April 22nd, 2008
05:49 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: New voters boost Obama

Three-year-old Dusten Washington holds a fan supporting Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama.

Three-year-old Dusten Washington holds a fan supporting Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama.

(CNN) - There were more than 150,000 new voters in the Pennsylvania primary and they overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama, the just released exit polls show.

Among first time voters, 60 percent went for Obama while only 38 percent went for Clinton. That discrepancy could keep the race close.

But in good news for Clinton, among voters who decided in the last week, she bests Obama by 16 points, 58 percent to 42 percent.

Clinton has won among late deciders in prior contests, but she was likely helped in Pennsylvania by Barack Obama's at-times shaky debate performance Wednesday night.


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  1. 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 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. 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 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. kim

    clinton said years ago. health care workers were overpaid.. I am one of those. .. and if she would like to be paid less for working 12 hour shifts, nights , weekends, holidays.. get exposed to all kinds of communicable diseases.. some with no cure... let er at it

    April 22, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. anniew

    HRC should demonstrate some consideration, if she has any, for the democratic party and bow out now. Beginning Friday she is going to be invovled in a civil suit involving the worst instance of campaign finance fraud in the history of this country, a case where it will be demonstrated that she was one of the primary individuals to collude, conspire and orchestrate the fraud as well as to mispresent the fraud to the Fraud to the FEC. Not only will this instance of fraud in California be addressed, but her participation in other instances of fraud will come out during this trial.

    And this time, the evidence is incontrovertable. This will be a Clinton debacle that, unlike in the 90s, they will NOT be able to get themselves out of. They've already been fined by the FEC. However, the civil case will be far worse, because unlike the FEC, this case is in Civil court and therefore, the government will be unable to cut a deal under the rug as a favor to her to cover her butt.

    If she has any integrity, and this certain will test whether she has any, she will bow out now.

    --------------------------

    April 22, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Tobias

    This guy is such a fool. Does he think all he has to say is change and it will happen. Look at his Chicago neighborhood and district if you want to see the change he can make. BO is a loser and is a lying hypocrite who is unelectable in November. Vote smart, vote Clinton.

    April 22, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. LifeLongDemocrat

    We got it she won.

    Meet us in North Carolina and Indiana

    April 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. ron

    I have two fisrt time voters and they have registered to vote in the general election. Both will be voting Obama. More young people turning 18 before Nov. will register to vote. Watch out McCain

    April 22, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. VJ

    New voters! mostly emotional! no forward thinking! So as Obama!

    Hillary is best choice for president! Hillary'08

    April 22, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. chuck r

    "Shaky debate performance"....what an absolute joke, that so-called "debate" last tuesday was illegitimate and not a debate. George is an unashamed Clinton Guy and Charlie Gibson is a good morning america guy, neither one of them have any business moderating a debate between the two candidates! they hammer Obama with innuendo and media gotchas and then let Hillary respond and pile on more, and now that becomes a "shaky" performance?? Here's where Obama is better;
    1.) organizing and running one of the best and most successful campaigns in modern history. They have raised more money, brought in more new voters (all stripes), won more votes and more states
    2.) He does better against McCain in every poll ive seen.
    3.) He is getting moderates and republicans to vote for him. I personally know 5 extremely conservative republicans who Love Obama and will donate up to $2300 and vote for him and despise Hillary!
    4.) He has a better plan, more realistic and more timely. He wants transparency which Billary hates! He will withdraw intelligently from Iraq after bringing in a more international coalition.
    5.) He doesnt need to tear opponents and others down to lift himself up. Hell, he even defends Hillary half the time when he should go after her and finish her off! He ran a high road, positive campaign for 8 months until he won Iowa and then Hillary started the "kitchen sink' strategy, spreading rumors that he is muslim (two hillary staffers where fired for taking part in this), saying he is only where he is becuase he is black (Ferraro – what were you smoking when you said this??), questioning his patriotism, repeating ad infinitum quotes from rev wright, and always at every juncture, no matter what accusing Obama of exactly what she is doing at all times, Karl Rove strategy 101!

    April 23, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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