March 4th, 2008
07:13 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Why Obama won Vermont

(CNN) – Barack Obama is headed for an easy victory in Vermont, fueled by overwhelming victories among voting blocs that have solidly aligned with Hillary Clinton in other states.

Though women voters and seniors are the backbone of Clinton's support, in Vermont more than two-thirds of women, and roughly 60 percent of voters age 65 and higher, went for Obama.

One of the key reasons this groups went for Obama? The Iraq war. While the issue has fallen in importance among voters in several other states, Vermont voters ranked it nearly as important as the economy, and those who said it was the number one issue went for Obama over Clinton by nearly 3 to 1.

Obama often touts the fact he was initially opposed to the Iraq war while Clinton voted to authorize it. He has consistently beaten Clinton among voters concerned about Iraq - and in Vermont, this gap clearly proved decisive.

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– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider • Candidate Barack Obama • Vermont
soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. vanchava

    Because the people of Vermont knows what's best. So will Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island

    March 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Info

    Finish Her off Barack

    NO HILLARY!

    March 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Casey, Atlanta

    I have the answer to why Obama won: More people voted for him!

    March 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. steve

    Go obama
    God is with you despite the odds against you.
    Why is Lou dobbs very biased against a winner: OBAMA.

    March 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Disenfanchised

    Come on CNN that is 12 in a row. Surely SNL won't get mad if you report that. 12 in a row YYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEESS WE CAAAAAANN!!

    March 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Aaron

    The reason Vermont went to Obama is because he has swept the last 11 and will continue to do will. I dare say he is our next democrat nominee.

    March 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Goodheart

    How many delegates is Vermont worth? Obama does well in states with few delegates, but loses BIG states like California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and maybe Ohio and Texas tonight.
    In a general election, you want the candidate that can with the big electoral states.
    Vermont voted for him because he made one speech against the war. If actually had to vote on it, he would vote the same as Hillary. Every vote he ever made in the Senate (when he's not voting Present) is exactly the same as Hillary's. Go Hillary!

    March 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Sue

    Obama won Vermont because the people of this state are smart and knows who to count on !!

    YAY Vermont !!

    March 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Mark

    YES WE CAN!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Richard

    Hey all Democrats and Progressives -

    No matter what. Eye on the prize. No McCain!!

    Brothers and sisters unite!

    March 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Come on Vermot – you'll be kicking yourself if he gets the nomination

    Clinton '08!!

    March 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Chris Custer

    Yes, true, Iraq is important, and those voters in Vermont ahve always been pretty cool and more liberal than the rest. But, alas, they cannot figure out that Obama is all about preaching to the choir. His senate record shows that he will either vote with the majority, ie status quo, or vote "present." That is why his senate record was not distinguished. With such a pattern and so much political ambition, he would surely have voted along with everyone else to authorize the president to begin war as a last resort. Too bad there was no way of testing Barack Obama further.

    March 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    He won it because people like him more.

    March 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Erin

    Way to go Vermont!!!

    Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Chris

    Great reporting guys!
    No precincts have "officially" reported in, yet CNN is projecting the winner, when THE POLLS HAVE NOT CLOSED! Your constant polls and projections are destroying the election process. I say we impose a media blackout until ALL polls have closed.

    March 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Tami

    pack up your bags Hillary. 1 down 4 more to go!

    March 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. ;)

    We all know VT was for Obama...

    March 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Fact Man

    It's OVER!

    It's now a virtual mathmatical certainty that Obama will finish the primaries with more pledged delegates than Clinton.

    NUMBERS DON'T LIE PEOPLE.

    Check out the calculator and play with the number all you want. She'd need better than 60/40 wins in ALL THE REMAINING STATES.

    Congratulations to Senator Obama and good luck against Senator McCain in the general election. I'm proud of the way both of them have conducted their campaigns to this point and hope for more of the same into the fall.

    God Bless America.

    March 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. dbacchus

    Hillary negative attacks didn't work.

    12 :0

    March 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Sherri

    Thank you, Vermont. Thank you Senator Obama, Mrs. Obama, and your beautiful girls for the hard work and sacrifice are making for all of us.

    Yes We Can!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Stephen

    Go All the way Hillary!!

    March 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. ;)

    If obama wins this i will sit back and enjoy the gop beating him in the GE

    March 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. trix, OH

    Here we come look out world!!!!
    Drop out Hillary for the sake of the party

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. Franky

    Not bad, not bad at all.....

    March 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Amused, Las Vegas

    I'm confused how he is delcared to have 'won' if at the moment there are 0% of the precincts reporting.

    Is this in order to declare him a winner before the other 3 states come in for Clinton?

    I will vote for him if he ends up as the candidate, but I do not think he is up for the job. Still, it's better than what we have now (hopefully)

    March 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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