April 22nd, 2008
06:29 PM ET
11 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. mr.p

    out of 100 people i know,whether dem or gop,will vote clinton 1 st,mcCain 2nd.
    they will not vote for obama,say he is to young and inexperienced to b pres.
    so for them its clinton,if not clinton then McCain.

    April 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Herman LA, CA

    I will not vote if Obama don't win...

    April 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Richard, FL

    It is pathetic to see so many crybabies that will abandon their party if their candidate doesn't win. You are not voting for ONE PERSON, you are voting for an ADMINISTRATION. Each Democratic candidate would likely appoint many of the same people. Four more years of Bush administration is a terrible price to pay because you can't think of your country first instead of a petty my-way-or-the-highway mentality.
    Are you really so selfish that you want more of possibly Cheney, Rove, Rice, Mukasey, and all the others that are part of the incompetent Bush administration? Obviously, you are thinking of yourself and not your country.

    April 22, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. NO HOME

    NAFTA I NEED A JOB.SO HILARY ASK BILL BOY TO FINE ME A JOB AFTER HE GIVE MY JOB AWAY? HELP HELP ME ME.
    SO GUNS,CHURCH,RIGHT OR LEFT. WE NEED OUR JOBS BACK WAKE UP AMERICA WAKE UP . FOR THE SAKE OF OUR KIDS.
    THE CLINTON HAS GAVE US NOTHING NOTHING MAN WAKE UP WAKE UP.
    OBAMA MAN TELL THE TRUETH NOT WHAT PEOPLE WHAT TO HERE OR GET OUT OF THE RACE AND GIVE IT TO SOMEONE WHO WILL BRING MY COUNTRY BACK.

    April 22, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Michael

    Yes, I have a preference, but I'm not naming it here, solely because it apparently means a large percentage of you might automatically disregard what I'm saying.

    If you are a Dem, it has never been more important to vote Dem than it will be in this election. John McCain is NOT moderate, NOT capable, and NOT the man we want running our country. He has sold out and flipflopped on every principle he once claimed to espouse. He has ADMITTED he doesn't know much about economics, and after listening to his plans for the country, I believe him. He accidentally destroyed five (5) US military aircraft during his Navy career and he would fly this nation the same way. No matter how bad you believe either Democratic candidate is, neither would be as bad as McCain. Vote for the Democratic candidate, whoever it turns out to be. Please.

    April 22, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. APS in Hawaii

    As usal the Obama supporters are blaming Hillary for this story. Get a life and a candidate. Obama is a loser and will lose big time in November. He only got where he is because of the Rove GOP cross over voters. Rove said last year the GOP was going to do this and try to get rid of Hillary. Obama is a hypocrite and a lair, I voted for the Democrat nominee every time since 1972. But if Obama is the party's nominee, I am going to vote for McCain as a protest vote.

    April 22, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. pat

    I am a long time democrat, if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, I will vote for McCain because the media has been too bias against her, and Obama supporters are too nasty.

    April 22, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Paul

    "Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to..."

    April 22, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Deb, IN

    Indiana is for Clinton!!!!!!!!! I don't know a single person voting for Obama. This is a republican state anyway it will be for McCain in the fall.

    April 22, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. SAMINBUFFALO

    SEN.CLINTON PROMISED MY REGION (WESTERN NEW YORK) 20,000 NEW JOBS BY 2010... WE LOST 10,000 SO FAR. IT'S TRUE LOOK IT UP

    OBAMA 08'

    April 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Jim

    Goes to show Obama supporters are far from analytical. If he's the nominee, he has no chance of winning in November. Hillary fares far better. Read the details. It's clear that his support are bandwagon jumpers, not thinkers. He's a real cult leader, and nothing good has ever come from that.

    April 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Jim

    Comment made, "McCain is a moderate republican, so he won't be as bad as Bush, but he will not stand for what we democrats believe strongly in. WHAT WOULD THAT BE: More welfare programs and recipients and an open door policy on illegal immigrants, so that our tax base can be more diluted. Good call with high intelligence!!

    April 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Illinois voter

    Either Hillary or McCain.

    Experience matters.

