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)

    There are stormy days ahead if those "intelligent and informed" voters cannot see the warning signs of a misguided, manipulating candidate and television media. Obama will make this country weak to the world with his lack of foreign policy, and lack of military experience. He has already divided this nation racially. He does not have the capacity to make the changes he is promising. He is a typical "say anything, I will do it all, empty promise" politician. The sad thing is the people who so badly want change are putting their hopes in a person who prides himself on making the "right decisions" from the start. These "uninformed" voters will get a slap in the face when his decision to maintain his cocaine habit is brought front and center in a general election. Maybe this type of decision making is acceptable, or tolerable to them.........But not in a candidate to exemplify and lead this great nation!! We were let down in the past by this sort of character trait. I pray we do not blindly sacrifice our integrity once again. I have voted Dem. in the past, if he is the candidate, I am sad to say, I will become a Republican....

    February 13, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  2. Serge

    Err... Ryan... John F. Kennedy was a DEMOCRAT.

    February 13, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  3. Lynn

    Also to some women out there, just because Hillary appears to be a women, doesn't make her a good choice to be the president, just because she is a women running for the office, voting for the best candidate is the way to go, there will be a women president someday, and I hope it isn't Hillary, I still remember how she was during her hubbys disgraceful presidency,looking at him with adoring eyes, while he did what he did. If she would have kicked him to the curb, I would have had some respect for her.

    February 13, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  4. Tito

    people people people....if people have doubt about Obama it is ok, this is all a new experience; they are not necessarily racist. This is politics and of course one makes many promises and deliver as much as he humanly can. Don't be too naive in thinking a politician can deliver all his promises he ain't no Jesus Christ. On the other hand there are some of you that are downright racist (and strangely not all of you are white). For you your fear are irrational and will forever be losing your battles as this is a changing world. Be part os the solution and not a problem, you cannot live your life in fear and/or anger.


    February 13, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  5. Mark

    I'm sorry, but I couldn't let this one go...Hillary did not beat Obama in Michigan. He wasn't even on the ballot! Florida and Michigan are not going to count because the party, not the candidates, suspended those States. To say that Hillary won is ludicrous. If they want to count those two States, the only thing they can do is to have those States vote again...

    February 13, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  6. leticia in Cali

    Barack Hussein Obama has only been a Senator since Jan. 4, 2005. He has less than four years in Washington and does not have the experiance to lead the country domestically and internationally. We are in trying times after the last 8 years of president Bush's reign. He is not going to turn around the United States preaching HOPE, CHANGE, and YES WE CAN. What are his policy's? Do his supporters know or just mindlessly chant YES WE CAN?George W. Bush was the last time we had a president with a mediocre political resume. Lets all play sheep again and elect an unqualified presidential candidate. History obviously repeats itself.

    February 13, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  7. Steve

    Some of these comments are quite amusing; I can't believe people are still talking about how McCain will win in November if Obama is nominated.

    Hello? McCain couldn't beat a manikin posing as a Democrat if his life depended on it. Democrats own this election, try again in 4 years Republi-can-fail.

    February 13, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  8. Lily

    It was a tough decision..i used to like McCain, not until I heard him saying "another 100 years in iraq"...i used to like HRC, not until I saw her cried on the eve of NH & Super Tuesday....tonight, I voted for Obama. We really need CHANGE and new leadership in America. Enough said.

    February 13, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  9. David

    Yes Black Power! Finally we have arrived!

    February 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Mike V

    We shouldn't make the presidency a family business...

    It's time to make some changes.


    Though I'm registered Republican, I plan on voting democrat in the upcoming election...as long as I can cast my ballot for someone other than Hillary. If Hillary gets the nod, my vote will go to McCain.

    February 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Tom (Philadelphia)

    Can't we all just get behind Obama and win in November. This is driving me crazy. Put this talk about experience being so important away. Bill Clinton was a nobody, govenor of Arkansas before he became president! He was 46 years old. Obama is a leader and that is what a President should be! Please just rally around Obama and lets look forward to Novemeber. As Obama says, "turn the page"!

    February 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Sal

    Hillary and Edwards have problems loosing. in Obama stomp speech, Hillary is personaly complimented. He targets her policy. Evertime she stomps saying Hope and faith is not real, she is poking the eye all who have faith in a greater power than them that has brought us to this wonderful day.

    Edwards sold Kerry out. If he changes his change position to support the Status Quo as he put in a november debate, more power to him, he shall have his reward, while Obama is sitting in the White House. His support and endorsement are already moving towards Obama. Those needing more detailed answers about Obama or Hillary can easily visit thier website. Be proactive and wll informed. Then we all can pick the best individual Democratic cansidate. Edwards earlier question 100 vote out 4000 legislative vote of Obama's. That sounded silly to me. in the 2004 compaign, Edwards was scolled by Cheney of all people for not being present for 90% of his votes during Edwards first and only term as senator. Why would I be surprise about him brokering deals with both camps.

    Obama is my choice. Bill clinton promoted change in 1992, He had no Washington DC experience, but a vission some may define as hope.

    As a country We have never been successfull in reaching back.

    Problems of today need thinkers that embraces the "Now"

    February 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. think about it

    Experience – Washington insiders – Back room politics...

    If you always do what you always did – You always get what you always got!

    It's time to change the old guard – Think outside the Box!

    That's why the youth is behind him – it's a new day! The world is watching.

    So much more can be achieved – YES WE CAN! OBAMA '08

    February 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Casey B

    Am I the only person who's afraid of TIMBOK & Terri Cane? Do they really live in the same country as the rest of us?

    February 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Jules

    Why do some of the Cllinton supporters cling to the same old political spin even after it's been refuted time and again? They call Obama supporters sheep and yet all they can do (not all, but many of those who post here) is parrot thair candidate. Obama has specifically defined change numerous times in numerous ways. He talks about a change in power -taking it away from special interests and lobbyists and putting it in the hands of the electorate again. That's the central idea. He also taklks about a change from the politics of fear- where leader use scare tactics to influence public opinion (The commies will take over! The Terrorists will attach at home! He's too unseasoned- the country will blow up!)
    He has enumerted in great detail the specifics of his plans and positions. It's all easily available from multiple, reliable sources, and not merely from his website. The thing is, the ones who say "What change? He doesn't even anser that." Are either lbeing deceitful, not listening, or are grossly uninformed. The fact remains, the platforms of both democratic candidates are almost identical. Obama is the more effectie speaker. That may not make him more qualified, but it certainly doesn't make him less so. Do the research in the interest of fairness and honesty. There is plenty of substance.

    February 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Tony

    Yaaaay! Anybody that beats that Clinton woman is all right with me! Who ever it is! What ever he is! I can't wait to watch John McCain get sworn is as President!

    February 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    Julie, Binghamton, NY – do you realize that you just made Obama's argument? He can bring EVERYONE IN!!!

    And to those who are saying its just a trick to beat him, in all the races yesterday, Obama's vote ALONE was more than both McCain and Huckabee put together!!! Not considering the Hillary and Edwards supporters who will vote for Obama in the genereal elections in November when he becomes the nominee.

    Its not that hard to figure out, the Republicans are just not excited about their candidates. Obama will win!!!!!!!!

    Obama 08 and 12!!!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!


    February 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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