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. April Garlow

    Yea he's a uniter, just look how Obama has unified the Democratic party. If he is the Democratic candidate–I am voting for McCain.

    April 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Rebecca

    New voters voting for Obama doesn't surprise me. All probably college students in which most presidential issues don't really effect them as they don't have families to supprot and are still in school. Voters who decided in the last week voting for Clinton doesn't surprise me either. They have had six weeks to make a decision and have had time to contemplate who can really run this country.

    April 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Fran

    Obama is exactly what this country needs. Anyone calling him a fake has got grits for brains. I do hope he takes PA and Hillary concedes so we can get on with this election.

    April 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Ilona Proud Canadian

    The only reason Sen. Clinton was able to answer her questions so glibly...............

    She had the questions ahead of the attack (disgusting sham of a debate)...............her henchman gave her the heads up ahead of the shameful excuse for a debate.............. that is my opinion and I am sticking to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Miud Hippy

    hmmm, 10% of voters witched parties recently. I guess Repubs are voting for Hillary out of desperation. I.E. they took their marching orders from Rush and Coulter.

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

    LMAOOOOOOO!! Did someone say Sen. Obama have no substance!
    Ah Hello!?!? Hillary was under Sniper Attack ~ LIE~ She never supported NAFTA ~ LIE ~ The Clintons got $800,000 from special interest groups and Lobbyist like the Columbians!
    HILLARY HAS NO SUBSTANCE! Why do you think all these political top officials not backing her ~ DUH~
    If Hillary wins the race she will lose in November ~ WHY? She has TOOO much baggage and there is soo much stuff they have on her(thats actually true) they will literally mop the floor with her when they are done bringing it to light!
    Sen. Obama is a much MUCH harder candidate to beat because they cannot pin anything much on him ~ there is no baggage! He is a washington "Outsider". Sure they will twist a thing or two but people will see the politics behind it!

    April 22, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Body Canada

    We don't care about big states. Popular votes!!!

    April 22, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Teresa

    Judging from the volume of BO posters, there are alot of children on the board. Now, we need to you all to calm down. Have some milk and cookies and take a nice nap, while the grown-ups go about the serious business of electing our next president. We'll wake you all up in time for the inaugural speech of President Clinton – we promise!

    April 22, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. aware

    Hillary 2008 and 2012! 🙂

    April 22, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Sherylanne


    April 22, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. jason

    John McCain is so anxious about tonight's primary that he's literally peeing in his Depends right now. He's not watching the elections results he's watching Jeopardy, but still... the old man's excited. Yeee!

    April 22, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Femi, CO

    Obama is the only candidate that can bring all interests in the country together. This is a confirmation.

    Femi, Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. jon

    You Americans are crazy, Do you think using atrocity acts for campaign signs sept 11, Bin ladin that is being strong, I dearly feel sorry for those who lost their love ones during that terrible terror act. how could someone really use that for personal political mileage? Crazy world. Next it will be Nakazaki and Hiroshima nuclear atomic bomb campaign posters. Wonder the world is not safe.

    April 22, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Vince - Phoenix


    to answer your question, SHOULD IT HAVE BEEN " WINNER-TAKE-ALL" in the states... Clinton would be ahead by a SLIGHTLY margin that Obama is right now... (but I think the exact math is 174 delegates ahead)...

    Because of that discrepancy (because obama won 30 contests to clinton's 11 (so far).. the democrats , attempting to give weight to ALL states... not just BIG states... did it this way.... (otherwise... everybody would focus ONLY on California and new york, and illinois... texas... and FORGET about the rest of the country...

    well... that's your civics lesson for the day folks...

    truth is... THE SYSTEM THE DEMS HAVE...... IS THE SYSTEM THE DEMS HAVE..... no use crying about it 40 states into the batle.

    April 22, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Patti

    Shaky performance by Obama in the last debate? What debate? It sounded like a call-in talk show on shock radio to me. How sad that the moderators played into the fears of the fine people of PA, and how sad that some of them believed it. Shame on ABC for their performance. Shame on Hillary for using Republican scare tactics in her ad this week. Does she really want to sacrifice this country and give it over to McCain for her own ambition so that she can set up for 2012? Obama held his own in the face of vile mudslinging and I respect him for that.

    April 22, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Jose

    The argument that Hillary is winning in states that democrats will win in the fall and by that Obama will not win them is weak and lame at best.

    For starters, if Hillary can only win in states where democrats wins each year, that means she is very weak as a candidate; she does not have anything new to offer the party or bring to the table and if these states having been voting democratic for decades, they will vote for Obama in the falls if he is the nominee. We have two good candidates and the democrats are divided and hence in those states they voted for one candidate over the other but in a primary, those voters will unite behind the nominee.

    The other argument that Obama outspent Hillary 3-1 is nonsense. First of all, this guy raised those money for this election and the money need to be spend, he cannot be sitting on the money and not use it. This also tells a lot on Hillary's inability to raise money and compete on that level.

    Given, Hillary will win in PA, but Obama will blunt her win with a more higer win in NC and any delegate he might have lost in PA, he will gain in NC and more.

    IN will be a tie-breaker or it will be divided down the middle so as far as I am concern this race is over.

    If Hillary likes it or not, she will concede now or later.

    April 22, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Daniel


    1) You say "hillary shipped jobs overseas", yet you give no factual information to back that statement up.

    Since Hillary became a senator, New York has seen one of the largest increases in jobs in its history....... over a million.

    April 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. John

    Remember, they are politicians. Come January, the flow will be the same, stuck in the Middle East, $6.00 per gallon gas, foreclosures out of control and the rich get richer. Thanks George and the Next President.

    April 22, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Lyz in Maryland

    New voters are people who didn't vote before because they were tired of divisive gotcha politics (which Clinton uses and Obama refuses to use) and politicians who were beholden to corporate lobbyists (which Clinton is, and Obama is not).

    April 22, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Anna G.

    Anna, CA.

    Hillary is the best canditate. I hope you will win the election. Senator Obama needs to earn more experience. They both should work together for the general election.

    Hillary 08!

    April 22, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Vince - Phoenix

    I'd love to see it... cause 4 points either way is a HUGE obama victory given the dimographic favoring her, the governors election machine behind her, her parent's roots there, and even the subtle plays to race (that she will never admit to)...

    it is AMAZING

    April 22, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Amy Jacobson

    After outspending her by 3 (some say 5) times, he still lost the last minute deciders. That, to me, says it all.

    April 22, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. April Garlow

    The first time voters, the youth don't remember how the media pushed George Bush in 2000, and how his stump speeches were filled with the same talk of changing Washington, and he was the young, inspirational cool candidate. Obama has practically taken his whole personna from Bush,but you were all too young to remember. Well you can see the effects of his presidency and it's just a glimpse into what the Obama presidency would be.

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

    If you want change, you don't vote for someone who has already been there. Also if you want to create jobs, why vote for someone who agreed to send the jobs out of America!!

    April 22, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Jane

    No more negative politics and fear mongering to get a vote. Hillary's time is through.


    April 22, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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