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. Caroline

    Obama is EXACTLY what this country needs right now and I am thrilled to watch this develop. It is time for Hillary to get out of the way.

    Obama 08!

    February 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. ObamaSupporters

    We are all proud of you Obama.
    I hope the Clinton supporters will start leading towards OBAMA

    GOBAMA!!! '08

    DC and Maryland will be yours as well and Texas and Ohio and Missouri.

    February 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Tim in Arkansas

    Hurray for Obama!!!!

    When the night is over, Obama will have scored 8 STRAIGHT WINS!!!!

    Obama 08!!!

    February 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. JOHN

    OOOOPS 300,000 FOR OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBAMA

    February 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Kevin -Long Beach

    Thank you America! Thank you for renewing my faith in the process (the democratic process).

    I still have my fingers crossed on this "super delegate" business. Nothing say's screw you like stealing your vote.

    February 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. from PA

    Julie from NY got it right...

    Wait and see if obama gets to be the nominee......the republicans will win!!

    February 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Becky-Texas

    What I want to know is, why would Charmin, advertise Tissue Paper yet, either way, we will buy toilet paper? waste of money should be donated to Clinton Campain

    OBAMA 08!!

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Ohio Citizen

    The Clinton boat is taking on more water tonight.

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. mac

    I will never vote for obama.I will vote for McCain and I have never voted for a republican,Obama gives a great speech with no substance. I have atleast 30 friends that feel the same way. So VOTE OBAMA if you want a Republican pres in 08.
    Obama says he doesnt take pac money, well go to moveon.org and see he is a lier and he does take pac money

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Keith

    At least newpapers are honest about which candidate want, I guess its way too late for CNN to get honest

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Hillary for President

    Steve..It is a fact that independents and Republicans voted for Obama.

    You should consider reading and researching.

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. Ernest Caldwell

    RE: Julie, Binghamton, NY February 12, 2008 8:28 pm ET

    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.

    Are you serious? Isn't that what we want, a candidate that can win both DEM, Independant, and the Republican vote. I really hate to say this but it sure sounds like alot of female Clinton supporters just want her to win because she is a woman. This comment clearly illustrates my thought. I not saying all the women Clinton supporters but certainly this comment makes you think. Ma'am you have really lost touch with what this race is about. But in your attempt to downplay Obama's victory, I would like to say thank you for point out the biggest victory of all in VA. Obama pulled in the Independant, and some Republican voters. That ma'am is a good thing, despite what you Clintoners believe. But oh yeah i guess since Hillary didn't win this state their vote doesn't really matter. Wake up.

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. edgeways

    Meanwhile, the Gov of Pa., Ed Rendell, essentially calls some of his constituents in Pa. racists, (AP story) and justifies his support of Clinton in that light. This is going to go over like a lead balloon and may cost Clinton a viable shot in Pa.

    His basic premise may well be true, but honestly? You don't, 1) call your base bigots and 2) make your endorsement choice on it. I wouldn't be surprised if he loses his next election as well.

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Ben E.

    when are we gonna get DC results?

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Dave

    All Clinton base are belong to us. Someone set us up the Obama!

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Ed

    I think that Hillary should bow out. What I can't wait to see is the extreme disappointment that all the Obama supporters will have if he wins the presidency and nothing really changes. Buy into all the speeches, jump on the band wagon, vote for the style, be cool and feel self-righteous but boy, there's going to be alot of disappointment. I'm not saying Hillary would change much either but I think she has the more practical solutions. People are really drinking the cool aid if they think that ANYONE can change Washington in 4 or 8 years.

    I also will find it hard to believe that Obama can unite the country when a large portion of his supporters hurl nothing but venom against the other candidates.

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. Joe

    OBAMA CAN DO IT, YES WE CAN...................OBAMA '80

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Mae R.

    Hooray for Obama!! His name isn't "Barack" for nothing – check your Old Testament – "Barak" was a famous O.T. warrior known for his military prowess. I've been for him from day one!

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Doug

    Hello. To Julie's comment above, "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."

    If you are correct, this will not be a problem in the general election because Obama will have John Edwards as his vice president candidate and will definately carry the southern vote.

    February 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Patricia

    About the over 55 demographic for Clinton ...The only reason Hillary won the Nevada caucuses in Las Vegas is because they bussed in the senior citizens from the retirement homes on the Clinton busses. I don't want some senile person who thinks they are out on a field trip determining who my candidate is!

    February 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. drew

    I am interested to see how his vote total compares to McCain's– in a Republican state that we may win with Obama at the top, that will be a real indicator of relative appeal to independents.

    February 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. Doug W.

    Why is it that anyone who says they're in favor of Obama is obviously falling for a facade and a media parlor trick. Get over yourselves. The Hillary supporters would get a lot more credit if they'd drop this holier-than-thou nonsense.

    Obama may or may not become a great President, but he's the right person at the right time for whom to take that chance. The past 8-12 years have been nothing but political infighting and backbiting and Hillary supporters expect to change that by voting for the most polarizing politician the world has ever seen? Give me a break. I don't doubt Hillary would try to make a good President, but it will be 4 years of Republican fillibustering if she's given the chance.

    It's time to start new. Cut the cord, Hillary supporters. Roll the dice. Even if Obama ends up being all glitz and no substance, it can't get any worse than it already is. But at least we won't be continuing the same ridiculous fights.

    February 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. Carole S

    I think Mr & Mrs Clinton should stop while they are ahead, rather then continue on and loose more then they already have. If they want to help the Democratic party they would start by endorsing Obama and helping the Democratic party win the election. This would give them more respect then what they have now. GO OBAMA

    February 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. Liz TN

    Everybody liked Bush, too...Do you not remember??

    Kids prefer sweets to nutritious food but someone has to be the parent and do what is best.

    Hillary knows best...

    February 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Sharon Wash, D.C.

    Hey Hey Mr. Dream Merchant....everything depends on you....oh yeah......

    I'M A BELIEVER!!!!!!

    Obama 08

    February 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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