April 22nd, 2008
09:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Exit polls: voters who switched parties favor Obama

(CNN) - Today's Democratic contest in Pennsylvania was a closed primary, open only to registered Democrats. Exit polls show 14 percent of today's voters were either registered as members of another party or simply unregistered back in January. Among this group, Barack Obama beats Hillary Clinton 59 percent to 39.

Five percent of today's voters were registered Republicans in January. They voted for Obama today, 52 percent to 44.

soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. "typical white person"

    What I find so interesting is that on other ticker stories the Obama people claim Hillary won because Republicans crossed over to vote for her. They claimed if not for the crossover, Obama would have won.

    Now that it looks like the Republicans crossed over to vote for Obama (according to this ticker story), the Obama people are saying the Republicans did it because they really liked Obama. Sounds like Obama double-speak to me. Maybe if the Republicans had NOT crossed over, Hillary would have won by a bigger margin!

    April 22, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Crispus

    She has fooled her supporters into thinking she can bring back the 90's again. Her husband was lucky because of the internet boom provided the growth for a balanced budget. She is stuck in the past like most of her supporters.

    April 22, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Bernice

    OBAMA KEEP YOUR HEAD UP! THERE ARE STILL MANY MORE TO COME. THIS WOMAN HILLARY WILL BE A FADING MEMORY SOON. IF HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF IT WILL ONLY BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE HER CAMPAIGN PROVEN OF CAMPAIGN FRAUD!!

    ALL OF YOU THAT ARE SENDING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO A DYING CAUSE WILL BE REPAID THE DIVIDENDS FOR DOING SO. NOTHING, BECAUSE NOTHING FROM NOTHING LEAVES NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ASK PETER PAUL AND OTHERS WHAT THEY GOT FOR SUPPORTING THE CLINTONS.

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

    Mike in NYC – A change from having tens of thousands of US jobs outsourced overseas by Hillary Clinton for our own political benefit is a change we can all live with. We can also live without lies from the Clintons.

    April 22, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. Tony

    Hillary will get things straight again and she will end this no nonsense war. From a military retiree

    April 22, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Susan MO

    Obama insulted the people of Pennsylvania.

    Why do people support him?

    We, all Americans, do not need a president who slams the people.

    And Obama already has.

    Shame on Obama

    April 22, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. MD in OK

    Operation chaos worked! I hope McCain wins in the general election if she wins in the primary.

    April 22, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Innocent Bystander

    Uh oh, another big state won by Hillary.
    Change? Are you kidding me? That 's what Pelosi said she was going to do and they haven't done anything. Good thing Obama has all the money in his "kitty" because he is going to need it to pay for all the bumper stickers that say, "Yes we can." His whole campaign is slogans, that is why he gets the young vote! Change? Please!

    April 22, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. Nick

    Drop out Hillary so Barack can get to work on McCain, put the party before yourself please

    April 22, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Jan in MI

    Go Hillary......after being outspent by Obama 3 – 1, he still couldn't "close the deal".

    What's UP With That.......What makes you supporters of his think he can win the GE. He can't win the big states. Think about it People.....It's going to be McCain if Obama wins the nomination.

    It will be scary if Obama wins......and scarier if McCain wins the GE

    April 22, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. DemocracyNow2008

    Obama will get the nominations folks the math is in his corner and soon the Superdelegates will be in his corner.

    Not to worry Hillary can yell with Bill but that cannot change the outcome for them .

    Its almost over and soon they will be out.

    Obama Yes We can 08 All the Way to the Whitehouse

    April 22, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Bayou Joe

    Thank you PA for keeping the race wide open. This is good entertainment. Can't wait till Denver. . Will Dean now call for Obama to drop out? Might as well he can't win the big states.

    April 22, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. Ron from VA

    So his vote totals include more Republicans than HC. Those voters will end up voting for Mcain in the general election. in reality therefore her win spread was larger than the raw numbers after you sub out those Republican "plants"

    April 22, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Dr. Tony Jackson

    Clinton's "win" in PA is relative. Why did she win? Well..lets start with her extreme head start in campaigning in PA. She had been campaigning in PA while losing several states. All the while dismissing the very states she was losing. The PA machine has ben Clinton connected for a long time. The fact that under such conditions, Obama was able to close the gap, should be a huge story.

    The malarky is obvious and it won't work. It doesn't matter how long or how often the major networks attempt to minimize those who vote for Obama. We know what we're voting for and Obama is winning the overall primary because he IS the candidate that represents the best opportunity for change in this country. Clinton on the other hand, has run one of the most disenginuous campaigns. This speaks to her character. I for one, will cast my vote for Cynthia Mckinney if the media colludes in stealing this from Obama! Hilary Clinton would never get my vote and I'll work hard to make the case that others do the same.

    April 22, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. Kevin from MN

    If what Hillary says is true, and she can deliver Pennsylvania and Ohio, she'd make one heck of a running mate.....

    April 22, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  16. cats from Indiana

    Vote Obama, Indiana. You will be making a horrible mistake if you don't. We need this guy or it's more of the same, only worse...an even bigger war, perhaps a "draft," perhaps an "obliteration" that will do just that...to all of us.

    April 23, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  17. Indiana Joe

    I wonder if there's anyway that Obama could become the Republican Party's nominee?? It appears that the Republican cross-overs and disgruntled Republicans aka "Independents" really want Obama. He's just in the wrong party.

    April 23, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  18. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Republicans change the party and voted Obama, because Republican know how to beat Obama, but not Hillary, they are scared to fight with Hillary, because they know Hillary well, they know it is impossible to beat Hillary in General Election. It make sense but stupid DNC doesn't know what's going on. Howard Dean should count Florida January election before get fired.

    April 23, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  19. Tim

    "Yes We Can = 666. Please look it up, seriously."

    Well, it had to happen folks. A Hillary supporter finally called him the antichrist. A perfect profile of the 'bitter' person using the bible as a sword instead of armor. Guess Barack was right after all....

    April 23, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  20. Jerry

    This is because Republicans want this to keep dragging on. Whomever it maybe the Dems must pick someone quick. Hopefully OBAMA

    April 23, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  21. Michelle

    I agree with Tony. Where is the big story about how Obama closed a significant gap in a state that has been openly pro-Hillary? Obama is fighting on numerous fronts and holding his own. I don't get why some pundits suggest he could not beat McCain. Even though it is becoming increasingly clear that this country still needs to grow up in regards to racial bias, I think there are enough folks out there of every hue who can see Obama is the real deal and are incredibly loyal to him. Let's not allow another candidate to steal an election. Please! America! Look what that got us last time.

    April 23, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  22. Denise

    Diane from PA your kidding right. Where did Pres Bush all the money he's spent in the Iraq war? China, Mexico, Canada, Russia. Thats cool with you?

    April 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
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