May 20th, 2008
07:19 PM ET
7 years ago

Exit Polls: Clinton runs the board in Kentucky


(CNN) - Early exit polling from Kentucky shows the magnitude of Hillary Clinton’s victory there. Clinton won among men 62 to 32 percent. She won among women 67 to 27 percent.

She won in all age groups: 55 to 39 percent among voters between 17 and 29 years old; 61 to 35 percent among voters aged 30-44; 65 to 28 percent among voters 45-64 and 77 to 18 percent among voters 65 and older.

Clinton also won among all income groups: 67 to 28 percent among voters who make less than $50,000 a year and 63 to 31 percent among voters who make $50,000 a year or more.

Clinton won among people of all education levels: 74 to 21 percent among Kentucky Democratic voters who have no college education and 60 to 34 percent among college-educated voters.

Eighty-nine percent of today's voters in Kentucky are white. Among them, Clinton won 72 to 22 percent. Nine percent of today's voters in the state are African-American; they went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, 87 to 7 percent.

Filed under: Exit Polls • Hillary Clinton • Kentucky
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. mmartin arkansaw

    she's a loser.

    May 20, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Jack

    Obama's got serious problems..... Can't believe Democrats are about to nominate him... only Democrats would do something this dumb!

    Major Buyer's Remorse here!

    May 20, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Tom

    Congratulations, but the candidate who is ahead in the delegate count, popular vote and number of states won will be the nominee.

    May 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. SLO Bear

    Rilin' the rubes; playing with their minds like rubics cubes.

    May 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Victory for Hillary

    72% of white voters went for Hillary

    82% of black voters went for Obama

    In the fall it will be McCain versus Obama.

    Chalk up West Virginia and Kentucky for McCain. Obama didn't even try to make in-roads. He must have been busy with the other 57 states....

    May 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Drew, Central FL

    So what you are saying is she did REALLY well with whites. That was a given. She was supposed to win this state. Come to think of it, she was supposed have wrapped this up by February too.

    Considering Obama will be the nominee anyway, I'm curious as to how much debt she is carrying now. Ready from day one, indeed.

    May 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Barbara Querrie

    she won bse she reminds them of their race in her campaign speeches.THE WHITE HARD WORKING AMERICANS,and she is blaming the press for sexism and racism.
    Those folks from WV and KY will vote for the nominated democrat come Nov as long as Hillary will be out of the way .I wish she could back off and stop spilling seend of divisions in the Dem party

    May 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Crush Rush

    They may as well have told them if they watched springer or not this morning.Voting used to be something done in private.Now people are ready to tell all, just to get on the air or T.V.This is how Rove got his data to gerrymander districts in different states.

    May 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. For Hillary even if she contests as an INDEPENDENT

    HILLARY ,, is going to prevail...
    If her 'friends' did not abandon the ship, she would have got the nominations already...

    Whether or not she gets the Dem nomination, she will be the President...

    ( Who said you have to be a Dem nominee to be a president!!!)

    HILLARY .. '08

    May 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Morgan

    Why is no one talking about Clinton disenfranchising voters with her "I'm ahead in the popular vote" arguement? She is discounting caucus states and all of those voters!!!! I'm glad to count Florida and Michigan, but this argument of hers is hypocritical!

    May 20, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Peace

    Thou shall not steal

    Obama 08

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. rumpusgoopus

    She must have done well with the sexists there too.

    May 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. RB

    Kinda explains why KY is known as the state with the best educational system. Keep them stupid and divided. They'll never know you're picking their pockets clean, HRC.

    May 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Texas Dem

    Voters infatuation with Obama has seriously waned the last 2-3 months. I think people are finally starting to see that he has no real substance. He's an empty suit (just like the current President) and John McCain will stomp him in November if Obama is the nominee.

    Bottom line is, does the Democratic party really want to WIN in November, or just look pretty? Obama can't do it. Clinton probably can. I wouldn't want to be McCain & have to campaign or debate her. She'll kill him.

    May 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Hillary

    Obama who?

