February 19th, 2008
09:17 PM ET
6 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. Mike

    If Obama turns this into a win in Texas, Clinton is done. It will be difficult for him, but there is a possibility that he can edge her there. If that happens, the Democratic nominee will be decided before the convention.

    February 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. caron

    Every time that I try to give Hillary the benefit of the doubt - or even feel sorry for her that she's lost so many races - there she goes again! It drives me nuts - Maybe if she wouldn't try to pull so many last minute desparate gotchas, people would vote for her for what she stands for.

    February 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. Neal

    Solutions versus words.... That's the lamest tactical move I've ever seen. Is that what Billary is reduced to? Gosh. And there's a new slogan on the podium right now – Solutions for America. Does anyone have a running count on how many different messages/slogans Hillary has employed at this point (not including the ones she's taken from Barack)? Boy oh boy, Senator Clinton just does not seem to get what's actually going on in the Democratic party – how and why it's growing and changing. Let's all get behind Barack and gain the strength needed to battle McCain!

    February 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Cyndi, MD

    Go Obama Go! All the way to the Whitehouse!!

    Thank you Wisconsin!! Let's hear from you Hawaii!! Let's make it 10 straight wins tonight!

    Go Obama!!

    February 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. bob

    Wow........ all you feminists who are voting for Hillery seem to have your panties in a bunch. Looks like the educated have spoken and Obama wins.

    ABC

    February 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. JF

    More bad news for the Democrats. We must be stupid because the Republicans are crossing over to vote for Obama because they know they have to get Clinton OUT of there. They KNOW they can beat Obama in the fall. How stupid of us Dems to allow this. Thank you to all the Obama camp that made it possible for 4 more years of the Republican dream. A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain.

    February 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Joe

    For somebody whose whole argument for her candidacy is "experience", am I the only person to note that there is an amazing parallel between Hillary's campaign strategy and George Bush's Iraq war strategy? Just as George Bush had no plans for Iraq after overthrowing Saddam, it's quite clear that Hillary had no plans for "after Super Tuesday". Experience indeed. I guess she expected to be greeted by flower-bearing Democrats after Super Tuesday and never thought beyond that day. Dick Cheney must be her secret advisor!

    February 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Obama for USA

    Its Time for Hilary to Quit. Its over, Dirty Politics dont work No More. Obama for President.

    February 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. fs

    Hurray!!!! I am happy to see Obama win in spite of all of Clinton's strange, petty attacks.

    February 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Lily

    WOW!!! YES, WE CAN!!
    Go OBAMA!!!

    and we are going to win Texas!! .............wohooooooo!!

    February 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. Anne

    To those of you, Republican and Democrat, who say Obama can't win in November, are you paying attention? The Republican party is losing its conservative base to Obama, who think McCain is disastrous to their party.Independents like Obama. And for the first time in decades, the wide base of support that Democrats have always had the potential of having among the young and minorities is finally activated. Republican analysts (those who actually care about the race and don't hope McCain will lose)are shaking in their boots because this type of wide voter turnout almost always indicates one thing: a Democratic win. Recent nationwide polls show that in an election between Obama and McCain, Obama wins easily. Watch out, America. In presidential races, whether you like it or not, the most positive message always wins. ALWAYS. McCain doesn't have it, with his ties to the Bush economy and war, and Clinton has shown that she doesn't seem to "get it" when it comes to positive advertising. I predict an Obama landslide in November.

    February 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Becky-Texas

    he wins among educated voters!! what does that tell you? am in Texas am on Obama train

    February 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. AB

    We must have become the underachiever and easy believer society. I guess what is left is obvious; the Republican candidate.

    February 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Jarred

    If Hillary loses OH and TX its over! Despite all of her campaigning its already dead heat over there! Guess Obama better hurry and meet her in Texas so he can wrap this thing up.

    February 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Bill

    Oh, Ana...

    Based on your first name, you should be a blond bimbo who's destined to kill herself with pills. Is that the way it is?

