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. YES_WE_CAN!


    He's not stealing us, he is EARNING us!

    February 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Sunny

    Can someone tell me what are OBAMA's Credentials???? Great speeches???

    That doesn't help run a country..

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. K. David

    I agree... it's the ability to Unite the people with clear goals. It's working for Obama. United States will stand a better chance for change with you in the White House. We can't walk blindly yet the country is hurting...

    Go Obama!

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Chris (Missouri)

    NO WAY. You're obviously an idiot and a racist...and you're wrong. Republicans want to go against Hillary. That is the only way they're going to be able to unite. Too many independents are supporting Obama. The republicans jumping over are disgusted with their party's failed policy and petty partisanship. McCain will continue to travel more to the right as November approaches and all of those independents will go to Obama. That's not to mention the tremendous power he has to turn out new voters. Look at McCain. Republicans don't want him. He's not going to inspire any new voters to come out. He's the losing candidate. He has no chance against any democrat. Independents may want him right now, but he will soon lose them as well..

    I hope you're a republican. We don't want your racist crap on our side of the aisle.

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. earl illingsworth

    I'm very concerned about your moderators allowing 'Open Rebuttals" to comments posted. It's intimidating and wrong: refeference Stacy,Posted 8:33pm and Sarkis, Posted 9:04pm Subject, Obama And base?

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Little Hawk

    To NO WAY,

    So how many thousands of people personally told you they voted for Obama now and will vote for McCain in November? I think before you continue calling others dumb you should look in the mirror.

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. voter in SC

    Like Patty wrote above......yes we can what??? I haven't heard anything about how this Obama change is going to come about. He is a great inspirational speaker.....I give him that, but there is no substance. All I hear is change, hope, dreams, and how he is going to unite us all. That all sounds just so wonderful doesn't it? It's great to hear, but how or what is he going to do? If he gets the nomination, I'm staying home on election day or maybe even voting for McCain!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. park more, New Orleans

    I do not know if you really listining to obama speach. Just like a religion one, with much talk and nothing about his program, nothing. us will be in a critical situation. Who will pay, Obama, never. He is rich and has a lot of money. He just got a home in unclear situation......Think about it

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Aleman


    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. Kay

    Put a bucket under Hillary's face. I think that's the only way she'll win TX, and OH.
    For the sake of the party bow out gracefully now, Billary. A respectful departure now may help you in 8 years.

    Kay in RI

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Mary

    Obama is arrogant, but he cloaks it in messages that people want to hear. He really is full of himself. DUMP OBAMA IN MARCH

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Jas

    If Obama wins – welcome to Detroit. That's what the #1 liberal in America will do.

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Sheila Hein

    I see that the Male Good Ole' boy network is alive and well. When will a woman, that is far more intelligent, and more qualified, be given an equal chance? If not now, then when? If not Hillary then who?
    I see where the discrimination lies in this country.
    I am so disappointed. What hope does this give to our daughters?

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Anyone can say they are a us navy veteran to pull at your heartstrings, dont buy into it, the republicans are running scared and will pull any trick

    February 12, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Aleman


    Austin, Texas

    February 12, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Georgia voter

    Obama supporters sound like McGovern supporters ('72)--but even worse is the way CNN has "spun" the reporting of this election---so much of "middle America" will be going to the polls, holding their nose-–and voting Republican! Democrats, and CNN, your blew it!!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. college educated

    Obama's support is downright cult-like. Quick, someone give them some kool-aid at their next caucus.

    February 13, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  18. Alessandro


    February 13, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  19. jayson

    Hillary won California, New York, Florida and will win Texas. That's the country. Those are the states you need to get to win the general election. Illinois is as blue as the sky, so that state will go for Hillary in the general election too. She has a backbone of steel. She'll get it done.

    February 13, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  20. mary

    Obama is all empty talk without plan. Just look the leaders from other nations then you will releaize that we will have more troubles in the future once Obama is elected.

    February 13, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  21. Pat

    Strange thing about Tex, it awards delegates based upon past participation in demo elections, so the vast majority go to Houston, Dallas, Austin and East Tex. Southwest and West Tex get very few delegates.

    February 13, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  22. Bob


    February 13, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  23. kelli

    Has anyone heard? The head of the NAACP wants the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be seated at the Democratic convention. He said if you don’t seat them it would disenfranchise both states' minority communities. I don’t know about Michigan but I think this is especially true for Florida. In Florida the Republican-controlled legislature and governor changed the state's primary date (which led to them losing their 210 delegates). I totally agree with the NAACP guy that if you don’t seat Florida’s delegates it makes the voters in Florida, especially the minority voters, victims of the Republican legislature.

    February 13, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  24. Greatest lady in US history

    Hillary Clinton is the greatest lady in the more than 200 years of US history. Our american people may never have realized this.

    She has been tested so heavily and treated so unfairly by the media and webs (youtube and facebook by the organized group of people) since she announced to elect presidency. Compare what she said with what Obama said, we know how they are in the different levels.

    Obama is just a black sheep being taken advantage of by the media and GOP to suppress Clinton. Wish Clinton will stand firmly to the end. Otherwise, any GOP nominee will beat Obama easily in Nov. This is the trap and GOP will smile at the last.

    White house is white, not black, not to mention this black has no idea what he is talking about. Ask this black to do in white house, may be even worse than Bush. People memorize Clinton era, at least those old days are much better than now.

    February 13, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  25. kittenkatter

    Yes, Barack IS stealing the election. Hillary won Michigan and Florida, but we'll never hear Barack admit this. He talks about fairness but doesn't pursue it in his politicall life. Come on Barack. Stand up like a man and insist that Hillary gets a fair election . We hear Barack talk about change, but NOTHING has changed. The elections are as crooked as ever and the voters have been disenfranchised.

    February 13, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
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