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. wiser

    What change? Bush is arrogant and it appears that Senator Obama shares that same characteristic!

    Only Hillary 08!

    April 22, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Cheryl

    Obama has something that is appealing to voters all across the country. He is inspiring and no matter who you are you can not deny he's fot something.

    April 22, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Paula in WI

    Let's be real here.60% of americans polled dont trust her.The superdelegates would never give it to her.It would be a disaster.They would never agree to take it from him.

    April 22, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Bob

    Obama has the young voters, the more educated voters, and about every voting bloc except for old dissed white women who would vote for anything with a skirt to forward woman into office.

    You can tell the type, the one's that keep justifying their vote using the word "experience" when in truth they couldn't come up with one thing she's ever accomplished....except for dodging all that enemy fire in Bosnia!

    April 22, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. NickNas

    Those Clintons KNOW people are dim enough to react to lies and attacks in the last days before a Vote even when they are untrue. THAT is why they do it. EVERYTIME!!!

    April 22, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Hillary Rocks!

    "Change" "Change you can believe in" are great marketing slogans. Too bad Hillary's campaign didn't come up with a good marketing campaign. The truth is that Americans are afraid of change, and Hillary stands for big changes that make people feel uncomfortable. Obama has sweet peaceful eyes, and I think he will unite the country, but we need some major radical changes, and I don't think there is room for compromise for issues like the economy, environment, war and healthcare. But if you are susceptible to mind control through advertising and marketing campaigns, (like you think gas is good) then you might be voting for Obama, and have no idea why.

    April 22, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. deb

    While I agree that the last debate was nothing but tabloid journalism Hillary ALWAYS wins the debates because she knows what she is talking about, says it eloquently and has real plans and ideas for our country. Obama just rambles on about change. Hillary is clearly the better of a choice for the democratic nomination! Go Hillary!

    April 22, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. MarkieBee

    Hey SG, go to barackobama.com and click on the issues button. You'll see 64 pages of substance in Obama's Blueprint for Change. Then go to Hillary's site and try to download anything that comes close that. You can't. It doesn't exist. Substance? All Hillary's been spewing is negative attacks on Obama. She hasn't been talking about her mandated health care plan – at least not the part where she tells what the penalty will be if we don't buy it. All I've been hearing from Hillary is how she wants to obliterate Iran. No president has ever spoken about another country – friend or foe – in that stark of terms. And she called Obama "naive and irresponsible?" Iran knows they'll have to answer to us if they attack Israel, all the Arab countries know that. It's what has kept them safe for 60 years. But to go about saying we'll obliterate them is just ridiculous. Her "35 years of experience" should have told her that.

    April 22, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. dess

    Shame on Hillary Clinton. Invoking fear in American people. Very negative. There is nothing hopeful and positive about Hillary Clinton. If she wins by 5 point or less than 10 points, that is no win loser.

    April 22, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Joeleen

    New voters? Why now? Fallow a dream? Obama is dreaming. He cannot stand behind his own words. "What I meant to say", is this the leader we want for our country? I don't want a "What I meant to say" President. If he can't stand behind his words now how can he later? When Clinton ran her ad's about "3 a.m." and Bin ladin in picture. She was strong and stood behind 100% on what she said and what she meant from the start. "What I meant to say", we need a strong leader now.

    April 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Sue, Pa

    Way to go Pennsylvania vote Obama.

    April 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Mr. T

    It is time that someone steps up for the American people and not the high dollar supporters! We need someone who still believes in good ole fashion diplomacy as a way to peace, instead of unwarranted war! I believe that if we reintroduce good ole American values to the equation, instead of old Soviet style thinking, trying to force ourselves onto others instead of just showing others how good it is to be American, we would triumph! My God is the most powerful being in existence and he don't force us to serve him......


    April 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Teresa

    Bob, honey – You sound like you have issues with your Mother. It ok. really.

    April 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Roger B from Portland, OR

    I am really annoyed at how many people seem to insult the intellegence of the young voters who are voting for Obama.

    I am a young voter (turning 24 the day after the Oregon primary) and I have like Barak Obama for President since 2004. I didn't like him because he was cool, or young or any of that. I like him because he was directly addressing the thing that has bugged me about politics forever. That is the lack of respect between parties. He has spoken honestly about getting people to work with each other, not against each other. About respecting each others opinions, not calling someone stupid for disagreeing with you.

