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. kevin from alaska

    It makes sense that Clinton would win with people making up their minds at the last minute... this election has been going on for over 4 months.. if you didn't know who you were voting for until you walked into the booth you are probably an ignorant fool and therefore a Clinton supporter.

    April 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Daryl from Seattle

    How was his debate performance shaky? The debate questions were meant to jam him up! It was a coordinated hit, tabloid style.

    Let's go Obama!!

    April 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Mark

    Lets go PA!! GO OBAMA!

    April 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    Obama has revived our interest in the political process of our country. No wonder he keeps setting registration and turnout records across all these states. We're witnessing history in the making, with a total break away from old school politics.

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

    Where is the poll that says 60% of voters were women and older voters came out overwhelmingly? Hm. I think that is good news for Clinton.

    April 22, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Robert Seaman

    Bill, I have watched your analysis with great interest for many years now, and I have a question: What would the delegate count look like if the Dems had gone with the same format as the Republicans, that is, winner-take-all-delegates for a majority of the contests? With Ms. Clinton winning the larger states, I think the difference would be staggering.

    Thank you!

    April 22, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. R Autry

    BARACK OBAMA FOR CHANGE!!! No more lies, deception, and shagging interns! Keep the Clinton's far from the White House please. America deserves better!

    April 22, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. nubien40

    i agree with sheila. lets just hope that pennsylvania will speak for most of us americans and let washington know that it is time for change. go obama

    April 22, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Brian

    It wasn't cnn, it was abc...

    April 22, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Jo

    Gosh Sheila you are a bigger whiner than Obama and that says something. He has been hiding from the press since the debate. I am sure he thinks he is punishing them.

    I am glad we have new democratic voters. As usual the late breaking voters are going for Clinton. I wonder why he cannot seem to close her out. Maybe he should quit insulting her voters.

    April 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Sherri

    I thank every Pennsylvania voter who cast their vote today.

    Barack Obama has inspired new voices, both young and old, to enter this process that makes our democracy strong. No one can argue with that fact.

    April 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Hillary Clinton

    Ok the 'JIG' is up. To be honest I wanted to end the race but did not know how so I am hoping Sen. Obama would actually win PA so I would have no choice but to concede ~ Gracefully!
    I will have to have a word with Bill when I get home!
    He's got alot of explaining to do about that 'race card' comment he pulled!
    I am up to my neck in debt and I think I'll have to give my buddy Sen. Obama a call for a loan.. how did he do it $42 mil for april man he's good.
    I did not think it would come to this but the voice of the people have spoken and I as a politician must listen.
    Thank you for your support now we have to focus on beating McCain!!
    Yes we can!

    April 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. vern from Gary,IN

    It's time to to start thinking about the General election......Obama/Casey '08

    April 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. DJ in TX

    It is way too ealry to be saying anything at this point. I think most people know that Senator was going to win PA, no matter what. I for one will not buy into the spin that will follow "I won even though my opponent outspent me 3-1". Which proves nothing except that Senator Obama outpaced Senator Clinton in fundraising and had it to spend. Believe me, she would have spent it if she had it. At any rate, early congrats to her and lets move on to NC and IN.

    April 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Can't wait for our next American President — John McCain.

    April 22, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. kim

    The debate was more than just shaky. It is horrible to think that people are actually voting for this man who does not have the answers to the question being asked. That is SCARY people....

    April 22, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. smokesignals

    Obviously, late deciders haven't been paying attention to the lies coming from Bill and Hill.

    Come on Pennsylvania. Go Obama!

    April 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Sue

    Tonight Obama will be put in his place, which is not the whitehouse. Pennsylvania will choose Clinton, because they are hard working americans that can see Obama is a fake!

    April 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    This is good news for the US and bad news for Rush Limabugh and his complete faliure of the "Operatrion Chaos".

    April 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. James

    I think Obama would win PA. Trust me.

    April 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. Mary Ann Goloversic

    Obama has had at least 6 full weeks to make his case in Pennsylvania. He couldn't do it. The new voters are not voting for experience or skills or accomplishments; they are voting for youth and race. He will never beat McCain, but the pundits want him to beat Hillary. Interesting, isn't it? Who are they really rooting for? I pray that Hillary stomps him today!

    April 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. kim

    I forgot GO HILLARY!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Vince – Phoenix

    Missed it by this much,

    C'mon it will be within 4% either way

    April 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. LucieLee

    I didn't think Obama's preformance was "shaky" at Wednesday night's debate.......He did the best he could do given the "bad" preformance by George and Charlie...........And Hillary did nothing to better herself during that debate...."cheap-shots" are not becoming...and the sooner she learns that...the better.

    April 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Jane

    My 13-year-old niece also wants Obama to win!

    Go younger new voters!

    Obama for the win and for the nomination!

    OBAMA '08

    April 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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