(CNN) - Hillary Clinton has made her vast experience a central theme of her campaign – and among those voters who said that was the top quality they were looking for in a presidential candidate, she was the undisputed choice in tonight’s exit polls: they chose her over Barack Obama by 93 to 7 percent in South Dakota, and 94 to 4 percent in Montana.
Barack Obama, meanwhile, has built his run around the need for change – and won large majorities of voters who said that was the most important quality in a potential commander-in-chief, beating Clinton by 67 to 33 percent among those voters in South Dakota, and 79 to 17 percent in Montana.
But even though they split tonight’s contests, it’s clear the advantage in this area was Obama’s: one in five voters in both states said experience was of paramount importance, but half of South Dakota’s voters, and 55 percent of Montana’s, said the ability to bring about change was essential in a candidate.
In Montana, voters who said having a president who cares about people was their priority split their votes almost evenly between the two candidates: Clinton had a 47 to 43 percent edge. But in South Dakota, which Clinton won, a significant majority of those voters – 60 percent – gave her the edge.
Former President Bill Clinton spent a lot of time in the state in the days leading up to Tuesday’s vote telling voters that his wife “cares about people like you.” It looks like that message sunk in.
She is also more experienced, more qualified, and more ELECTABLE!
you mean more caring for her own greed !!
put this for moderation too !!
Please Hillary, do not be Obamas VP. He will throw anyone under the bus. You are too good to be second banana to this jerk. People do not want to see past the, yes we can, and fired up and ready to go. I went to highschool and attended many rallies and that is all Obama has going for him. The speakers inspired us and that is all they did. I understand the young people being inspired, a good speech can do that. But, remember they are just words. He resigns from his church because it is the political thing to do. Does that change his thinking? NO His mentors were Rev. Wright and Father Pfleger? Do you just suddenly stop believing what you have heard for 20 years? NO! He is a Judas who will turn on anyone to win. When he resigned from that racist church it was because of the damage their thinking was doing to his campaign. They and he still think that way, do not be fooled.
For the first time in my adult life I am truely ashamed of my country. How this nobody who is the biggest flake in history can be the nominee is unbelievable. God help us all. Maybe if we all write Hillary on our ballots in November we can stop this maddness
For all those "So Called Dmeocrats" that continue to say they are voting for McCain in November, who cares!!!!!! NOBODY!!!!
Half of the Republican party is going to vote for Obama anyway. So the hell with all of you!!!!!
ANd Hillary will not be dictating to anybody that she should be the Vice President. SHe and her husband have already pushed that out of the door! Thank God!
Hillary cares about Hillary, and maybe her daughter. She cares about that outstanding debt. She does not care about the dnc or the general election. She could not graciously bow out and congratulate Obama before having her hand out for the VP. He is such a gentleman and so gracious to her. She can go home to the NY senate or be Governor, we don't need her concession or what she plans to do in the future.
Caring for whom? For her voters or for her potential votes? Is this from your uneducated innocent and easily cheated interviewees, Bill?
Go ahead Helen, NY, send more of our kids to die in Irak. Wht don't you go there and fight? Uh?
Can care and Hillary go in the same sentence?
NObama, NoClinton. Can't the dems put someone out that isn't slimy?
Of course, they can't even run a nomination either.
I supported Hillary Clinton now I will support Barack Obama. If Hillary is genuine to her word she will now support Barack to unite our Democratric Party.
I agree! Hillary needs to continue fighting for the Presidency. Take it all the way to the convention. Sure, Obama is better than McBush (McCain) but Hillary is the best choice of all.
Also – Your pundits really need to keep their emotions under control. Hillary has a lot of supporters and he only won by a small margin. They should remember that before jumping all over her.
CARES MORE ABOUT HERSELF! YEAH!
Yeah, she showed that tonight. About her self not the people of the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
hillary as as caring as a rattlesnake
Oh please, give it a rest. NO MORE CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
for Gods sake America,...... At least allow Obama one news cycle of respect
I just wish that all the uneducated Hillary supporters get smart and think about the how voting for MCcain will make the world miserable for another three years . Stop thinking about race. THINK!!!!!!!!
The only way Obama will get my vote is if Hillary is his VP. Otherwise, I don't believe there is any hope. I think she can bring in what is need for him to secure the presidency. He talks a good game, but it comes out sounding like a bunch of BS to get the vote. I really doubt he will be able to do ALL he promises with his "change" and I don't think he deserves the presidency. This country is in too much of a mess after Bush, for Obama to come in and TRY to be the miraculous cure we all need to get out country back on track.
For those going to vote McCain...when you have to vote, vote, don't threaten....
Its your right
I admire Senator Clinton a great deal but this is not her time. We cannot win on a platform of change with the Clintons along. There are other, better choices from among the nations governors.
Additionally, we do not need Bill Clinton and his off-the-cuff comments sinking another campaign. It's simply too big of a risk.
We all have to Vote for John McCain since WE can't have Hillary!.
The way these polls are conducted they do not get you to say how you really feel, so you take the next thing to it. Polls of this nature can get the rub any way they want it. How in the name of goodness can anyone say Hillary is more caring than Obama. The only thing Hillary care abour is Hillary. This campaign has cost Obama dearly, and I'm not talking about money. But what has it cost Hillary? Nothing but money, she didn't have any church or friends to denounce. This poll is a dud.
June 3rd, 2008 10:52 pm ET
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Umm- I thought the superdelegates were not going to decide the nomination. Hillary for president 08- Independent- You won the popular vote and have the electoral map advantage. This long term decocrat will not vote for Obama unless Hillary is on a joint ticket.
Hillary won South Dakota, the last state, that's the last word, that means Hillary wins it all!!
Obama, you're so money and you don't even know it.