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

Exit polls: Obama stealing Clinton's base

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/12/obama.jpg caption="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. judy

    Obama for president. change, change,SPEND, SPEND. We canadians can almost taste the our dollar rising as obama nosedives the U.S. dollar! you go boy,my hero. yes you can!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. dan

    If Obama is the infomercial (which he isnt)....then Clinton must be the car salesperson who do anything to get you to buy.

    Just because you see the media cover his speeches, it doesn't mean that is all he has. He has plenty of policy positions, but opts to address the nation's empathy deficit rather than drown the people in policy detail that can change in specifics under a fluid economy.

    February 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. A.Nkansa

    Yes We can! the days where big corp's dictate how the country's economy should be run will soon be over in the name of lobbyingwill soon be over.. bush has messed up royally and the sad thing is that he's going to be laughing all the way to the bank when his tenure is over.. good thing is that he's going to go down as one of the worst or lets say the worst president this country has ever had. the lobbyist's have not funded obama's campagn and they will not run his white house. quote. that is what we need.. a situation which will allow decitions to be made for the benifit of the general population, instead of of the big sharks i.e. the big corp's. this is the past vrs the future. I'm marching into the future with Obama! which direction r U going???? I'm not voting for him because he's black. I'm voting for him because he's brilliant. and thats what this country needs.. Obama 08!!! Yes We Can!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. kdawg

    dude, you guys are off the chain....Hill may not be fully ready to become a women president, but without a doubt, she can offer a lot of positivity to the world, and with obama...they are not only a winning team for America but the World!!....

    i am like them both...i wish they would stop spending so much money attacking each other and combine both teams and make this country the country it USE TO BE!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Ann

    I am sick and tired of hearing about the preacher OBAMA. All he is talking about is CHANGE and HOPE. Change what ? For the worst and HOPE for the best? Come on America. Obama only have sweet mouth. He is saying that he is going to change America and the world NO WAY!!!!!!!!!! My friend only God can do that.Hillary is a very good woman hard working and stand up for the people of this country.Empty barr4els make the most noise if you know what this means.The media CNN is very bias. They let people believe that OBAMA is this Messiah sent down from heaven to heal the world. Come on CNN. HILLARY! HILLARY! HILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLARY. The right way to vote.

    February 12, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Sayer

    Now Hillary has something else she can shed tears about.
    "Ohhhh, Ive done so much for you black people, and you are deserting me....I care so much for your latinos, and look where youve gone...ohhh, boo hoo."

    February 12, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Karen in Florida

    Yeah! I am so happy Obama is winning- thie white female thinks he is great- and exactly what the country needs! Hillary- step aside- and wait for your cabinet post!

    February 12, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |

    I dislike Bush,not hate.
    I hate Clinton and Obama even more.
    But when people proclaim : Carrie February 12, 2008 9:02 pm ET

    Change is coming!

    Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It makes me sick,because Obama has the same thinking of Che' the person people love but in reality was a Communist/Socialist killer!

    Obama wants higher taxes
    Will do nothing to keep Illegals from coming into this Country
    Will pull us out of Iraq,and suffer defeat – and give up all the hardwork our troops have done in Iraq.
    He likes the idea of calling babies that our born after a failed abortion legally "dead"

    Don't care about what you guys think about my opinion,but Obama – McCain – Clinton – Paul – Huckabee are not the "change" or the right candidates to lead this country.

    One more thing,you wouldn't vote for Saddam would you? Why would you vote for someone with the same middle name?

    YES WE CAN SURRENDER OUR NATION TO THE NEXT GROUP OF IDIOTS,YES WE CAN! I bet he got that from Eddie Murphy's the Nutty Professor =
    Barack Obama's nutty campaign

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Liz

    Oh I see--because he's black he "steals" her base...haha. Just kidding. Go Obama!!! We've come a long way...I love to see the pundits totally confused on how he got here....

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Stevo

    Oh and... to everyone that says we're making a mistake supporting Obama, and that we'll see...

    How about, just wait and see how right we are!

