February 12th, 2008
10:10 PM ET
9 years ago

Exit polls: Obama stealing Clinton's base

According to Virginia exit polls, Obama won almost 60 percent of the female Democratic vote.

According to Virginia exit polls, Obama won almost 60 percent of the female Democratic vote.

(CNN) - Barack Obama did well with Democrats across both race and gender lines Tuesday night, and seems to be eating away at Hillary Clinton's backbone of support: women.

According to exit polls out of both Virginia and Maryland, in both states Obama won roughly 60 percent of the female vote - a demographic that has carried Clinton to success in past primaries.

Clinton fared even worse among men – more than two-thirds in both states chose Obama.

Meanwhile, the Illinois senator scored his highest percentage of African-American support to date - winning close to 90 percent of that voting bloc in each state. And the two evenly split the white vote in Virginia, while Clinton slightly beat Obama among the white vote in Maryland. In most past primaries, Clinton has held an edge among white voters.

Obama even beat Clinton among Latino voters, a group that has heavily favored Clinton in most past primaries. In Virginia and Maryland, Latinos went for Obama over Clinton by 6 points, though their support was not decisive in either contest – only 5 percent of Democratic primary voters in Virginia, and 4 percent in Maryland, were Latino.

The only demographic Clinton won was white women, who broke for her over Obama by 10 points in Virginia and 13 points in Maryland. But that margin is significantly smaller than the national average on Super Tuesday. She beat Obama among white women by 25 points then, according to national exit polls.

(Updated at 10:15 with Maryland exit poll results)

For more on the Virginia exit polls, click here

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Sarah Smith

    women for Hillary are NOT women

    but cuckolded zombies..

    women for Hillary

    are sad abused defiant ...

    women for Hillary are


    women for Hillary

    do NOT represent


    February 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Smokey : Florida

    Let me vote for Obama! Florida's election laws are intended to keep Republicans in office. We don't want the Republicans to steal another one! OBAMA IS THE ONLY CHOICE!

    February 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Michael Dunne

    If Obama wins the nomination, I will vote McCain unless a viable independent comes along, it's that simple and I'm not alone. Hillary is the best person for the job, we're selecting presidential candidates not house party guests.

    February 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Steve, NYC, NY

    Another 4 years down the tube! Unbelievable how blind Obama supporters are. Try thinking for yourself instead of the hype...

    February 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Dan W

    Now all the truth has come out finally. All these years, people keeps complaining that the white people are racists. Take a good look at this election, the black folks overwhelming (over 80%) voted for Obama and the white folks have no problems voting for the black candidate. So tell me who are the racists here?

    February 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. bill

    isn't anyone going to point out to ryan that john f kennedy was not a republican?

    February 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. E

    I trust math not miracles. HRC needs 60% showings in Ohio and Texas to catch up.

    It just isn't her year, but it is OK . . .she can try again like McCain did.

    HRC in 2016?

    February 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Whuzi

    "Everybody liked Bush, too…Do you not remember??

    Kids prefer sweets to nutritious food but someone has to be the parent and do what is best.

    Hillary knows best…"

    no...everyone did NOT like Bush. Many republicans loved bush and many dems detested him. As I recalled, the race between bush and gore were close for that very reason. So don't try to relate him to Obama in any way shape or form. It's funny because I would have linked Bush more with Clinton in the sense that they are both disconnected from reality and don't understand what America needs.

    February 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Jon

    i am a longg time supporter of Clinton. I voted for her in CA..

    However, its clear that Obama will win the demo primary and I will support him in November...

    Hooray to Democracy....Majority wins...

    Go democrates 2008

    February 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Perry

    Its funny how the Clintons a couple weeks ago try to implement race into the campaign to divide the whites and blacks. To bad it backfired because White america didnt fall for it, and worst of all they turn blacks off mainly because of Bill. Now its really bad when she lost the women vote.

    February 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. VFH

    Change is coming alright-for worse if he wins! You wanted change, you got it. Dismal next four years if he gets in the White House. I'll vote Republican and never again for Kaine.

    February 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. English teacher

    "Though they were only 5 percent of the electorate there." Learn how to write a complete sentence, with both subject and verb, and get back to me.

    February 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Steve, NYC, NY

    Funny how the same people saying Obama will unite... are the same people making rude arrogant degrading remarks about Hillary and her supporters. Way to unite. America will truly get what it deserves...another 4 years of major screw ups.