    I suppose these people who are insulting "young" voters still need to learn that lesson. How ironic that the next generation is already more mature.

    April 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Jeff in NC

    CNN is so pro-Obama it makes me sick. Whenever I tune in it takes 1 minute to see that Obama is your boy. It's like watching an Obama political ad for however long I'm tuned in which used to be for hours but now has become a few seconds....SHAME ON YOU!!

    April 22, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. David

    Let's hope that new voters aren't really that naive.

    A statistic that I never hear reported in the media is that of the 2004 "swing" states (margin of 6% or less) that have voted as yet Clinton has won three of the four. PA would make four of five.

    If we say that swing states are those with a margin of 7% or less Clinton won five of seven (including the big key states of Ohio, and NJ).

    Moreover, of Obama's nine victories, by vote, seven were in states that seem impossible for a Democrat to win in November; with 2004 Republican margins of victories from 15-46%.

    The number one priority should be to pub a Democrat in the White House.

    April 22, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. The Surly Scholar

    150,000 new voters, just to start off the evening. I'd imagine mostly young people who don't need landlines, and thus cannot be reached by standard polling procedures, and they all see Obama's freshly optimistic outlook as a new political philosophy for a new century.

    America, meet your new silent majority.

    April 22, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Bob

    So... As to the "bandwagon" comment... You're saying "Be different. Think like I do." Just because people agree doesn't mean their not thinking for themselves.

    April 22, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Jin

    If Penn voters are so bloody stupid as to take Clinton's decontextualization of Obama's "bitter" quote, they absolutely deserve to have another Bush clone for their president.

    April 22, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Kris for Obama '08

    There has been talk throughout this whole string of comments where one person supporting Hilary dogs another person that is supporting Obama. It truly horrid. This, my friends, is what's wrong with our country today, and part of what Obama is attempting to stop.

    It's fine and dandy to have a difference of opinion. Hell, I'm sure my opinion differs greatly from every Clinton supporter out there. BUT, they are welcome to their opinions, as I am mine.

    If most of us that are posting would spend less time taking punches at other people's opinions and more time understanding they WHY's of those opinions, maybe we'd all be in a better position to rally around the party in general. We need to take this back to the days of a governement "for the people, by the people" if we are ever to have hope again of a stimulating economy, a healthier America, an educated America. The days of back-stabbing politics should be over. What is it you want for our children? Their children? Do we teach them the nasty side of life early on just so that they can survive this world? Or do we bring back morals, sound judgement, and teach them to accept the differences of one another and learn to move forward in political oneness?

    Underneath it all, both candidates are immensly qualified. Both are extremely intelligent, and both would bring about some sort of change in America. For my personal preference, Obama has my vote. He is the one who will give my yet unborn grandchildren a chance for a better tomorrow. BUT, if he does not get the nomination, and Hillary takes it, I will back this party like there is no tomorrow, and walk the streets for every vote possible.

    Remember why we are democrats in the first place. Please. Quit tearing each other apart at the seams. Those of you who claim to be for Obama- you know, that is not his kind of politics. If you support him, believe in change. Not old school bad politics.

    April 22, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Janice

    Late deciding voters almost always break for conservative and against change. This is not about Hillary, this is about the usual voting for the "devil you know..."

    April 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. dlw

    Let's all work together for the good of the people not the canidates..meaning stick to the issues not the OLD TIME POLITICS...

    April 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. mike

    Obama is honest and he will be the great president.
    I can't wait to vote in NOV, 2008.

    April 22, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Jokester

    My personal Pennsylvania overview, FWIW:

    Obama will gain security, stability, esp among new, strong voters and more pledged Super delegates. Hillary's (*extreme* Bosnia) lies, deceit, loss of focus, gunning for a co-arty nominee (not a rival!!) and her totally dismal, bad financial management and debts coincide with her husband's continual subtle reminders (of what hurts her most) will let her down; her own arrogance will add to that her downfall.

    She FEIGNS warmth and TALKS a lot – for the moment, for the topic and for THE OCCASION. America: please beware.

    A growing flower-in-our-face is Bill Clinton's realisation that he'll be No 2, whereas until now he's been No 1. I think he's purposely adding vinegar to pre-salted wounds. He don't wanna be no "second hand man".


    April 22, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Joe

    Hillary! You can fool some of the people, some of the time.

    April 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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