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. tahitianreet

    OBAMA may be the possible winner but they will have to live in the WHITE house. When does Air Force One get dubs, and the new call sign is "The Soul Plane."

    November 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Tan

    My heartgoes out to McCain, but I am an Obama supporter and I am excited about what is going on. This is a moment that is very emotional for many African Americans like myself. We have been through so much as a race counted and treated almoost as unhuman and not important to America. We have fought and struggled to get to this point and it is overwhelming. The fight is not over yet, but it is very close.

    November 4, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THANK YOU PENNSYLVANIA BUT REMEMBER WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, WHITES, BLACKS, LATINOS, CHRISTIAN AND JEWS, WE SHALL NOT BE DIVIDED UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION. WE ARE ONE, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS.

    November 4, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. MORGAN

    Tango girl, you are nobody and will remain so. No one cares whether you acknowledge BO as president, he will still be President, just like we had to suffer through the last eight years under Bush. The sad part is, your pathetic life will be improved with an Obama win, just like the rest of the United States. How ironic. For those of you that found it necessary to make overtly racist comments, I see the manifestation of your own self hate. Most of you are probably a quarter black anyway, living a lie.

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Tan

    Everyone please ignore this tahaitianreet person. Hee doesn't have a clue

    November 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. pc

    Obama isn't black...he's 1/2 black. We have still never had a BLACK president.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Tan

    Tango Girl with your little finite mind, who cares if you recognize Obama as President or not, it will be a reality you cannot change so get with it or suffer within yourself because no one else cares.

    November 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. nathan

    Thank you americans! Now we can trust USA! After 8 years!

    November 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Lost in Texas

    Sorry Nathan but the polls say otherwise..Sarah Palin was a DRAG on this ticket and even some Repubs admit that!

    November 4, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Brian

    It's the economy, stupid.

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. nathan

    May be, but this is the best possible news for rest of the world. We loved america in the nineties. Its time to renew the friendship again. We love you americans for not electing someone as VP who thinks that man & dinosaur lived togeather 6000 years ago! Obama wins, Democracy wins, Science wins, Common sense wins!

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  12. tahitianreet

    Morgan,Morgan, Morgan it's not racist it's profound thinking that some of you people don't understand.

    November 4, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. jam

    Wow! I can finally be proud to be an American... what a thought!

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. obama yeah!

    LOL @ "Obama isn't black"

    denial is hilarious

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. bernard

    obama is the answer to global crises

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. dazmon

    Im not American and I live as far away from the US than anyone else, NZ to be in fact...bt I like many of people around the world are watching how the American people are VOTING..because as shocking as this may sound to some Americans who you vote for as president could affect the future of the world, Even a country as small and far away as NZ. The American Economy Crisis was felt,on this side of the world..You mite not care about the rest of the worldor you dont know we exist...bt please go out and exercise your right to VOTE the best person for the job. A right stil deny to some people in some parts of the world.
    If Voted i know who ill choose bt alas it doesnt count..so on our behalf go out and VOTE.

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. Yea right!!

    Boy, I'm glad its over! Now I hope this country can get to the business of healing & strengthening the people & the economy. May God bless everyone!! By the way, Sen. is an excellent choice for VP & I wish Gov. Palin the best & maybe we'll see her back on the scene in2012.

    November 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. A Canadian guy

    Phew, now that Obama almost won, we can all sleep in peace.

    November 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. jacki

    It's funny how now white's want to claim Obama as half white. You want to know why biracial people are considered black? Because the white people never claimed them as their own and we embraced them.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. Bob Pidich

    McCane lost because:

    1. Agreed with Bush on key issues
    2. First major decision : VP Sarah Palin had lots of issues
    3. Tried to play politics with financial disaster and got caught
    4. Acted and Looked irrational at times in front of cameras
    5. Took the "scare" road instead of the "hope" road
    6. Couldn't break out of the old fool role set by TV comedians
    7. POW card got old
    8. Not as intelligent as Obama

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. jacki

    It's funny how now white's want to claim Obama as half white. You want to know why biracial people are considered black? Because the white people never claimed them as their own and we embraced them.

    Oh Yea.....Mr. Barack Obama is BLACK

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. Chicago

    Hey Tango Girl, its ok you do not have to recognize BO as your President, But the fact is, HE IS your President, Sleep On that toonight. The extra "o" is for Obama !

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. Brian

    At least CNN is consistent, I write a thoughtful piece on why long-time Republicans who I know changed parties for this election, and it gets ignored. I reduce it to a 4 word sound byte and it goes up. Keep the infotainment coming.

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. Dirty Red

    Thank God it's all finally over. lmao. Sorry to all my fellow Republicans, and McCain (I'm a recent war vet), but I'm glad Palin isn't going to the White House lol.

    Maybe if they'd have given her a VP study guide before answering any questions she'd know what a VP's role really is. :P

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  25. Tony

    Thank you my home state for helping this Country make the right choice. Obama all the way. Good Try McCain, Good Try.

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
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