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. john williams san diego, ca.

    Amazing that ONLY 54% of Pennsylvania democrats think that Hillary is not honest and trustworthy!!! They also think that the liberty bell doesn't have a crack and they are still trying to understand what the definition of 'is' is.

    April 22, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Typodi

    Interesting question. Especially when the PA voters state through exit polls that Obama is more honest, they believe Obama will win the nomination and 67% believe that Hillary was unfair to Obama. Gee, I wonder if they voted about their guns and religion. I'm feeling bitter.

    April 22, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. libby

    OK Let me tell you Obamatons out there who are insulting Hillary supporters!!! YOU NEED US IN NOVEMBER TO WIN ... GET IT????


    Go Hillary '08!

    April 22, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. sane american

    walk on down the hall. you are creating for yourselves a life of enslavement

    April 22, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Democracy Usurped

    "What did you expect? 'Welcome, sonny?' 'Make yourself at home.' 'Marry my daughter.' You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know – morons."

    ...with respects to Mel Brooks of course.

    April 22, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Diane from PA

    GO HILLARY !!!! THE BEST WON What are all these lies and sneaky actions that the poor losers are talking about? OBAMA LOST!!! GET OVER IT!

    April 22, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Get Real

    Hillary won because Obama said in 2004 that he was not qualified to be President of the United States. Some of us took him at his word.

    April 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Dottie

    If Obama wins the Democratic Nomination, I , as a 36 year old white female, will vote against him – out of my own party – for McCain. I've been a registered Democrat for 18 years...I am happy that Hillary won. You Obama supporters are sore losers. Hillary supporters do not attack Obama personally when he won. Shame on you – the former First Lady does deserve respect and the fact that Obama flipped her off the other day doesn't show the level of maturity that it takes for him to lead our country.

    April 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Rhonda Davis

    Vote Obama. We can not afford to have clinton in office...god help us all if that happens

    April 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Silver E. Clark

    "Madame President"!! Now thats real change.

    April 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. NickSanDiego

    Hey People she won because she knows these people better than we do. WE thought all of her Lies and cheating and trechery against her own party would hurt her and it didn't make sense for them , the SAME people who her husband took their jobs and is STILL working on it woud hurt her.

    She does what she does because she KNOWS...A Black will never get ahead in this country as long as ANY white person is going for the same job.

    This won't get posted but I had to tell at least the Moderator.

    It will now get WORSE as she has been rewarded for it.

    April 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. r

    I live in Ohio and wish our primary could be done over again. I am sure Barack Obama would win significantly today. What a great comeback for the outstanding next President to be so close to defeating the dual presidency of Bill and Hillary – another two weeks and PA would have been Obama's too! The next primary states will show not only his tremendous popularity as they vote for him, but will show America a vision and bright future younger Americans want and enlightened older Americans dreamed off and are awakening to in the post Clinton/Bush era. A re-newed dream of an America that cares about its people and the world we live under Barack's administration.

    April 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. M.S. Indiana

    winning is easy, you lie and put fear into the hearts of white people..
    And then you look at the republicans to change party for the week..
    Then a few more Bush adds and the you have a home run..

    April 22, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Chris from San Antonio

    re: micah April 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET
    "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"

    Quick! Which president ran on "hope" and had the theme song, "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow" by Fleetwood Mac?

    April 22, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. John

    Its not that hard to win when you started out 33 points ahead 6 weeks ago...

    April 22, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. H0LLY


    April 22, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Lynn J

    PA has reported record amounts of voter problems (machines not working, etc). Guess what, these problems are mostly in black and lower income areas (that aren't white). One of the biggest primaries and the voting machines don't work. Not at all surprising. I am an educated Balck female; I was once a Hillary supporter. But after seeing her negativity, her racial dividing of Blacks and Latinos, her lies/ embellishments, her arrogance in believing that she should be made president because her husband was president, literally disgusts me. Of course she will win PA. It is a predominately white state that is known for his prejuidice and racism. Voters voted for her because she is white and/or she is a woman. I voted on policy; these people voted on comfort levels and racial identification. Hillary may manipulate a Democratic nomination and possibly the presidency; but she has lost supporters (white and minority) by her constant playing of the race card. This is not a democracy; Lets officially make this country a monarchy and only vote in the Bush's, Clinton's, and thier friends and family. Chelsea '16 (or a Bush); doesn't really matter.

    April 22, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Peter S., Georgia

    Now that CNN has finally called the primary, I see the both the whining and the excuses by Team Obama have begun.

    Hillary '08

    April 22, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Glenn

    She won because she is the better person. Period

    April 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. roknroll

    Her best strategy now would be to have television ads featuring voters from earlier primary elections who had voted for Obama and now say that they would not have voted for him if they knew what they now know about him. This strategy woud work with the coming primaries and perhaps also with the Superdelegates.

    April 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Mikael

    BILLARY does it again!

    Here's to Obama losing by less than 10 points~

    OBAMA '08.

    April 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. mack

    Clinton won , because she knows what she is doing. The most brightest candidate for the economy, health care and foreign policy.

    Of Course the media is spoon feeding obama for now and they will show who he is in the fall. It is a for gone conclusion if he won the primary we all democrats will lose the white house.

    But Hillary can stand toe to toe with Maccain with her bright mind and eloquont speech.


    April 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Maurice

    PA does count. It just that the other 44 states that went before it count just ask much. PA is only 138 delegates to be split up. The gap between Obama and HIllary in pledged delegates is literally half the size of California. To say it another way, there are roughly, 3250 total pledged delegates. At 1626, Obama would clinch the pledge delegate lead and the supers would have to overturn him. He has 1,437 which only about 189 short. He'll get at least 1/3 of the way there tonight. By the time he gets through Indiana and North Carolina, he'll have it.

    April 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. zina

    How can you ask Obama to drop out if he leads with SWING STATES won, overall states won, and popular vote?

    Congrats, Hillary supporters, but please remember that Obama is in the LEAD


    April 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Alan

    Here's a thought I haven't heard expressed before: Why the apparent disconnect between Obama raising way more in the way of campaign contributions, which is people voting with their money, and Hillary winning in states like Ohio and Texas, and now maybe Pennsylvania?

    Here's my answer: There's a huge number of Republican crossovers in those states that account for a large part of the newly registered Democrats who see Hillary as the weaker of the two Democratic candidates and vote for her in the primary, but certainly will not contribute financially to her campaign.

    Obama has a good chance of beating McCain. Hillary will lose big, as many Democrats will not be able to hold their noses and vote for her if Obama wins the nomination. They will either not vote at all or vote for McCain, which in either case will give the election to McCain.

    April 22, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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