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. Skip

    Hillary? She only cares about power. She would be the biggest mistake this country has ever made.

    February 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. caywen

    I, for one, am disappointed. Obama should have won more like 75% to 25%. That would have been a true victory over Clinton. But 62% to 37% is practically a tie.

    No it isn't! That's like 25 points!! Daaamn!!

    February 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Dems

    It is quite distubing that CNN has Republican reporters say all kinds of negative spin on the Democrat parties process. Guess what, they are afraid that the Super Delegates will make it right to protect the party, that is their purpose. They know what percentage of Dem voters are part time young voters that are not voting on knowledge. They also know without Florida or Michigan the election is invalid, because 48 state vote is not a democracy.
    CNN please get Democrat reporters to report on the Democrates, true to keep it balance..
    If Obama is in, Republican win. If Hillary wins and take Obama as VP Dems are in for 8 to 16 years. This is the end game.

    February 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Bethany Joy

    As a Texan, and a white woman, I resent Sen. Clinton claiming my state before the battle is fought. To quote a famous battle cry "Come and Take It"

    Go Obama!

    February 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. A Michigan Discounted Vote

    Wake up Dems. The Republican party is trying to edge out the election. Look how many are turning out to vote for Obama just so they can defeat him in November. You can't tell me any Republican who has always been a Republican is going to turn around in the primary and vote for the most liberal Democrat running. Their party already has their front runner in Mack and they don't need to vote for him anymore. He is already is a shoe in.

    According to CNN, 44% of those voting for Obama were Republicans.
    41% of those voting for Obama earn $100K a year or more (was that all those Republicans?). Check it out.

    To all the real Obama voters, I am sorry this is happening to your candidate. Republicans would never do this unless it was to their benefit. They are planning on smearing him in November.

    To all those in Ohio and Texas, it is up to you to stop the Republicans. It is point of contention that Republicans will pick our nominee, when my democratic vote here in Michigan will be ignored.

    February 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. omana

    It is interesting to see how we Americans vote for the highest office – just based on inspirational talks of change – and not based on changes a person has brought about in the past and the knowledge and sincere love for the country. Time will say what will happen and to which direction the Country will go and how united every one will be at that time. Very sad and I blame the Hype from the Media still for this out come.

    February 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. liz

    All i know is that if Obama wins the race, then im not going to vote at all!! I'm all for Hillary...

    VIVA HILLARY!!!

    February 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. tony

    wow! i was going to vote for hillary but now that i see she is a sore loser i am voting for Barack this country needs to energized this is america the land of the free! and also Barack gives our country a great image! i travel international and people hate us because of BUSH....OBAMA! 08

    February 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Eli, Milwaukee

    RESIGNATION IN THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN ABOUT TO BE ANNOUNCED!!

    CLINTON SHIP IS SINKING FAST!

    OBAMA 08!!

    February 12, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. EMD - Michigan

    I'm still terrified of OHIO! We already have them to thank for Bush! Michigan votes are so screwed up that there is no way they can be used (FL too) without destroying the integrity of the race. We knew that our votes would not count and still many of us voted uncommitted instead of simply sitting it out. That she would even consider counting those delegates confirms my belief that she worships at the altar of political expediency. We don't need more of the same. Chicanery was wrong when the Republicans did it and it is wrong now.

    I have a friend who is in school in London right now who emailed me today that Obama cannot possibly live up to our expectations because they have grown exponentially and he can't be all things to all people. But I contend that HE CAN bring us back together as Americans – not Republicans or Democrats, Liberals or Conservatives. HE CAN provide a new vision of leadership to other nations, reminding them why America can be a great nation once again. HE CAN try to bring people together to solve our problems instead of playing the blame game. Those who say he is all style and no substance have not done their due diligence. The President is surrounded by smart people who help strategize and make decisions, I want someone with INTEGRITY and the only one I see who displays it consistently is OBAMA. I teach middle schoolers and I see a brighter future for them with a new direction for our country.

    February 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. JC

    That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard, LIZ

    OBAMA '08!

    February 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Dems unite

    It is quite distubing that CNN has Republican reporters say all kinds of negative spin on the Democrat parties process. Guess what, they are afraid that the Super Delegates will make it right to protect the party, that is their purpose. They know what percentage of Dem voters are part time young voters that are not voting on knowledge. They also know without Florida or Michigan the election is invalid, because 48 state vote is not a democracy.
    CNN please get Democrat reporters to report on the Democrates, true to keep it balance..
    If Obama is in, Republican win. If Hillary wins and take Obama as VP Dems are in for 8 to 16 years. This is the end game.

