February 19th, 2008
09:17 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: Obama holds onto his base, makes inroads in Clinton's

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(CNN) - In campaign contests so far, Barack Obama has polled the best among black, more wealthy and educated voters and college students, while rival Hillary Clinton has been able to count on women, low-income voters and blue-collar workers.

But in early exit polls tonight, Obama held Clinton to a virtual tie among Wisconsin Democratic primary voters who said they have a union member in their household - 50 percent for Clinton to 49 percent for Obama - and actually edged her among women, 51 percent to 49 percent.

Clinton held a narrow advantage over Obama among Catholic poll respondents - who made up 43 percent of voters interviewed - 51 percent to 48 percent. She also held narrow leads among voters with only a high school education, people 60 or older and those making between $15,000-$30,000 a year.

But Obama kept those margins close and took easy wins among his traditional base of supporters.

Among voters 49 years old and younger he had a significant 64-39 percent advantage over Clinton. College-educated voters, who made up 72 percent of those polled, favored him 59 percent to 39 percent.

Obama had a slight edge among voters who called themselves Democrats - 50 percent to 49 percent - but overwhelmingly topped Clinton among the 27 percent of respondents who called themselves independents, taking 63 percent of their votes to Clinton's 36 percent.

Filed under: Exit Polls • Wisconsin
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Brian

    JF you spend to much time with the Clintons... take your negativity elsewhere!

    February 19, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  2. Lone Star for Obama

    i've got goosebumps thinking about the debate on campus tomorrow. Austin, Texas is Obama country!

    February 19, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. lets be real here

    Good job Obama

    Okay now H. Clinton supporters its just time to come on over and lets get ready to battle these freaking Republicans. Its time out for beating up on each other. Lets get together and win the White House back.

    The fastest this is over the better the chances the Democrats have at winning the General Election. Stop all this bickering and lets join forces and defeat the real enemy here. These big corporation Republicans.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    February 19, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. George from Minneapolis

    That was awesome how Obama knocked Hillary off all the airways at the same time. The next time she wants to go negative, she should think about the payback.

    February 19, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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