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.

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  1. B. Smart

    . . . . Lets see. Senator Obama should pick up about 10 superdelegates tomorrow. I wonder how many of them will be Hillary's?

    Yes We Can.
    Democrats 08!!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |


    May 20, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Denise

    It looks like double congrats will be due tonight:
    Congrats to Obama for winning the majority of the pledge delegates. Congrats to Clinton winning Kentucky.

    Now let's get the Democrat vs. Republican fight going!
    Time to unite the country, bring home the troops, build our country, put our people back to work!

    May 20, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. jerry

    Howard Dean is on the phone now trying to get super delagates to go for Obama, tomorrow. The man just can not admit that he has screwed up the DNC. He and a few of his buddys think that they can force feed and unkown, unexperinced canidate upon the american voters. The actions taken by DNC will hurt bad in NOV . Try to spin this!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. JFK

    This race will not go quietly into the night. Hillary and her supporters will not go quietly. And we will not be told how to think and vote in this election! The media has all but hoisted Obama onto a pedestal and claimed him to be God. To all the misinformed Obama voters out there tonight, Clinton supporters are not all uneducated and racist. Some people see this a bit more logically as to who is fit to run the country. Obama has little experience and age on his side. He has questionable ties to religious extremists. And Rev. Wright said it all and Obama stood by and did virtually nothing for weeks. One minute he is a friend and pastor and then he throws Rev. Wright under the bus. So which is it Mr Obama? Seems to me his own followers are the uneducated people!

    May 20, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Average American

    Sorry I didn't proof read, just tried to get in a comment before they closed them.

    That should be Poor, broke white grandmother of a one year old for Obama.

    May 20, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. Festus, Montana

    Why do the voters of KY, WV, OH, PENN call people with good sense

    May 20, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Mary

    Of course she would run the board. Read the article too many white voters race still matters. They let you know from jump street that a black man chances are almost impossible. Hillary picks the racist towns to say only she can win. I disagree with her, any white woman would win against any black person in her choice of places.

    May 20, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. jean1

    1. i am in KY. 2. have course work finished in phd in ed adm. (probably not THE only person in state with some education) 3. i volunteered to work for the obama campaign. a long time ago. 4. KY has NEVER seen anything like this campaign! which is good... 5. clintons were here LOTS. many people here have never seen a real life person running for national office and like the attention. (stereotype, yes; my impression) 6. obama had offices in nineteen (19) towns. mostly towns not cities! remember this has never happened before. ever! 7. i met the nicest volunteers who came in from other states. new to KY to have volunteers coming in. 8. getting out the vote is new territory. not used to numerous phone calls. having someone care that they vote and figuring out it can make a difference. 9. me disappointed with result? you bet! got a call about 3 pm to take someone to vote (10 mi away). went to get her, she had already gotten a ride to polls. talked to her neighbor and took her and first person's aunt to vote! THAT is what this election in KY was about. 10. & YES, WE CAN!

    May 20, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Mike in NYC

    Casey Obama wrote:

    "As a mother, I want my son to see that he can be more than the media portrays African-American young males to be."

    It's good that you want the best for your son, but the media have been more than kind to blacks.

    Everywhere I look - TV, movies, commercials, print media - I see no shortage of positive portrayals of blacks. Doctors, lawyers, heroes, presidents, they're all there.

    They're shown in a generally better light than white males, that's for sure.

    May 20, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Hillary 2 Victory




    May 20, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Uma

    CONGRATULATIONS Hillary & all your supporters!!! May God be with you always.

    May 20, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Tyler, Wilmington, NC

    Hillary- over 300 electoral college votes in states won thus far
    Obama- 217 electoral college votes in states won thus far

    Hillary- more popular votes
    Obama- did not win swing states

    Bottom Line- Dems shoot ourselves in the foot yet again and McCain gets the nomination in November. Then again, I'm a white blue collar worker from NC so I guess my vote doesn't count for Obama anyway. I must be a racist, right? Or is that what the Obama supporters choose to call me.

    May 20, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Sebastian

    Let's be real here ... she won because the bulk of these voters are farily closed minded and wanted an excuse not to vote for him ...

    Hillary's race baiting and false claim that he can't win the vote of "hard working white people" - which many Kentuckians consider themselves to be - is how she won.

