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. female grad student, NYC

    Susan – right on.

    People accusing Hillary of being polarizing or divisive are ignoring those important words, while they presume that their pouting sissy candidate who would rather give his opponent the finger than talk issues is unifying.

    HILLARY '08, '12!!!

    April 22, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. MDR

    I don't know how anyone could vote for Mccain knowing how bad his policies are and how much they mirror Bushes. Obama and Clinton whoever the loser is will tell the democrats to vote for the other so why would you vote for Mccain. Wish my grandmother could have lived an extra two years she would have loved to see a woman and black man running for president. this country is jacked up right now the grocery stores don't even have sales anymore. To vote for Mccain is idiotic.

    April 22, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. mr.p

    ps:every black person i know was for clinton,until obama got into the race for pres!!!

    April 22, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. April Garlow

    A bad Democrat in the Whitehouse is like Nancy Pelosi as speaker, It might as well be a Republican, for all that she has done for the Democrats, maybe Obama can do something symbolic too. A bad candidate will make a bad president, no matter what thier party.

    April 22, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. DEMS UNITE

    HILLARY AND OBAMA HAVE VERY SIMILAR POLICIES, SO IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN JUST BECAUSE YOUR CANDIDATE DIDN'T GET THE NOMINATION!!! WE DEMOCRATS ARE SMARTER THAN THAT ...... I HOPE.

    April 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. cindy

    Only Clinton and McCain have the experience to be president.

    April 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. JHR Arizona

    Please this is a Man that wants to bomb Iran and stay in Iraq for a 100 years and there was no reason to go there.

    George and Joh have us trillions in debt, but people would vote for him.

    I wonder if anyone reads anymore? I think the information is all learned from TV. Read the Constitution people.

    April 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. DEMS UNITE

    HILLARY AND OBAMA HAVE VERY SIMILAR POLICIES, SO IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN JUST BECAUSE YOUR CANDIDATE DIDN'T GET THE NOMINATION!!! WE DEMOCRATS ARE SMARTER THAN THAT …… I HOPE.

    April 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Eric, Durham, NC

    "Ex hillary supporter April 22nd, 2008 6:48 pm ET

    To Hillary supporters who would support Mccain if Obama is the nominee:
    Please post some good reasons why you would do this because just saying it sounds very childish and it sounds like you aren't a real democrat. What Mccain issues do you believe in?"

    I can sum it up in one word:

    RACE...

    They won't admit it, but, it will be stated that he has no experience etc etc etc but it boils down to race.

    An amateur built the Ark, experts build the Titanic.

    April 22, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. JG

    Face it, Obama has no experience, and thinking the Hillary does because of her stint with Billy in the whitehouse is like Einstein's wife being able to explain the theory of relativity. Both of the democratic candidates are fighting because of ego now. The interest of the people has gone by the wayside.

    April 22, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. kathy

    Hillary –
    Be gone already

    April 22, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Neil

    Hillary supporters are just as bitter and vindictive as the candidate herself.

    April 22, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Deb, IN

    I vote for the best QUALIFIED person not the party. People voting for someone because of their personality or that they are cute or can give a good speech is IGNORANT that's the reason we're in the mess we're in. Sorry to break the news but ALL politicians lie(even Barak Obama) "I want to change the way Washington works" get real the President alone can't bring change, Congress has to be involved. I want someone that will work for me. People need to learn the facts before they vote.

    April 22, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. vic nashville,Tn

    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    April 22, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. D in New Mexico

    It really amazes me that the media makes out like if Obama isn't the nominee then things weren't fair. The reality is that Clinton is the overwhelming choice of LONGTIME Democrats. We've been loyal and we have been patient, but we have HAD IT with the Democratic party going FAR FAR FAR Left and not doing enough to ensure that Democrats get into the White House. We're tired. And THAT is why many of us will be switching to Independent if Hillary is not the nominee, as a form of "civil disobedience". To tell the DNC "NO" to their shoving Obama down our throats, and "NO" to the way they have been leading the party. Just because we have been lifelong Democrats does not mean we are retarded, and it certainly does not mean that we are brainless enough to accept the sexism both the media and the DNC have displayed. Most of us are moderates, and we've been silent for too long. We will vote McCain if it looks like Obama has a chance to win, otherwise we will write-in Hillary. Why? Because we WILL have our voices heard, and at least McCain is somewhat moderate, rather than the radical left-wing Obama.

