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. MDW

    Be advised the event in KY reeks of racism in Ameirca that has been tapped quite effectively by the Clinton gang of crooks.....the media needs to "call it like it is a " a BIG play on racism" America revisited in election politics by the Democratics " lead by BILL and Hilliary and TERRY......Old School style" It will fail!

    The people will see the truth of the matter ..they have already. The Jewish community is running needs to stand tuff with Obama and stop playing it both ways with the Clintons. Obama will will support Iseral but the two state solution is a MUST!

    This is not Clienton love this is Clinton hate busilding that is getting based racism and gender politics to garner the votes at the expense of the the unification of the citiens of this great national. She will loose!

    Go Bama!

    May 20, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. Willie McGill, Graduate Student@DePaul University

    I truly believe Mr. John Edwards endorsement of Senator Obama did not make a difference in Kentucky. The voters of Kentucky sent a loud message throughout America that Senator Clinton is a stronger candidate. Furthermore, Senator Clinton is the only candidate who can beat Senator McCain in the general election. Therefore, Senator Obama should concede the nomination and support Senator Clinton for President in 2008.

    May 20, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. rw

    Listen, I am black and educated (college grad) and LOTS of folks like myself voted for Hillary in KY.

    Everytime Obama supporters call people from states white and racist and dumb, you loose a vote for Obama.

    You kids are killing the campaign for your candidate.

    May 20, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Boston guy

    John Edwards only endorsed Obama after it was known that Obama was going to win the Democratic nomination. I guess he needs a job.

    And for anyone saying that the hillbillies in Kentucky won't vote for an African-American just look at what the African-Americans are doing by just voting for Obama because he is black so don't make a race thing.

    The best of two worlds:
    Obama-Clinton or

    May 20, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Francisca

    It seems to me that even though Hillary Clinton is winning the Kentucky primary. The number of peple counted so far is about 500k. Isn't that a low voter turn out and what does that say?

    May 20, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Jagdish , Vancouver,Canada

    no !!

    May 20, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Debbie

    When are some of you ever going to accept the fact that not everyone is in love with Obama? More importantly, to get it through yours heads that because you support Clinton does not mean you are uneducated, poor or racist. I am none of those things and I believe Clinton will make a better president. You are free to disagree but your difference in opinion does not make me any less sincere in my beliefs or lacking intelligence or anything else for that matter. So give it a rest!

    May 20, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. JFK

    Edwards endorsement does not change my mind as a Democrat. I am still voting for Hillary! PERIOD! Obama does not deserve the job and the only way I can vote for Obama is if she is on the ticket. As an educated voter, I can not give the job to someone who is not yet ready to be President. Sadly, that may fall to McCain then if Obama wins the nomination.

    May 20, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. DB

    In response to ABC's post above, there is an important difference between black people voting FOR a black man, and white people voting AGAINST a black man. The issue is racial pride vs. racism. When whites vote and even admit that race was a factor in their vote, they are not voting FOR a white person, they are voting AGAINST a black person.

    You might also consider the sheer number of white voters in this country vs. black voters. This makes racist voting a major problem that we absolutely should be concerned about.

    May 20, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. L. Ramos

    It's a shame that the United States has not progressed enough to let a female have a fair chance. What are these men afraid of? Are they afraid Hilary might actually straighten up some of this mess from the last eight years. If the rumor that Iran is planning to attack the USA in the very near future were true, I would surely want Hillary in the White House making the decisions after all she knows the ins and outs. She's a thinker and a problem solver. They don't come any smarter. Stop counting her out when she's still up and fighting!1

    May 20, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. xddy4u

    Oh yeah, the Question. Sure Edwards endorsement made a difference. Obama will pick up Edwards delegates. This will balance
    off WV and Ky. So what have Hillary gain? Nothing but fodder for the news media.

    May 20, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. MDB, Baltimore

    I don't believe that Edwards would make an effect in KY. Clinton won in the rural areas – doubt if folks kept up with endorsements. Plus we're talking about people who think Obama is a muslim and yet they also believe that Obama follows Wright's preachings.

    These are the same people that would go vote for McCain if Obama is the Dem nominee – McCain...some one who in no way would be sensitive to their needs. This level of ignorance is why poor people stay poor.

    Funny how those liberal "egghead elitist" are the ones who are willing to share their wealth (via taxes) in order to help all of those who so ungratefully disrespect and resent them.

