April 22nd, 2008
06:29 PM ET
12 years ago

Exit polls: McCain would win Clinton and Obama supporters

 McCain talks with residents during a town hall meeting in Youngstown, OH.

McCain talks with residents during a town hall meeting in Youngstown, OH.

(CNN) - John McCain said Tuesday he isn't sure if a prolonged Democratic race is benefiting his candidacy, but the exit polls appear to show it is.

The Arizona senator stands to win supporters of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama if their candidate does not win.

Only 50 percent of Clinton voters in Pennsylvania said they would support Obama if he is the nominee. Twenty-six percent said they would back McCain over Obama, and 19 percent said they would not vote at all.

Among Obama’s Pennsylvania voters, 67 percent said they would support Clinton if she is the party's nomine. Seventeen percent said they would back McCain instead, and 12 percent said they would stay home.

Clearly, whoever is the Democratic nominee will have some fences to mend.

soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh for the love of Pete,
    we are what 7 months from the election, we'll get a clearer picture of McCain once we get a nominee and make up.
    Its going to be a Democratic landslide.

    April 22, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. James

    Thanks Hillary for destroying the party.

    April 22, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Carrie Pa

    Voting for McCain because your candidate didn't win is just plain stupid!

    April 22, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. AZM

    I've seen a lot of these statements on this very board... I think a lot of it is frustration that should wear off prior to November... but the democrats have been shooting themselves in the foot lately...

    If Obama wins I will not vote for McCain... but I may not vote at all... it wouldn't matter anyway... I'm from Illionois which has gone dem since Lincoln!

    April 22, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Jack Cavanaugh, Portland, Or

    stop the negative campaign! we are going to lose this election to Mccain otherwise

    April 22, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Chris

    Clearly shows Hillary's supporters just as bitter as their candidate.

    April 22, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Brandy- I love Obama!

    Anyone who votes for McCain because Clinton is not the nominee, has some serious issues internally that only God can help. And, we wonder why America is in the position that its in? Get it together folks.

    Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Once a Democrat

    How much do you get paid to figure out what I knew 6 months ago.

    When you have the two left wings of the Democratic party at odds with each other. The moderates and conservative ones will either not vote or vote Republican. Why, Because McCain is not an extremist, but a middle of the road Republican that appeals to
    Moderate and Conservative Democrats that are tired of the Liberals
    controlling our party.

    April 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. ShannonL

    Not a shocker. A lot of Obama supporters are flat out anti-Clinton. Cross-over Rep and Indep won't vote for her. A lot of Clinton voters don't like being looked down on and chastized by an ivy league elitists....a black one at that (just the truth).

    There will be a large rash of people moving back to the Rep party after the Dem nomination is settled.

    April 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Jane

    John McCain certainly has my vote if Barack Obama doesn't win the nomination. Those percentage points will certainly inflate on either side, mostly positively benefiting Senator McCain.

    Clinton is just entirely too polarizing to win (if she would win the nomination).

    Senator McCain has more support out there than he realizes in the American voters.

    April 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Vince - Phoenix

    the campaign should NEVER have gotten this ugly...

    Hillary HAD to go negative after getting beat 11 times in a row... and it has paid off

    ONLY FOR "HER".

    April 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. gerard morei

    Hillary is our only hope!!!

    April 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Raphael Tx

    I am one of the Clinton supporters that would much rather see McCain then have an inexperienced radical like Obama in the White House.

    I have never voted Republican in my life but may do so for the first time if Obama is the nominee.

    Go Hillary

    April 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Thomas

    "Clearly, whoever is the Democratic nominee will have some fences to mend."

    That CNN is fact! – The supporters are the ones to blame, the people who hide behind computers to spout HATE is whats wrong with this election. I may vote for Hillary does not mean I need to jump on Blogs and say how stupid other supporters are... (Ive been seeing that the last few days)

    Yesterday my car got "tagged" with Obama Stickers because I had a Hillary Sticker... Great that makes me want to vote for Obama even more... sigh

    April 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Craig

    "Only 50 percent of Clinton voters in Pennsylvania said they would support Obama if he is the nominee. Twenty-six percent said they would back McCain over Clinton, and 19 percent said they would not vote at all."

    Don't you mean that Twenty-six percent said they would back McCain over Obama? It is remarkably strange that so many Clinton supporters would back McCain if Clinton wins the nomination.

    April 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Erin

    No, he won't win. Mark my words.

    April 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Rachel

    And here we go with the insults, thats not gonna win over the other people's voters.

    April 22, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. An Agnostic Democrat

    And as usual, Hil-lie-ary won't take responsibility for any of the fence-mending since she's inherently incapable of admitting any wrong. It's always someone else's fault. Maybe she can blame Monica for this one, too, rather than her duplicitous, serial falanderer of a husband who seems to be mentally and verbally deficient about reality.

    April 22, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. tell the truth

    This is stupid.

    April 22, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Chut Pata

    26% of Clinton supporters say they will vote McCain instead of Obama. Only 17% Obama supporters says so.

    Guess Billary is getting votes from McBush's voters

    April 22, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. philly

    Washington, Jefferson,....Obama? I don't think so.

    April 22, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Vince - Phoenix

    To those who would torpedo the democratic party, rather than vote for a black man...

    i would respect you more if you just SAID the real reason.

    April 22, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    seems like its sexist too.

    April 22, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Texican

    Brandy loves Obama. Do you love your country? That is the real question you have to ask yourself.

    Remember the 60's song. " To know you is to love you".

    Try learning more about Obama before you sing that tune.

    Let me know how that comes out.

    April 22, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. April Garlow

    Obama can't mend fences and make things acceptable for us Hillary supporters.He does not support universal healthcare, he is a bigot, he does not salute the flag, he looks down on the hard working, blue collar, rural Americans, he hasn't even got the backbone to stand up to his Anti-American, Racist, lunatic pastor and I am supposed to put my country in his hands. McCain will be my choice, at least he is a patriot, who not only stood up for his country, but was willing to die for it. Obama can't even wear a lapel pin for it.

    April 22, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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