    May 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Wolf, I am not a bit surprised tonight as I listen to CNN's comments. Hillary pulls the sexism card out and everyone changes their tone and the way they talk about Hillary. Everytime she cries wolf about the media, the tone changes. Yesterday, every channel was stating it was over and it all boiled down to how she exits the race. Now, it's coddeling and cooing. So sad when someone can raise the charge of sexism and the media turns to jelly. I personally saw no sexism to speak of. Of course there were some men that made ugly comments, but nothing compared to the obvious racism that appeared all over the net as well as along the campaign trail. Sen Clinton needs to accept the fact that there will be some pigs out there, just as Obama ACCEPTED the fact that there were racists out there. She needs to quit crying about it, and the media needs to get back to the honest up front reporting they have done in the past. Stop coddling her, because she cried wolf again. The facts are she is behind and she is pulling out all the stops now in an attempt to salvage her name. Blaming everyone except herself. By the way, congrats to Hillary on KY, but its still over and you guys and gals need to be honest about it.

    May 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |


    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Serge

    Where are the exit polls from Oregon? Why are all your articles about Kentucky?

    May 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. George

    It amazes me how everyone reporting on television seems so surprised that Sen. Obama doesn't win in a state that is dominated by whites whether poor or rich!! They still want to tie him to another man's ignorance and say he thinks like that when his mother is white! No one is saying anything about how Sen. Clinton has lied and been caught trying to over exaggerate her experience as the first lady, and her husband's racist remarks about the state I live in, South Carolina! This is the same America that gave us 8 years of a C STUDENTS ideas and look where that has gotten us!!! I am proud of Sen. Obama because he has shown his determination to change the ignorant views about BLACK MEN that still resonate in this country! If they give the nomination to Hillary Clinton then it will be the election year 2000 relived!! Just remember Hillary was suppose to be winning all the elections by landslides and not OBAMA!! God Help AmeriKKKa!

    May 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Big John

    Game over. She can't win even with semi blow outs. There are two elections left after today.

    For the love of God she's quoting Karl Rove as an argument to the super delegates for her to win the the nomination. These are sad times people, we will mourn the fall from grace of one of the most powerful political families in the US. Defeated by an relatively unknown from Illinois.

    The Queen is dead..long live the King! The Queen is dead...long live the King!

    May 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Andrew in Indiana

    Wow, I am so surprised! For atleast a week, the polls stated this fact and it came true. I wonder how they came up with this so accurately. This is an expected victory, just like Sen. Obama becoming the nominee based on the actual number of delegates and popular votes obtained. If Florida and Michigan are seated, and they should be. It should be in a fair way, where the seating can be based on the opportunity for both candidates to be voted for and to explain their campaigns. I am wondering what if the DNC can not work out Florida and Michigan? They did break the rules in those states. What if the delegates are seated, but fairly and that does not give Sen.
    Clinton the lead she is looking for? What will the spin be then? We are losing time, valuable time to solidify our party and to focus on John McCain. We are letting him "clean" house, getting rid of Lobbyist to project a false image. Sen. McCain has flip flopped on numerous issues and is able to change the focus to National Security. What are we doing? I hope someone, besides the Clinton campaign knows, for the sake of our party and our nation.

    May 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Big John

    ...three elections left.

    The Queen is dead..long live the King! The Queen is dead…long live the King!

    May 20, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. vic nashville,Tn

    Shame on you CNN
    How can your pundits say Obama didn’t Compute in Kentucky
    He spend more money
    He was there
    His wife was there
    Hillary is the winner to night

    May 20, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Serge

    I think Hillary Clinton has a problem winning the black vote.
    No democratic president has ever been elected without the black vote.
    On the other hand "white hard working americans" always vote republican.
    Bill Clinton won the presidency twice without the "white hard working americans"

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. ellianna

    Well, she can run every board, but bottom line is - SHE IS FINISHED!!
    I will be very pleased to see the Clintons – O U T – that is OUT of this primary election!! They took advantage of both West Virginia and Kentucky's poor and uneducated people by telling them LIES, LIES, LIES!!! And those poor people don't understand. All they could do was to listen to her talk about THE 90'S and what BILL did for them!!
    I sincerely hope and pray that Barack Obama DOES NOT INVOLVE HER in his administration!!! She deserves to go back to the Senate for a few more years, and when re-election time comes, I sincerely pray she will be defeated!! She and her campaign promoting this "sexist" issue thru Geraldine Ferraro, and the "race" issue thru Bill AND Hillary Clinton was THE LAST STRAW!! GOOD BYE BILL AND HILLARY!! YOUR GOOSE IS COOKED AND OVERDONE!! TIME TO MOVE ON!! TIME TO MOVE ON!! AND TAKE YOUR CORRUPT SURROGATES WITH YOU!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7