April 22nd, 2008
09:25 PM ET
7 years ago

Exit polls: How did Clinton win?

(CNN) - CNN just called the Pennsylvania primary race for Hillary Clinton. How did she win?

Her clear support from white voters and women. Both groups constituted large majorities in Tuesday's primary, and both voted for Clinton handily.

Whites made up over 80 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats. Clinton bested Obama among those voters by 20 points, 60 to 40 percent.

Women also constituted a clear majority of Pennsylvania primary voters – 56 percent. They voted for Clinton by a 12-point margin, 56 to 44 percent.

Another reason Clinton won? She beat Obama easily among late-deciders. Those voters who decided in the last three days went for the New York senator by a 15-point margin, 57 percent to 42 percent.

soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Kara C

    Well...this bites. I cannot stand that woman.

    April 22, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Ann

    Because she had Rendell and the entire PA machine behind her. This is a big loss for her because just 3 weeks ago it was suppose to be a 19 point blow out.

    April 22, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Kmp;

    How did Clinton win

    That is an easy one to say she lied and cheated her way there. She should be ashamed of herself.

    April 22, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Mike in PA

    She won because she's a liar and gullible people bought into it.

    April 22, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Michael

    She won because people in Pennsylvania are scared to stand up to her and her policies. They didn't see Hillary the fake, they saw a woman..a white woman..a liar..and a dirty politician who hides her dirt under Penn's carpet.

    The people who let her win should be ashamed, they're traitors to the core ideals of this country. They're sexist and bigoted and shouldn't ever be allowed to vote ever again.

    April 22, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Terri Patanus

    OK NOW CNN WHEN WILL YOU ASK OBAMA TO GET OUT OF THE RACE?

    He can not and will not carry the big states!

    I will not vote OBAMA I will vote MCCAIN BEFORE OBAMA, and I AM A HILLARY SUPPORTER!

    LOOK AT YOUR FIRST TIME VOTERS! WHO ARE THEY! WHY HAVE THEY NEVER VOTED BEFORE!

    THE MEN THAT DO NOT SUPPORT HILLARY WILL FIGHT FOR THEIR JOBS IF OBAMA IS VOTED IN JUST WAIT AND SEE!

    April 22, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. eddie

    She won because shes a better candidate, does well with blue collar workers, is experienced, and has the clinton brand name.
    Obama does well with black voters and young people, but his other groups are non existant, which means hes going to have a veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy hard time in the general election

    April 22, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. PINK

    She won by being nasty cause that's the only way she knows how. Go Obama Go...We love you no matter what, you are to us Americans like who Princess Diana was to the world.

    April 22, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Sara from Arizona

    This was not a big win for Clinton. Look at the numbers. Obama is stiil in the lead with delegates!!!! Obama 08'

    April 22, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Bren

    She won by lies, hypocracy of the greatest degree and mud slinging. Pure and simple.

    April 22, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Jay

    She won because Obama CAN NOT WIN BIG STATES!!!!

    DROP OUT OBAMA!!

    April 22, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. female grad student, NYC

    Rove Republicans can't crossover and get us now!

    Democrats unite!

    HILLARY 08!

    April 22, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. ebp

    Penn., you just flunked the IQ test.

    April 22, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Corlis

    John King makes my brain want to explode! He is so obviously biased toward Hillary Clinton and against Barack Obama. He constantly tells the viewers what she "needs to do to win" and what she "has to do to beat Barack Obama." He never says what Senator Obama has to do to beat Senator Clinton." That is the tact he should take since she was favored to beat him in Pennsylvania. He says very subtle things, as well, like always calling her "Senator Clinton" while in the same sentence calling him "Obama." I counted 10 times that he did that in the last hour! I am quite sick of Mr. King. It's time to watch MSNBC!

    April 22, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Larry

    This country deserves the Bushes and the Clintons.

    April 22, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Richard

    She won by being the best for the job. Taking all of the issues out there she is qualified to address them all. Yes she will.

    April 22, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Hillary won because its easy for people to believe lies thsn the truth!

    April 22, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Democracy...yeah right...LOL.

    HRC played off the fear and ignorance of many Americans, not to mention, many of which weren't going to vote for Obama any way. If HRC wins the nomination, despite only winning 14 of 44 contests, American democracy will yet again, be the laughing stock of the rest of the world!

    April 22, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. ALL THE WAY HILLARY!

    SHE WON BECAUSE SHE'S THE BETTER CANDIDATE!

    SWF's for Financial Freedom!

    April 22, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Barbara-California

    If any voter had read the three books I read on Hillary Clinton, they would never vote for her, even for Dog catcher. She is foul, rude, coniving, greedy, corrupt, criminal, etc. etc. etc. Stupid women of Pennsylvania, read it and weep, you have committed another sin against humanity as big as Eve did in the Garden of Eden, you "ate the forbidden fruit" of evil that the "spin-docs" the Clintons fed you.....

    .................woe is you! Weep, women of America, you are going to see chaos now, as she thinks she is a Queen and entitled to do anything, she will send your young sons over to Iraq, and then attack Iran with Nukes, starting a Global War....watch and see.

    April 22, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Dan (TX)

    More votes – duh!

    The real question is by what margin will Hillary win PA? A 10% margin won't cut it when it comes to narrowing the delegate gap.

    For all the hoopla, it really doesn't matter what happens in PA or any of the remaining states – no candidate will be able to reach the magic 2025 number without the SUPERDELEGATES.

    At the end of the Democratic primary season, Obama will still be leading in all categories. It'll be up to the SUPERDELEGATES and not the ordinary voters who the Democratic nominee will be.

    The real question is: What will the Superdelegates be thinking tomorrow????

    April 22, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Ex Hillary Supporter

    Ya can't teach old dogs new tricks! Thats why these old dogs vote for the old tricks! Hillary can lie lie lie and still the 'old dogs' will vote for her! Sad very very sad!
    This is why gas is out the roof, your kids will go to war in Iran, you will loose your homes and your jobs will be shipped overseas!
    Dont come cryin!

    April 22, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Larry

    Obama go home!!!!
    HILLARY 08

    April 22, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Marty

    Go Hillary!!!!! The people of PA thought before they voted and the chose the right candidate.

    April 22, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Terri Patanus

    AS SHE SHOULD!

    WHEN WILL OBAMA GET OUT OF THE RACE!

    HE WILL NOT CARRY THE BIG STATES!

    I WILL NOT VOTE OBAMA, I WILL GO WITH MCCAIN BEFORE OBAMA

    April 22, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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