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Just a thought

    Stacy and the rest of you fools saying that people are voting for Obama because he'll be easier for McCain to beat:

    How do you explain EVERY SINGLE POLL over the past 8 weeks? I know, I know, polls are meaningless like we learned in New Hampshire (lol). And, just in case you hadn't noticed, the better Obama is known, the better he does. The reverse is true for Senator Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. steely daniel

    These numbers don't sound good for Hillary. I'll wager to say that Wednesday is going to be the start of the real mud slinging from the Clinton camp.

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Max

    Not sure how CNN or anyone can claim Obama is stealing Clinton's base when over half the states in the union have already voted–whether super tuesday or the January caucus/primaries. Furthermore, Clinton would be well ahead of Obama if anyone bothered to factor in Michigan or Florida. Funny that the press isn't commenting on the "what if" scenarios in terms of how that would affect Obama's count NOW rather than how it *might* play out in the democratic national convention. It IS time the press focuses on Hillary but of course, she's already old news to some and hated by Obamans–those who want "change" and state they'll work across the aisle. How about just working or at least not bashing those in your party?

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Kevin Mccabe

    On the day of the critical primaries in the mid-atlantic, hillary is off to elpaso texas to soothe her wounds....go figure? She must really care about her supporters throughout the country! "Dont worry about them dems in the mid-atlantic, We just want the delegates"

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Eith

    Just watched Hillary in El Paso a bit. It would have been far more graceful for her to have waited for the Patomic results and then gracefully bail out of the race. She is a divisionist and is committed to drowning the Democratic party, as she goes on and on and on in El Paso. Hopefully, people in TX won't buy her divisive effort to discredit the party in '08 by draining its resouces in lengthy Democratic primary. We are counting on El Paso and TX to help her understand, she has to quit, VERY quickly at leat AFTER she loses TX.

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. US Navy Vietnam Vet

    Jake – California:

    What planet were you on???? She was talking down about Bush and they booed Bush for his policies..........are you nuts or what? Duh – get some brains between those ears! I'm sure they are there.

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. ben, dallas

    Hey Felipe, why don't you elaborate on "Obama is dragging all you idiots into his false hopes and lies……Just watch" What lies specifically has he told and why is his hope false? Are we now at a point where a candidate cannot speak of hope for the future? Are you simply comfortable with doomsday color coding? Don't be so juvenile with the name calling and get down to specifics. If you are going to accuse candidates of lying, show the evidence. And do you really believe that anyone in their right mind would speak of hope and not mean it?

    February 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. lee

    Get ready Hillary fans for the crying game. She'll probably start weeping around March 3, before the big vote. "Rumble young man Rumble" OBAMA 08!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. J n K

    Go A.Nkansa! We started the O-train here in Iowa back in January and it's great to see everyone coming together to back Obama. Yes We Can.

    Fired Up...

    February 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Texans 4 Hillary

    Obama can't steal Texas! TEXAS IS CLINTON COUNTRY and we have lots and lots of delegates! El Paso Miners will rock the vote for our girl! This race just got started. HILLARY 2008!

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Mr. WIlliams

    You people are really pushing the limits with these "journalistic micro-aggressions" directed towards Senator Obama.

    HE is not "STEALING" Hillary's base.


    As this race comes to a close and Senator Obama becomes the Democratic candidate. "Let it go" – He will be the candidate for PRESIDENT and more likely than not he "will be" the next President of this great country we all call home.
    Stop the subtle smears. Exercise integrity in your journalism.

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. me

    the Obama folovers are like these mice following blindly the first mouse to the river where they will drown! He divided the country, he divided people, he divided the party. he is the divider, destroyer, empty promises, just watch. I will not vote for him.

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. carla

    Hillary is great , however Barack is so likeable. Her campaign can't take that away. You are who you are. As I said ,she is really good. Barack has something special though. You just want to cheer for him. Hillary shouldn't start going too negative. She has to know it wouldn't be good for the party. She needs to stay respectful. This is for the good of the party. She has to know its not about her.
    If she is the decent person I think she is she will do the right thing.

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. Jamal

    i am proud of obama,your are the hope and change that 1. America needs and 2. what the world needs ..Obama is the man for the world....we support Obama because he represent a TRUE CHANGE...Clinton represent the old way of America is trying to change from...go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |

    What that old lady said to Obama in the south?........."FIRED UP!!"......................................................."FIRED UP!"

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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