April 22nd, 2008
05:49 PM ET
13 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. DAN

    Its true he lost the debate big time, but it's the first time that I've heard cnn say it, Ya it's true with all his money they probably registered everyone including pets to try to come close, a sort of same old style politics with a fresh face. Nothing new here folks,negative attacks ,lots of money to do it with,I know it sounds like it could be Bush. If Obama looses tonight he should get out of the race ASAP. All he is is a gadget so the elitist of the party can dominate the blue collars in a patronizing way., Like Dean, Brazile and Pelosi they know what's best for all of us.(NOT) If Hillary wins with 5 points or more these three should resign or at least step aside,imagine democrats who don't want to count peoples vote shame on you especially Brazile after what happened to Gore in FL wow who could have predicted in 2000 that she would be against counting votes in 2008

    April 22, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. The Truth

    About 10,000 voters decided at the last minute

    April 22, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Balabanto

    The debate was a disgrace. A long time ago, in another life, about 20 years ago, I was the captain of my high school debate team.

    What was the issue they were supposed to be debating? The definition of the word "Bitter?"

    They should have debated two or three issues for 45 minutes apiece. Stephanopoulis should be shanked, not for being biased towards Clinton, because ABC pays him to do that, but because he has no concept of what a DEBATE is supposed to be like. None of these media people do. Someone should go out, find a debate coach, and have them design the debates. This was disgraceful, and an insult to everyone who has ever stepped in front of a podium for a trophy.

    April 22, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Toby

    No matter which side you're on, you should find it interesting that CNN chose to spell out the 16 point spread in favor of Clinton but did not mention the fact that the Obama advantage in newly registered Democrats was 22 points. Gee, is the most trusted name in news not fair and balanced?

    April 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Christian, Tampa FL

    This should help Obama's arguments to superdelegates despite a Pennsylvania loss. New voters may determine the election in November.

    April 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Doug McHenry

    It's interesting why more of the main stream media (MSM) doesn't challenge the Hillary mantra that she can win the "big" states that will matter most to Democrates in November and Obama will not. The Hillary argument is specious on several levels not the least of which it requires one to believe that a majority of democrates in those states will abandoned Obama for McCain.
    Given the differences between Republicans and Democrates on the economy and the war it is difficult to believe Democrates will abandoned Obama in the kind of numbers required for McCain to beat Obama in the key states that Clinton has won.
    The margins of her victory in California, New York clearly doesn't support her argument. Her margin of victory in Texas wasn't significant and the demographics of that state still do not protend victory for a Democrate in the fall regardless of whether its Hillary or Obama.
    Hillary won by 10% in Ohio. And the issue there is whether Obama can capture that 10% or attract enough independents and republicans to make up the difference.
    Obama won Illinois and is likely to repeat that win against McCain. In addition, as the latest polls demonstrated in Pennsylvania there appears to be veracity to Obama's argument that he can expand the electorate to make it more favorable to him; i.e. his overwhelming advantage with new voters.
    This is the kind of vetting more of the MSM needs to do in accessing the Hillary mantra because upon further consideration it is not as compelling as one might think.

    April 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Wayne

    Come on PA. 28 other states voted Obama for POTUS. Please end the democratic madness by giving Obama the big win.

    SHow that you have some education and that you read. The length and tone of this race is killing the Democratic party!!

    April 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Jane

    Hey Sue,

    Your shrill Hillary has sent tens of thousands of precious US jobs overseas to India (with kickbacks to her personally), China, and Mexico.

    How can you possibly believe Hillary is for "the people"?

    Wake up!

    OBAMA FOR THE WIN '08!

    April 22, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Evelyn

    I am afraid that this entire election will prove to be a sham. Hillary plans to steal this election one way or another. If she can't win with Florida and Michigan, she intends to get the superdelegates to swing the election her way despite who the voters elected. She is George Bush in disquise.

    April 22, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Portland, Oregon

    Sheila: Why don't you go home and bake some cookies? If YOU had any integrity you would have come out and questioned Keith DOBERMANN, TIM RUSSERT, Jack OldMcFarty, Chrissy Mathews, Campbell Brown and Brian who-the-hell-cares-what-his-last-name-is Williams's INTEGRITY. Not just journalistic but general INTEGRITY as well. SHAME ON YOU. You are a shallow hypocrite at the best like the rest of them

    April 22, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    I think that old people mess up voting.
    They messed it up in Florida in 2000,
    they messed it up in Ohio in 2004,

    and I don't think old people should be allowed to vote,
    if you are 66 and up you should not be allowed to vote,
    you have messed it up enough,
    please go watch jeopardy.

    April 22, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Sara from Arizona

    I pray that Obama sends Hillary packing today!!!

