May 20th, 2008
07:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: Kentucky voters made up their minds long ago

(CNN) - Relatively few voters in Kentucky waited until the last minute to decide which Democratic presidential candidate to support. Early exit polls in Kentucky show 14 percent of today's voters decided in the last week - 85 percent had already made up their minds.

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  1. Barbara-California

    It ain't over until the "fat lady sings".....and that will be after Oregon has reported....poor Hillary, she is looking really tired, stressed and over whelmed....just like she would be if she were elected President....she does not have the brains nor the stamina for the job....bow out now Hill, and give us all a breaK!

    May 20, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Sheila Wa

    I made up my mind who I was supporting when my Candidate Sen Edwards dropped out of the race.. OBAMA 08.. Come NOV..Vote Democrat. Democrats support the troops..Call Sen McCain's office and ask him to support Senator Webb's GI BILL.. It's a replica of the GI bill our grandfathers were able to get when they got back from WW2... McCain says it's too expensive and the Pres has already said he will veto it without even reading it.

    May 20, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. Veteran Soldier

    To the commenter who questions whether or not persons residing in Kentucky have minds, You have a lot of nerve lady! I have lived north and south of the Mason-Dixon line and there are plenty of intelligent people on both sides. God forbid that the whole country get to cast there vote for a candidate. How many times I have heard "I will vote when they give me a candidate worth voting for." Apparently a lot of people think she is worth voting for. I am so grateful to see a candidate who is willing to stick it out to the end. I respect the woman. She has made mistakes, I will admit, but as anyone awake for the last 8 yrs can see, making a mistake doesn't mean you can't be president. I think Obama is a respectable man, but he has yet to tell us how he plans to pull off his great reformation. This makes me very leery. And everyone (candidates and voters) really need to knock off all the mud slinging. This isn't American Idol people, it is the future of our country! A country which I have bled for. We need to grow up and live up to the promises of our founding fathers.

    May 20, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. ANTHONY02

    Big deal ! Obamba is still going to beat her. She is just waisting her time and money!!

    May 20, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. Chris Mannoia

    Here we go again; a small state, a big victory; who cares? The race has been over for some time; we all knew that she was going to do well there. Oregon (another "white" state) will go heavily for our next President.

    Obama 08'

    May 20, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. The O

    Come on now be for real. The 65% who voted for clinton in KY made up it's mind the day Obama decided to run, that they would never vote for him. This is no surprise, the only ones making an issue of these votes are the media. becuase this circus has been making rating history for them. so it really means nothing clinton won't win PERIOD.
    But now the key vote is in the genaral either to vote for CHANGE, or vote for the SAME. it's your choice make the right call. remember how that bush vote went, for everyone mccain is the same as bush!!!!!!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Kcare69

    Kentucky see whats at our door. Compare our Country to a Natural disaster and then choose which one would be better.
    #1.we have Bush who is like a natural disaster that made landfall.
    #2.we have Mccain who wants to continue destruction.
    #3.we have Obama claiming change,who wants to rebuild ontop of unstable foundations.
    #4.Clinton who wants to clean house and rebuild a stronger foundation.
    I dont know about you but I would rather go with #4.
    But if I had to choose between Obama and Clinton I would choose Clinton.
    As for Obama ,it would be like putting him in the middle of a mess that a storm has left behind and him rebuilding on top of it. Do you honestly think we would be better off.

    May 20, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Sebastian

    This is what we call close minded ... no?

    May 20, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. SBA

    Why do these polls always ask the wrong questions? Give us some useful information:
    1) Ask Obama supporters if they will refuse to vote for Obama in the presidential campaign if Hillary is VP.

    2) Ask Hillary supporters who refuse to vote for Obama in the presidential campaign if they will change their mind if Hillary is VP.

    3) Ask independents and Republicans if they are more likely or less likely to vote for Obama if Hillary is VP.

    Then the information means something.

    As long as we're on the issue of the wrong questions, how come no one is asking about the federal debt, which is now $30,000 per American man woman and child? How come no one is outraged that every American man woman and child pays about $100 per month on the interest on the debt? Doesn't that make your $200 "economic stimulus" check (paid for by more debt) seem careless and irresponsible? What's going to happen to the nearly bankrupted social security system when the number of retirees collecting social security doubles in the next 8 years or so? How come none of the candidates have a concrete plan for fixing these problems?

    May 20, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Kcare69

    This is called reality, close minded people is someone who cant deal with reality. It has nothing to do with race or gender.

    May 20, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. 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 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Kcare69

    We are the people and all votes should count equally.

    May 20, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Kcare69

    I think Obama would make a great VP but needs more learning before being President.

    May 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Mike in the Atl

    Wow thats pretty deep...Minds made up a long time ago.

    May 20, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Shelton

    It's like the guy said in another post. If you are running in a 1500 meter race and you are making this really great spurt at the end, but you are still looking at someone's butt in front of you, then you lose.

    May 20, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Kcare69

    Obama has great visions that is not a reality at this point and time.

    May 20, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. dee

    the head lines says it all

    May 20, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Kcare69

    Reality chek, popular vote only should count regardless if MI & FL held their's early it should count,no sup. del. and so on. Let all speak .This is the way it should be.

    May 20, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Kori

    Obama cannot win without Hillary. On a ticket together, they could win all the swing states, the blue states and a good number of the red states, including West Virginia and surrounding states.

    Obama/Clinton '08

    May 20, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Vig

    people in Kentucy know a throughbred when they see one and that's Clinton.

    May 20, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. Bubba

    Clinton is a broken down nag ready for the glue factory.

    May 20, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |

    CNN You did not have to post my previous comment because it clearly told the truth that CNN fails to report. You all play with the numbers and skirt around the real issues with those numbers and polls.

    May 20, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. bill s

    Hillary won Kentucky and West Virginia but
    they will probably vote for McCain if the
    choice is between McCain and her.


    May 20, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I lived in Kentucky over 20 years. I made my mind for Hillary when she announced "I am in, I am in to win". Actually I was dreaming about Hillary for President since late 1990's. I read her books, 'Living History' several times, I believed she is our future leader. I hope DNC make wise decision at meeting in 31 May, support Hillary for Nominee. she is the only one could beat McCain. If DNC play stupid rule, they will lose the White House. Obama played race card, it is not enough to beat Republican in General Election. Obama has next chance, he needs to learn and practice for several years, so far too many mistakes, especially Michelle needs to educate herself well, wild cat couldn't handle White House, she should learn manners first if she wants to be First Lady, Michelle is nightmare.

    May 20, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. demographic does make a difference

    I beleive it the min that a black candidate was in running. These people rebel against any thing different no doubt they are still living in the past

    May 20, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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