April 22nd, 2008
06:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: Pennsylvania Dems think Obama will win

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(CNN) - Barack Obama will win the Democratic nomination, a majority of Pennsylvania voters believe.

According to the exit polls, 54 percent of primary voters said Obama will be the party's nominee while 43 percent said Clinton will win.

In what could be a troubling sign, only 38 percent of voters said they'd be satisfied if either candidate was the nominee. Meanwhile 32 percent said they'd be satisfied only if Clinton wins, while 25 percent said they'd be satisfied only if Obama wins.

For the time being at least, the party is sharply divided between these two candidates.

soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Jason

    This is not suprising. The machine that is Clinton tore Barack wide open and made him essentially the same as everybody else in politics. I mean, who does he think he is coming into her house trying to change things? Heaven forbid we have a candidate that can inspire and bring about joy and hope to America...but people like Clinton would rather keep things the same and snuff anybody that threatens to change that. Hope and Change have no place in American politics anymore.

    April 22, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. sandy

    managering the campaign for less then 18 months should say something about how you may run the Country for the next 4 years. Obama has raised more money, involved more youth votes and internet excange (talking about CHANGE), Clinton is in debt... need I say more

    April 22, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. TiffIn in Ohio

    The REAL debate hasn't started yet so stop fretting. Unless Hillary and Obama kill each other one of them will in fact be the nominee. I have every confidence once the covers are pulled back on John McCain, his policies and plans for another 4 years of Bush's presidency I don't think Dems will vote for him no matter how much they dislike one or the other candidate. I believe Hillary's lies and Bill Clinton's mouth is how that garbage disposal in her kitchen sink is going to take her out!

    Obama 08!!

    April 22, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. JT

    How on EARTH can we put a 73 year old man in the white house? Why is no one making a point out of McCain´s age? There´s no doubt McCain is an american war hero, but COME ON PEOPLE, we need a new direction.

    April 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. henry evans

    hillary and huckabee obviously studied math together!

    April 22, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Joel, Pittsburgh, PA

    The only way Hillary can win the nomination is if the superdelegates overturn the will of the rank and file. Can you imagine what will happen to the party then?

    But of course, ambition overrules good judgment with Clinton. She's already lost, and she can't face it, and she's willing to tear her entire party down and hand the election to McCain rather than concede like an adult.

    The DEms lose again.

    April 22, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. A-dawgg

    Leave it to the Democrats to snatch defeat from the hands of vistory.

    April 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    This is just news spin. Yes, the Democrats are divided (thanks to Hillary's useless attempt to stay in the race). But, once we are centered on Obama vs. McCain, I think the answer will be obvious.......Do we really want 4 more years of a Republican? Is America REALLY that stupid? Just like Bush would say:

    "Fool me once......shame......shame on you......fool me twice..........you ain't going to fool me again!"

    I'm not worried about McCain, I'm worried about Hillary dragging this thing on to the convention!

    April 22, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Tammy Hallowell

    We're getting to know Barack now and we don't like what we see. He can't answer a question if it's not given to him in advance, he can't debate, and he can't stand the heat. He pouts like a spoiled child when the press isn't fawning over him.

    Obama has done NOTHING as a senator, so why do people believe he can accomplish anything as president.

    Nobama never nohow!!!!!!!

    Go Hillary all the way girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. A-dawgg

    Leave it to the Democrats to snatch defeat from the hands of victory.

    April 22, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Debra Thomas, Fl- Obama -2008

    I think Obama, will win tonight and hopefully Clintion will go ahead and get out the race, so the Obama, can shut McCain downl.

    Obama for President ____________________2008,

    McCain will say and do the same as Bush, lie and say we are not in a


    April 22, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Tony, Miami

    From fact check : Obama sponsored more than 800 bills during his eight years as an Illinois state senator. And his U.S. Senate career, while brief, has been action-packed.

    April 22, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. ron

    He does not have to win in Pa. he will win the Dem. nomination to run against McCain.

    Go Obama

    April 22, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. out of touch Obama

    Republicans are licking their chops at a Obama nomination.

