March 4th, 2008
10:02 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Seniors give Clinton a boost

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A senior citizen casts her vote in Bloomdale, Ohio."]
(CNN) - One of the statistics in the exit polls I wanted to watch out for was the senior vote - Clinton needs to win big among this group to stay competitive with Obama, and tonight's exit polls show she is doing just that.

The New York senator only won two age groups in Texas and Ohio (50-64 and 65+) - but together those age groups make up roughly 45 percent of the electorate in both states.

In Ohio, she's winning the 50-64 bloc by 20 points and the 65+ vote by 40 points. In Texas, her margins of victory in those blocs are 11 points and 30 points respectively. It's imperative Clinton's support among these groups hold to counterbalance Obama's overwhelming popularity among young voters and his edge with those who are middle-aged.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider • Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Ohio • Texas
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Jack Tourince

    Yes. Dynasties seems to be the correct term for it.

    Our nation seems to be in disarray on too many fronts. Both political parties have had their people in the Congress, Senate, and White House during these times in which many of this nations problems have been created.


    I don't think Hillary is a cure for this nations ails. She is the cure for the Republican dominance...and self inflicted blunders.

    Both parties have had plenty of time to fix problems instead of creating more and they have created these problems together, not separately with some mysterious unilateral power as some of the intellectual elites have led themselves to believe.

    I think we need a complete overhaul of the government. Presidential candidates who will get the right people to work with them in their administrations. I don't think any of these candidates will do anything noteworthy.

    We also need a complete overhaul of the people in the Congress and Senate. They are "old and wise" and have plenty of "experience" in screwing up our country.

    Votes from the old, young, fat, bald, religious, agnostic...what have you: it does not matter. We still keep getting the same stale do nothings that we have been for too long.

    This is not an endorsement for any of these weak candidates.

    March 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  2. rose, texas

    2 all those young people out there that don't think they r going 2 get old that's where u'r headed, think again we don't stay young 4ever. go hillary all the way i know u can do it and bring all r soldiers home.

    March 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. Cherina Hsia

    My mother is 75 yrs old. I am so proud of her because she sees through Hillary. She simply stated that Hillary is a fake and she is in it for herself not for the country. We would all like to see a woman lead but not just because she is a woman but because she has integrity. Hillary's dirty tactics is reminiscent of the GOP in 2004. In good faith I will not vote for her.

    March 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. Sheri, MI

    I love how Hillary supporters fall for her disingenuous campaign tactics and maudlin theatrics. Really intelligent, informed voting from Ohio – the parking lot of the United States!

    March 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Sylvia California

    A candidate isnt ready on day 1 or do they deserve the presidency when all they have in their bag of tricks is the trash that Hillary Clinton has dished out.

    Hillary has proven that all she knows is how to be the best scumbag!

    March 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. H

    Seniors always know who is the best president for American people. Obama started losing peoples' trust, confidence.
    Bye-bye Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Dan

    I just want to say that the photo of the old lady voting is absolutely adorable. Let's remember all the wisdom and experience that these people possess, and never lose respect of that.

    March 4, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Curtis

    Here's the deal, which is brought to the fore by this post:

    If the Democratic nomination goes to Clinton this, the new generation of the Democratic party, will be completely disenfranchised. You disenfranchise a generation of voters, you don't have seniors in the future. Democrats like to talk about "looking towards the future". Do it then. Don't disenfranchise a generation of voters, that is not the solution.

    March 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  9. radi AZ


    March 4, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. Kathy

    You GO Hillary !!!! I know with you there is hope for a better America,I know that you can bring our Country back to a future,and back to proud to BE AN AMERICAN!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. Joanne

    harharhar, according to kathleen, she cant add up what happened to Obama. Should we say now, STAY IN SCHOOL.!! so you can think clearly and not be swayed by the HOPE-CHANGE rhetorics.

    March 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. CA Supporter

    I'd like to see Hilary Clinton try to force me to buy her health care...

    I'd also like to point out the statistic that shows the education level of those who vote for Hilary...

    Way to go Ohio – you bunch of Dummies....

    March 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. Santayana2008


    March 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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