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. Jennifer

    I really am amazed at how Obama's name is always in the news and how he reportedly keeps taking over the crowds and always comes across in so many glowing terms compared to any of the other candidates. Maybe he can eventually win a landslide over the Republican nominee for President and even raise more money than Bush or any of our senators in Congress can. He really tends to make ALL of the politicians look inferior and beatable. Is it for REAL or is it the IMAGE of him created by the media and reflected in what we read and see about him on television that continues to build his progress each month and attract more and more followers for him. .......time will tell.

    February 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |

    He talks about how he will change this margage crisis, then i looked up the stats his state is 5th worst state with foreclosures. How is this man getting away with all these lies, and americans are bying into it...............Maybe this is why the world is catching up to us in many way's, we don't go by facts anymore we just go by what the media say's..........Who clearly does not want hillary to win, and i just don't know how women like obama more than they like clinton, how is all this happening.................Ladies don't you want to support a women president?

    February 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. Jessica

    Eating away her backbone? Gross choice of words, CNN...

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Sarah Smith

    Hilly babie.. your move to be senator of NY (welfare capitol of the world) was so BLATANTLY calculated.. !!!

    I'm looking forward to (high expectations) of your next cunning/calculated move.

    such as how do you EXTRACT youself from this mess

    and PRESERVE y our megalomaniac NEED TO ACHEIVE?

    I KNOW we have NOT heard the LAST from the CLINTONS (pair)

    there is at least a decade before they FADE AWAY

    into geriatric decrepitude

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Alex

    Why doesn't CNN show simple totals for pledged and super delegates. I think Obama's increase in pledged delegates must be impressive.

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. RJB2

    Just a little observation.

    Both Hillary and Obama talk about bring people together for change

    Well...what I see is this...

    Obama is getting votes from Dems, Indies and moderate republicans

    Hillary just said that the States Obama won she does not care about
    States that she said that normally will not go to the Dems
    This may have been true but Obama is getting their support now
    Obama said he is to reach across the aisle, and he is doing it
    Whereas Hillary is alienating, ignoring and disregarding
    Hillary is showing what so many people say about her that she is very divisive

    So who is walking the walk...And who is just talking

    It is plain to see to me...and to everyone...I hope

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Ian

    "Obama steals Clinton's bicycle"

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Carrie

    Change is coming!

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

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. FNJ in PA

    Hilary is praying for Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania to pull her through. I will vote for republican before I will vote Hilary.

    Pennsylvania for Obama!

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. freddy

    Ok, let us play the odds for a moment with a view to how it would be best for the DP to gamble. Say Obama wins the nomination, and he is beaten by McCain: DP loss is that of two candidates, Clinton and Obama. Say Clinton wins the nomination, and she is beaten by McCain: DP loses the Clinton card, but would still have the Obama one to play again in 2012. Now say, Clinton beats McCain, the DP would still have the Obama card to play in case Clinton wins a two term mandate. And if Clinton doesn't get re-elected for a second term, Obama would still be a very viable candidate for 2016. Say Obama wins over McCain, the Clinton card is lost anyways, whether he gets or not re-elected for a second term. So playing the odds, the only good scenario for the DP in case Obama wins the nomination would be for Obama to better win the general election. And yet, he may not end up re-elected for a second term. This is called putting all eggs in one basket. An Obama nomination looks like a very risky gambling. If it were my money, I wouldnt play it that way.

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Alecki

    Why do you act like Hillary lost the race.

    This is only half way.

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. June McKarris

    Am watching CNN Politics on t.v. I wish Wolf Blitzer or one of the others would explain to us what is a Super Candidate and what is a Caucus Candidate? Do they have more than one vote? They keep talking about the Super Candidates but have not explained to us Canadians what that is.

    Also, Wolf Blitzer is sounding far too excitable and should slow his speech down somewhat. He is speaking in a feverish pitch that is not that pleasant to listen to.

    February 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. Kevin


    I'm glad you have such tremendous insight into why people are voting for Obama. Really, why aren't you part of the best political team on television?

    And as for the "Hillary knows best" argument, which is getting quite tired by the by, why don't you Clinton zombies realize that there is a difference between leadership/administrative style and campaigning style? Just because she tries to bore people to tears with figures and numbers does not mean she has the better plan. Look on his website, and compare it to her website. He has a 65 page PDF file that outlines plans for a myriad of issues affecting Americans today, whereas she has a bunch of disjointed and vague paragraphs under "Issues". Do your research before you dismiss him, just as I did my research before dismissing her. 😉

    February 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. badmus

    Campaign reshufflement, resignation, short of funds and six/seven losses in a roll !!!! is the house of clinton falling apart?

    February 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. US Navy Vietnam Vet

    If voters don't get it now, they will get it when Senator Obama looses to the Republicans. That will be shameful and we will have 1/2 of this nation to blame. I saw a recent post to have auto stickers made up to say – Don't Blame Me, I voted for Hillary. That is no laughing matter!

    February 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Tabitha

    Liz TN, please don't say everybody liked Bush. Trust me, that's just not the case. MANY of us could smell his stink from the very beginning.

    This white, middle aged woman was proud to caucus for Obama this past weekend!

    February 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Sarkis


    Your observation is ridiculous. The whole point of this process is for Democrats (with the participation of independents in some states) to select their nominee for President. It makes absolutely no sense for us to select a nominee that we "know" will lose to McCain.

    You should have your voting privileges revoked.

    The nation has spoken. Every demographic is breaking for Obama. We want an end to divisive politics and someone who can unite and change this country.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Dave L

    I can't stand to watch has what has happened. Its obivious that the Media doesn't like Hillary Clinton. So, it props up Obama and constantly puts down Hillary. The result? More attention to Obama which translates into votes. Why elect a Canadate who has no experience?? Obama will say anything to get your vote. You want change? We'll, Obama won't be able to change. He has no idea how to stand up for ideas.

    February 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. mbwika

    clinton will eventually face the same fate as Giuliani,at this point i suggest she should realize there comes a time when the interest of a party becomes more important than that of an individual.other words:humbly bow out

    February 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. John in Columbus

    yea Keith that's fine, jump from one sinking ship to the next

    February 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. lois

    Go McCain! Our next President!

    February 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Ed Greenland

    Democrats!!! all the way…………..
    I support Hillary, wholeheartedly, but it appears she's not only going up against Obama, but everyone in the press also. CNN fails to show equality in reporting….and night after night, it becomes more obvious that America isn't ready for a Woman President. I haven't seen one piece of positive reporting toward Hillary Clinton in weeks, on the contrary, Mr Obama walks on water and can't do any wrong. I understand the country is looking for change, but there's something to be said about experience. As I said, I'll vote Democrat no matter who wins because of the sad state of affairs the Republicans have put this country in. I just wish the candidates were being judged more on what they bring to the table. When is the last time we've heard anything about the candidates policies ….can we compare that instead of who gets the African-American Vote, who gets the White high income vote, who gets the Hispanic vote…etc…..Give us something to make informed decisions with, instead of fluff

    February 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. terry

    NO more Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  24. Sarah

    Obama is a very smart and brilliant man. He is very qualified for the job and for any games one wants to play..to my future president..OBAMA '08

    February 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. BB

    Hillary Clinton is now relying on big states to win. She is the new Rudy Guiliani putting all his eggs in Florida. Now she is hoping to win in Texas. She needs to give up now.

    February 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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