February 19th, 2008
09:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: Obama holds onto his base, makes inroads in Clinton's

(CNN) - In campaign contests so far, Barack Obama has polled the best among black, more wealthy and educated voters and college students, while rival Hillary Clinton has been able to count on women, low-income voters and blue-collar workers.

But in early exit polls tonight, Obama held Clinton to a virtual tie among Wisconsin Democratic primary voters who said they have a union member in their household - 50 percent for Clinton to 49 percent for Obama - and actually edged her among women, 51 percent to 49 percent.

Clinton held a narrow advantage over Obama among Catholic poll respondents - who made up 43 percent of voters interviewed - 51 percent to 48 percent. She also held narrow leads among voters with only a high school education, people 60 or older and those making between $15,000-$30,000 a year.

But Obama kept those margins close and took easy wins among his traditional base of supporters.

Among voters 49 years old and younger he had a significant 64-39 percent advantage over Clinton. College-educated voters, who made up 72 percent of those polled, favored him 59 percent to 39 percent.

Obama had a slight edge among voters who called themselves Democrats - 50 percent to 49 percent - but overwhelmingly topped Clinton among the 27 percent of respondents who called themselves independents, taking 63 percent of their votes to Clinton's 36 percent.

Filed under: Exit Polls • Wisconsin
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. D Boyce

    Oh no, we won't have Hillary to nag the country now

    February 19, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Judy

    yes....voting for McCain Now...now way I will ever vote for Hussain Obama. That name does not even sound right...

    February 19, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. jacq

    Hurray, most of the American people finally realize our jobs are steadily being lost because of NAFTA. Senator Clinton has claimed bragging rights on her husband President Clinton years in the whitehouse and her 35 year experience, I quess she has to now brag on the failures of i.e. NAFTA and healthcare. Fair is fair.

    February 19, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Robb, New York

    Oprah was right– he is The One for the Democratic Party. Barack Obama gets voters from pretty much every demographic. He's starting to make significant gains in Hillary's base. In polls, he's leading in head-to-head matchups with John McCain in states where Hillary is either in a statistical tie or losing to McCain. Democrats, superdelegates, every member of the party should wake up to this realization: Hillary Clinton can't possibly do what Barack Obama is doing now and what he will do in the general election; draw Republican and Independent voters, draw an enthusiastic following, draw millions of dollars in funds for the campaign. Hillary could never do what Obama is doing. Obama's going to take the Democratic Party to the White House, if the Democrats finally let him.

    February 19, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Joe

    I support Hillary. If Obama wins, I will vote for McCain. Obama is just not what I want.

    February 19, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Kevin Baum

    CNN Team is missing the point - the more immediate design of Sen McCain's thinly veiled comments toward Sen Obama are an attempt to discredit him, in hopes the message will help Sen Clinton, who polls suggest Sen McCain would have a better chance of beating.

    February 19, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Gabby

    Up until reciently I was none to proud of the U.S.A. myself . It does generation good to see a nation stand together like it is doing now. Not since Viet Nam has this happened.

    Listen close...don't miss it...history is being made...if you listen close you can hear the chanting...Obama...Yes we can...enough said 🙂

    February 19, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. just joe

    .....hey, has the story about Obama's lawyer-wife been buried? It wasn't a gaffe.....it was a well thought out string of words. I really want to know what she had in mind when she opened her mouth......this is the US of A, lady....right or wrong we are proud of that! You don't like it, leave.

    February 19, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Please, do not show how shallow you are with your Obama hater postings. We have had enough of a divide wedged into this country by the Bush Administration. Go vote Republican if you must and then you will show how truly ignorant you are.

    February 19, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. jausti8371k

    Ana what does his middle name have to do with anything?

    February 19, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Texas for Hillary

    If Obama wins D, in general election, I am sure I will vote for John Mcanna,
    But I will never vote for Obama!

    February 19, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Devon

    I'm with Ray. I will not vote for Obama.

    February 19, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. dj

    Men may have whizzing contests but women have to stoop lower.
    Obama in 08

    February 19, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Pamela

    Go OBAMA GO!!!

    Shake off all of Hillary's dirty tricks and negative innuendos. We know that she will stoop to any level to try to get the upper hand. It didn't work. Hillary GIVE IT UP!

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Ty

    Again, I'm shocked by Hillary's speech. She has yet to acknowledge Wisconsin in any respect. No congratulations to her opponent for running a spirited campaign, no thank you to the state she ferociously contested. She can't put her head in the sand on this state in the same way she could in Louisiana, or the caucus states, or even around the Beltway. She fought WI intensely. Her inability to acknowledge difficult facts reminds me of a certain Texan living in Washington.

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Sabrina LasVegas, NV

    OBAMA 08!

    Thank you Wisconsin!
    *Note to Sen. Clinton, cheap, dumb tricks don't work.*


    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. david

    Ha Ha,

    I cannot wait to hear bill and Hillary give their concession speech. It "is" over Bill. And I think you know what "is" is!

    I hate the clintons. YES. I can't wait to see her lose. It will be a politcal moment in savor for all times.

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Beans

    Carla, many of us predicted it even BEFORE the 1% was in. Get a life and take HRC with you because she's a goner! The more negative she gets, the more she loses–you'd think by now someone of "presidential quality" would figure that out. The longer this campaign goes, the better Obama does. More and more people get a chance to hear him and believe his message, and then contrast in with what the Clinton's keep trying to dish out...same ole same ole.

    How sweet it is....go Barack! You are AWESOME! We will finally have a new president with the credentials to lead!

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. tiny tim


    HEHE Clinton about to get interupted by Obama.

    I knew WI will come through for us!!

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Fernando

    Thank You Wisconsin! YES WE CAN! OBAMA 08!

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. Tim W. Ohio

    My party is now doing what it always does better than any political party and that is snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory!

    Hillary take the kid on in the debates HARD!!! Please tell Edwards to grow a pair and do the right thing and endorse you.

    The cause endures, the work goes on and the dream shall never die-tk

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Paul

    I wonder if Obama will get elected President without giving any specifics on how he intends to accomplish his lofty promises and without having any track record or accomplishments that highlight his credentials.

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. TRACY

    The negative ads DON'T WORK Hillary!

    Time to quit now because you look more and more desperate every day. You should concentrate on your wayward husband who lied, committed adultery, got head, and got IMPEACHED in the White House. Michelle OBAMA makes a better 1st spouse than Bill could EVER make. GO BAMA! HEEL HILLARY!!

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. jack2

    women, blue collared workers and lower income people vote for Hilary.
    Doesn't seem the most sophisticated crowd who should be taking the decisions in this country.
    Sorry if I sound insensitive. Just practical.

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Ki-Jana Carter

    Get ready America. You think you've seen the worst of Billary Clinton? The next two weeks you will see the TRUE Billary....we've only seen the tip of the iceberg. She is going to try to tear apart the Democratic Party.

    Sorry old lady, Wisconsin showed you tonight that dirty politics don't work! You and Bill should move back to arkansas and raise some hogs with huckabee! Suuueeeeeeey!

    February 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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