May 20th, 2008
08:34 PM ET
7 years ago

Exit Polls: Did the Edwards endorsement make a difference?

 Were voters swayed by Edwards' decision to back Obama?
Were voters swayed by Edwards' decision to back Obama?

(CNN) – Is John Edwards' recent endorsement of Barack Obama important? Forty-five percent of the voters in today's Kentucky's Democratic primary think so. But exit polls show they split their vote: 48 percent voted for Obama, and 47 percent for Clinton.

Fifty-two percent of today's voters in Kentucky say Edwards' endorsement of Obama was not important. They went overwhelmingly for Clinton: 81 to 14 percent.

soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Michigan Voter !!!

    Obama Supporters , You don't GET IT !!!! . Obama Can Have ALL THE ENDORSEMENTS , PLEDGED DELEGATES , AND SUPER DELEGATES , 1 MILLION DELEGATES , IT DOESN'T MATTER !!!!!!!
    OBAMA WILL NEVER GET OR VOTES !!!!!!

    WE WILL ONLY VOTE FOR , HILLARY OR JOHN McCAIN !!!!

    NO OBAMA !!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Jo Peeps

    Why is there no headline that says: Clinton shames obama – picks up 20,000-250,000 votes?????????????????

    This is ridiculous. Clinton hands the second major wooping to obama and the spin is that he is going to win the majority of the delegates? based on caucuses and all these complex democratic rules that don't make any sense. We are going to lose this election to the GOP based on these idiotic rules. The person that should be the democratic nominee should be the one that has the best chance of getting 270 in the general. In the general, it's not proportional and caucuses voting. It's winner takes all.

    Forget about Clinton's argument that she would be the nominee if we were going by the GOP process. Let's take the states she won and the map into the general election. In that scenario, which should be the only thing that matters because 2 years of this race would be for nothing if we lose the general, It is obvious that she is the best candidate against Mccain. Clinton is likely to get 300 v. Obama 217. The best thing to do is to nominate clinton and STEW obama in the VP role and have him run in 8 years. I don't want a 'change' to RAW meat.

    You wouldn't want an intern to operate on you over an experienced surgeon. Why would we want an intern as a president?

    May 20, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. Call it down the middle

    In most states we are not stuck in the 60's. The 1860's that is. Fact of the matter is Hillary ran a hard fought race, she did what she could to win. I respect her efforts although she was a bit rough on her fellow democrat, but that's politics. If Obama wasn't her opponent I would have voted for her, AND if by some miracle she win's or steals this, I'll vote for her. MCAIN can't be elected. I'm a 27 year old with friends in the military, who have been deeply effected by this war. They can't afford to be called to active duty every couple months. Our fine service people are paying a horrible price, and Hillary supporters are talkin politics, and I'll vote for Mcain if Hill loses. I bet they don't have family in the service. COME ON DEM'S LET'S USE OUR HEADS AND JOIN HANDS INSTEAD OF FIGHTING LIKE THIS.
    I'll quote Rodney King, "Why can't we all just get along this evening"

    May 20, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. david

    mr. edwards' opinions mean much more to himself than they do to the rest of us.

    May 20, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. colene

    we all know about the racial tensions that have been a part of our country and our history and i accept that but we have to all come together and think about what is good for not just us but the country as a whole., i do not want to continue to have war after war and all of the good men and women of our country giving up their lives for my freedom. i will give up anything i have to if we can just stop this war and bring our troops home. i am a senior citizen and i think every american should have the opportunity to live a long and content life. Vote for freedom now! thank you

    May 20, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. Jane

    Yes, "sweetie," it made a difference; it lowered my opinion of John Edwards.

    May 20, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. Belle

    Look at the ROVE Maps....

    With Clinton v McCain...Clinton leads 259 to 206 against McCain. ONLY 6 battle ground states, of which she leads in two for the nomination. She only needs MO to win the Presidency.

    With Obama v McCain...Obama is BEHIND McCain in electoral votes 221 O v 238 M. Even if O picks up CO and IA, the two states HE leads in, not enough votes to win....He HAS to win MI and OH as well...has to...

    As far as Edwards???McCAIN leads in those rural states over Obama by wide margins...I don't think his campaigning would matter as much as Clinton's campaigning for Obama.

    But Clinton is MORE ELECTABLE!

    May 20, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Lola

    No, it did not!

    May 20, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Allison Marie

    Apparently not.............

    Hillary SLAMS Obama, I'm sorry all your support Obama, and you are still a loser.

    Go Hillary Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Hillary Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. Proud American

    To MDB in Baltimore,
    It is sad but true. But I cling to hope and love not guns and religion.

    May 20, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  11. thank you david

    The lack of loyalty is the most revealing thing about this race. That alone is reason to NOT back Obama if he chooses either Edwards or Richardson. Just how far do you think they can be trusted? They bring virtually no value other than that his persuaders were able to wrest them from Hillary, making him look stronger than her. These 2 guys have very little political capital. He needs someone who wins overwhelmingly with bluecollar voters to offset his weakness. Otherwise he will never beat Mac in the fall.

    May 20, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Tex

    Hell yes! Count the number of superdelegates who endorsed Obama as a result of Edward's endorsement. Obama just blew right past the fat lady in pant suits.

    May 20, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. spencer

    Not a bit.............

    May 20, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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