November 4th, 2008
06:28 PM ET
6 years ago

First time voters go heavily Obama

 Antoine Owens-Davis, 19, and D'nise Smith, 18, wait to vote for the first time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Antoine Owens-Davis, 19, and D'nise Smith, 18, wait to vote for the first time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In early exit polling, first-time voters are breaking overwhelmingly for Sen. Barack Obama. 72 percent report say they voted for Obama, compared with 27 percent for McCain. First-time voters compose 10 percent of the total national electorate thus far.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. deb in Colo

    Just talked to my 21 year old niece who voted for the 1st time – for Obama!

    November 4, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Who Cares

    And right there is BO's 7-point lead.

    November 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    CAMPBELL BROWN, I hope this answer your questions regarding whether or not first time voters and young voters would come out. Looks to me like they have showed up.

    I found your comment earlier in the week a little condescending.

    November 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, VOTE A STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET!

    From this 57 year old Southern white guy

    Bless you my children!!

    November 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. adg

    I hope that the fear leading lier. who has lost all moral values loses big!!!! he is discusting!!!! Vote Obama!!!!! NOW!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Barbara in NC

    Some of us old-timers did too. he he he he he

    November 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. GI

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Stephy

    The reason is because Obama his reached out to them, to get them involved and make them feel important. Obama is an inspiring person and this country will do great things with him as our President.

    November 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Gozy

    Dont worry Obama...You are already in the WHITE HOUSE

    November 4, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. No More Mistakes

    and I'm one of them!

    November 4, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Chi4Obama

    I smell LANDSLIDE.

    November 4, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Barbara in NC

    Jacked-Up – She's ALWAYS condescending. Don't think it's just now. Typical republican, she is.

    November 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Nina in Orlando

    28 year old first time voter from FL voted for OBAMA!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Dex Dean

    Need to replace the old guard in DC. These flyers, text messages etc, are an illustration of win at all costs approach. That is why the Clintons and McCains must go. Why should not Americans have the same health plans as Congress. Can you imagine, they represent us and look at them and look at us. Enough is enough. Barrack stated that we should have access to the same plans. Could not agree more. Lets just do away with the self serving parties and elect the best candidate and then they have to work together. THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN!

    November 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Michael from Lone Tree

    This should not surprise anyone. McCain does not identify with young people. Repeatedly telling people you are a "maverick" doesn't really make you one and young people can sniff out bull when they hear it.
    Selecting Sarah Palin was his first executive move and McCain proved he is reckless, not a maverick. Tonight we will see that voters of all ages can smell bull all the way from Washington.

    November 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Calofornaian_96

    WOW, the architect of change is finally recognized by the power of today, this is good for democracy.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    November 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. ROGER IN THE VIRGINIA VALLEY.

    MAN! IF OBAMA WINS THEY WILL HAVE TO SEND LOU DOBBS TO A DETOX OR REHAB CENTER SOMEWHERE.

    November 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Chi4Obama

    Game, set, and match.

    Young / First time voters did what they needed to do.

    I'm getting ready to head down to Grant Park for Obama's victory celebration; Oops I meant Election watch party.

    November 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Andy in Seattle

    w00t!! that's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it!!

    November 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. Susie

    We all knew that every single black person in America that has never voted a day in their lives would come out of the wood work to vote on this day! They should have been exercising this right all these years instead of waiting for someone else to do the work!!

    November 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. denni

    Come on America! Do the rest of the world proud and vote in Barack Obama as the next President. The rest of the world will love you if you do!

    November 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. tennisguypitt

    I'm one of them, I'm 18 and proudly voted for Obama!

    November 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Voter

    Bingo!

    Uniter vs Divider

    Looks forward, uses technology and sees the world as one instead of looking in the past, avoids technology and sees the world as us vs "the enemy"

    November 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. New Day

    Jacked-up, I was worried about first time voters as much as Campbell Brown. Kids are so unreliable. I'm thrilled they showed up.

    November 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Silence Dogood

    JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA – don't worry about questions like Campbell Brown asked. In the New Order such questions will become illegal and the Thought Police will handle it.

    November 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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