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. realistic

    aaaahhhh...the power of rhetoric. if Obama actually ever said anything when he opened his mouth, I'd think about respecting him. for now, he's just using his orating skills and charisma to spout nonsense. of course, Americans being Americans - accustomed to buying into shallowness - they are listening.

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Poor Julie, she's taken a lickin' for her comment. But Jules, they are correct, even if they are not gentle. You make a strong argument for Obama and against Hillary.

    But hey, we are all having fun, we are learning, we are involved I think both Clinton and Obama are winners and it's a shame we have to select one or the other. Not many of us saw Obama coming until he whacked us across the head with his powerful message and capable campaign.

    I can't believe I'm not voting for Hillary. Never would I have thought I would vote for someone other than Hillary. I am very "pro-feminist" and have done my part for the cause. However, a better candidate to my way of thinking, has emerged.

    White, middle-aged man in CA. Hopefully Obama will give her a p

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Brian P

    Obama is like all politicians...they promise you the moon to get elected but when it comes time to deliver...nada,..zippo...zilch...remember..he's a first term senator, black, and young...a sure fired recipe for FAILURE! At least Hillary has a ton more experience on the inner workings of the washington machine. I'll bet anyone any amount you want, that if Obama gets elected, you are all in for a rude awakening! Making flowery speeches amounts to a whole lot on NOTHING! He is definitely the master of the one liner, but really...ask yourself...what's he done in congress? Just check his voting record, you'll be shocked and disappointed. As for that nonsense about voting against the Iraq war because he thought it was a "bad idea"..how quick you all forget that the case for going to war was presented as a "just cause" and 80% of you were all for it, including Colin Powell, that is, before everyone found out it was a bill of goods based on lies, sold to us by the Bush administration. SOoo..that means Obama really voted against it, even when it appeared to be just, so, if that's the case, can you even trust him to defend America when the situation calls for it?

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. K Fergus

    Wow! I am truly perplexed by Amercian politics. So far, Mr. Obama has shown he is a great orator. However, he also exhibits an arrogance and conceipt that is hidden under his slick veneer and Americans are falling for it hook, line and sinker. Wake up America. The phrase "caveat emptor" comes to mind. "Buyer beware" of what you are electing. I think that when you peel back the rhetoric, what you get will not be what you expected. So far, NO ONE has challenged Obama's record either in state politics or in the senate. Once McCain begins making Obama's mediocre record public, Obama will be finished. America will once again be "rewarded" with a Republican President who will keep the country at war.

    For the prosperity that Americans enjoyed during the Clinton years, Hillary is now being vilified. Ingratitude comes to mind. The diviceness that resulted from Clinton's personal discretion was purely a Republican ploy to detract from his good work. What happened in his personal life should never have seen the likes of a Ken Starr or had $50 milion wasted on an investigation. And to be impeached for this was the ultimate hypocracy. Mr. Bush lied to go to war, is responsible for murdering innocent civilians, as well as killing and wounding thousands of young men and women; throwing his country into an economic nightmare; and trampling on Americans' consitutional rights. However, he is not being impeached for crimes against his people.

    I am actually happy that Obama is doing so well in the primaries because when he goes up against John McCain, he will LOSE. He has no experience. This will become public once the next round of debates begin. And then, as they always do, Americans will remain risk averse (as they should given the current state of their country) and resort to electing the devil they know.

    America open your eyes and use your heads. This is one of the most important elections that will ever be held. You have so much at stake. Don't go for the glitz. Dig deep into Obama's past; do some homework. You will find out that he is not what he appears. He is only a junior politician who can give good speeches. Don't discount Hillary Clinton for the wrong reasons. The Clinton era wasn't all that bad and she has shown incredible strength and perseverance to run for President. Don't be afraid to elect a woman. Women know how to get things done. You need actions and not words to get you out of the mess your country is now in.

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. Skat

    Clinton is trying hard to steal Obama's style. Now she's even playing U2 in her rally in Texas. Pathetic.

