November 4th, 2008
09:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Exit Polls: Why McCain lost Pennsylvania

McCain-Palin signs line a row of homes in Philadelphia Tuesday.
McCain-Palin signs line a row of homes in Philadelphia Tuesday.

John McCain lost Pennsylvania because his campaign strategy in the state did not play out as planned:

1) McCain counted on older voters; Obama carried voters 65-and-above by a 51 percent to 48 percent margin. (Nationally, only 44 percent of the 65-plus age group counted thus far reports voting for Obama.)

2) McCain counted on working class white voters. Obama won whites with incomes under under $50,000 by a 52 percent to 47 percent margin. (Nationally, Obama is carrying 48 percent of this group.)

3) McCain also counted on drawing Pennsylvania voters who supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. Obama won 81 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats who preferred Hillary Clinton in the primary (Nationally, the figure is 85 percent).


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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Wonga

    Ummmmmm, he lost in VA b/c he lies and he has no morals. Oops, I mean he's a republican!!

    November 4, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Tyrel

    Finally a black man is president. Obama should have selected a black VP instead of Biden.

    November 4, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Quinnnagen

    Unbelieveable. I can't believe that McCain even got one vote. What a redneck country we live in – voting for the white guy even though he has no scruples. So pathetic.

    November 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. debbie

    Sarah Palin was the main reason McCain isn't doing well... he showed such poor judgement in allowing her to be "his" choice that he forfeited the entire race.

    November 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Joe Green

    McCain was poorly advised, period. The election was his to lose and he lost it, just as Hillary did.

    November 4, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Chris

    i feel bad for Mr. McCain but his running mate really did hurt him.

    November 4, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Independent white female patriotic voter

    Because the people of PA know a good president when they see one! they took no responsibility fr the last one, lucky people, so now they are definitely part of making history and bringing in the best guy for the job. I think Mccain/Palin did not get the job because they did not qualify and were too negative for the American people.

    November 4, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. A Sousley

    Guess you thought wrong and so did McCain. You were all out of touch and Obama was right. Lots of people are going to be eating words and standing in amazement.

    November 4, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Dem Voter

    He lost because he had Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    November 4, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Sera

    Grow up and get over the color and race differences.
    For the first time commend the person who is more graceful and smarter than an angry old man!!

    November 4, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. big daddy

    SARA PALIN,SARA PALIN,SARA PALIN ..NEED I SAY MORE !!

    November 4, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Reza Khezrian

    Obama won Pennsylvania because he spent, spent, and spent almost 6 to 1 in advertisements more than the amount of money John McCain could ever dream of spending in the state or nationwide.

    Don't forget Obama is a 600,000,000 dollar Baby!

    Good for him :)

    November 4, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. vic

    McCain and Palin and their politics of hate and lies is what did them in.

    November 4, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. wendi

    He lost because of you people that don't realize that once obama is in that our already messed up country will be even more messed up. You people are so naive. You just want a black man in because you are all black lovers. What can I say my parents raised me not to like black people.

    November 4, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Joe

    Don't believe the Republicans...they are sore losers. Obama is not going to spread the wealth...it's just the 16th amendment...the progressive tax system we've been using since the late 1800's. America saw through the lies of the McCain/Palin machine. In a voice loud and clear. we've voted for the best candidate!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Rob

    all those lies have caught up with him–now send the moose killer back home and don't let her leave again

    November 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. a voter

    he is losing because of the voter fraud just pay attention. Woman goes to polls her registration had been changed to Harrisburg even though she has lived in Waynesboro since 1991. Come to find out ACORN sent in a change off address on this woman without her knowledge. look it up Waynesboro PA local paper . Why indeed

    November 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    McCain thought that he could "play" PA voters on issues, just as he thought he could sell voters nationwide by selecting Sarah Palin as a running mate.

    And Tyrel, Obama selected the right VP in Joe Biden.....they are both intelligent men who know how to deal with the issues that are important to our country. Race does not matter. Intelligence and character does....and Obama and Biden have what it takes. They are a team....as we should be as a nation.

    November 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. nathan

    The above comments are ridiculous and uncalled for. Sarah was a great pick and with regards to the economy, spreading the wealth idea will never work and will create great economic distress. Hope your wishes do not come true.

    November 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. Lost in Texas

    I have to agree with most here Sarah Palin with her rallies of division and sometimes even racists is costing Sen McCain in this race. When people say they want change they also mean not the old Karl Rove divison and fear politics as before. I really do like Sen McCain but his choice of VP was not good at all.

    November 4, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Tango Girl

    No matter what I will never recognize BO as the president.

    November 4, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. ls in pa

    Interesting ! The rookie did it !

    November 4, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Somewhat Happy in Florida

    McCain lost because of Sarah Palin. This was McCain's race to win and he focused more on himself and not this country.

    It's time for the pageant queen to head back to Alaska and focus on her career there and her family.

    Keep your fingers crossed that Fl and NC will go BLUE

    November 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. Cheri

    He lost because we are a state of people who have had enough and we want change! We are losing our jobs at an alarming rate. We are worse off than 4 years ago, we need change for our future and our children. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. KP

    really vic? hate and lies? grow up.

    November 4, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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