February 12th, 2008
10:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Exit polls: Obama stealing Clinton's base

According to Virginia exit polls, Obama won almost 60 percent of the female Democratic vote.
According to Virginia exit polls, Obama won almost 60 percent of the female Democratic vote.

(CNN) - Barack Obama did well with Democrats across both race and gender lines Tuesday night, and seems to be eating away at Hillary Clinton's backbone of support: women.

According to exit polls out of both Virginia and Maryland, in both states Obama won roughly 60 percent of the female vote - a demographic that has carried Clinton to success in past primaries.

Clinton fared even worse among men – more than two-thirds in both states chose Obama.

Meanwhile, the Illinois senator scored his highest percentage of African-American support to date - winning close to 90 percent of that voting bloc in each state. And the two evenly split the white vote in Virginia, while Clinton slightly beat Obama among the white vote in Maryland. In most past primaries, Clinton has held an edge among white voters.

Obama even beat Clinton among Latino voters, a group that has heavily favored Clinton in most past primaries. In Virginia and Maryland, Latinos went for Obama over Clinton by 6 points, though their support was not decisive in either contest – only 5 percent of Democratic primary voters in Virginia, and 4 percent in Maryland, were Latino.

The only demographic Clinton won was white women, who broke for her over Obama by 10 points in Virginia and 13 points in Maryland. But that margin is significantly smaller than the national average on Super Tuesday. She beat Obama among white women by 25 points then, according to national exit polls.

(Updated at 10:15 with Maryland exit poll results)

For more on the Virginia exit polls, click here

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Ben from D.C.

    How can Obama win without the women's support!

    Oh wait...he has that.

    February 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Pete, Austin TX

    Hillary's campaign is slowly crumbling. I love it!

    February 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Patricia

    Obama had this white middle-aged woman's vote from day one! Obama 08

    February 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Jill

    owned!!!...clinton needs to step out of the race and help Obama unify the dems...she is out.

    February 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Julie, Binghamton, NY

    All these results are the same as before except there are independents voting. They're throwing off the percentages. If you look at the numbers, she still gets the white Democratic southern vote, he doesn't. The only reason he did better was because of independents and Republicans who voted for him.

    February 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Gerry Scheppmann

    If you take away the super Delegates Obama has a very good delegate lead over Clinton:

    Since the Super Delegate can change lets not count them in the process at this time.

    Have a great day:

    February 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Russ C, Seattle, Wa

    Just goes ta show ya – Clinton counted eggs and not chickens. Its not over yet but its lookin weak for the lady.

    February 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Vince

    Vote for who you would like to vote for, but the Media needs to STOP campaigning for specific candidates. It's quite obvious who the majority of the media wants to win in both the Republican and Democratic nominations.

    The media uses very specific words to describe the "NEWS" as they call it. But the truth should be written in a much less persuasive way.

    It's time the media decides to REPORT not INFLUENCE.

    February 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. chris

    I think it should be time for Hillary to bow out gracefully now. It will stand her in good stead for any future ambitions, rather than having to sneak out at a later point when she has been run over. This will also be good for the party and will allow her to be in good standing for the future. If she fights to death or play dirty, that will refect so badly not just on herself, but also on the Clinton presidency. If she insists on staying on and cause damage to the party, and yet does not win in the end, all of us should be grateful that we did not support her.

    February 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. David, CA

    This should be much more troubling to the Hillary campaign than the 20%+ point spread they're currently losing by to Obama in VA. If they can't play the demographic game, then they can't win in OH or TX, and they can't cry sexism/racism over their continued losses. This is even more interesting given that VA is a southern state where, up until now, demographic differences have been much more exaggerated.

    February 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Bill H

    Obama is over rated.

    February 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Melissa

    He is a great ad man.....it's like an infomercial. You can like what you see but are you really going to like it when you get it home?

    February 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Scott

    I've seen the attack du jour from the Clinton crew is that "we're electing a President, not a Preacher."

    Clever, although I'd counter that we're electing a President, not a Professor.

    Senator Clinton has a great command of the minutiae of arcane policies. My Political Scientist professor in college did also. I wouldn't want him running our country either.

    February 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. California Independent

    Hi Chris:

    I support Hillary. I do not think this damages the democratic party. That is an illusion that the media is trying to feed you.

    February 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. chevy

    i am SO HAPPY to say THE CLINTON EXPRESS IS RUNNING OUT OF TRACKS!! this is the kind of race i wanted to see, Obama played his game consistently and now his game is paying off. Clinton needs to bow out respectfully. The democrats have their nominee.

    February 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Enderlyn

    Go Obama!!!!!!!! Now lets hear Hillary brush this one aside.

    February 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. Scott

    Sorry Julie from Binghamton,
    Take a look at the exit polls. She LOST Democrats in Virginia by close to 20 percentage points.

    This is more of the same from the Clinton camp: the only votes that should count are from voters that vote for us. Please.

    February 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Stacy

    People are voting for Obama because they know that McCain can beat him but not Hilary. Oh the spin of the truth by the media doesn't anyone read between the line. Poor Obama believer

    February 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Tlc

    Julie,

    Senator Clinton lost consistently with every demographic except those over the age of 55. All races and both genders voted for Obama.

    February 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. John in Columbus

    Hey Julie in Binghampton~whether you realize it or not you just made the best argument yet for supporting Obama...the man is a unifier and Hillary is a polarizer. Thank you for pointing that out ;-).

    Obama
    '08
    yes WE can

    February 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. kwasi B.

    Obama 08! Hillary is def. out of the race, hope she's not banking on Ohio and Texas because she can't win Obama's momentum can't be stopped.

    February 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Steve

    Julie from Binghamton is hilarious! "How dare independents and Republicans vote for a Democrat!" LOL! Hello, Julie? That's why Obama's the electable one in November.

    February 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. SFLou

    I've never believed the hype of race/gender being advantages/disadvantages for either candidate. Early primaries/caucuses were driven by hype for/against one candidate or the other. There's no way any particular 'voting block' in the democrat side can truly win/lose an election for a candidate. The candidate either resonates with voters or not. Clinton as a front runner was a strategic PR move to plant the seed that winning was for for her and nobody else. Obama rocked the boat by going against what the machine wanted to do... and voters are supporting him. Go Obama Go

    February 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. FACTS

    THOSE WHO SUPPORTING OBAMA MOST LIKELY ARE THOSE WHO VOTED FOR BUSH BEFORE AND WATCH IF OBAMA WON , THE MEDIA WILL START RELEASE THE NEGATIVE NEWS ABOUT OBAMA ,EVER WONDERING WHY THE MEDIA DIDN'T RELEASE NEGATIVE NEWS ABOUT OBAMA? YOU WILL FIND THE ANSWER IN NOV

    February 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Pia

    It's time for Billary to pack up and go home. They had eight years in the White House and all they did was disgrace America. Just thinking of them back in again, gives me the creeps!

    February 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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