    Obama doesn't have sufficient experience. His arrogance led him to run too early in his career.

    April 22, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. KD

    People threating not to vote are missing the whole point of elections. If your candidate doesn't win, don't just sit at home and pout about losing. Elections aren't about you, they are about the country and what is best, so get up and vote for the person you believe to be the best of the two. Not voting proves nothing but ignorance and immaturity.

    April 22, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Richard

    Clearly for those of us who stay informed by keeping up with the news. If a candidate for President really wanted True Change, they would push for each citizen to maximize their abilities and economical independence. Of course, most of Sen. Obama's backing comes from the least experienced with life, naive and/or gullible, and those who think they are above the rest by their mental aptitude (you are to be considered intelligent and bright if you are supporting his candidacy). They are living off of either parental support or loans, vote because their skin color matches his, or we have the so-called top educated who believe they have all the answers to tell others how to live. It only takes someone to work in the academia to see what a caste system it is, based on one's level of education. In other words, if you are not a PhD all other employees are lumped in together and separated from them either by way of benefits, opportunities, etc.

    It would be interesting to see how he attempts to change the political process. Is he going to openly denounce all Congressmen, Supreme Court Justices, etc. who do not agree with him? Will they then have to endure what the ABC debate commentators have been exposed to the last few days? It is so ironic to see an individual who speaks of unity and prosperity for all Americans to have created such a divisive line amongst many. They are already bullying Sen. Clinton's supporters who refuse to support him as the presidential candidate as not being true Democrats. One can be a Democrat, and not believe in the individual who is selected by the party to be their candidate. That is called, "Freedom of Choice". Ooops, that might not be around for much longer. Get it done Hillary America has been waiting for a President like you.....

    April 22, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. After further review,Texas

    Only Rush Limburgernuts believe this haha.

    April 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Brandy- I love Obama!

    Hey Texican,

    To answer your "question": Yes, I love America. I love it enough when I say I won't McCain just because Clinton is not the nominee!

    Enough said.

    Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Paul

    Here is what is going on. Some Republicans are voting for Obama so Hillary can't win, because McCain will have a harder time beating Clinton. These same voters will then vote for McCain in November.

    so be smart and choose Hillary!!!

    April 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. DAN

    You can't call people bigots and expect them to ever vote for you. You can't tell the people of FL and MI your votes mean nothing and then expect them to vote for you. You can't belittle a fellow democratic president and call him a racsist and expect people to vote for you. It just doesn't work. That's why it's too late for Obama if he becomes the nominee he will loose in Nov. because all these thing including Rezko, Ayers, Auchi, Wright and his comments are going to get bigger and bigger.

    April 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Matt

    I support Obama but I will vote for whoever wins over McCain. Seriously people have you been asleep for the last 8 years. Look what the Republicans have done, are you seriously going to vote for any one with label ever again please people WAKE UP!

    April 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Brando

    Barack ain't gettin' 270 EV in Nov. As a matter of fact, I predict he'll lose both Michigan and Pennsylvania. At the end, the only number that matters is 270, leave it to the democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory...once again. It's all about the electoral college, stupid. When would you (finally) learn the 00' 04' lessons? (rhetorical q' of course)...

    April 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. marie

    "Didn't know she could flip that Southern accent on and off like a light switch."

    Actually, a lot of people can do that Jane. Myself included. I have a thick NJ accent when I am with similar speeched friends and family. When I'm not, I lose the accent.

    I'm just glad that I'm not as superficial to choose someone's ability to speak or not speak in an accent as the problem with their presidential candidacy. Maybe some more reading up on the issues would be prudent...

    April 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Sistah

    You might want to turn to an "URBAN" radio station, for once in your life.

    I can speak for 90% of the African Americans -

    WE will NOT vote for BILLARY -

    Besides, we are very strongly considering switching to the Independent party -

    The Democratic Party does not DESERVE our vote!

    April 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain camp is hoping we Democrats are stupid enough to vote him in office after the Republicans were stupid enough to vote GWB for 2 terms. The whole thought is beyond stupid and desperate.

    April 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Venus

    No this is great!

    Let Mc Cain believe that!

    Go Obama!

    April 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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