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. Sophie L

    Ernest Caldwell, you wake up. We need Independent and Republican votes in the General, not the primaries. Indies and Repubs in primaries skews the data in favor of the Repugs.

    February 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. MT

    Go Hillary!Its not over yet.Wake up people.

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Jeff

    What's with the canned applause at the Obama Wisconsin Rally?

    February 12, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. John

    To Mr NO WAY... you're delusional my friend. Obama would SMOKE McCain. Hands down. He's far to radical to win against Obama. But if you want McCain to win, send Hillary in... Then he'll win for sure and we'll have 8 more wonderful Republican years. Yea, it's been great hasn't it? Our country is in the worst shape it's EVER been in history. Not real sure why republican supporters are supporting their party now... Uh... What is it exactly that they're praising?

    February 12, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. concern

    What the world will comment if Obama is a president at that tender age of forty's.
    Does he had the experince to turn America fortune back like the Clinton adm time?
    Would America still get good respect n admiration like before?. What would America standing in the World will be? The World is watching u America?
    Your Destiny is in u to chose for the good or for the worst

    May God give u wisdom to decide who is the right person to be elected as the president of America.

    Good Luck

    February 12, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. jeffrey

    Yes we can win in virginia. now we won in virginia......

    Yes we will win in Ohio and Texas......

    Hillary drop out from the race.... Give way for the first Black American president. President Barrack Obama.....

    Gooooooooo Obamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.........

    Obama is the man that will lead us in the future. Hillary please endorse Obama.

    Gooooooooo Obamaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.....................

    February 12, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. Cindy (Wisconsin)

    If Obama gets in. . .look out for another Nader vs. Gore. vs. Bush Hillary backers are NOT going to vote for someone that they truly DO NOT believe in. McCain will pull through just as Bush did. Obama doesn't have it in him! Say god-bye Obama before we have to say. . .I told you so! HA!!

    February 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. Ed

    It is so interesting to hear that 'experience' is a negative when it comes to electing a President, but we all 'hire' car mechanics, building contractors, dentists, lawyers, teachers, doctors and sale clerks with experience. The only change we will get if Obama is elected is that we will get another Senator who claims he is not a Washington insider. How much more insider can you get when there are only 100 Senators in DC?

    Wake up Americans and ask yourself, what change will we get? Do not tell us about the problems, we in American know the problems . And do not tell us about our dreams, we live with them everyday. Senator Obama it is time to turn the page and tell us, the American voters – what "change" are you planning and what "new" direction are you going?

    February 12, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Roberta

    The Republicans are voting for him now to be sure they have him to vote against in NOVEMBER.
    Listen to your self (you that are truly dem and not republicans) You have taken up there cause.
    You will find that is true.
    Think! If the Republicans really wanted to run against Hillary they would not build up Barack Obama. the same as the media will not show videos of Obamo that shows he has lied over and over.

    February 12, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. Peter

    It really is great to see the start of Clinton's demise. She really does need to bow out now in order to preserve any future endeavors.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. ben, dallas

    Hey NO WAY, sounds like you are either accusing others of racism or you are a racist. Don't be ignorant. Polls have Obama ahead of Mcain.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. unknown

    First of all, Obama talks about change, change but why doesnt he ever answer what he means by change. He doesnt mean change after all he said his cusion is Dick Chenny so if Obama wins then he is going to be influecened by other people. Obama is young and he is saying all these things and makeing promise which he cant accomplish.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I'm a registered Republican, so I could not vote in the primary for Obama, but I hope I can in November!!! Obama '08

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Zack M

    Well, the clintons had their chance.

    1989-92- A Bush
    1993-1999- A clinton.
    2000-2008- a Bush...
    2009- a ?

    Did I hear you right hillary, It tool a linton to clean up the white house, who knows it will take another Clinton to--–? come on America, there are other leaders (read families) out there!

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Charles Stoy

    Their platforms are almost the same. On some topics, water poured over the two cannot not find a split. So before you say that he is vapid, you better understand that you are also saying the same thing about your candidate. Vapor ware.

    I would rather be awaken by a rousing speaker than put to sleep by a wonk.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Lonnie

    All you "Believers" out there, Obama is not Jesus Christ, your Saviour. I'm afraid that you will be very disappointed if he becomes president...I just hope he gets the help he will need to do the job adequately.

    You Obama cultists all have church and Hollywood mixed up with Wahington. Obama is proof that we all watch way too much TV.
    And in the process of electing him you will be missing out on having a good (if not great) public servant working for you. What a shame.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. rok

    Julie from Binghamton is correct in her analysis...The republicans are voting for Obama whenever they can...they'll help get him the nomination, then go back and vote for the republican candidate in the general election...have you people been here for the last 7 years...these republicans will do whatever it takes to win. Ya'll go on and ride the Obama train...just make sure you have your seat belts on for when it crashes.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. yestohillary

    When osama made the race about black and white he started to get more black votes. [My opinion] He's a piece of crap. If he gets the nomination I will vote repub and hopefully anyone with half a brain will also. The only change he can bring is race. Ya'll are brainwashed. Hang in there Hillary.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. Lets Get 4 Real

    go hillary

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. Alecki

    The republicans are voting for Obama so that McCain wins.

    Don't the democrats see that .

    There is no way that the American people will win if Obama is the winner of these primaries.

    Let's forget it the Republicans will win now.

    He is an empty suit...the republicans know it.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. angelwan

    I just hope Obama voters wont cry and bite their elbows if he starts to show he is not what he claims to be... then we will have another forlorn 4 years... hope he will be able to jumpstart the economy... clinton might not be perfect but at least we know our economy was sound when bill clinton was president.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. terri

    I wonder if OBama will offer Hilary the VP spot. That would unite the Dems.

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. Jim from SC

    Barack Obama didn't need to steal the base from anyone, it is his for the taking. I am convinced that Barack's affection for Hillary has kept her in a race that she can't win. I'm hopeful that she steps aside prior to the Convention if the delegates are unfavorable. I do think she has accomplished an ability to bring voters out by the thousands, she is a great American and I know that when the time is right, she will do her part in providing the catalyst for galvanizing the Party.

    I am thankful that Barack Obama has promoted hope, no one ever lost sleep dreaming of prosperity. In fact it is representative of a theological virtue that the Framers fought to preserve. While much of the world is in termoil, it is the persistant vessel which stays afloat and the constant for mortal inspiration.

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  24. Eric Jensen

    Hilary thinks she can speak to only half the people and win an election. She is no central figure. Obama talks to people, makes them feel as though a vote for him is a vote for themselves. It is a very powerful thing. Hilary makes you feel as though a vote for her is a vote for Hilary and her Ego.

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Wake up Obama is a sheep in Republican clothing, He is full of it and has no clue..
    Wait till the real Obama rears his ugly head and you will come to know him as I have.

    February 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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