    February 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Walter

    Which one fits this best Hillary, Obama or McCain?

    Leadership (according to John Sculley) revolves around vision, ideas, direction, and has more to do with inspiring people as to direction and goals than with day-to-day implementation. A leader must be able to leverage more than his own capabilities. He must be capable of inspiring other people to do things without actually sitting on top of them with a checklist.” Bennis, W. ‘On Becoming a Leader’ Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing, (1989, p.139)

    "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." John F. Kennedy

    February 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. sarah23

    Obama supporters are insanse and are prematurely advocating for Mrs. Clinton to get out of the race because they are so divisive. Should a candidate leave the race when the other candidate has only a small number of pledged delegates more and only a slight lead in the popular vote. CALM DOWN! Our party is doomed in the coming general election; Obama supporters bias is the worst I have ever seen, and if this continues, I know that my more moderate positions will favor Mr. McCain.

    February 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. faboo

    NeilP: Feel free to look up both candidates vote at Senate.gov or go to their respective websites. It's really easy. If you can find this, surely you can use "teh Google" and find their sites.

    As for the Clinton supporters, while I fully think that this so-called blog and the MSM in general have way too much bias, I don't recall ya'll complaining this past year when they decided that our frontrunners were Clinton and Giuliani before there was even a vote. And I'm sorry, but exit polls aren't 'spin'. It's data. Deal.

    Now for CNN, why this headline? You could have chose any word, but 'stealing'. Is that a kneejerk reaction to what a black man does? Note, one more thing for me to blog about regarding the deplorable choices the MSM willingly makes. Nice job.

    February 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Nicole

    I am an African-American WOMAN and never considered myself part of Hillary's base!

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    February 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. Alecki

    CNN has destroyed John Edwards, Rudy Gulliani, now they are trying to destroy Clinton.

    Please stop with the opinions. Report the news!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. KCMO

    #1 criteria for my vote: which candidate has taken the LEAST amount of money from special interest groups, which candidate is the LEAST involved with lobbyists, which candidate is the LEAST tied to typical Washington business as usual politics?

    Well, seems to me, and correct me if I am wrong, that Clinton and McCain have been around so long and are so involved in the Washington insider way of doing business that if we vote for either of them, here we go again, same corrupt BS we keep getting year after year. Time for someone who has the least ties to this corrupt system as possible. Now that Edwards is out, seems like Obama is the only choice.

    That is of course, unless you are satisfied with the current system... ha ha ;>)

    February 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Donna, Long Island, NY

    and what will happen if obama becomes president? he'll collapse, waiver, be inconsistent. has anybody looked at his voting record as state senator and as us senator? maybe obama supporters need to check out the track record of this "so call messiah". they'll be very suprise to see nothing but inconsistencies. take away the charisma and the media support and all you have left is a cocky man full of hot air.
    Hillary in 2008

    February 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Ilene, Livonia MI

    Bye Billary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go OBAMA!! I love you!!!!

    February 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Eli, Milwaukee

    HEY RICK, How can you vote for Ron Paul when he already stated that he would not be running on a third party?

    Speaking of clueless.

    February 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. earl illingsworth

    The people are fasinated by all the excitement of a new fresh movement that's currently evolving around Obama. The psychology for the moment is analogous to a spring time fling between to young lovers,flirting under a Magnolia Tree! Blinded by the moment , only to realize it was all just an infatuation. When they finally come to their senses they will vote for Hillary, HandsDown! Knowing if not Hillary/Bill ,it will be another four (4) years Republican and the Bush Agenda!!!

    February 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. Rechi

    Shame for democracy, black voters are voting based on race in a whopping numbers to Obama while white voters are more unbiased. Just look at the statistics and if black voters voted similar to whites in Virginia, Obama would have not won the state. Too bad people can't see how black voters are voting on race...

    February 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. dan

    im a demacrat and if baroc wins i will not vote

    February 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Meg

    It isn't over for Hillary yet. Obama may have won in the Potomac Primaries, but he'll never win in Ohio and Texas - where it counts. This race is far from over.

    February 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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