    Exit polls indicate that these voters also latched on to Rev. Wright as their justification for not voting for Obama. Its very interesting white voters in NC and Oregon ... regions with much better economies ... didn't mention Wright at all but these foks did. Wright hasn't been in the news for some time now.

    I thought folks in Appalacian valued hard work and honesty. How hard did the Clintons work to earn $109M and how honest has Hillary been throughout this campaign ...sniper fire was a lie .... negotiating peace in Ireland was a lie...

    She is so flawed ....

    May 20, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Lisa Schaeffer

    If Oregon residents are soooooooooooooo smart, then why haven't they figured out how to install voting machines.. Must be lots of voter fraud there

    May 20, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Sebastian

    Gram says ... There are less than 20% African Americans ... Hillary can win with out them ..

    Uh ..... NO SHE CAN'T ... That's why it's important that she conduct an honorable campaign

    Neither camp can afford to loose the other constiuency.

    May 20, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. Inevitable

    Hilary is campaigning for the VP + to pay of her debt. She knows she can't win, but she wants too divide the party so wide .... that Obama wouldn't have to other choice but to choose her as his running mate ... to unite the party ...

    how conniving of her ...........

    anyways .. UNITED WE STAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Aida

    Sorry, Obama Sweetie. You lost in Kentucky. Elitist, arrogant, sexist, unelectable. Enough said, sweetie.

    May 20, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. frank

    It should be rerun and Hillary will win.
    It is for sure if Obama is the nominee, he will lose the general election, since the more people know him, the less people vote for him. You can see from the recent primaries.

    May 20, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. alice2Fresno,CA

    Hillary is campaigning for VP. she thinks Obama can not get the blue collar vote, therefore he needs her on the ticket, since he will win the Nominee he will have to take her on as VP. I hope he does not do this. Anyone but Hillary. I do not think it would work, she is the insider the old Washington, he represents the New Washington. Please--–NO.

    May 20, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Mike in Ohio

    All of the uneduacated simple white Democrats that you, Howard Dean took for granted, will be voting for John McCain for President.

    So chalk up another loss for Deans Dozen. I would rather die than vote for Obama. All of my Democrat friends say the same. In reality I am glad, because Dean you turned your back on us, shoved Obama down our throats, now we're throwing up.

    Seems like you old school Dems, Dean, Kennedy, Dodd, Kerry really pissed us off this time. You turned your back on the Democrat's most viable candidate, Hillary. Now we are going to return the favor. I am going to turn my back on YOUR CHOICE Howard Dean, and will be voting Republican for the first time in my life.

    At least I know McCain is a patriot, has pride, and shows and has shown his loyalty to his country. Therefore I will vote for McCain with a smile on my face.

    May 20, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Proud of Kentucky

    I am a proud Kentuckian tonight. Kentucky voted for Bill Clinton twice for President and continued the winning tradition tonight.
    It has been a VERY VERY long time since a Democrat became president without winning Kentucky.
    My opinion is that tradition will continue this year.

    The Obama supporters better realize delegates do not vote in November. People do.
    Obama continues too lose the voters who earn less than $60,000 a year. That is sad.
    Clinton continues to win such supporters. And she will in November too.
    Congratulations Kentucky. We love you!

    May 20, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  23. Lim

    When will the DNC ever learned their lessons?
    The American electorate will deal Obama the same
    fate as John Kerry and Al Gore comes this November.

    May 20, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. democrat 4 life

    I think that it is very important that the Democratic party starts reuniting. They need to plan big to beat McCain. Otherwise our country will continue to suffer as we have since in the past eight years. People please step back and take a moment to look at how people are loosing jobs, homes, gas prices going up, the cost of food going up, the cost to send your children to college is going up. These things are very important. What I personally would love to see is US make history by having either the first African American President or the first female President. If Obama is elected I definitley think Hillary should be his runnin partenr as VP. They both have great minds. If you support the Democratic party and you want change in our country lets support Barack & Hillary. Lets take the Democratic part all the way to the White House. Your vote counts.

    May 20, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. 2012

    Oh, so anyone who doesn't vote for Obama is a racist, ignorant, illiterate redneck?
    OK, I'll grant that some of those white people in WV and KY, as well as some in EVERY other state, are racist. Some members of every other race, in every state, are also racist.
    Does it occur to any of you that the majority of those folks are probably just hard working, patriotic, core Americans of the type who built this country and who will always reject Marxism, no matter the color of the package?

    May 20, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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