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. D. Riley

    The results nor the analysis of "why" she won should come as no surprise to anyone. Governor Randel clearly stated in Feburary that the majority of the electorate in PA would not support a non-white candidate....period. So is this proof that Obama can not win the general election? Of course not...the results of primaries in other states not stuck in some early 1900s time warp proves that the national majority form their opinion based on merit and other qualities that have nothing to do with the "race" or gender of the candidate.

    April 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Chris from San Antonio

    Lied and used republican tactics and talking points. Next question.

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

    She won the white racist vote

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

    Hillary is toast...check back in June to see. Gaining a few delegates in one state won't cut it. She was up 30% a few weeks ago. Toast.

    April 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. John, MN

    Obama weathered the storm all the way to a 10 point LOSS in a die hard union state. I can't wait to hear the socialists supporting Obama claim this is actually a win....

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

    The whites in Pennsylvania are racist pigs. Thank God there are more levelheaded people in the rest of the country that are more accepting of voting for a well-loved African American for President.

    Director Michael Moore has endorsed Obama!!

    April 22, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. CL

    Obama bought the election yet he lost.

    April 22, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Gerry, PA

    Over 1,000,000 registered independents did not vote today in PA because of our closed primary. Todays vote tells only part of how PA will vote in November.

    April 22, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. ray from FL


    April 22, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Jack Robertson

    How did Clinton win? By appealing to racial prejudice and lying. When all else fails, she really scrapes from the gutter.

    April 22, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    CNN brought up the argument of age, keying in on the 65+ voters versus 18-29. This argument is completely irrelevant, given that those 65 or older lived in an era of racism and hatred of black people and people don't change.
    CNN should review this argument and understand that yes there are more voters that are 65+, but age is not the mitigating factor, more or less the argument will always be race in Pennsylvania. That is the reason Obama lost.

    April 22, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Roy

    With the world banking system on the verge of collapse, CNN, ABC, FOX and virtually all the mainstream news media and all the candidates haven't even mentioned the true depth of the crisis let alone suggest how they would work to prevent the entire cost from being dumped on the taxpayers while speculated and huge lender get trillions in bail outs.

    April 22, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. NickNas

    It is a sad day when people admit she is dishonest and still chose her. If you didn't know this is COMPLETELY about Race then you are as delusional as she is.

    April 22, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Dan, MA

    It's sad to see Clinton take PA. I was hoping people would have been smarter than to vote for her, but it looks like they weren't.

    April 22, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Christine

    The first mention I heard of race in this primary season was from Michelle Obama. She said Iowa doesn't have any black people. Is that the race card?

    CNN, I can feel it coming. "Your comment is in moderation."

    April 22, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. KP in CA

    She won by lying and cheating and you are a fool if you trust her! I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HER, SHE IS NOT TRUST WORTHY.

    April 22, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Anonymous


    That mans' Church (denounced or not) called my house trying to get me to come to that church – how pathetic! WTG Hillary!!! Stand up and Fight. We need a fighter not a whiner!

    April 22, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Noble

    so who is an elitist in this case? hillary is always talking about wining the big states and looking down on other states. so everybody tell me who is an elitist.
    this woman is so fake i cant believe she is always contradicting herself. so my question is WHO IS THE ELITIST?

    April 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. peter in CT

    She won the rush linbaugh vote (republicans in donkey suits.)too.
    McCain would rather run against her.
    First the blacks would feel dis infranchised. Some Democrats hate her and Pelosi enough to split the democrat vote.
    I hope and pray the people remember the last 8 years of rape and plunder shock and awe.

    Me, Im not one of the "bitter" (which is really code for racist white trailer trash) but Im MAD AS HELLLLL!!!! of the status quo. Remember there is more than just the presidency and we would do well to vote out any incumbant regardless of party. To quote that wonderful man Powell We have to cut off the head of the snake and kill it!

    April 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. ascencioncastaneda

    It is no surprise that media is not at all hyped at all about Hillary winning. The fact that she gets outspent 3.5 to 1 and she still lays a whupping on Obama and she gets no credit. She is a fighter, she does not give up and I want her to lead the USA back from Hell.
    Shame on media for not takin up one hell of a lady. I will contribute one more time tonite. A. Castaneda

    April 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. jbas

    Mudd...the problem here is that we are dealing with a racial swing through the media, in isolated towns, and the fact that no one wants to really say what is on their minds like, "a black man in the white house?" They'd rather have a "white woman in the white house?"

    Barack Obama is the truth and should be given the chance that he deserves and he has won in this election. It's amazing how the new media makes or breaks candidates?

    I experienced voter irregularities in Philadelphia that everyone wants to sweep under the rug. The problem is race!

    April 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Edward

    She one all her states fair and square.
    Obama one all of his states fair and square too.

    Quit saying it was because she deceived people.

    April 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. sane american

    you can tell by the crazed look in her campaign manager that he is high on drugs

    April 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. D.J. Morales

    Whether or not Hillary Clinton would be a good president is really unimportant compared to the possibility that the Clintons would once again occupy and desecrate the most important house in the land. I still have faith that the American people remember the lies and mendacity of this family.

    April 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. David

    This is why I can't stand this woman. The media build her up as some comeback kid, and it continues to divide the Democrats. The longer HRC's in the race, the harder it is going to be for Democrats to take back the white house. Based on PA's gullibility (along with the rest of America), it really wouldn't surprise me come November if McCain wins. Why would Americans ever vote for REAL change? These are the same people who voted for Bush in '04 despite his 30% approval rating.

    What this country needs is less people complaining and more people going to the booths.

    April 22, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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