    February 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. HJ in Ashburn

    Republican knows that McCain might beat Obama but they have no hope to beat Hillary. So they voted for Obama tonight.
    90% black voters voted for Obama in Virginia tonight. Who's the "polarizer" here?
    Without considering the black votes, Hillary actually beats Obama in Virginia. But CNN didn't mention this. They are very bias according to my observation in last few days. Politically correct?

    February 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Linda

    Obama is getting the gays votes because they like Obama's butt and so does the woman especially the young ones.

    February 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Edin

    ahahah...Obama won like 21 out of 32 states....or something like that...and someone earlier said BARELY winning the popular vote..ahahah...Obama is dominating

    GO OBAMAAAAAAAAA...the true unifier and leader..

    O-BA-MA O-BA-MA!

    February 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. CMA

    Not a Obama or Hillary supporter, but............... for those that are saying the media and particularly CNN are influencing this process and giving Obama all this positive and more coverage than others might be receiving from the media right now is kind of funny. I have been watching from the beginning and I did not hear the Clinton supporters complaining about the positive and the amount of media she was receiving then. I use to think at that time that CNN stood for Clinton New Network. CNN is starting to show that they can be objective.

    February 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  18. Timothy B. Robinson

    It's a frustrating day for Clinton supporters. And I should know, because I'm one of them.

    As a 26 year-old kindergarten teacher, recently graduated and hating the current presidential administration, I should be following suit along with the rest of my demographic and supporting Barack Obama. And if anyone, ANYONE can give me a reason to support him, I am ready to listen. Seriously. I want to be convinced that he knows the most about fixing our Education system. Prove to me that his health care plan covers more Americans than Clinton's. Explain to me his plan for Iraq. What are his ideas for improving our international standing? Does he have any thoughts on boosting our slumping economy?

    Maybe none of that matters. Perhaps I'm just not "hoping for change" enough. Or maybe I'm just petrified about an over-abundance of "hope" and "change" with virtually no "results".

    February 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. Julie, Binghamton, NY

    To all those people who responded to me:

    The point I was making that you cannot compare statistics from states where independents and Republicans are voting to statistics where only Democrats are voting. Since they're different groups of voters, the percentages are bound to be different! So these results DO NOT tell us anything different. He gets independents and moderates. Nothing news worthy there. She gets the southern white vote. Nothing news worthy there. Given that he's getting these two NEW groups of voters, he will get a larger percentage of the white southern vote.

    I just can't believe a news station would misuse statistics like this- they're making a point and trying to back it up with a faulty analysis but everyone thinks it's ok because there's data. Lesson to the American public- the inferences we derive from data are only reliable if we use the data the correct way.

    February 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. U.S. Army Vet

    Mike Henry, deputy campaign manager for Sen. Hillary Clinton, resigned Tuesday--more shake ups for the Clinton campaign. Smoke and fire, someone call the fire department!

    February 12, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  21. Jamie Bloomquist

    Interesting choice of words in your headline. So Obama is "stealing" Clinton's base? It's obvious how CNN loves and tends to their girl Hillary but don't call Obama a theif. He didn't steal anything. He has a better message.

    February 12, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Joy (Vancouver Island)

    Is the Clinton strategy of dedicating herself to Texas not the same strategy Rudy Guilliani used when focusing on Florida? It didn't work out so well for him and she may find it was not a well advised way to proceed.

    February 12, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. Michael Dunne

    Hillary is a "will do" candidate whereas Obama is a "hope to do" candidate. No doubt if this was a beauty pageant Obama is the man.

    February 12, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. lee

    They are shutting down polls in Baltimore City early 8pm instead of 9:30pm. Telling people they will have to vote provisional ballots, in addition the counties are provided individiuals transportation to the polls and allowing them to cast their vote. Again, Baltimore City is closing their polls.

    February 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. JC

    Hillary said that OBAMAS wins on Super Tuesday do not matter to her. What, she doesn't care about PEOPLE'S votes? She also said that they don't have any value because those states never vote democrat. Well, by that fact alone, IF she wins Texas, it should not matter because Texas will NEVER vote democrat. Want to rethink what you say Hillary? What a sore loser making up excuses for someone else's win.


    February 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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