Don't we all work for money?
    Oh you lazy Socialists sure don't follow the Kennedy ideals....Ask not what your country to do for you but what you can do for the country.
    Seems like theres been a complete flip. Now its all " I want and gimmee".
    Grow up.

    February 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Suzi

    Obama is not ready to be president. He is a great speaker and motivator but he isn't a proven leader with the credentials needed to show me is worthy to lead anything, especially this country. During his short time in the Senate, he couldn't be counted on to vote because the special interest groups own him. He never voted for or against any controversial issue. He did not take a stand for anything voting "present" to ensure his votes would not come back to haunt him. He's taken money from anyone willing to give it up and now he's backpedalling trying to refund other money to get the dirt off his hands. McCain should win this race when all of this comes out. I don't like McCain but he's better than Obama. Hillary? Hah – anybody but her!!

    February 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Mike

    Clinton's looking past these primaries and focusing on the "big prizes" (Texas and Ohio) sounds alot like Rudy's plan for Florida. Too bad ,Obama will have all the momentum and the more people see him, the more they fall in love with him. Hilary is lose Ohio and most likely Texas as well.

    February 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Janet, Dayton, Ohio

    Awwww, I really like McCain. I'm an Obama supporter, but if Hillary gets the nomination, I'm crossing over.

    No matter what your politics, he really is a proud American. None of the candidates have given as much to this country as he has.

    Obama 08

    McCain in the wings.

    February 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. CM

    How many people came out to vote for Hillary versus came out to vote for John McCain? The ones that dont want him stayed home and didnt appear in your exit poll.

    February 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. puddytat

    WE NEED A MAN ...

    THAT OBAMA MAN ...

    A FRESH NEW FACE ...

    NOT WASHINTONS WASTE...

    OUR HOPE IS IN ONE...

    ONE WE KNOW THAT CAN ...

    WE NEED OBAMA ...

    THAT OBAMA MAN ! ! ! !

    February 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Jack Cavanaugh, Portland, Or

    hey wait to go Huckabee youve almost caught Romney

    Obama 08

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. puddytat

    REPUBLICANS DON'T GET IT ...

    THEY THINK THAT WE'RE BLUFFING ...

    IF MCCAIN IS THEIR MAN ...

    INDEPENDENTS ARE HUFFING ...

    THOUGH MANY CAN'T VOTE TO SHOW THERE DISPLEASURE

    THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT

    IT'S AN OBAMA NOVEMBER !

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. VFH

    If Obama is running in November, I'm voting for McCain!!! He has way more experience and ability.

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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