March 4th, 2008
10:02 PM ET
6 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. Sheri, MI

    Amen to that, Mad Gramma! Reports also say that Granholm is going to be given a spot in Hillary's "administration". What a clown show.

    March 4, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. R M Gopal (Hollywoodog)

    I found a way to scoop you:

    Clinton wins Ohio 51 to 48

    Clinton wins Texas 50 to 48.5

    10:46 PM, March 4, 2008

    March 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Roy

    That's funny...I always thought "old, white people scared of change" was a Republican demographic.

    March 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Joanne

    AH,,, GURGALAX, your mom say get off the internet.

    March 4, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. ao

    if you think about great generations – it's NOT ours (I'm 21 years old ! ). The elders do not only hold wisdom but keep the balance in society. They won WW2, they were part of Civil Rights movement, and they ended Communism. Instead of living by a dream, let ask ourselves my fellow young Americans, what did we change, what ACTUAL change we made? Instead of throwing our elders to nursing homes, how about asking them WHY they vote as they vote.

    March 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. Long-term Memory

    Gurgalax, if we voted against people based only on their last name, we wouldn't have John Quincy Adams or Franklin Delano Roosevelt–two quite good presidents actually.

    It would be best if people decided to vote based on their intellectual engagement with the issues rather than ambiguous sentiments–desire for change, something different, etc. Hope is fine, but for what exactly are you hoping? I would like widespread health care, social security stability, education reform, a humanitarian commitment in post-war Iraq, fair trade agreements, a commitment to environmental protection, fiscal responsibility, and so on. Older voters pay attention to this (as do I at age 32). If Barack Obama fits the bill for you, then fine. But this election should be about capability not likeability.

    March 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  7. Francesco

    Yeah! I agree 100% with that! "We know a quality candidate when we see one" ...That's the same way you recognize G.W. Bush as the Sept 11 Super Hero! Yeah right! Thanks but no thanks. How many times should you make the same mistakes to recognize that you screwed the country up for the past decade? How many times???
    OBAMA 08 ! FOR GOD, FOR THE COUNTRY AND FOR US ALL!

    March 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. Chris -- Cleveland

    Enjoy when McCain slaps Clinton down in the general. There's a reason Hillary goes into the general election with an official 49% against - divisive, obnoxious, and a disturbing amount of scandals and baggage to her name. I really hope that America can be smarter than electing the same two families from 1988-2008. Oh well. Obama is still crushing her in delegates.

    March 4, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Observant

    Old people voting for Hillary? I'm sure that has nothing to do with them being racist, scared, and un-educated.

    Old people have screwed up enough elections lately. It's about time to revoke their drivers licenses and voting rights... along with any women that are gullible enough to vote for Hillary just because she's a woman.

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. Tommi

    Hillary is going to the White House . When are you going to say something positve about her? te other channels are ahead of you realizing what a dynamo she is.

    Come on CNN. She is a triumphant fighter.

    March 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. R K Portland OR

    The grim determination (desperation) of the Clintons continues. Scare mongering ads may give her a way to claw her way to "victory". They may claim momentum. They may rain confetti. They may try to spin their way out of this tight bind that they have been in since Iowa.

    However......... the presumptive frontrunner for over a year does appear pathetically desperate when the delegate count/state count/popular vote is against her. The only thing going for her is her raw naked ambition.

    Long live the Democrats..... snatching defeat from the jaws of victory ... AGAIN :-)

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. Nathan

    Regarding Obama and cocaine. Whoever keeps bringing up this ridiculous trash... don't you think the Clinton campaign would be all over this if there was any truth to it? Or do you think you're such a "sleuth" that you've discovered some big secret?

    Anyone can sue anyone for anything. The fact that some homeless person has perhaps been paid some cash to make some false accusations and sign a complaint does not make a story.

    Get over it.

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. Martin Brown

    I just wonder how the Clinton camp got hold of the fact that the meeting with the Canadians took place. Did they set the meeting up, or is the economic adviser connected with anybody from the Clinton camp? I dont think that issue ends here, it was just too convenient considering where the respective Democratic candidates were at that point.

    CNN want to do a bit of investigative journalism?

    March 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. JJ

    Hillary leading in Ohio, Mcain is getting my vote!

