March 4th, 2008
07:13 PM ET
10 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. k.daye



    March 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Annamica, OH

    Vermont is his concession prize. The intelligent voters of Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island, will be the roadblock.

    Yes we will Hillary!

    March 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Theo

    Great...and more to come..the power of the people...voices beyound boundries, race, gender and faith....Go Obama.!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Terry Weller

    Bill Schneider says the war in Iraq has dropped in importance. He should have said we, the media, won't cover it any more because the surge is working.

    March 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Fact Man

    Kat – yes, unlike pre-election polls, exit polls have proven extremely accurate.

    March 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Miss H


    Why are most of the Hillary voters like to diminish Obama's wins??? This whole "Hillary wins the big states and Obama does well in the small states" is tired.
    This is what got y'all in trouble and made y'all lost 11 states in a row. You focus wayyy to much on those so called "big" states, and you're running to be the President of the UNITED STATES of America?
    You might as well run for President of the United Big States Of America. Look, if Hillary wins the nomination we will back her. We need a democrat in the White House. Of course, we all have our favorite but in the end we will be united. I can't speak bad about Hillary. So stop the hating.

    Obama '08

    March 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. ;)

    The thing is.. is that Obama isnt winning the GE states.. hes winning the small states.. again if he wins i'll enjoy mccain beating him in the GE..

    March 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. AJ

    Go make so more syrup Vermont – who cares that it went to Obama. Hillary will be the next President!!

    March 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. Lee

    Notice how Hillary supporters on here say YEAH Hillary and

    How Obama supporters on here are Hillary go home – not Yeah Obama

    Obama people are so immature acting on this blog. It is pathetic really.

    Say something positive you Obama people – isnt that what your candidate is preaching anyways??????????? This group of Obama supporters in the most negative group in a campaign I have ever witnessed.

    March 4, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Peter Canada Obama 08

    I can't believe Hillary was actually campaigning for McCain and against Obama. Hillary said she and McCain have experience and Obama has speeches in 2002.

    Hillary has shown that she has no interest of her party at heart. A pitty.

    March 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Trev

    Congrats to Barack Obama 🙂

    Go Hillary!

    March 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. IL aready voted

    "Hillary Clinton deserves the nomination. But, as George Bush before him Obama will get in based on popularity rather than genuine talent, proven leadership, or (God forbid) experience. For shame, American people – my family and I don't deserve what you are giving!!!!"

    No one deserves anything – they have to EARN IT. The earn it by earning my vote. Bush won because the dem they ran against him was not good.

    No your family doesn't deserve it – leave!

    March 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Aaron

    Chris "I say we impose a media blackout until ALL polls have closed."

    If we had a media blackout it would have to include all of the negative Clinton adds which she loves so much. Her kitchen sink strategy would be shot. I think she is despicable for these actions and maybe we should black them out if it stops these attacks which only hurt the democratic party.

    March 4, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Brenda Waters

    Well done Vermont – the Free World thanks you for your vision.

    Brenda Elizabeth Cowley-Waters

    March 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Proud American

    Hope does exist no matter what the cynics say.
    Obama '08

    March 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Eric

    Obama loses bigs states to Clinton but the number of his voters are still larger than the Republican candidates combined.

    March 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. JJ

    Who cares about Vermont? We knew Obama was gonna win in that state. MOVE ON CNN! I want to hear some Wins from Hillary!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. kathleen

    Obama, Michelle and your beautiful girls deserve OUR White
    House. You are a great, hard worker. Amazing Win. We love
    VERMONT. SMART PEOPLE. Thank you Vermont!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 2008 to change the way this country does business.

    March 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. nick

    We the people will soon mean something again.

    March 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. JR

    I hear that many are going to the polls with Hillary in mind, but end up voting for Barack. I guess the Bible has it right: Good will defeat Evil. It's over Hillary.

    Obama 08

    March 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. ;)

    Most of the people on this blog for obama i bet is 19 and under.. immature and misinformed

    March 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. woogie

    Exit polls mean nothing. They declared Kerry the winner in 2004 based on exit polls.

    The news media should be banned from reporting any results except those released by the states themselves, which would mean the polls would be closed.

    In a general election the results should not be released until the last poll closes in the country. How many people in the western states decide not to vote after work because the networks have declared a winner based on an exit poll.

    Lets not forget declaring a winner in Florida when the polls in the panhandle were still open. I guess they weren't aware that the state is in two time zones.

    March 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. Addy

    Obama all the way.Hillary join our team tonight for the progress of the party and the country.God bless America

    March 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Faye

    it amazes me how negative the Clinton supports are being and it just reminds me of the same way she is acting right now...very sad and desperate! Its okay, I agree with so ashamed comments because, we are all democrats and together we stand, divided McCain wins!

    March 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. JR, Texas

    It's no brainer why he won Vermont – It's the most liberal STATE!
    The most liberal Senator winning in the most Liberal State!
    Hillary wins in Texas and Ohio – Momentum shifts to Sen. Clinton!
    This will be the front page in CNN tomorrow~!

    March 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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