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. Jacqueline, NY

    She has a court date on the 25th for campaign fraud. I hope the news reports this. The media is the one determining this campaign because they are not reporting the facts. Shame on you!

    April 22, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Mike in NYC

    Michael wrote:

    "They're sexist and bigoted and shouldn't ever be allowed to vote ever again."

    Anyone who can post something like that shouldn't ever be allowed to vote again.

    Jane wrote:

    "The whites in Pennsylvania are racist pigs."

    Feeling the love from a racist "anti-racist"! Keep it coming, sweetie!

    April 22, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA

    How did she win?....Lies,lies, and more lies....PA make sure you keep a track on how she votes in Washington if she's elected on issues that concern you. Blue collar jobs, factory workers, foreclosures, etc....

    April 22, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. No McSame

    she lied. That is how she won.

    April 22, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. rebecca

    STOP, hating she is a good for the white house. Maybe she could get us out of recession and help with health care. You know the real issue. She got plan not fairy tale promises.

    April 22, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Umpire

    I'm puzzled by women who support Clinton and say that they will never vote for Obama if he wins the Democratic nomination: can they remember two words–"Supreme Court"? Give John McCain two appointments to the court and we'll have two more Scalias, leading to a reversal of Roe v. Wade and other progressive decisions that have benefited women. How about two more words: "Civil Liberties"? Should we let the Republicans destroy what remains of balance-of-power? Should we agree that we are free to say what the government wants us to say–and only to people it approves of? Do freedom of speech, of the press, etc. even matter to the women who would rather see McCain than Obama in the White House?

    April 22, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Former Obama Supporter

    For Pete's sake stop removing this post! Why won't you let people look this up on their own... It's all just a crazy gut posting things (until it's not- i.e. after it's too late). Let people make up their own minds and stop censoring plain old information that people can confirm on their own... Yes We Can = 666. Please look it up, seriously. This is very strange and worrisome...

    April 22, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Theresa from Minnesota

    Too bad you media types are still afraid of Senator Obama. If you want negative you should take time to really listen to his condecending remarks about HIllary. You know the "Annie Oakley", "Duck Blind', "She carries a six shooter" remarks. He not only acting like he is superior to people in general , but he has a " how dare a woman run againest him?" I think Senator Obama's supporter Jamal should take a breath and remember that this should not be about race and almost every remark out of his angry mouth is the black community. Senator Clinton is winning because she actually has some answers for the voters.Her ads and her speeches are not negative, unless saying the truth is negative. Of course I am Just a rural midwestern highly intelligent, mildly educated senior citizen. What do I know?

    April 22, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Rodmyr Plantin

    I'd vote McCain before I vote Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is selfish and causing the democrats to be divided. The remaining states she will not win. Barack Obama will win North Carolina and Indiana convincingly. It's Barack or McCain 08!

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Man this thing will never end

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Bill

    It's amazing that ANYONE would vote for Hillary. If Hillary is nominated, I'll vote for McCain.

    Obama '08!

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. Teresa in Florida

    I am viewing the election results and was floored by the bogus remarks of the commentator Sanchez. I am on yahoo and, I would like to know where she is getting her Mars transmissions, regarding Senator Obama.

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Obama is the real winner

    Lets see how manyd elegates she get and also She was up by 20 points. He will come out the victor after its all said and done

    April 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. TO ROLAND MARTIN AND OB FANS

    SHE WON BECAUSE SHE IS BRILLIANT AND HERE IS MY QUESTION TO YOU.... MOST PEOPLE IN THE DEM PARTY WILL COME BACK AND VOTE FOR HILLARY. SHE IS A STRONG CANDIDATE AND SHE OFFERS A LOT OF SOLUTIONS. IF IT IS THE OTHER WAY AROUND MOST OF HER SUPPORTERS WILL EITHER STAY HOME OR GO TOWARDS MCCAIN. LETS FACE IT THERE ARE MORE WOMEN VOTERS THAT CAN GO EITHER WAY AS FAR AS A DEM/REP GOES. THOSE STRONG WOMEN VOTERS WILL COME OUT FOR HER...IS THE DEM PARTY REALLY INTERESTED IN WINNING.

    I THINK SOME (NOT ALL) BUT SOME REP WOMEN WOULD CROSS OVER AND VOTE HER IN THE GENERAL ELECTION TOO.

    April 22, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. J. Hua

    What's wrong with Clinton? I feel like what she is trying to do for the country is very similar to Obama. Although I feel like Obama would be the better candidate, personally, I don't think Clinton is a bad one. I feel like she could help the country very much.

    Also, speaking of the people who said that these are the same people who voted Bush into office.. I was wondering, who ARE these people? I mean, my family voted for Clinton because I think they believe that she is a good candidate and a good leader

    April 22, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Craig

    She won thanks to Operation Chaos!!!!

    April 22, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Jan

    I am surprised the term for the Clintons hasn't been coined yet...
    and that is pompous! They are the most undesirable couple ever to be in the White House.

    April 22, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. Shirley

    Not even 50% of the votes counted, it seems a little early for a victory celebration.

    April 22, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. James

    As a strong supporter of Barak Obama,Iam deeply frustrated the incompetency and lazyness of his so called Campain strategists starting from top to bottom.Barak is doing well not because of the so called campain strategists,but people are inspired by his message of hope.The failure of his last debate and the Pennsylvania results is a clear testimony of their lazyness and incompetency.
    A dead contender won Pennsylvaniaprimary for God's sake.This should say something to you Barak.

    BARAK IT TIME TO DO A SHAKE UP!
    one of your strong supporers

    April 22, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. Roger

    Im not sure why you cancelled my second comment but I will say again that PA has played its race card today. 64% of white men and 63% of white women voted for Hillary. Shame on you Pennsylvania.

    April 22, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Paula in WI

    Hillary cant win 5 more states,so she can't win.Nothing to worry about.Besides the other states are already turning against her because she's dishonest.No loss here tonight because her margin will be too small.

    April 22, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Tom(Philadelphia)

    Bottom line Clinton supporters. Clinton (Not Bill, in case you were wondering) could have won Pennsylvania by 70% and guess what would be the case tomorrow morning, she will still be losing. And after Indiana guess what even if she wins by 70%, she will still be losing. There is a reason he supported by educated people, we can do math. Clinton talks about the uphill battle she faces as a women. Hmmm lets see about half the country is female and 10% is African American. If she wins my wife and I will not be voting in November and that is a fact.

    April 22, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Nick

    Screw thius i'm moving to Canada

    April 22, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. seah

    She won on being real with the people, not pretending. No Hype no hoopla like her opponent, Just facts.

    April 22, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Dan from Illinois

    People are saying we can't afford another Clinton in office? Why not? My life, the life of others and the nation as a whole was great during the Clinton years. What kind of argument is that?

    Better yet, I see that some Californian said here:

    "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."

    That's right! It's the elitist snob! Go figure! Pennsylvanians MUST be ignorant and naive! Well, here's a newsflash: Pennsylvania is what the rest of America looks like. If you don't like it, find another country to annoy.

    April 22, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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