February 12th, 2008
10:10 PM ET
10 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. Ron R

    You are about to see the "true colors" of the Clintons as their campaign continues to crumble......mark my word.

    Barack is good for our country.

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Sukie

    We in Oregon will not be voting until May.

    Basically, we have NO voice in this election.

    It is a sham to call this a democratic process.

    I applaud my friends who don't bother to vote, because they have already realized it is a crock and for too long I did not see the light.

    Between the parties manipulating the primaries and the media, it is all crap.

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. kim

    i will never vote obama. he is poetic, but i don't want a poet to lead the country. I will only vote for hillary. At least hillary says what she will do. i will vote mccain over obama.

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. DC

    I was listening to Clinton's speech tonight, finally she was saying what I wanted to hear regarding clean energy & new jobs in America. Before the primaries started I was 100% for Clinton, now she simply won't get my vote because of her actions & I'm for Obama. Her speech is too little too late, but then I seen how she wants to win at all costs, & there is no chance she'll ever get my vote. Lets get someone with some common sense & can relate to real people in office.

    Obama 2008!

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. MoneyMan

    In the end, it doesn't matter who gets elected. The people who are really running the show will eventually control the next president. McCain's a maverick, Hillary is scary, and Obama will be the easiest pawn.

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Virginia voter

    Hillary and Obama supporters should stop being stubborn by saying they'll vote for McCain if she/he doesn't win. While I respect Sen. McCain, we DO NOT NEED TO BE IN IRAQ FOR 100 YEARS!!! I'm an Obama supporter, but if Hillary gets the nod, then I have no choice but to vote for her. If you vote for McCain, you have no one to blame but yourself for an endless war and a sinking economy.

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Sad day

    All of those "Yes, we can" people: what "can" you do? All I ever hear from Obama is "change" and "hope", and at times, he mentions what he won't do...but, what WILL he do? Hillary gives me concrete plans...pretty good ones too. Obama has laid very little realities on the table.

    February 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. mike

    It's odd how hillary supporters, or maybe they're republicans, are talking about the southern democrat block. Last time I checked, neither of the last two democrats won a single southern or plains state outside of florida. Gore couldn't even win his home state on TN for pete's sake. One southern state besides florida and he wins in 2000

    So claiming that somehow Hillary will fare better in the south is a nonstarter. The fact that Obama can engerize people from all backgrounds to vote has to be terrifying to both party establishments.

    I'm looking forward to some new/young ideas coming to Washington.

    February 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. TH

    This is for NO WAY; We have no choice. It appears it's either going to be Obama or McCain. We are in trouble with either!!!!!! Is it time to move to another country? You know, they are all laughing at the US as it stands now. With immigration the way it is... well let's just put it this way... it's like being in a different country anyway.

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. jane doe

    The divisive Mrs. Clinton never really had a base. She just told everyone she was going to be the next president. Her only thought was that she had to go through this 'messy' business of primeries, etc., to get the nomination. If she had her way, there would have been no primaries.
    The base hungered for another choice, a better and they scored, big time, with Barack Obama. Not only did we get a better candidate, but we were finally able to learn who the Clintons really are.
    Voters aren't running to Obama, they are running away from Hillary and Bill. And, they can't get there fast enough.

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Renee Las Vegas NV

    Hillary had this sense of Entitlement!! ..........Hmmmm
    We're on counting on You TEXAS!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. NO WAY

    got to agree with Julie. dont you obama hama nama rama folks get it? yeah the independents and republicans are voting for the black man, simply so that he can be nominated over clinton because they are smart enough to know that if it comes down to bama and mccain that then the independents will vote for mccain and the black man no way will get the job! they know that if now they vote for him they dont have to worry about losing to clinton. its all called lets play a game of tag, get the black man nominated so that we vote for the republican when it truly counts and put bama to shame when it really counts. and the stupid blacks are dumb enough to vote for him simply because he is black like them and to dumb to see the tag game going on. wake up folks, you have a losing candidate in bama, no way will he win the presidency.

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Tom (Philadelphia)

    Unity! Let's go democrats unite to beat McCain! Obama!

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Jeff

    The Obama Dreamers! Stick to the real issues and ge tyour heads out of the clouds, obviously it will take Texas & Ohio to see through this I have a dream song, hope, etc. I want o hear about what you are going to do. I'm tired of the biased media coverage and how you the voters buy into this propaganda. IF HILLARY DOESN"T GET THE NOMINATION< I WILL CROSS OVER, so that my heads are atleast not in the clouds.... HOpe is not going to buy my ticket..

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. jrw34

    I want to congratulate both candidates. Both Hillary and Barack would make great leaders. I think that it just is a time for a candidate to move us forward. The future deserves a leader with a vision.

    And for all of you saying you'll vote McCain...more power to you and your 100 year war and tax cuts for the rich. Go on with your bad self...

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Rosemary

    Undecided voter, loking at Obama. He has won the white ,gun token, Republican
    western states, that will vote Republican in the fall. He has won the south. Since Johnson, in the fall they too, vote Republican. Today in Virigina, an open primary
    when means, Republican,Independant and Democratic gets to vote in the Democratic primary. By exits poll 30% of his votes were from registered Republican. Will they vote for him in the fall? Open Primary Obama Wins, Closed Primarys Clinton Wins. Still thinking.

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Ray

    Obama stealing Clinton's base and Clinton steals Obama's speeches. I can not believe the speech I just heard from Hillary in El Paso, Texas. She took the words right out of Obama mouth. WOW – – – Hillary this will not work, YES WE CAN!

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Linda

    John yes she did congrad him on his victory.Besides the gay guys like Obama's butt anyway they just said on CNN that the gays are the ones who voted for him the most. And also the woman and the young woman like his butt too.Thats why he's winning big. Its so pathetic .

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Denise

    Barack Obama just won Maryland. For all you Obama haters out there, it's okay to admit when you are wrong. Wake up people. It is 2008, not 1868, and I believe many of you wish we were all still in 1868. So sad!!

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Emily

    As a loyal Democrat, I have only one thing to say about Hillary: If Bill finds the company of other people more "stimulating" than his wife, shouldn't the country do the same when it comes to their next President? OBAMA for President!

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. J n K

    me, first of all, please learn how to spell. Secondly, how can you call Obama a divider? He is brining people together. He is healing our nation – NOT dividing it. If you were to hear him speak, you can make that judgement. Until then... I pray you check your facts.

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Daniel P.

    Incidentally, Senator Obama has called for Hillary to release her tax returns, but she steadfastly refuses to do so. Why ? Is she trying to hide something ? Like where the $ 5 million she recently "loaned" ( from whom are they going to get it from to pay it back ? ) her campaign came from ? How did she raise such a huge sum so quickly ? Oh yes, I forgot, the Democrats represent the " average American ". Perhaps it was from all those $ 10 contributions from average Americans. If not, where did it come from ? Hillary, will you answer this question ?

    February 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. NOMBusiness

    Dear American,

    The World need Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Mary

    DUMP OBAMA IN MARCH. This guy has exploited Clinton's political history to define his own as the new and improved brand of politician. He has relied on race to futher his ambitious grab at the nomination; he sells hope, unity and change to market himself. This guy is a salesman and people are buying his self-promotions.

    February 12, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. John

    Look up THE CLINTON CHRONICALS on google. THEN tell me you want to vote for Hillary. LOL. If so, you're so incredibly stupid, you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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