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. daniel

    oh please, why do the Obama army come out so on the negative front everytime he loses a BIG State....she won becoz people in these states realize she is the right person for the top job.....enough with the she lies she cheated....what bout Obama, he has lied he has cheated please.....


    April 22, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Jason, Texas

    Yeah, this makes no sense to me. Actually, I find this disconcerting and, frankly, I'm disgusted with my fellow Americans. I guess I will go back to being an Independent. Forget the two major parties because it seems that many who vote in them haven't a clue.

    April 22, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Tracy

    After the Mississippi primary all we heard from the media (and HRC supporters) was the number of African-Americans who voted for Obama because he was African-American–who made up the demographics that put HRC over the top tonight? The people of this country will NEVER move forward.

    April 22, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Anthony

    She won because can withstand anything thrown against her, and in good grace, I might add. She won because she can get a better deal for the USA. She won because she is a breath of fresh air that does not let someone's attacking the system that allowed her to obtain a multitude of awards and recognition for her successes in health, child, and educational affairs for over 30 years. She won because she did not create unrest in the system with no solutions to fix it.

    She won because there are no surprises with her – no shady history forgotten or blurred in order to maintain a false image. She won because she admits her mistakes and fights to correct them.

    Vote Hillary 2008!!!

    April 22, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. jane

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

    April 22, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. kelly WI

    Obama can't win the big states now. He can't win them in the general.
    He can't win the Jewish, Latino, Independants, Unions, red states. blue collar workers. What does that leave him with? Not enough cover for the general.
    It's up to the supers and they will choose according to who can win the big states. Electoral votes. in general.
    If money mattered why hasn't he blown her away? Maybe the voters have finally seen him for what he is....or isn't.
    He won't go to the next debate. Guess he can't answer a question if he doesn't have some one next to him to tell him what to say.
    He's scared to answer questions on Fox. He's a wimp.

    April 22, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. GARY

    Wow, the best news all week. Hillary Pennsylvania looks good for November. Too bad the media is so bias and doesn't want to criticize Obama. It amazes me that knowbody is mentioning that if Florida delegates and Michigan delegates would have counted she would be leading> Obama supporters have you thought about that????

    Florida got screwed and if Obama is the nominee McCain gets my vote and many others I have talked to@!

    April 22, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. TexasBlackTea

    ..........Vote for change not chance..........Hillary may have won the big states but she is still BEHIND Barack.............ummmmm – so who doesnt know how to add??

    April 22, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. KJ

    She will accept nothing less than the nomination – no matter the cost to the party. If the roles were reversed and she was sitting where Obama is with the delegat count and the popular vote – you can believe he would have been given NO choice but to drop out of the race looonnnggg before PA!

    April 22, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. DoHS Approved to "work and reside in the US"

    Having reveiwed all of the posted exit polls, I'd have to say that it looks like HRC squarely beat Obama, and at the moment the map looks light blue.

    April 22, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |


    April 22, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Rodmyr Plantin

    National Polls Barack Obama 51% Hillary Clinton 41%

    April 22, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. John

    Some of you people are complete fools. Winning the "big" states of NY, CA, NJ, PA, and MI will not get you the White House. Otherwise you'd be talking to President John Kerry right now. The Dems need to appeal to more voters in the heartland and the west, which is what Obama has done with his wins in many of those states. Obama has won 28 IMPORTANT states, just like Clinton has won 15 IMPORTANT states. The population size has little to do with it, and A PRIMARY WIN IS NOT A GUARANTEE THAT YOU WIN THE STATE IN A GENERAL ELECTION! Is that too much for some of the Clinton fanatics to understand?

    April 22, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. EPN

    HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT HILLARY IS FAKE? She has been in the public eye for this long and doing just fine. To me, Obama is the fake one, trying to hide his muslim upbringing. I cannot trust this man!

    April 22, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Dan, MA

    I am so sick of "feminists" voting for Clinton simply because she's a woman. That doesn't make you a feminist, that makes you a sexist. Yes, I am a male who supports Obama. Not because Clinton's a woman, but because I don't agree with her policies. I honestly feel that her plans for health care and censorship will ruin America. Her plans for education make me think twice about wanting to be a teacher and make me think three times about sending my children to public schools. I wouldn't trust her with local politics, and I certainly don't trust her to be our country's president. As for those who think Obama flipped Clinton off, grow up and get a life. I saw the alleged gesture, and it's a low blow to call that as flipping the bird If anyone's flipping someone off, it's Clinton flipping off America with each voter she convinces.

    April 22, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. LFY

    Hillary Clinton is the better choice. Barack Obama is all rhetoric and puffery. He has also proven he is not a closer!

    April 22, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Toot

    1. Clinton=Experience, Dedication, For the People, Know how to handle controversy when knocked down, Dedication to change

    2.Obama=Lies, Lies, Lies, Not proud of his country, when faced with controversy he will change the subject to point to someone else, cannot stand up as a man to face his mistakes, always someone else

    Who am I going to vote for...not number 2

    Keep fighting for our country Hillary!!!!

    April 22, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. outsider

    If this woman get elected , you american are deserve what you get just bush .

    April 22, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Sharonlee

    Since Obama leads in the black and young voters and Clinton leads in the over 60 and women voters, does anyone know what those percentage of those voters of the entire country are? I see them on each primary but haven't seen those numbers for the entire country.

    April 22, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Phillip Bunn

    Through the compliments of ignorant voters.

    April 22, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. Connie

    It is so annoying to listen to the "pundits" discuss how Hillary "pulled out this victory." First of all, they are always falling all over themselves to act as if they knew how things would turn out, and so rarely give their true opinions. Secondly, they are partisans, so their opinions are suspect. Only David Gergen and Roland are neutral and give good comments. Finally, Hillary was 20 points ahead weeks ago. She's won Pennsylvania by 5-10 points, which clearly shows that Obama was able to eat into her supporters. This is not a huge victory for Clinton at all. She barely staved him off. Moreover, placing emphases on winning states is hugely irritating considering that the number of delegates won is more important for the nomination according to Democrat rules.

    April 22, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Brenda

    I hate these cable news pundits – they are so sexist and against Hillary – whether you like her or not, she won PA and so why does she need to get out of the race – she has a tough sell to Super Delegates so what!!!??? Obama is good and we want a Democrat but why does he get to stay in when he doesn't have the 2025 that is needed either. All you Hillary Haters need to go to Hell!!!!

    April 22, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. Fed Up

    Seriously, if people think that most of the people in the "New West" are "morons" and yet celebrates Mel Brook's intelligence, that shows how ignorant the people in this country actually are. Obama supporters need to get over themselves and come to terms with the fact that Clinton may in fact be the democratic nominee. It is no use blaming it on race and gender because be honest, if those were really major factors we'd have another Kerry running. There were plenty of old white guys who were democratic hopefuls at the beginning. That said, it's insane that the democratic party has to act like a bunch of children over two candidates. It's no wonder your party is wandering.

    McCain '08

    April 22, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. Jane

    John Williams of San Diego, CA says:
    "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."

    HAHAHA!! Thanks for the laugh!! Let's not forget that Hillary and her supporters are liars....

    April 22, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. Robert

    she won because the residents of pennsylvaina are blind to her old school politics....Most of the people who vote for her don't even have a college education.....

    April 22, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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