April 22nd, 2008
09:25 PM ET
10 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. Chuck Tyler

    It's unfortunate the media deems themselves more important than the American voters, in that they're calling such a hotly-contested race with less than a quarter of Pennsylvania precincts reporting.

    It smells like Election 2000. More Gore, anyone? Oh, wait, we love Bush!

    April 22, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Chuck in Alabama

    She one each and every vote the hard way, she worked for them. No one voted for her because they had the same skin color, were the same sex, or because she spent to much money on advertisement.

    Roland Martin needs to stop screaming for Obama and swallow this one. Obama lost.


    April 22, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Dan from Illinois

    Congratulations to Clinton. Pennsylvania is a good barometer for the U.S. overall.

    She won despite some media obstacles and being outspent by a great deal. That's a credit to her and her message. You can talk about negative advertising, but I would negate it since BOTH parties were guilty of it. In fact, Obama took some even cheaper shots lately.

    She won with core democratic constituencies... a key to winning in November. Suddenly her electability skyrocketed.

    She does have a better chance of beating McCain. Don't believe me, don't believe Clinton. Instead, believe the Republican party, whom insiders say are extremely concerned that McCain will lose to her, but not so much Obama. Who knows what McCain knows about Obama that hasn't been revealed yet, but he himself has said he is concerned that Clinton will beat him.

    April 22, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. Michael

    Go Hillary!
    Show Obama he can't just walk all the way to the nomination.

    April 22, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  5. Ken in Western NY

    I am truly amazed with the Pennsylvania voters. The polls stated that 67% of you did not trust Hillary, or found her dishonest. Yet the majority of you still voted for her. I guess you must really like what the past 8 years have brought us.

    Oh – and just so you know, she promised alot of things to Western New York when running for the Senate seat in 2000, and guess what? She hasn't delivered on any of her promises either.

    So I guess you are as gullible as the New York voters – but not this one. I never voted for her, and I certainly never will.

    April 22, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Darryl

    OMG, look at all these Obama supporter whining. OMG she is liar thats why she won. OMG she is cheated BLAH BLAH BLAH! Give me a break. How many times will you blame her for everything?

    April 22, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Corey, Maryland

    Because she is a liar and a dissever and the people in Pennsylvania are uneducated retards and that is Clinton's base constituency. It has been shown that she can't win, yet she is still running because she is stubborn and cant face the fact that there is someone better than her.

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!

    April 22, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Amy

    How did Clinton win?

    She won by using fear, kitchen-sink tactics, and misconstruing her opponents words. The media also has a role to play in this by picking sound bites and playing them to death rather than focusing on real issues.

    April 22, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. micah

    Lisa April 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

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

    Yes lisa its much easier to vote against someone whose campaign is based on hope...that makes a lot of sense. This isn't a place for cliches, ecspecially ones that dont fit the situation. She won becuase in a closed primary (a much fairer method of balloting than the caucus) more people voted for her. simple as that.

    April 22, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. dave

    Obama could not buy a win, his deadbeat donations did not work.
    HILLARY 08

    April 22, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Bob

    This win by Clinton with key demographics spells trouble for Obama if he is the nominee. He is not drawing among key Democratic constituencies, including older voters, white women, blue collar voters and Catholics. How he gains back these groups in the fall is unclear.

    April 22, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Steve

    CNN the best political team or network otherwise known as the Obama network has projected (and is the last network or news agency) Hillary Clinton the winner of the Penn. primary. They are now trying to make excuses again as to why this happened. They all have frowns on their faces. Tune in for their biased upsetting comments.

    April 22, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Rick from Bowie

    White this, black that! Why does the media want this campaign to be about race! The dumbing of America continues....

    April 22, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Bren

    PS ... She will STILL lose.

    PSS .. If for some reason she pulls a back-door superdelegate win out of her ... ample derriere, (as if "disinfranchised voters really count) I absolutely will vote for McCain before I vote for this corrupted woman. For those who care... I am a 45 year old white female.

    April 22, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Annette TX

    I am so sadden that PA allowed Hillary to win their state. All the Clintons have done is lie, just like Bill lied about his comments on race, he is just like his wife. I still believe Obama can win in NOV, he will have my vote.

    April 22, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Maurice

    If this holds, she'll only get 10-20 delegates...and maybe 50K popular vote gain. Even if you counted michigan and florida. She would still be losing handily (since Obama had a 160 and 700K lead). obama (who leads the polls in NC by 15) will reverse all of that in North Carolina and Hillary will be even more hopelessly behind. What we have to realize here is.... Hillary can win if the superdates overturn both the pledge delegate and the popular vote. That would be the easy way to lose the general election....

    April 22, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Jane

    She won because she played fear and intimidation against these people. She's a fruitcake. Let's just wait and see how she loses in NC. You Hillbots who actually think she has a stab at the nomination are looney.

    April 22, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Chris

    The Media has it all wrong regarding which candidate has won more states or the biggest states. First, you have to realize that this is the DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY. THIS IS NOT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. Both of these candidates (Obama/Hilary) are great candidates. People are having a difficult time deciding who will represent them because they are great candidates. Either one of these candidates will Beat John MCCAIN. The media is treating this race as the presidential race, but it is not. That is why it does not matter if Hilary won all the big states and Obama is ahead on superdelegates because in the presidential race, this will not matter. They will start all over and Hilary/Obama are going to have to win the big states and small states. The people that are voting for Hilary/Obama are democrats, and the democrats are still going to vote for them, but the question is will they be able to convince the Republicans to vote for them in these states. The ultimate decision on who will be our democratic nominee will be up to the SuperDelegates and they need to step up to the plate and decide, because this primary may go until June without any decision. Unfortunately we cannot have two winners and somebody is going to make the decision of which of these two candidates will be our Democratic Presidential Nominee. I am hoping that Obama is the candidate of choice.


    April 22, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Canadian Neighbour

    No surprise !!!

    A few weeks ago, Gov. Rendell already declared that majority of the whites in pensylvania will 'NEVER' vote for a black candidate. So despite all the 'media spins' this evening, Rendell declaration still stands in the back of the voters head....ok !!!!

    Congratulations to Senator Clinton.....well done !

    April 22, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    So what is the overall percentage?

    April 22, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. Yemaya for obama

    wait she won, with only 16 % of the precint reported...
    did she win with a 20+

    what is a win..
    cnn your love for hte clintons shows at every level

    it is the same issue as to how "debate ," is define like the one on PA
    so it is the "win" definition.

    yes it is not over, soon the feds will take not just her staffers' drinks and food but all there is, she is in so much debt and continues to lie and use fear as a tactic
    soon will end,

    April 22, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Former Obama Supporter

    Don't keep this post of the site; let people look it up on their own... Yes We Can = 666. Please look it up, seriously. This is very strange and worrisome.

    April 22, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. micah

    PINK April 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

    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.

    not to rain on anyones parade but...Diana wasn't a politician and if youre an Obama fan i would think you'd be looking for a slightly different trajectory than diana's...she kinda died.

    April 22, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. JMarie

    she won because of angry women voters. they are blind to big picture.

    from a woman, but not angry

    April 22, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. rachel

    She won because more people voted for, more dems in PA want her as their president than barrack, and calling names and such wont change anything and it sure wont win anyone over, Obama may not be elitest, but his supporters sure sound like intellectual snobs. If some doesnt agree them they all say cause they aren't intelligent, get over yourseleves.

    April 22, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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