April 22nd, 2008
09:25 PM ET
6 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. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR THE WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING .

    THANK YOU PA. COULD NOT HAVE FAILED THE COUNTRY WITHOUT YOU.

    April 22, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Chanda

    Now is the time for bitter Obama supporters to come out and say the win doesnt mean anything that Hillary has already Lost. I am tired of Obama supporters acting like if you dont vote for him your vote should not count. I am going to quote Obama "a win is a win" like it or not she is in it to win it and is willing to fight all the way for our country that is what we need a fighter to fix the mess this country is in GO HILLARY this country needs you!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. K

    She won because it's about the issues now instead of Obama's rock star style persona. People care about the experience to get our economy out of the Bush gutter. Obama doesn't have a clue. Also, whites are voting about even for Clinton and Obama. Blacks are voting 90% for Obama. Hmmm.......who's racist?

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Bob G.

    Barry should have spent $20 million (and still have 20 left) or better still he should have saved all his money cause he has already won the nomination and PA means absolutely nothing (or does it?)

    Good News ahead – North Carolina has 60% of all the Democrats that are of the same pursuation as half of Barry and we know that he'll win 90% of that vote.

    Indiana will be a better gauge for who the nominee will be (maybe?)

    In the general election the Republican version of swift boaters will make sure that Barry comes across different than what his cult thinks of him now.

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Jane

    I agree. I would rather watch Tim Russert and Chris Matthews make fun of Hillary. MSNBC from now on.

    Director Michael Moore calls Hillary "disgusting"!

    Director Michael Moore has endorsed Obama!!

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. John

    Clinton advantages in Pa.
    1. Home state
    2. Gov. support
    3. Large number of predjudice voters
    4. "Black" Mayor of the lagest city
    5. 22% + lead
    To me a less than substancial lead is nothing to brag about. As for one I would vote for Bush before I would vote for a power monger with no scruples.

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Nate P in Minneapolis

    Even if Obama wins the nomination, and he just might, I'm sure his time in office won't be all roses like the Obama supports think. I'm sure he has skeletons in his closet and if he doesn't, I'm sure there will be a lot of people unhappy with the way he runs the country. A lot can happen in four years.

    The problem is people think their chosen candidate is all high and mighty, with nothing to ever blemish the person's character. Who cares about 8 years ago and Hillary's views back then? Who's to say this country won't fall apart with Obama as president? It may fall apart with Hillary, also.

    I will support whoever is the Democratic nominee.

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Bruce

    Obama does not have what it takes to be president and a lot question his patriotism and ethics, how ever Looking at his Tax filing this Campaign has been good for his Book sales! HILLARY ALL THE WAY 2008, she has the Ability Bill Clinton did, He Fixed Bush Sr.s Screwed up Economy and She can Fix Bush Jrs Destroyed Economy!

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. maria

    I am happy Hillary appears to have won in Pa. I think both Hillary and Obama have a lot to offer us. Hillary has " paid her dues" and I think she can work effectively for us.

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. John from Arlington Heights

    Another big state win for Hillary. You people have to realize many of Obama's votes came from cross over republicans who are allowed to vote in democratic primaries and those votes will not return to Obama if he is the nominee. For all you out there who did not take stock in Obama's "bitter" remarks this is a firm reminder what words can do to you no matter what you meant. Obama was closing in on Hillary in PA and his own mouth stopped him from gaining more ground against hillary and winning the state. Obama did not even stay in the state to see the results. What does that say about him? He is a jellyfish.

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. ray from FL

    BILL, HOW IS HILLARY WINNING LUZERNE BY OVER 23,000 VOTES. THERE ARE NOT THAT MANY DEMS IN THAT COUNTY> PLEASE PLEASE PLEAS EXPLAIN

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Angel

    I am so happy to see REAL democracy in action, It makes me ILL to hear seasoned Democrats pushing to stop democracy!!!!!!!!!

    Clinton is proving a point...it ain't over til it's over. And it ain't over!

    CLINTON '08

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Real Dem

    Well, lets be honest. Pennsylvania was all about race so if Hillary gets the nod then I'm afraid that her tactics and her abuse of O'bama will either sway black voters to vote for Mccain or to not vote at all. Let's remember that SHE NEEDS THE BLACK VOTE ( if she wins the nom ) to get in the white house. So for all of you Hillary supporters go think about. that.

    No O'bama then maybe Mccain....

    April 22, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. one of a generation of steel workers

    From their look it's clear Billary tag-team don't sleep well .I understand why more & more everyday.The lies will catch up @ some point. SO ONWARD & UPWARD. IT IS A NEW DAY !!
    OBAMA 08 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh & congrats on this one Hill (as in over) you won the award for the 2nd BIGGEST LIAR in the land (Bill will always be 1st). Enjoy the moment & a boilermaker.

    April 22, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    She won because she will win the general election.

    April 22, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. Cowboy Jack

    "Typical white people" didn't vote "present".....

    For the first time in my adult life, I'm really proud of my country

    Obama/Rezko '08: "Change without experience"

    April 22, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Nate P in Minneapolis

    Even if Obama wins the nomination, and he just might, I'm sure his time in office won't be all roses like the Obama supports think. I'm sure he has skeletons in his closet and if he doesn't, I'm sure there will be a lot of people unhappy with the way he runs the country. A lot can happen in four years. The problem is people think their chosen candidate is all high and mighty, with nothing to ever blemish the person's character. Who cares about 8 years ago and Hillary's views back then? Who's to say this country won't fall apart with Obama as president? It may fall apart with Hillary, also. I will support whoever is the Democratic nominee.

    April 22, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Cathy

    I am so frustrated to hear that Hillary won Michigan and Florida when their votes do not count. Vote Obama for a change. A White House without a Clinton or a Bush would be a breath of fresh air.

    April 22, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Andy M.

    I'd guess there are some comments that reveal your shortcomings you'd rather not post.

    April 22, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. george lewis

    We voted for you and pray you will be our next president. But it is time
    to stop mud-slinging and get to the issues if you want to win in November.

    April 22, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. one of a generation of steel workers

    How many arms did Rendell have to break ???

    April 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. JMO

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Hillary!!

    GO HILLARY GO

    Rise Hillary Rise

    Listen Up – She won because she's is the BEST candidate! She is the smartest, the most capable, the most caring, the strongest, the most tenacious, the BEST of the BEST!

    SHE WILL MAKE A FANTASTIC PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Terp in MD

    Looks like the Pennsylvanians aren't as smart as we thought they were, after all....there is a reason college-educated people are supporting Obama, y'know.

    April 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Suzanne McGuire

    HILLARY WON BECAUSE SHE DESERVES IT – TRUE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THEIR RIGHTS, THEIR ETHICS AND THEIR HARD EARNED POLICIES BACK!!!! BRING IT ON BACK HILLARY!!!! YOU ARE THE ONLY TRUE CARING PERSON TO HELP THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. BRING BACK WHAT WE SOUGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY, THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS, AND NOT – NOT – THE RIGHTS OF MONEY GRUBBING POLITICIANS!!!

    April 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. Apollyon

    CNN-The Censure News Network… or… FauxNews2 with Tony Snow

    April 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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