May 20th, 2008
08:34 PM ET
10 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. M.E.M Kansas city


    May 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Andrea, California

    Wow "Independand Chris" you sound like an Obama supporter all the way down to your hateful remarks and writing people and WHOLE STATES off.

    And no, no one cares about whats his face Edwards, in his endorsement speech of Obama, he said more nice and uplifting and strong powerful things about Hillary than Obama, maybe if it was a more convincing endorsement rather than just wanting to end this it would have mattered.

    May 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Western Voter

    When Hillary says she IS the winner of most is clear the Clintons have a continuing problem...Hillary cannot define the meaning of "is" any better than could Bill. IS as in "it IS over."

    This is absolutley pitiful. Hillary's spin gives new emphasis for the distance between them and the truth. Please go away.

    May 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. Mario

    Get over the race issue because if thats the case then all blacks voted for Barack. The truth is that the media makes Obama look so good because if they attacked him they would be called racist.

    May 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Jenny, Oregon

    Yes, It will help in November.

    May 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. What are we doing?

    Hillary supporters....
    Just like the Obama supporters..we've taken this race to our hearts....
    And would both be heart broken if our champion was not elected..but regardless of who wins, you can't vote for McCain to make yourself feel better....remember if Hillary runs next'll need our votes.......Besides that McCain couldn't handle the crap both of our leaders have gone through.....Open your hearts....the world is looking at us.

    May 20, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. ABC

    Don't complain about white voters going for Clinton. Obama supporters don't mind 98% of blacks voting for him in some states.

    May 20, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. carrie

    stop asking these questions,i repeat
    are u promised a whitehouse press sec job to discredit obama?
    wait,oh i know
    u are from west virginia,no wonder

    May 20, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. Casey

    I expect Al Gore to endorse Obama tomorrow in the same way that Edwards came out for him the day after W. Virginia

    The super-delegates can do the math, folks. You can't keep changing the metrics to try to figure out some way you win just because you don't want to lose.

    Hillary, the more you struggle against losing, the more pathetic you seem.

    May 20, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. litzi

    I'll change my party affiliation and vote for McCain before I'll cast a vote for Hillary . She believes she's "entitled" to become President, along with her womanizing husband. I'll be so glad when they disappear from the political scene and let the real candidates began the battle.

    May 20, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Obama the measure of the People

    Interesting how the day Hillary is claiming sexism, evidence of latent racism raises its ugly head in Kentucky. She IS Karl Rove's candidate, because she plays the press and false sympathies better than the fabled boy who called Wolf (Blitzer?). Think back to her Ohio and post strategy with "3 am call", ready on first day, who has "experience," et cetera. What she's saying is thinly vailed appeals to racism – that he is not adequate and is lacking. She has diminished herself and apppealed to the worse in us by her actions.

    May 20, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Sharon from Dallas

    Well lets put it like this in hicksville USA, and a backward racist state like Kentucky Edwards endorsement does not matter. The majority of these people are not very educated. Now evryone in Kentucky is not uneducated but th majority have no cluse on the issues at hand. They have evidently not done their research. They are voting on the basis of skin color which is a very ignorant way to cast a vote. African Americans have always voted for white candidates in the past and cast their vote on the issues that affect them not on race alone.

    But as the comedian Chris Rock has said, " George W, Bush has made it hard for a white man to win the presidency" MCCain is not going to win the general election. The racist people who refuse to vote for Obama better do their homework. McCain and Company is going to put you uneducated people all out of a job and gas will be $6.00 a gallon ,the draft will also start again. because the war will rage on....You better wake up people in Kentucky and WV educate yourselves on the stakes of this election, and stop being such a racist.!

    May 20, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. Ron

    Rural voters may not know how Sen. Edwards is I.E. DY enough said

    Fear of change maybe they need to buy a newspaper and wake up to the world around them.

    Go Obama / Edwards 08

    May 20, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Tex

    Just shows how out of touch the Kentucky voters are with the rest of the nation!

    May 20, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Pat in WA

    Stop calling the people of Kentucky backwoods hillbillies! They are people just like everywhere else. They have towns and cities there that also went for Hillary if that's what you're trying to say. You show not only ignorance but unsportsmanlike conduct when you try to demean a whole state just because they refuse to choose your candidate. Please try to be mature.

    May 20, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Josh

    To Charlie...

    And many African-American communities throughout the South and other areas in the US have gone over 90% for Obama. If that doesn't say anything, I don't know what does.

    I think that race has become a major issue in this campaign...its not about why whites can't vote for Obama (because they have), its about why blacks can't vote for Hillary (especially when Obama's campaign is winning 8-9 out of every 10 AA's)!

    May 20, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Raghu

    M.E.M Kansas City, im sorry, but thi is the truth:

    It wouldn't matter matter if a nuclear bomb exploded in Mexico, or if he was stabbed in the shoulder: As long as he is alive, he will win.

    May 20, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. Robert in Albuquerque

    i think it would have played out better in the minds of people if he came out and backed Hillary but oh well. He has the right to pick who he wants. I'm interested to know who his wife is picking 🙂

    May 20, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. DB

    Right now, Clinton supporters are too sore about Hillary's imminent defeat to vote for Obama in these primaries, no matter who backs Obama. However, Edwards will make a tremendous difference when he is on the ticket with Obama in the general election. He will make a difference not only for Clinton supporters, but also, and more importantly, for the reduction of poverty in this country.

    May 20, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Dusacre




    May 20, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Don

    When will the Hill show some leadership and get out of the race that she will not win?
    When will the Hill show some leadership and bring the Democratic Party together for the election?
    Why is the Hill wanting to stay in a battle that is already lost? What motive is there? She is only hurting herself for future roles and she is hurting the Democratic Party by not allowing them to come together for the election.
    Is she blind?
    Is she so into herself that she cannot think straight?
    Does she have a problem in understanding what is going on in this campaign?
    She started out the front runner and is now running herself into a hole that she may never get out of.

    May 20, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Eric

    If the exit polls are right in KY then Obama is in trouble come Nov, he only recieved 15% of the vote in the far eastern KY counties and uncommitted votes are extremely high all over the state, and a small note a president has not won the white house without winning Ky in the last 50 years!

    May 20, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. deidre


    May 20, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. 3rd Party

    It's not racism when over 90% of blacks vote for Obama, but when over 80% of whites vote for Clinton, those voters are racists? What about the fact that most of the men are voting for Clinton in KY? So, they are more racist than sexist?

    The level of hypocrisy from Obama & his minions are just audacious.

    May 20, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Kelly, Austin, Tx

    John Edwards endorsement continues to be just another in a long line of other prominent endorsements that have been designed to force or influence the rest of the voters to rally around Obama. The DNC has STILL not realized that the Party is made up of VOTERS! There would be no Party if the voters of this country didn’t choose to align themselves with it. I was very disappointed in Edwards for making his decision to do this before all of the states have voted especially, after he said only 2 days earlier that he would not do so. I am sure that after another HUGE loss to Clinton, there will be another flock of endorsements for Obama to help prop him up because for some reason the DNC just cant stand to think they just might be wrong. The VOTERS need to be deciding the outcome of this nomination process, not the superdelegates! I believe that is even what Donna Brazille said. I wonder if she is still going to leave the party after seeing so many superdelegates trying to make this decision for us and overturn the will of the voters?

    May 20, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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