April 13th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Democrats put faith front-and-center on the campaign trail

Will Sen. Obama beat out Sen. Clinton with the faithful?

Will Sen. Obama beat out Sen. Clinton with the faithful?

(CNN) - Which Democrat is winning the battle for religious voters? God only knows.

So far this year, Hillary Clinton has maintained an edge among Roman Catholics, many of them the Hispanic and working-class white voters who have been among the most loyal members of her base.

Thanks in large part to that support, many surveys had also given her a slight edge over Barack Obama among white Democratic voters who attended church of any kind regularly.

But in exit polls, the category of regular church-goers - those who attend services at least once a month or more - were more likely to choose Obama. That category in many states was dominated by African-Americans, who have overwhelmingly backed the Illinois senator's candidacy.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Faith • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Rosie

    It seems 'thou shalt not lie' is ok for Hilarry to break just like 'thou shalt commit adultry' is ok for her husband!

    April 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Peter

    I'm amazed that you talking heads have finally noticed how Barack Obama trails Hillary Clinton in the Catholic vote. If he is the Democratic nominee, this weakness will prove fatal in November. A Democrat who cannot win among Catholics cannot hope to win in a general election.

    April 13, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. melisa

    well obama are suck man she will beat u loser i will vote for hilalry

    April 13, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. BIG WIG

    You go boy. The witch will lost control her broom, fall out of the sky and buss her lying head.

    April 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. sherry

    obama 08

    April 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. BIG WIG

    The people of PA all agree with you. They are BITTER because of broken promises by the bush and clinton regimes.

    GO OBAMA O08

    April 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Orlando

    Why are African American votes for Obama always discounted. Are white votes for McCain or female votes for Senator Clinton discounted? Let's talk about real issues not religion or quotes that are taken out of context. Stop dumbing down the political discourse.

    April 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Dee

    ...So much for separation of Church and State...

    April 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Obama the Great Deceiver

    God Bless America!

    April 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Smith

    The Clintons are irreverent

    and they TOO will be BITTER soon !!!

    April 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Anyone but Obama

    Clinton would go first, so that Obama could listen to what she has to say then he can top what she says. This just proves that Clinton always gets the first question. I bet Obama is going to mention race tonight and talk about how he was raised by a single mother. Just because he grew up in a single parent home doesn't mean I am going to vote for him. It doesn't mean he is going to be a better president because he grew up poor.

    April 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Zeke

    Hillary should appoint Bill campaign manager for the south pole with a one way ticket until she looses the election.

    April 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Rafe

    Hillary's faith is like her marriage. It's all for show and only done to fuel her ambition.

    She's shameless.

    April 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    And the mother of the Elitists called Obama an elitist. And she is also the Daughter of the father of lies. So what does that say for her?

    April 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Destiny 123

    Listen, the fact of the matter is that Hill and McCain supporters hate the fact that a Black family stand a good chance of residing in the White House, how dear Obama, after all it is called the WHITE HOUSE.

    BO we are Godfearing people and nothing beats prayer, we are praying for you.

    Obama 08-12

    April 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Mike

    We already know where NObama stands in regards to Faith.

    Wright. Wright. Wright.


    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. GerriG

    This just proves the reason America is in such a state. People cliaming to love God and all he stands for, supports a "LIAR" God help America

    April 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. molly

    Boy we sure could use some religion in this campaign!
    Thank GOD!!!!

    April 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |





    April 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Jim

    God is not a citizen of America and can't vote, so stop pandering.

    April 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Willy

    i can not believe any democrat running for the W.H. cares for religious voters. It's not the their game plan.

    April 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Alice

    Hillary won the coin toss and elected to go first. Does anyone else see the irony in this?

    (For those who do not, the irony is that Hillary claimed the debates were biased against her because she went first.)

    April 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Jonze

    Waitaminute, Senator Clinton won the coin toss and chose to go on first? I thought she made a big deal about always getting asked the questions first? Or was that only when she wanted to play the "Poor Me" card and looking for sympathy votes.

    April 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Pete, Pa

    Obama speak truth to power! and has elevated the dialog on small town America, so now everyone is talking about it. Small town America this your time to shine, if you are "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" then let's hold our government accountable!

    OBAMA 08!

    April 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Jesse

    When Obama misspeaks, he speaks the truth..
    When Hillary misspeaks, she tells lies..
    When McCain misspeaks, its because he's old..
    When Bush misspeaks, people die..

    April 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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