    April 22, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Refilwe

    This truly is sad. There are people who are so tied to their candidate they'd rather have the opposing party win if they don't get the candidate they want?

    Obama & Clinton are very similar in their policy ideas. Why would toss getting the bulk of the policy you want out of spite?

    Divide & Conquer. History repeating. People still not learning.

    April 22, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. Louis

    there is no way, NO WAY anyone who is voting for either democratic candidate would vote for McCain or not vote against him. We have not had two so diametrically opposed parties in decades. This is a choice of war or no war. economic recovery or deep recession. Whther or not you like the other democratic candidate, if you are voting today, no way you vote for someone that is against everything your candidate is for.
    This si a crap question that is not taking into account the fervor brought about by the acrimonious campaining of the Dems in PA.
    CNN you know this is a trash story, meant to do nothing more than scare people.

    April 22, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. cindylou

    Only Clinton and McCain have the experience to be president.

    She is the best candidate here. She is a hard worker, she is not one to slack off as president. I cannot wait to see how she is going to turn our country around.

    April 22, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. MPG

    Well, we can thank the mindless and careless and whining voters who irresponsibly said that they would "punish" the nominee of their own party by voting for the nominee of the opposition if their candidate didn't win.

    Secondly, you can also thank (in part) Senator Clinton for helping to lower the standard of this campaign to gutter politics and baseless personal attacks, and for NOT insisting on running a fiscally sound campaign, campaign on the issues only, and for pandering to the type of crowd that goes for that tabloid mentality.

    Thirdly, you can thank Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, the Bills (O'Reilly and Cunningham), Brian Sussman and Mark Levin (oh, and now we can add Charles Gibson and Boy George) for their double talk and distracting the American voters from what's really at stake here. Their journalistic skills are sorely lacking, and their so-called patriotism sucks. They use the American Flag and the Constitution/Bill of Rights as political tabloid fashion accessory, and they do themselves and this country a disservice.

    John McCain will be the next president, and he didn't have to lift a finger to do it, and he won't have to raise another dollar, make another speech or campaign anywhere.

    April 22, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Oshun for obama

    I would vote for McCain should Billary steal the nomination which has been given to Senator Obama and which we the people want him to have,

    billary believes she deserves it and is entitled to it,
    even if she is ahead in PA for a few points, she will not win.........

    mark my words..

    aye

    April 22, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. SAMINBUFFALO

    AND WAT EXP. DOES CLINTON HAVE?

    April 22, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. cindylou

    Only Clinton and McCain have the experience to be president.

    She is the best candidate here. She is a hard worker, she is not one to slack off as president. I cannot wait to see how she is going to turn our country around.

    April 22, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    If your Dem candidate isn't the nominee, DO NOT vote for the rep in November, DONT VOTE AT ALL...what are you people thinking???? Especially Hillary supporters...

    By the way, what "experience" does she have? Please enlighten me...because to me, what she's been involved in does NOT qualify as relevent experience at all.

    April 22, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Jane

    It's simple. Hillary cannot and will not win the nomination. She's from Illinois and couldn't even win in her own state.

    Obama will win the nomination and the presidency.

    Obama '08

    April 22, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Joel Dean

    Hey it's politics. If it weren't for the bickering or disagreeing this wouldn't be a free country would it? It's all about race for the black supporters of Obama. Majority supported Bill Clinton before but turned when they thought a black candidate had a chance. Everyone keeps saying they like what they hear from Obama and that he can unify both parties. Come on who you trying to fool? This is politics and Washington. Bill Richardson and Ted Kennedy support Obama because they like what he says. Again what has he said that's going to help me or my fellow Americans. Hilary for whatever reason people despise here has greater experince in the White House by default
    and dealing with Congres. It's time to make some tough choices.
    Will we be any better under McCain?, What don't we know yet about Obama?

    April 22, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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