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. Chanel

    Not so far. It may in the fall when he has a chance to campaign for Obama.

    May 20, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. DY

    Who is John Edwards?.....

    Enough said?

    May 20, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Charlie

    Anybody think race is not playing a role, when some of those eastern Kentucky Appalachia counties are going 90% for Clinton? It's not because they love Clinton; a significant portion of them can't stand the thought of an African-American in the White House.

    May 20, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. independant chris

    Jesus on the cross could have endorsed Obama (and probably would) and it would've made no difference to those backwoods hillbillies. It's a meaningless red state. An Edwards VP choice, however, would be helpful.

    May 20, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Nobama, Not now Not ever

    Edwards Who?

    May 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. kingsley

    ok Clinton News Network keep spinning. John Edwards endorsment is for the general elections not now.

    and keep in mind Obama supporters are not as dumb as hillary supporters. we are not the so called white working non educated voters

    May 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. REPUB OF LA.

    NO-NO -NO! AND NO OBAMA PERIOD!!

    May 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Raghu

    I doubt it. Edwards may be helping him survive, and not be killed in Kentucky, but it will help him more in the G.E. where there is no distracting Clinton(only Nader) to bother them.

    May 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Rene D, Bel Air, MD

    I had, for a short while, the same feeling that seems to have gripped a number of "name" Democrats: Time to hand it over to the next generation; it's too hard to keep fighting the good fight, their numbers are too big, I don't have the energy, I want to be treated with some respect when they eventually, sooner or later, come to power.

    Then I started cardio rehab, watched my diet, in short, started living the kind of life right for my time and age and circumstances. I again support Hillary, how more strongly than ever. It is a fight, not for me, but _for_ the coming generations. We cannot afford to be without adult supervision, cannot allow brash overconfidence to trump knowledge of both how things should work and how they do currently work.

    Vote Hillary. Thank you, Kentucky, for your wisdom beyond age.

    May 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Rave

    Obama is a good man and so is Edwards.
    Bottom line Hillary is Lier, Faker, Cheater, Unethical, Desperate.
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. Mike-el

    Do they ( people in Kentucky ) know who John Edwards actually is?

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. KMAN

    Closed minds are just that ... Kentucky is meaningless!

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    OBVIOUSLY CNN WILL NOT POST THIS. SWING STATES ARE PRDOMINANTLY WHITE STATES . YET IT GOES TO SHOW THAT OBAMA IS PROJECTED TO WIN OREGON BY A LONG SHOT WHICH IS 85% WHITE. THIS GOES TO SHOW THAT HE CAN WIN THE WHITE VOTE. JUST NOT THE WHHITE VOTE OF THE INBREAD JEDS. THOSE WHOM DINE AT KOUSINS KOUNTRY KITCHEN. ITS NOT ABOUT WHITE AMERICA, NOT ABOUT BLACK AMERICA, NOT ABOUT REPUBLICAN AMERICA, NOT ABOUT DEMOCRATIC AMERICA, BUT ABOUT ALL AMERICA.

    C-COMPROMISE
    H-HEALTHCARE
    A-AMERICA
    N-NO BUSH POLITRICKS
    G-GOD
    E-ENVIRONMENT

    "UNITED WE STAND, OBAMA IN DEMAND"

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    remember he DID NOT deliver his own state four years ago

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. John

    Honestly,not at all ! Are Americans surprised? I don't think so.These are prudent well informed a people! No body is going to pull a fast one over their faces!

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Think of how badly Obama would have done in Kentucky if Edwards endorsed Clinton instead...

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Debby

    Edwards was suppose to endorse the candidate that brought in those blue collar workers and he did a turncoat like Richardson and so in one word NOOOOOOO he didn't help Obama at all. He is a 3 time loser.

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Bill P, Los Angeles

    It may have made some difference, but the key difference has got to be race. A great many people in Kentucky and Tennesee would rather vote for a woman than a black man. That's just the way it is in some places of the US of A. They won't say that of course. They'll talk about Michelle Obama being unpatriotic or Obama's ex-minister's sound bites. But when push comes to shove that's what is going on.

    But not to despair. Senator Robert Byrd, an ex -member of the KKK, who started his career in the depths of segregated South, has just endorsed, eloquently, wholeheartedly, Barak Obama. Some people do change and do so very dramatically.

    May 20, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Basanti

    sure, another example that good old male comeradrie is alive and kicking, while women cant support a woman candidate, despit her better qualifications and experience. it's a shame! GO HILLARY!!!

    May 20, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. LaShanda

    I saw a few Kentucky voters on television ADMIT that they could not vote for a black person. One woman even had the nerve to say that the Bible says that a woman's place is in the home! RACIST and SEXIST! I think even if Hillary was the nominee, she'd have a hard time winning over some of these people. It's sad. There is nothing Barack can do to win these people over. People have to want to change. He should have campaigned more in the state, but he still would have lost. He can't change his color.

    May 20, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. The Inevitable Outcome

    No, Edwards did not make any difference whatsoever. It is all futile. Hitlery will still win it all. The supers will inevitably flood to her.

    May 20, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. rw

    No, it may have hurt him.
    Women are offended, and men should be too.
    Edwards could have come out early and helped Obama seal the deal, instead he came out late just to hurt Hillary.

    May 20, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. JC

    Edwards is a loser. Remember..he lost many times!

    The move is on:
    Clinton supporters will not vote Obama!

    May 20, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. Rene D, Bel Air, MD

    I consider Dr. John Edwards to be an opportunist, one who was too demonstrably too in experienced to help John Kerry, and one who has not grown since then. I have much more affinity for Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards-she is more clear-spoken, more determined, less full of primp and circumlocution.

    I had, for a short while, the same feeling that seems to have gripped a number of "name" Democrats: Time to hand it over to the next generation; it's too hard to keep fighting the good fight, their numbers are too big, I don't have the energy, I want to be treated with some respect when they eventually, sooner or later, come to power.

    Then I started cardio rehab, watched my diet, in short, started living the kind of life right for my time and age and circumstances. I again support Hillary, how more strongly than ever. It is a fight, not for me, but _for_ the coming generations. We cannot afford to be without adult supervision, cannot allow brash overconfidence to trump knowledge of both how things should work and how they do currently work.

    Vote Hillary. Thank you, Kentucky, for your wisdom beyond age.

    May 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. noemi in los angeles

    As Clinton said in the 90s: "I'm not going to be at home baking cookies"...........and yet you have these mindless women baking cookies supporting her.

    Open your eyes, she's not what she makes herself appear to be.

    May 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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