    April 22, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. kristy4Barack

    My problem is people don't seem to want to give Barack credit for anything. Actually all of these news commentators and reporters, should be grateful to Obama, because I don't think if Hillary was running by herself with J. Edwards nobody would hardly be this exicted. Barack Obama candidacy for President has established a large number of jobs(Whether you want to believe it or not) from T-shirt shops, artist, restaurants,etc. We should be thankful to finally find a way to get Americans out to vote and believe in their country again. Alabama loves Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. richard

    Hilary appeals to those who are deficient in judgement because they can relate to her best.

    April 22, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. carrie

    CNN
    WHAT SHAKY DEBATE PERFORMANCE?
    WHAT IS THIS?
    ARE U WORKING FOR HILLARY?
    I AM DISAPPOINTED.
    I AM SICK AND TIRED OF RINGING THE CLINTON BELLS.
    JACK IS THE ONLY SANE PERSON
    U BETTER SHOW THIS COS I AM ANGRY AT YOUR WRONG JOURNALISM

    April 22, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Control tower to Clintonites

    Earth to Hill-bots, Earth to Hill-bots,

    Sorry, without a 15-20 point victory she is done- toast. If she gets it, she can drag this torture on. Unless she gets it, the "chinese water torture" of super-D's going to B. Hussein Obama will increase to a stream sufficient for W's kind of water-boarding! It will play out tonight, but this story makes me think it will be something like 54-46%, on the surface a victory for Hill and Bill (and Chel), but in reality, it will be winning a battle and losing the war!

    April 22, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Eric

    That little kid looks just like I did when I was a baby. I guess it's the future face of America =)

    April 22, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Hillary 4 President

    To Sheila:

    Grow up! Your entire comment is ridiculous especially: ?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."

    BHO went into this election with his nose up in the air believing he was
    "off limits" and would never be scrutinized. It's politics and the process of running for president is not easy. He's done this himself and all his supporters really thing he is untouchable. HRC is not perfect and she has never tried to hide that. She is the candidate who has ridden the roller coaster and taken hits after hits and has yet to say "let me off"
    "this is too tough for me." You sound mad b/c people are seeing the real BHO. Rallies, and pretty words will not sustain. He's changed his mind so many times on so many things and it has hurt him. I read where he walked out of an interview b/c he didn't like the questions.
    You have to be tough in this type of business–POLITICS!

    April 22, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Body Canada

    This is what Hillary and her supporter should know Obama bring new first time voter...Hillary bring crisis and negetive Ad

    April 22, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. LA Ben

    The only reason Hillary does well down the stretch is due to her absurd 3am ads and that recent tv spot dangling Bin Laden in front of voters' eyes – as if to somehow suggest that Barack is ill-equipped to handle these issues. Her tactic is to scare the voters right before election day, leaving Barack no time to respond – it's a cheap ploy, but I've come to expect these things from her.

    Come May 6th when Barack trounces her in North Carolina and overtakes her in Indiana, we may just be seeing the last of her and we can finally get to mending the party.

    I'll take sound judgment and a level head over her brand of "experience" any day of the week.

    April 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Bill in NYC

    I don't get it. I've followed the primaries pretty closely and I can't think of one state where the numbers of Republican voters have even come close to matching the Democratic turnout. And yet, everyone is saying that Senator Obama can't compete with Senator McCain in the big states. Seems to me that if Senator Obama gets the nomination it should be a no brainer that he can take it to Senator McCain...just so long as Hillary's supporters do the right thing and back their party's candidate. I can understand why someone who really wants to vote for Senator Clinton could be easily confused at this point with all of the mis-information that her campaign has been responsible for, but the bottom line is that both Democratic candidates are very similar on the issues (which is why the focus has shifted so violently to identity politics over these past few months). I mean, I suppose I could see a large number of Senator Clinton's supporters voting for McCain or simply staying home on election day out of spite and, dare I say, bitterness, but that seems awfully stupid to me.

    Come November, Senator McCain doesn't stand a chance. I even think Senator Clinton could beat him despite the fact that she apparently has absolutely no idea how to run a campaign. After all, how hard could it be to secure the nomination when you're representing a political dynasty against a supposedly worthless junior Senator with little to no experience on the national stage.

    Oh yeah. Well, maybe the guy who actually got more votes should be the nominee, just in case.

    April 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Obama the Great Deceiver

    poor kid Dunsten, he looks scared holding that fan.

    April 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Go Hillary Go!

    Are you certain Obama supporters are the more educated group? From the looks of it here, they can't even spell. That's alright. Hillary will see that public education is improved during her tenure as President of the United States of America. I wish everyone the best. That is why I support Hillary Clinton!

    April 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. jyh1920

    Mary Ann Goloversic, What are you talking about?!
    He more than made his case!
    Hillary was ahead more than 30% in some polls!
    The fact that he is only behind by 10% or less is AMAZING!!!!

    April 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. wrong again.

    Wow, you obama supporters are really the hateful mongers that your being called. this is a contest, not race/gender slurs. shame on all of you for the hate you carry around. and you will someday be the leaders of this country. HEAVEN HELP US ALL!!!!

    April 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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