    March 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. JR, Texas

    I WANT ANOTHER CLINTON IN OFFICE! I WANT ANOTHER SURPLUS! NO WAR! MOMMA CLINTON WILL CLEAN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH HER BARE HANDS SO WATCH OUT GOOD 'OLE BOYS! MOMMA IS COMING TO HOUSE – WHITE HOUSE THAT IS!

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Edmonton

    What the heck is CNN heralding this thing as going on, Yippee! I thought everyone said Clinton needed wins in Ohio and Texas of AT LEAST 15%. She didn't get that. It's OVER!

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. nocom

    What's wrong with another Clinton in office, as long as she is capable of the job.

    How do you know that the "something different" you are looking forward is good to you and the country? Any credit (based on past experience, right) on that, except promise (or illusion)?

    March 4, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. Toronto

    How can you be the president without the vote of California, NY, New jersey, Ohio, Texas, Michigan, Florida? They don't do caucases in general elections so what's Barrack got to fall on. African-American, Independent and Republican votes? Well 1 of those 3.

    March 4, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Tara

    I want an other Clinton in office, Gurgalax! Go Hillary 2008!

    March 4, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. kathleen

    Ohio was fooled by a professional liar. She
    lied and made Obama look very bad the eve
    of the primaries. Obama did not even have time
    to defend himself. Ohio new that Bill and Hillary
    were responsible for Nafta and lost tons of jobs
    because of it. But still voted for her. It is not a
    good thing because they evidently believed her
    lie about Canada and Nafta. Obama said nothing
    to Canada. ON CNN Permalink you will see
    Canada's response to Hillary's blown out of
    proportion lie.

    Voters let us now start looking into Hillary's
    misgivings and write what we know about
    her past which the Republicans already know
    and do not have to do a search. She will
    lose the election for President because of
    her rotton personality and tricks to do
    ANYTHING TO WIN. Like theysay, CLINTONS don't lose.
    They will this time, even if it is to a Republican. Rush
    Limbaugh wants her to win the nomination. Wonder
    Why?

    OBAMA 2008

    March 4, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  21. From Los Angeles

    I am a 51-year-old white female who has found the way Hillary has conducted her campaign sickening. No doubt she wishes well, but she is most concerned about her own ambition, and she will therefore stoop to anything. Indeed, she even stands by a philandering man no matter what, contrary to what she said about not doing so and not baking cookies while in the White House. And this is a feminist?!

    I think that people of my age should make way for people for younger people. Obviously you will have some women my age saying, "I want a woman elected in my lifetime." How selfish, especially when it is not the right woman. Shame on Hillary Clinton. Obama has fresh plans and fresh ideas, and unlike Hillary is a "person" of integrity. Let's get past this gender and age stuff.

    March 4, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Black Man For Hillary

    Now there's a demographic that no one in the media was talking about. Seems everyone wants to put all voters in little packages and label us all the same.

    I'm BLACK. I didn't vote based on my race. I believe if I had voted according to race alone, I would have been throwing MLK and the whole Civil Rights movement into the dirt.

    Hillary '08

    March 4, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. kathleen

    I LOVE SENIORS BUT THEY MUST BE MISLEAD.
    HILLARY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEM. ONCE
    SHE WINS, SHE IS NOT GOING BACK TO OHIO,
    TEXAS, VERMONT, RHODE ISLAND. SHE DON'T
    CARE ABOUT YOU.
    A PERSON THAT LIES TO GET AHEAD, JUST DOES
    NOT CARE ABOUT NO ONE BUT THEMSELVES.

    I AM IN SHOCK THAT HILLARY WON OHIO. BILL
    AND HER STARTED NAFTA AND OHIO LOST
    MORE JOBS THAN IMAGINABLE AND SHE WON
    OHIO???? THAT JUST DON'T ADD UP

    OBAMA 2008

    March 4, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  24. Vig

    Senior Power Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Ann, MI

    How nice. She terrified the elderly with her politics of fear and negativity, and got their vote. They obviously want four more years of gridlock in Washington, because that is what we will get with Hillary Clinton and her scorched earth policy. She has alienated so many people within her own party and I don't see them coming back.

    She is much smarter than George Bush, I will certainly give her that. No one however, can make people run to pull that Republican lever faster than she can.

    If she is the candidate, I will vote for Nader.

    March 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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