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. John

    To Mr. SAD DAY... take a few minutes and go to Obamas website. Everything he stands for and all his plans are CLEARLY described there. Hillary on the other hand, has nothing but empty promises with NO substance. Educate yourself before you vote. She promised universal healthcare before when she was first lady, then knuckled under to the BIG BUSINESS health insurance companies and was paid a HUGE kickback for walking away from it. She's a JOKE. A typical politician. Blah Blah Blah... but no results. Please don't waste your VOTE on her.

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Mr. WIlliams

    Mr NO Way this is for you:

    For your information Mr Bush does not know crap about running a nation, never knew crap about running a nation, and does not care to know crap about running a nation. All he wants to do is RUN A NATION INTO THE GROUND. In fact he has been so full of crap that "all he can know", is his own CRAP.

    Where did you get this enlightened view from, A ceral box? It is folks like you who want to keep this country in the dark ages of fear mongering, race baiting, and economic slavery for 85% of this nation's citizens.

    Do us all a favor. If you have nothing to say- Don't say anything at all.

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. SP

    I find it interesting that people claim Obama has no stance on issues. Meanwhile, of the two, he flat out opposed Iraq... and while people seem to have put that issue on the back burner, know that everyday people are senselessly dieing over there. Know that there are nearly 30,000 wounded and nearly 4,000 DEAD due to that decision. Those are REAL numbers. Now let's go back and ask, who's stance has switched? Her support of the war is reflected in those numbers above. I s'pose it was just a mistake. Who is emotionless then "instantly" emotional when convenient? who has swapped campaign managers? who has concluded that the smaller caucuses and states are won by activist, literally dismissing the vote of the people. In the past weeks, ask yourself who has really demonstrated flip flop behavior? then ask yourself who has campaigned from the position of the underdog (a position I think many of us find ourselves in), and proven that with a plan and a good team, you can change the future and alter reality beyond all expectation. Really, It's right in front of your faces. To deny the obvious is absolute insanity. In our house, our hopes are with Obama.

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Whala

    It's nice to see the Dems as divided as the Reps. I've about decided that maybe we just shouldn't elect a president. We always seem to elect the wrong one anyway, so what's the point?

    Obama is a smooth talker with nothing to say. Everyone talks about how good of a speaker he is, but don't have a clue what he stands for–I wonder if he knows.

    If I have to listen to Hillary's laugh for four years, I'd have to live with ear-plugs. If I wanted Robin Hood for a president, I'd write him in.

    McCain doesn't know which party he's in, but he's so full of himself, it's like putting Bush back in for another term.

    Huckabee can't even figure out that he has no shot, so how's he supposed to figure out how to fix our economy.

    Romney was the only one who might have actually been the best candidate, but he couldn't schmooze a crowd. In the end, he got rejected because he's a Mormon (at least according to the Wall Street Journal poll.)

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Meg

    Obama may talk the talk, but can he walk the walk with so little experience? I mean, one Senate term doesn't exactly qualify you to run one of the most powerful countries in the world. What about foreign policy experience? That's why Hillary Clinton is the woman for the job...HILLARY '08!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Emiliano

    Obama has the support of the media (CNN, for instance). He's going to win the no mination, unfortunately. There's no hope for americans... this guy will mess the country (perhaps as much as Bush). Well, it's up to Americans...
    I don't think I'll follow the election: both Obama and McCain are horrible candidates.

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. CHEESE, FROM RICHMOND ,VA

    IN MY OPINION , BOTH CANDIDATES WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE UNITED STATES ON THE SAME TICKET . AT THIS POINT I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO SEE OBAMA WIN THE NOMINATION, SO HOPEFULLY
    OBAMA WIN AND CLINTON BECOME HIS RUNNING MATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. BJ from Troutdale

    Such negativity, bile and spleen against Hillary Clinton. Such Jim Jonesian reverence for Barack. Wow, It scares me. This primary is Ugly.

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Gareth Coker

    NO WAY – your post is disgusting and some might call it racism. Come back when you have something constructive to say.

