March 4th, 2008
07:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Union members keeping Ohio competitive

(CNN) - The union vote is a key reason why the race in Ohio is so competitive.

Obama has many of the major union endorsements, including the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union. But as in Nevada, some union members may not have necessarily followed their leadership’s endorsement.

Union members – who made up nearly one-third of Ohio Democratic primary voters - broke for Clinton 52 to 47 percent. This is good news for Clinton, who aggressively targeted union households over the last several weeks. Her campaign spent the past few days trying to draw attention to slleged remarks from Obama’s economic adviser that seemed to imply the candidate might not be as committed to changing NAFTA as he said he was.

If Clinton goes on to win Ohio, she'll owe union members there a big thank you.

CLARIFICATION: The exit polls do not show which unions Obama and Clinton supporters are from.

Change to Win, the union organization that includes the Teamsters and SEIU, reports their mobilization efforts were pivotal in tightening the race in Ohio.

"In the past ten days the Change to Win unions’ education and mobilization efforts tightened the race in Ohio and closed the gap on the 20 point lead Sen. Clinton held just a month ago," Change to Win spokeswoman Noreen Nielsen said. "A Mason Dixon poll conducted as recently as Friday (2/27-2/29) had union households supporting Senator Clinton by 56-37. As early reports indicate, if the marginal lead Sen. Clinton currently has among union members holds, we clearly closed the gap and shifted a significant number of union members to support Sen. Barack Obama."

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider • Ohio
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. jer

    As John Kerry said to night Obama has more legislative experience than Hillary does people. You have to count his being State Senator in Illinois and a United State Senator.
    If Hillary counts being the Presidents wife then she has NAFTA on her score card as Bill signed NAFTA into law when Union people were telling him that there was not enough protection rights for the workers. Bill signed NAFTA anyway people. I can not believe my fellow Union people in Ohio have forgot this fact and are supporting Hillary.

    March 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. happy

    we should all just vote for Nancy Reagen she has 8 years experience
    as first lady or maybe 1 of GW's daughters they have been in the white house for 8 yearsor we could vote for any of the secret service members who have served in the white house for 8 years

    March 4, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. MJG, Castle Rock, CO

    Obama will win Texas (by a slight percentage) and Vermont. Clinton will win Ohio (by a slight percentage) and Rhode Island, but Clinton will dropt out of the race immediately after announcement of the final tallies!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. dymoy

    Obama has got you all so snowed. Just look at his comments regarding the NAFTA debacle. Now he says part of the Canadian memo supports his position. If anyone bothers to actually read that, it shows he's "not for fundamentally changing" NAFTA, just clarifying some of the underlying principles. But publicly, he's been touting that NAFTA's all wrong, and we should either scrap it or significantly change it. Clarifying is not CHANGE – certainly not the "Yes we can" BS he's selling. I'm inclined to believe his advisor when he says that he told the Canadians that all this is just "political posturing". He's just another smooth talking politician. Ain't no CHANGE coming here – just false hopes!

    March 4, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. happy

    Berkeley look at the BIG picture the Big states are historicly red states she will not win them in the general election

    March 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Julie

    Hmm...i think people are tired from old school're focusing too much on big states....if hilary will be the democratic candidate, mc cain will be sworn in..

    March 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. AnonymousII

    clinton pardoned Mark Rich in the last hours of his presidency. He was impeached for not telling the truth under oath! They stole things from the white house and from Air force One when they left the White House . Do we want them back in the White House. Mark Rich was on the most wanted list. Of course his ex wife donated a lot of money toward the Clinton Library

    No more old style Washington politics. It is time for some fresh Ideas.
    go Obama.

    March 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    go hilldog go hilldog i love you

    March 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. kathleen

    Oh My God, They are believing her lies.

    Obama 2008

    March 4, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. kathleen

    God help me, I think I hate her and Bill.

    March 4, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    I guess most of the folks in Ohio couldn't see past the whole skin color thing.
    Because, the only thing Hillary Clinton has more experience in, is scandals and the art of lying.

    March 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. simple thought ?

    the collage people who haven't been in the work force yet hasn't the realism of the nations pulse

    March 4, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. Vig

    Every union I ever belonged to over the years have been top-heavy with men in positions of power. Duh.

    March 4, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. Robin - Ky.

    You Obama trolls are hilarious – gotta think that you're always right...

    You're gonna be mad if he does win and down the road he lets our country fall to pieces!


    March 4, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. Tom

    Sabrina: Who cant see beyond skin color:??????? 81% of African Americans voted for Obama. Can you tell me thats not based on race. THEY ARE THE RACISTS IN THIS ELECTION.

    March 4, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. CHERYL

    O-H-I-O YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Ken

    Hillary is getting to be a Big pain, She just will not give up! She is like something you step in and cannot get off your shoe. America wants Real Change, Obama is the Man for that job! Go home Hillary, Please!

    March 4, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    If Hillary becomes president it will set the feminist movement back fifty years.

    March 4, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. observer...Florida

    After all the dirty politics Hillary played.....I do hope that she will get a good night's sleep .....and her concience will not bother her.To win is one thing ...but how you win is far more important. .....HILLARY ,I wish you all the best...and pray that all your dirty tricks will not come back to haunt you.

    March 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. Arlene Johnson

    I just can not for the life of me see why anyone would believe these lies the Clinton's are saying the some old some old Remember Former President Bill Clinton started this Nafta mess remember that 's why people in Ohio are jobless and will now let them the Clinton's finish them off...Dont say didnt tell you so. And I'm not ashame too say I am and Obama support.

    March 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Go Hillary! Go!

    March 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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