    I'm a frustrated liberal elitist who is tired of paying for people who have nothing but animosity towards our generosity and care. Yet, I can't help myself – GOBAMA!

    May 20, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. sjp

    its black vs. white in the democratic primary, except that nationally over 38% of caucasians have voted for obama. a point forgotten by many voters. take away west virginia and kentucky ( two states that obviously love there black ball players but otherwise want nothing to do with them) and that number increases dramatically. it is almost unlawful that hillary has been allowed to get away with using race in these states ( i get the white hard working vote) to stay a tiny bit viable. she may wind up with a little power but the divide her and her followers have caused has set america back 100 years. and all over two republican states, just shameful.

    May 20, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. Jack James

    Why cant anyone come out and say it? WV and KY both went overwhelmingly for Clinton for one reason and one reason only...Both of those states are filled with bigots who cant see past Obamas color.

    C'mon...its painful enough for them to vote for a woman.

    Doesnt the fact that Obama does much better with people who have an education tell anybody anything? When an EDUCATED person weighs both of the candidates the EDUCATED choice is for OBAMA.


    Obama 08/12

    May 20, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Joel

    Give us a ticket we can really get excited about – Obama/Edwards. I know John says he doesn't want to be VP, but if we let him know we need him, are counting on him, he'll respond and put his own feelings aside.

    Obama/Edwards '08

    May 20, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Patsy

    Dear Jack James... Maybe they voted for Hillary because she is the best candidate ??? It really doesn't matter how educated Obama is, he is still lacking serious experience to lead the strongest country of the entire world. He is still seriously wet behind the ears. I'm educated to the max... and I still want Hillary.

    May 20, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. A. New

    It should be pointed out that despite those whom claim they will vote for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee are more than likely, those who simply cannot afford to do so. Ignorance is alive and well.

    May 20, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. middle-aged white lady

    Why does the media insist on continuing to use "white rural" as a euphemism for racist? Let's call a spade a spade people – how else can you account for the overwhelming disparity in voting patterns between Kentucky and Oregon? After all, aren't we all suffering? Don't we all want a bright future for our children? I'm sure even the results in the more rural and white counties in Oregon will reveal some very ugly things ...

    Vote against Obama if you disagree with him on the issues, but only if you've taken the time to do research into how he has *actually voted* and what he has *actually said*, and not what his preacher, or Sean Hannity, or someone else has said.

    Think about the issues that affect you and your family every day, and what candidate will be better equipped to "reach across the aisle" and create an environment where BOTH sides can work together to restore our country's greatnesss.

    Think about voting for someone who can inspire millions to do things they have never done before - the democratic process - and how that candidate might inspire those millions to turn of the TV and work for the improvements in healthcare, education, energy independence, etc., that we so desperately need.

    I have done my due diligence on all three candidates, and even though I fall squarely in HRC's demographic, I believe Obama is by far the most-qualified and most capable of the three candidates.

    May 20, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  19. noemi in los angeles

    Jack James, you are the man who sets it right!

    Love you all Obama supporters! We make the smart choice for America while the rest of the country shoots themselves on the foot.

    We are the Obama Generation, you are either In or Dead, take your pick. Thanks.

    May 20, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Call it down the middle

    Jack James your the man! That's exactly right. You put it nicely and you hit the nail right on the head.

    May 20, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. FLT South Carolina

    When doing exit poling it is my belief that the pollsters are asking the wrong question. They seem to be asking, "If your candidate loses will you vote for his/her opponent?" When what they should be asking is, "In November, will you be voting republican or democrat?"

    I believe that the pollsters would come out with very different results.

    May 20, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  22. NOBAMA

    I am not voting for Obama even if Hillary is on the ticket.

    It would still help Obama to secure the Presidency (on Hillary's coattails) and Michelle Obama
    would be First Lady.

    Not voting for Obama–ever!

    May 20, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. kathy


    I appreciated your comment. I am so tired of Obama supporters calling us racist and stupid. We are voting for the candidate with experience needed to get us out of this mess. If Obamas supporters would remember early in these campaigns we liked both candidates but now we have a trust issue with obama. We are not racist or stupid please quit insulting us you are making it worse.

    May 20, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. SZ

    Apparently not.

    May 20, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. v jackson

    Kentucky voters say Edwards' endorsement is not important. What about the 95 percent black votes that Hillary can't get, Now that's overwhelmingly!

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