November 4th, 2008
09:49 PM ET
6 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).


Filed under: Exit Polls • John McCain • Pennsylvania
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. noobs

    he lost because he was unlucky

    November 4, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Jessica from Michigan

    Yes we can! Yes we can!

    November 4, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    McCain lost because he's full of shigatty!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Sandy

    Dirty campaigning if you ask me.

    November 4, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. JT

    Mccain lost to clinch the republican presidential nomination in 2000 and this time round he is about to lose the presidency because of bush. How ironic!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Ray

    Voting for the white guy is racist but voting for Obama because he is black isnt racist? Both candidates are sorry choices and it is pathetic that they were the best the parties could come up with.

    November 4, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Ryan

    Debbie, with or without Palin, he will still lose.

    November 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. robert

    Hellooo jimmy carter....all over again. "hope" he does well, but we better have more than hope going for us. like a bit of ability and courage, perhaps. let's see what kind of "change" we are looking at when the tests begin.... as they will.

    November 4, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. paforridge

    McCain probably would have won PA if he had picked Tom Ridge instead of Palin!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Anne

    A black VP?? Like who? Joe Biden is The Man!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. JR in PA

    He lost because he thought we were stupid enough and fearful enough to buy his politics of division and the pretense that he actually cares about the common man.

    November 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. HeatherW

    Obama won because people were looking for someone to inspire them – McCain just didn't deliver the inspiration factor...

    November 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  13. Charlie Bradley

    the main reasons McCain has lost all of the states in which he has lost can be sumed up in a very few words

    You Betcha
    Caribou Barbie
    Tina Fey
    Sarah
    Todd
    Piper
    Willow
    Bristol
    Track
    Palin

    November 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. tahitianreet

    Tyrel,
    You people love one white man...........Colonel Sanders. If I knew you people would be this much trouble I would have picked my own cotton.

    November 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. Jeniifer in Wisconsin

    He lost for many reasons, like being so close to Bush then claiming he would make changes, but never said what those changes were.....and Palin, that was the nail in his coffin

    November 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. Bill

    AND THAT"S THE BALLGAME FOLKS!!!!! McCain can not win without PA (and Ohio), so it's officially game over for McCain. Let the celebration begin!!!!

    Oh, and a note to the angry Republicans...you are truly sore losers. McCain made mistakes in his campaign (like Palin...huge mistake). Now get over it so we can work together and solve the problems we face!!!! We would do it if we lost...now it's your turn. Don't be angry or bitter. Work with us, together we can change the country...together we can change the world!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. tahitianreet

    Wonga, He lost in VA because every time you see a car with a Virginia plates it looks like a load of coal is being transported.

    November 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Patricia Gallegos

    Que Viva Hillary Clinton! We know how to stay together for whats best for all of us! Always Obama!

    November 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. NB

    The biggest reason is none other than Palin.

    November 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Dan Wu

    As a register republican, I voted for Obama. We can not afford to spend $10 billions every month to stay in Iraq. Every American is paying $500 a year to support this war. Only President Obama can bring our troops home quickly.

    November 4, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. sirguitarist

    Let the celebrating begin? It is a SAD day for America. I will get behind my new leader, but he was not my choice. I hope the fear I feel right now will later be proven unfounded. I sincerely do.

    November 4, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. Imani

    Charlie Bradley that is not nice. Leave Palins family out of it. The you betcha was funny though.

    November 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. Cara in WA

    I'm curious how tahitianreet's overtly racist comments are making it onto the comment board. –Though it may very well be a good sign that everyone's ignoring them. Still, they're directly racist, ugly, and offensive.

    I'm excited about the impending Obama victory. But even most McCain supporters would be offended by the incendiary racism, I'd think (despite reports of the things that have been said by the crowd at Palin rallies).

    November 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. Sheila

    I'm a proud Canadian, but tonight I'm envious of the American people.You had JFK, and now you have Obama. One can only hope and pray that you will work with him, have patience, and above all appreciate what a rare opportunity you may have with this gifted young man.
    Way to go America!

    November 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. mohamed ben mohamed

    finaly O B A M A itold you john.....on 2007

    November 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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