June 3rd, 2008
09:53 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: On the final night, an exit poll first

(CNN) – South Dakota may have gone solidly for Hillary Clinton – but there’s a clue buried in the exit polls that suggests the healing process in the Democratic Party may already be underway.

A significant majority of voters – roughly seven in 10 – said both Democratic candidates were honest and trustworthy. It’s the final night of the primary season – but the first time that has happened since voting began in Iowa five months ago.

It may also be one sign that primary voters who did not support Barack Obama the first time around may be willing to believe the best about the Illinois senator heading into November.

soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. ML

    maybe Hillary should turn independent, and majority will vote for her.
    I would.

    June 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Cody in NC

    Hilliary lost... get a clue. When your candidate has lost, get over yourself and move on. and go ahead and vote for McSame. you will only be nailing your own coffin....

    June 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. leadership for america

    Can't do it. Obama cannot be the president that Hillary could be. I just cannot vote for him. I am a brokenhearted life-long democrat who will probably sit this election out.

    June 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Ben

    If Hillary wants to be the VP it would be nice if she would concede first...anyway congrats to Obama and team you are indeed a giant slayer!!

    YES WE CANNNNN!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Jim Bennett

    Senator Clinton is also about money to help heal the financial hemoraging in her campaign accounts....By asking her supporters to email her tonight.....she also asked for more money!

    I'm surprised NONE of the "best political team on television" have made this comment yet! 7:09pm PST, June 3

    June 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Debra

    But Clinton and her supporters on not done yet . She did not concede tonight and remains a devisive figure. She better not be the VP.

    June 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. John in Iowa

    Not for this Hillary supporter-it's McCain all the way!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. Geraldine

    He won't pick Hillary for vp because she will keep an eye on him and his muslim friends. michelle obama is no first lady. Just a typical white person here that will not vote for this liar.

    June 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Marge Hibbing Mn

    The one and only thing that would make me be a democrat again is for obama to be kicked out of the party. And no matter how they try to give him the presidency by making Hillary VP it won't work..he will not under any circumstances be president of this country. McCain will.

    June 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. nina

    to: "...........D.J. June 3rd, 2008 10:00 pm ET
    A landmark in American politics….the end to centuries of bigotry and racism is around the corner God bless America!!!!............."
    really? It got worse thanks to him.

    June 3, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. Jane L.

    In the beginning, we were delighted with both Obama and Clinton as possible nominees of the Democratic party. We weren't paying nearly so much attention to gender or race as the media seemed to think we were; we would have been deliriously happy to have either of them in the White House. We preferred Clinton because we felt she was by far the most qualified, but we liked Obama also. Now, months later, Sen. Obama has finally been given the nomination.

    The operative word is "given."

    After many months now of being demoralized by the unfairness, hate-filled comments and obscene sexiism that has permeated this campaign, both from the Obama crowd and the media and many party "leaders," we've lost our heart for his candidacy. Some of us will never vote him, and I don't think there's anything either he or Sen. Clinton can do to change that.

    June 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Jered

    YES! The Obama train keeps going!
    To all Clinton supporters, we don't need you and buy your own ticket!

    June 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. ellen

    Obama doesn't deserve my vote. Democrat or not I will vote for McCain.

    June 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. TexasBlackTea

    OK PEOPLE LET ME REMIND YOU THAT BEING THE SPOUSE OF A FORMER PRESIDENT DOES NOT GIVE YOU EXPERIENCE.............I DONT KNOW WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO IGNORE THAT.........BUSH HAD EXPERIENCE AND LOOK WHERE WE ENDED UP!

    June 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Steve From Oregon

    Congratulations to Sen. Obama. Now let's see if the Clintons can be fair about this and concede.

    Vote Obama in November!

    June 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. Mike from Westchester

    As with Peter in another string, I would like to point out that the right wing kooks are trying to paint Obama as an extreme liberal, which is just plain BS. They are now even saying, McCain included, that Hillary is not that liberal and Obama is an extremist. Let me recast their logic:

    1. Hillary is a moderate.
    2. Obama's voting record is almost identical to Hillary's
    3. Obama's platform positions are almost identical to Hillary's, and in most of the aspects that differ, more conservative
    4. Therefore, Obama is a moderate

    Thank you John McCain & Co for confirming what I already knew – Obama is a moderate progressive.

    June 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Scott

    If if if...

    If my aunt had different equipment, she would be my uncle.

    Hillary lost... that is how elections work. She now has two choices. Support Barack Obama and ensure a democrat is in the White House in November... or be a traitor to her party and ensure he loses in November by splitting the democratic party.

    If you are dumb enough to vote for someone who completely opposes Hillary Clinton's point of view on ever key issue she stands for, the go vote for McCain. If you do, you deserve the result you get which will be four more years of war, poverty, recession, sky rocking gas prices, lack of health care, rich people getting richer and the rest of us getting poorer.

    June 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. MI Women 4 Obama!

    Hillary DID NOT win the popular vote! Only if you skew the numbers as she has so clearly done!

    It's over Hillary, take Bill and go home.....take Chelsea with you! The Clinton's are history – thank God for that!

    Obama & anyone but a Clinton for VP! NO MORE CLINTON's.

    Welcome Mr. President, Barack Obama!

    OBAMA 08/12 !!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. ERLING

    OBAMA STATED FROM THE START THAT HE WAS FOR CHANGE. I AM AFRAID THAT HILLARY;S POLITICAL MACHINE WILL FORCE THE DEMOCRATS TO TAKE HER ON AS VICE PRESIDENT.

    WHERE IS THE CHANGE OBAMA SPOKE OF?

    June 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. K

    Cnn is so bias that it is sickening. CNN is an extension of the Obamanation. Let's get on with November so we can show how clueless the media really is. HAHAHAHA

    June 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  21. Tracey in Las Vegas

    Hillary,

    I watched your speech tonight hoping for some sign that you were ready to unify the party and start working together for the good of the party and our country. I'm sad to see that you still don't want what is in the best interest of us all and are still in it for you and only you. I hope with everything I have that you will find away to work with us for the good of the country and that you will be able to put your loss behind you and encourage your supporters to work with those of us who supported Obama so that we can take back Washington D.C. and heal our country.

    June 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. KG

    If obama becomes president it will eventually go down in history as the worst day of history. The day of our demise.Remember you read that here.

    June 3, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. TJ

    WE WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN OR STAY AT HOME> YOU CAN"T WIN THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT US OBAMA

    June 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. memefor obama

    Congratulations Obama. Pls no VP spot for hillary-ever. maybe some other position in your cabinet but not your VP. She never conceeded and will probably backstab you in the near future. Pls dont let her and her supporters cause you to make this mistake

    June 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. Anna

    Now all Clinton supporters please unite behind our nominee and boot republicans from the WH. We need to unite at this moment for our own better future.

    Go Obama/Hillary Go

    June 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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