November 4th, 2008
11:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Exit Polls: How Obama Won VA

(CNN)–African-Americans played a key role in Obama's projected victory in Virginia, a state that has not supported a Democratic candidate for president since 1964. African-Americans comprised 20 percent of the total electorate in Virginia, with 92 percent voting for Obama. Whites - 70 percent of today's voters in Virginia– voted for McCain by a 60 percent to 39 percent margin - a margin higher than that found nationally.

Watch: Supporters pack Obama rally in Chicago

As elsewhere, Obama drew heavily among Virginia's younger voters (60 percent), first-time voters (63 percent), those most worried about the direction of the economy (54 percent) and those opposed to the U.S. war in Iraq (79 percent).


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Virginia
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Obama

    we did it

    November 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. Scott

    People have been saying that if Obama loses we are a racist country; but Obama won because of the black vote; is this not a racist country?

    November 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama won by hype; acting as if already elected; the miserable Bush years; the sexism rampant in the media and country and empty words. The whole thing is folly.

    November 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yo PUMA! Good ploy all around. Enjoy you lives, as sad as they may seem now, the world is changing for the better. Tell this to Rush: as the Greeks once observed, Out of Chaos emerged the Cosmos...

    November 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. Lisa F SWPA

    Thank GOD Palin did not speak. She would have mucked that up for McCain too !!!! He gave a commendable, very gracious concession. Hopefully she will go back to Alaska and HIBERNATE !!

    November 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Linton

    Great job VA, the 90000 crowd was not in vain. Let's all work with Obama for success

    November 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. J Cash from NY, NY

    Simply perfect!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

    YES WE CAN!!! WE DID IT!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. S. Boatman

    Thank You Virginia!

    November 4, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Orlando, FL

    Obama is our 44th president!! He won VA & FL!!!

    God Bless America!

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. anonymous

    it is about time
    this racism crap need to sieze
    it about the who can deliver and not skin color
    -congratz obama!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. A. Russell

    Yes, Thank you Virginia!

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. Geoff

    And people say race had nothing to do with this election... riiiiiight

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  14. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    I knew it........my name says so. ;)

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  15. A. C.

    I never thought this day would come. Thank You Virginia!!!! Thank you America!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  16. Amadi chikwado

    Up obama! Now is time to tines done

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I am from Damascus, a small town in the southwestern (yes, Appalachian!) part of the state, and we are VERY proud to have President Obama! We were ready for change, and our generation deserves the best! I respect John McCain and his service to our country, but couldn't be any happier with the results. It is refreshing to see our country unite with enthusiasm for positive change.

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. ICANTBELIEVETHIS

    OMG...........WE ARE DOOMED AS A COUNTRY :(

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. Caddo

    How wonderful.

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  20. concernedinSC

    Worried about the promises that have no funding by our President- elect

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. Purple Alaska

    Thank you so much "Tutu"....Rest in peace dear heart, knowing that President Obama will have your righteous wind beneath his wings.

    God Bless America.

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. A. Johnson

    Virginia is amazing!

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. asia

    I'm so glad that obama won everyone at school did not think that he could win but i trusted him and prayed

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. Olivia

    Thank you, United States of America for truly showing that we are indeed united.

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. tx transplant in ny

    Amen!

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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