April 22nd, 2008
05:49 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit polls: New voters boost Obama

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(CNN) - There were more than 150,000 new voters in the Pennsylvania primary and they overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama, the just released exit polls show.

Among first time voters, 60 percent went for Obama while only 38 percent went for Clinton. That discrepancy could keep the race close.

But in good news for Clinton, among voters who decided in the last week, she bests Obama by 16 points, 58 percent to 42 percent.

Clinton has won among late deciders in prior contests, but she was likely helped in Pennsylvania by Barack Obama's at-times shaky debate performance Wednesday night.

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Grif

    Another Dreamer!!!

    April 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. ***AMERICAN***

    Obama is a uniter. Clinton is a divider. Tough choice.

    United we stand divided we fall.

    April 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. April in Texas

    Woot!!! Go Obama

    Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Let's hope the new voters make the difference in the race and boot Hillary back to NYC.

    April 22, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. sg

    new voters like him to be part of the bandwagon, obama has no substance. BOOOOO

    April 22, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. DK

    Miracles do happen and they will happene for Obama.

    April 22, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. js

    go new boaters

    April 22, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Sheila

    His so called Shaky Debate due to George, Clinton Senior Advisor giving Hillary the questions before hand.

    George and Charlie ambushed Obama they did a hit job on him. If George had any Integrity he should have excused himself as a Moderator.

    The World knew that Debate was a sham and a Hit job and no matter what CNN try to spin it. George and Charlie got the lashing they deserved.

    April 22, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Hannah Wirtshafter

    Obama inspires a new generation of voters!
    Barack the vote!

    April 22, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. gerard morei

    Of course new voters are for Obama, they think they are voting for president of the student council, for they is the cool thing to do and they are brain washed. Let see if in November they stay so involved or they will be in some fraternity or sorority party.

    April 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |

    Clinton will win by 10 points. The new voters got Obama close but Hillary held a lead and the late deciders will push Hillary to a solid victory tonight. She closes this big primaries better in the last days.

    April 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. American Veteran

    We need a hope, faith, and love to lead Obama to Win in the State of Brotherly Love.

    Let us all Pray....

    OBAMA 08

    April 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Victor in NC

    Well, I hope of the 35,000 that attended the ralley on Saturday evening will vote Obama.

    Also, Hillary has tried very hard to win. I have to give her credit, however, her campaign is falling fast.
    Lost 5 people that were a key part of her campaign
    Loan money to her campaign
    Can't pay her bills
    Play war scare video's in hope to win!
    Husband has something to do with Nafta,
    Case pending trial on April 25th.
    Her campaign employees don't have medical insurance.
    That about sums it up..
    She is taking a hit, so this win would really put a smile on her face.

    April 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Dave

    I'm glad Democrats are coming out a ton today! We need to carry Pennsylvania in November, no matter who the candidate is!

    Clinton OR Obama '08!

    April 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Freedom-SC

    If I was Obama I would have been shaken up too, when you have a 3 on 1 debate which a bunch of idiotic questions and not a discussion of real issues.

    Regardless if she wins PA, she will still be behind.
    Hillary supporters do you really want the person to win who has not won the delegate and the popular vote?

    If you say yes, you are not a democrat and you know it. If you think you are then you have another issue that is beyond this campaign, entirely.

    April 22, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. John

    I think the press and pollsters have underestimated the "new voters" without landlines. Most of these people are cell phone users that can not be polled.

    April 22, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Kerry

    Substance......OK, so you believe Barack has none. And Hillary's is??? Because she SAYS shes' a fighter, she must be right??? And oh by the way, her being such a darned good fighter is what has Republicans ready to whip her...

    April 22, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Karen

    go hillary!

    April 22, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Susan

    Heaven help us if Hillary becomes president.

    Hillary is so high and mighty on health care but won’t even provide health care for her campaign workers.

    Her campaign is 10 million in debt.

    She lies like there’s no tomorrow.

    She blames other people for her own mistakes.

    She’s a train wreck waiting to happen!

    April 22, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. sacto joe

    You mean "helped by the public mugging he was subjected to", don't you? Real good odds – three to one.

    But gentleman that he is, he didn't play the "race card", unlike his opponent who played the "gender card" every single time she got asked even a remotely tough question!

    April 22, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. -K-

    See what happens when you try to divide and destroy people. Things will happen for change. Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Vince - Phoenix

    prediction... (and this from a huge Obama supporter)...

    if it is TRUE that voters were swayed by that farce of a debate...

    then i call PA for hillary at maybe nine points... mmm 51 – 42


    on to indiana ......


    April 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Judy Harwood

    If Clinton does well in Pennsylvania does that mean that the news media and Obama supporters will let NC voters vote now or will they (Obama supporters) still say that she should quit? In the last debate I heard Clinton say that no matter what she intended to see a Dem. in office; I did not hear Obama say the same thing.

    April 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Venus

    Thank you new voters and welcome to the Obama Train – (:

    April 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Lynn

    The superdelegates will like this...Go Barack!! How is ole Bill Shneider going to divide them up into all his categories?

    April 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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