    Most Americans listen to their minister, priest or rabbi speak about love. They get something out of the exoerience not because they are angry about immigrants, gays and others.
    Obama allowed his children to listen to hate in church. That is a very unusual experience for most Americans to understand. It will be a hard sell for Obama IF he is the nominee.

    John McCain is in Sedona, AZ praying for Barack tonight.

    April 22, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. liz

    A Obama/clinton ticket would send voters like me (a registered republican) back to McCain. I, along with lots of other republican are going for Obama. But if he chooses her, I will not vote for her. I tired of the Clintons and the old politic games they play.

    April 22, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. A-dawgg

    It is time to phase out the Baby Boomers from the political elite. They have had their turn. It is time for a new generation to take over.

    April 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. Axl

    Hillary should join the GOP if she wants to play by their vote counting rules. The very same superdelegates she's praying to to keep her nomination fight alive are also a Democratic Party quirk.

    She mismanaged every possible advantage in 1993, from a house majority to being first lady and policy expertise in the healthcare debacle and cost voters coverage for another half-generation.

    She mismanaged every possible advantage in 2007/8 from her universal brand recognition, 200 ready-pledged superdelegates, policy strength, fund raising power and insider infrastructure into a bankrupt campaign.

    Hillary failed the chief executive test. Twice.
    And she wants the toughest chief executive job in the world.

    she belongs in the senate, legislating and fighting political fights.

    April 22, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. kaio

    If they think he will win, they should should give him pennsylvania

    April 22, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Zoinks

    So Penn voters are by and large idiots. they should grow up and get an education. All the these so called blue collar dems are going to turn and vote for McCain? GO FOR IT! I'll enjoy buying their house for a 1/3 of its value when they still have no jobs and no retirement plan and no clue about how to vote in their best interest.

    April 22, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. joe

    Seems like people really like to bash Hillary.What has this guy Obama done for you?He uses one word that you all fall for (change).
    It seems like the media and people let him slide on all issues.
    To vote for someone for president that hasn't done much for this country
    and surrounds himself very questionable people is beyond me.

    April 22, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Bridgette- PA

    Oh yes....music to my ears!

    Come on PA, CNN just stated that they can't project a winner......let's do this.


    April 22, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. b

    to the people still worried about the michigan stuff, if you will notice, all the democratic candidates took their names off the ballots. except for hillary. they were ALL asked to do so, as they knew their vote wouldn't count. what about this do you not get?

    April 22, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. PC

    Republicans have been masters at diverting voters from the real issues. McCain has nothing to add to the failed and disasterous policies of the last 8 years. This year, it's about more than an election. If Hillary wins convincingly in PA, she can't be faulted for continuing her campaign. If she only squeaks by or loses in PA and continues, her and Bill's legacy will be that of destroying the Democratic Party, handing the Presidency to McCain, and plunging our nation further into disaster. If Clinton had been the nominee, she would have been a far better President than McCain, but this is highly unlikely. She needs to seriously consider the question, what is more important, advancing the good of the country or advancing her own political ambition?

    April 22, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Clinton is now running for 2012 - not 2008

    Hillary know she cant win. She is now making sure Obama will lose to the inevitable powerhouse McCain/Lieberman ticket in November. Then she is set to run as the dem ticket in 2012. Yes it is evil, buts thats old Hill. How is she doing the best for the dem party by driving up Obama's negatives in this futile ego fueled desperate last stand?

    And who said shining a light on PA was a good thing? Our state is as backwards as Ohio and should just sink back into the bitter obscurity for which it came.

    Obama in '08 is the best path to a brighter future.

    April 22, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Erik Reppen

    Liz illustrates precisely why Obama would never take Clinton on as a VP. It's not about the negative campaign. Even before then, her name was mud among the GOP and independents which would totally nullify his draw on those circles.

    Taking on Obama would only do even more damage to her trustworthiness factor since she's been attacking him so vigorously.

    From what I've read, the exit polls tend to favor Obama by a good 7% or so, although I'm guessing it will be closer in PA given recent events and all of these new voters and GOP crossovers crawling out of the woodwork.

    April 22, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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