March 4th, 2008
10:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Seniors give Clinton a boost

A senior citizen casts her vote in Bloomdale, Ohio.

A senior citizen casts her vote in Bloomdale, Ohio.

(CNN) - One of the statistics in the exit polls I wanted to watch out for was the senior vote - Clinton needs to win big among this group to stay competitive with Obama, and tonight's exit polls show she is doing just that.

The New York senator only won two age groups in Texas and Ohio (50-64 and 65+) - but together those age groups make up roughly 45 percent of the electorate in both states.

In Ohio, she's winning the 50-64 bloc by 20 points and the 65+ vote by 40 points. In Texas, her margins of victory in those blocs are 11 points and 30 points respectively. It's imperative Clinton's support among these groups hold to counterbalance Obama's overwhelming popularity among young voters and his edge with those who are middle-aged.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider • Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Ohio • Texas
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. simple thought ?

    with age there comes wisdom.
    respect your elders, they know more than you think?

    March 4, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. SUE, Michigan

    I'm middle-aged, and Obama doesn't charm me. I see Hillary as tough, fair, and a leader. She will be an awesome President for these United States!

    March 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Dwayne, Pa

    The fact that Ohio is supporting Hillary Clinton reinforces why I love SO MUCH every time Michigan and Penn State pound the Buckeyes!

    March 4, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Grif

    She's one of us. And we are one together.... May sound Old Fashion...

    But, it's about time fashion took over: From Dreams....

    March 4, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. KC Atlanta

    Maybe because they have lived through a lot of Presidents, have a lifetime of experience and know experience does count. And let's face it folks, they ALWAYS get out and vote, no matter what. The youth vote may be coming out for Obama now, but what happens when their attention span goes elsewhere during the long months of a national election??

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Mad gramma

    Well, not all seniors are going to vote for Clinton. I'm 77yrs. old & I wouldn't vote for her for a dog catcher. What a witch.

    Mad gramma

    Maybe our "great" govenor could show Hillary how to put "all" the states in the garbage, like she has done in Michigan.

    March 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. Roxy

    It makes all the sense in the world. Older people have more life experience and know better than the young and naive.

    March 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  8. Reality check #1

    Winning the older votes means she is winning those that have many years of hard work under their belt. Those that are concerned about health care and foreclosures. The true working poor that know she is the only candidate of all the candidates that can bring us out of a recession. People that know the economy vote Hillary.

    March 4, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. jes

    . After watching the coverage of the USA election all I can say is how proud I am to be a Canadian. I wish I had a opportunity to vote for a Hilary Clinton. When I watch Obama stutter & stammer along it scares me to think he may actually be the next president. After having Bush as President have you Americans learned nothing about having a BOOB for a leader!!

    March 4, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. slim

    older the wiser.

    March 4, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. Sean McM

    Democrats want to win the Presidency....if Obamacontinues to control every question, a failure in transparency for example, we could totally lose it by the Rove RNC machine!!!

    So I ask about a story that surfaced a few weeks ago....but not a word in the media about both the story and where the case is. The situation in question is the man in Minnesota who has filed a suit in Federal Court there alleging that the DNC, Obama, and David Axelrod have attempted to shut him up. His story that the suit is suggesting is being suppressed by Obama and the DNC
    is that he has claimed use of cocaine and sex with Obama in 1999.

    This must be brought to the open...we are all grown ups....and it is a public matter in a Federal Court....???

    Why is the media failing to report this to us????

    March 4, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. nocom

    Well, at least "Mad gramma" shows that it's not always the case that "with age there comes wisdom."

    March 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. Clinton 2008

    Go hillary!! 🙂

    March 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. Craig

    We must also remember a lot of these people remember a time when someone of Obama's color would not be on a ticket it is not a real indicator of voting on any real issue other than solely for or against a candidate. I am hopeful however if Obama does not get the nomination his supporters are willing to support HRC.

    March 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  15. Sukie

    Nothing wrong with us oldsters!

    We know a quality candidate when we see one!

    Been around lots of blocks leading to our senior years.

    March 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. Gurgalax

    Ugh, who wants another Clinton in office? Do you want families to dominate the policital spectrum? Do you want a dynasty, a continous line of Caesars and Pharaohs?

    Come now people, release the ghosts of the past and look forward to something different.

    March 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Lynette Stapleton

    It just goes to show the wisdom of old age

    March 4, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  18. OBAMA 08


    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. Yeah, I said it!!!! so what??

    Or maybe a certain percentage of older Americans harbor a lingering time when certain people couldn't drink from certain water fountains...

    Yeah,.... I said it....

    Please... deny some of that is NOT taking place!!!!!

    look in the mirror, people.

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. Karen

    to Mad Gramma.... I'm guessing with that trash mouth of yours, your children refuse to bring the grandchildren to visit you. What a nasty piece of work you are. Get lost, it's past your bedtime.

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Melissa, Tarpon Springs, Fl

    I'm a 53 year old woman and I would not vote for Clinton. I see her as a conservative Democratic warmonger who will say and do anything to win . Obama is my fourth choice among the Democratic contenders who started out running but at least the guy has better judgement about Iraq and can admit it when he makes a mistake. That beats the hell out of what we have had plus he is bright and has a very smart wife!

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Glen

    Obama is a LIAR

    This Guy is a liar ( He told the Canadian Government that he is O.K with NAFTA ; behind close door he is saying NAFTA IS O.K and in public he is saying he will negoiate NAFTA )





    YES WE CAN LIE !!!

    YES WE CAN LIE !!!

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. Gurgalax

    You know what else is sad...looking at where Obama is winning and where he is losing(the Cities vs Rural areas), im willing to bet that its a racial issue with Whites.

    Im willing to bet that a lot of white people are not comfortable with a black man in office. Essentially, we still have a racial divide among white and black americans that needs to be addressed. A shame.

    BTW, Im latino.

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. D.L.

    Thank goodness for our elders...
    I was raised to respect my elders and understand the wisdom
    of their age.
    This point is what without a doubt is what turned me off to the Obama
    campaign. They are turning out to be rude at best...

    March 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. Johana Miami,Fl

    Hillary U CAN DO IT!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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