February 12th, 2008
07:35 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit Polls: Conservative vote up sharply in Virginia

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Conservatives make up a significantly larger portion of Virginia Republican primary voters this year than they did in 2000, a development that is helping Mike Huckabee there.

In 2000, 55 percent of Virginia GOP voters identified themselves as conservative. This year, those voters make up 66 percent of the electorate, and they are breaking for Huckabee over McCain by 23 percentage points.

McCain is drawing 32 percent of the conservative vote, a number that’s only 5 points higher than what he drew in 2000.

But McCain is beating Huckabee among moderate voters by a 3-1 margin, a proportion that is keeping the Arizona senator competitive in the state overall.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Exit Polls
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. John, CO

    To the "Young Voter" – I support Obama, but thank God we live in a country with a political system that isn't decided by who is "a real nice person"....

    February 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Ben E.

    I remember when Bill Clinton called Obama's capaign the biggest fairly tale he's ever seen...how rude of him...

    Go Obama!

    February 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. maggierose

    Does anyone else think that maybe Huckabee is leading all of these republican primaries lately because the McCain voters are not coming out to vote – believing McCain is going to win anyway because he is so far ahead with delegates.

    February 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Ed Greenland

    Democrats!!! all the way..............
    I support Hillary, wholeheartedly, but it appears she's not only going up against Obama, but everyone in the press also. CNN fails to show equality in reporting....and night after night, it becomes more obvious that America isn't ready for a Woman President. I haven't seen one piece of positive reporting toward Hillary Clinton in weeks, on the contrary, Mr Obama walks on water and can't do any wrong. I understand the country is looking for change, but there's something to be said about experience. As I said, I'll vote Democrat no matter who wins because of the sad state of affairs the Republicans have put this country in. I just wish the candidates were being judged more on what they bring to the table. When is the last time we've heard anything about the candidates policies ....can we compare that instead of who gets the African-American Vote, who gets the White high income vote, who gets the Hispanic vote...etc.....Give us something to make informed decisions with, instead of fluff

    February 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. inofritzn

    Haha Linda, you seem to be pretty angry this evening! I'm sure dem's and Obama wouldn't mind if someone like you voted for Huckabee!! 🙂

    February 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. MikeyG

    Ben E. – You remember wrong, Bill Clinton was talking about Obama's flip flop on Iraq. Obama was against it in year one, for the war in years two, three and four, and then against it again. Go to the video tape.

    February 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. Rob

    Anyone hearing the arrogance already from Obama and his surrogates? Four years of this?

    February 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Rick

    It would be useful if CNN not only looked at what percentage of the Republican vote is "conservative", but what the total vote count was. If moderates are abandoning the GOP, the percentage of conservatives would go up, but that would hardly be considered a good thing for the conservative movement.

    February 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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