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. Jenn, Texas

    Texas Born and Raised Here, white woman, educated and married to a latino immigrant man. Having been raised by a long line of closet racists, I am so very glad to break the mold. Go Obama, you give hope to us all that by working together we can come up with solutions for America. It is high time we get back to the root of the issue. As Americans we should help ourselves, instead of waiting for others to help us. Instead of relying on just our government, lets get out there and change things for ourselves. With your help we ALL CAN do it! Go Obama Go! Come see us here in North Texas!

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. FAIR TAX MAN

    People are fools, Obama is still wet behind the ears.
    He does not even understand what the President of the UNITED STATES can and cannot do!
    MAN THIS GUY SCARES ME!!!
    Yes the destroyer, empty promises and yes he will devide the country.

    February 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Chad Nelson

    hey guys... stop picking on julie. =( =( =( =( =( =( =( =( =(

    but... it's true julie... this is exactly why Obama rocks. Woot!

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Patty, somewhere

    I very rarely comment much any more on any of these type blogs since you can't express Hillary support without being attacked by the ones who supposedly are all for change. I guess yu are changing – changing your tactics to the republican smear ones, so good for you – you already have change.
    Now tell me--just what is Obama going to do to bring change and what change is he promising? I m tired of "yes we can" – well , yes you can what??????? What are you expecting of him? What will he do to break the partisan gridlock now that will never be overcome since too many democrats already vote with the republicans to advance their agenda against a democratic one? Just what is he going to do to end the Iraq war since he keeps saying he was against it, but now for it since he has done nothing to stop it since he entered the Senate? He is already going back on is promise to bring the troops home in 16 months. Just what is he going to do to get health covergae for everyone other than push the same program as is pretty well in existence now? Sorry, Obama supporters but just what change are you expecting him o deliver because I sure haven't heard anything of that coming from his supporters yet.

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. benintn

    Stealing? I don't think so. It's called WINNING. Obama has UNITED the Democratic Party majority behind him – people of all states, all races, all genders, all ethnicities, all religions, all socioeconomic backgrounds. Just because he doesn't win 100% of the vote – yet – doesn't mean that he doesn't draw support from a variety of groups.

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. mark from Ct

    Stacy, just wanted to let you know that most republicans will not vote for mccain because he isn't the crazy conservative candidate and this is way Obama is leading in polls with him by as many as 8 points. He'll win some states that dems don't and if hilary is in she'll lose all the same states and we'll have president mccain and 100 more years of war. No thanks, OBAMA! Yes We Can! Stand for CHange!

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Daniel P.

    Virginia Voter says: " While I respect Sen. McCain, we DO NOT NEED TO BE IN IRAQ FOR 100 YEARS!!! " I believe it was President Roosevelt and President Truman that sent troops into Germany, Japan, and Korea. Gee, and we've only been there for 60 some odd years..... I'm sure Democrats would never do something like that, would they ? Roosevelt and Truman were Republicans, right ? :)

    Daniel P. Christopher
    Patchogue, Long Island, N.Y.

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. KAS

    The majority has spoken...enough said. Thank you to all the volunteers for Obama in Virginia....WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Craig

    I am a moderate and I will support Senator Clinton in my primary. If she does not win the Democratic nomination I will vote in the general election for Senator John McCain, another moderate. If the ultra-liberal Senator Obama becomes president I can ignore him just as I have ignored the ultra-conservative President Bush for the past eight years – that is if I can avoid being confined in a liberal re-education camp run by young, blissed-out Obama-istas .

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. Zack M

    The first black president uh? well, there wsn't one to begin with. The democrats read the African Americans have learnt what the Clintons really are. Please vote wisely, we are almost there. Obama, Mr president. Can't wait.

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Eric

    I have no doubt Hillary will win the nomination. I think the delegates will be split pretty much evenly, and in the end the superdelegates will decide the outcome. Hillary has much more support in that area, and that is why i think she will win.
    She has my support.
    Hillary 08!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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