    Please... I'd like to see a *little* intelligence in the comments here. That old thing about his name is ridiculous. I'll bet you think he's a muslim because you heard it somewhere right?

    And "Mrs.Linder-Phoenix"... I'm hoping you're trying to make a point by writing such garbage on here. However, if you truly believe that filth you are spewing... I think Pakistan could use another moron. Why not move there and find out?

    February 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. Julie in Boston

    Did anyone see that clip from a campaign ad Hillary is running where she purports to have sympathy for the poor mom working extra shifts at night, and she says that she understands, because she has worked the night shift, too (sitting at her posh desk, with a snack nearby, I am sure).

    I nearly fell over laughing!! Do you think anybody buys this? What I cannot understand is how low income voters are voting for her... they seem to be one of the few groups she can bamboozle-she will do absolutely nothing for the poor. Why are they succumbing to her?

    PS I worked a lot of night shifts in a hospital when my kids were young, and it is very painful work! The ad is funny because it is so ludicrous, but on the other hand it shows such insensitivity to the overworked, sleep-deprived people who have to work these shifts to support their families. .

    February 19, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. sean Detroit

    Get out now, Hillary!!! Swallow your stubborn, foolish pride so that we can unite for the good of the party and the country. If you truly want what's good for this country you know what to do

    February 19, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. Sukie

    I cringe picturing Obama sitting down with the Muslim countries and "negotiating." What a joke!

    We Dems had the same warm and fuzzy feelings about a Georgia peanut farmer.

    A really nice guy, very intelligent, he promised us Hope and Change also.

    That lasted four years.

    February 19, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Raini

    To quote the Future First Lady...Mrs. Obama, "I am VERY PROUD of MY COUNTRY"...and proud of Wisconsin, DC, Maryland, Virginia, SC, Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Conn.,Georgia, Illnois, N. Dakota,Minn, Idaho, Kansas, Del.,Missouri, Utah, La, Neb, Wash...etc...Oh you get the picture–it's soooo SWEEEET!!

    February 19, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Ellen

    Yeah!!! Obama!!! Hillary give up. The people want a new voice.
    I hope the American people can be critical thinkers and rise up above all of the dirty politics by the big political machines.

    The time is now, for a big change!

    February 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Aida

    So nice to see the writings of Barack's educated supporters. 'Dirty politics dont work no more' shows me just how educated. Let's go, steal lines, use poor grammar and try to win yose the elekshun.

    February 19, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. norm jesin

    Tonight Barack Obama (and for that matter – CNN) made the biggest mistake of the campaign by interrupting Hilary Clinton in mid-speech to make his speech in Texas. I have been as mezmerised as everyone else by Obama's oratory – but tonight I just coould not listen. All I could think of was that here was another man acting as discounting and disrespecting his female opponent as though she was not worthy of being in the race. The arrogance was shocking. The symbolism was no less offensive then President Clinton's comments about Jesse Jackson having won a primary in South Carolina.

    I always thought the loser speaks first, and the winner waits and then speaks. That is what has happend up to now. Hilary was making a very good speech but no one got to hear her finish. I believe this arrogance will result in a backlash against Obama and the media.

    February 19, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Michelle

    Wisconsin has proven that petty ridiculous attacks are insulting when this country has so many real problems

    February 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Undecided

    Paul, there's tons - tons and tons and tons - of info on Obama's creds, accomplishments, positions, policy initiatives, etc. Take a couple of minutes and familiarize yourself with some of it. As one who's only recently come to Obama's camp, I trust you'll be impressed.

    February 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. mm

    He is promising heaven and earth to the voters and the voters readily fall for it. He just promised reduction of health care premium of 2500$ per family every year within 1st year of office.
    He also promised the same healthcare that the congress has (stole or plagiarised that idea from Edwards, I guess). He is a promising machine, I would love him to be able to fulfill all that he is promising, USA would then become a heaven on earth.

    February 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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