May 6th, 2008
06:41 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit polls: Red/blue divide shows in North Carolina

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Voters cast their ballots in Wilmington, North Carolina."]
(CNN) - The red/blue divide in the country is now dividing the Democratic Party, as Hillary Clinton adopts more populist cultural values and supports the gas tax suspension that Republican John McCain also supports.

According to the exit polls in North Carolina, the more liberal the voter, the better Obama does. Obama easily carries liberal democrats, while he carries moderate Democrats more narrowly. Meanwhile Clinton wins among those Democrats who identified themselves as conservative. The same trend holds in Indiana.

soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. UNA Voter in Charlotte

    God help us period.

    May 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Roy In NC

    Mike in NYC: "Southern Democrats, like Western Red State Democrats, tend to be quite liberal."

    Y'know it helps to actually be *in* the South if you're going to talk about it. Southern Democrats come in two distinct types: urban, highly-educated progressives (like in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Durham) and moderate-to-conservative blue-collar populists out in the countryside.

    Contrary to your thinking, not all old-school Dixiecrats got the message in '68 and switched parties. There's still a sizeable number of people who vote Democrat in part because they've always voted Democrat, who still revere FDR for his New Deal policies, but who will vote pro-life, pro-gun and anti-gay.

    North Carolina has more urban, high-education areas than most southern states, and it does have a history of being more progressive than its neighbors. But don't let that fool you into thinking the average Democrat tobacco farmer would have much in common with a kid from Portland (or even Asheville, for that matter).

    May 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. UNA Voter in Charlotte

    Conservatives are not idiots. They're sheep. How can ANY of you make such ridiculous claims such as 'Obama is running on a false page?' What in God's name does that even mean? Baaaaaaaa.

    May 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Captain Cannabis

    hahahahaha, the dude abides

    May 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Ellie

    Thank you people of NC. You could see through her lies and nastiness. Now, if you could just reach out to those in Indiana to see it to.

    May 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Aces full of Kings

    According to my figures, 71 % of Americans disapprove of Bush. Sounds like an Obama victory to me.

    May 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Ron

    33% of white voters put Sen. Obama over the top.

    Go Obama / Edwards 08

    May 6, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Sue

    LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF BUSH!!!!!!! Obama can only win the states that McCain will win in the general election. I am from SC and although Obama killed Clinton in the primary.....we will be a Republican state in November. I wouldn't get too excited about the African American vote handing Obama the nomination....they cannot overpower a Rebublican state in the general election.

    May 6, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Venus

    Thank you North Carolina!

    Thank you Obama supporters!

    All aboard Obama's Train to Penn-Ave – Washington,D.C!

    May 6, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. Jason from Colorado

    Oh yeah, big margin win for Barry in NC, bye bye Hillary.

    May 6, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. daniel

    What a great victory in a big state for Hillary. And Obama winning NC with 90% of the black vote..his constituency's voting patterns are so against what he preaches and all the togetherness candy that he likes to talk about. I hope Hillary is the nominee otherwise i will sit it out in November, i dont want to vote republican or for a superficial type like Obama who cant for the love of god win a big state..

    Obama...start the change by addmiting that the ppl who vote for you have nothing to do with the message of 'unity', its just an ingenuous talk from you.

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Vig

    When November comes around, Obama, will lose – the rest of this country will never vote in a Black ultra liberal. Never. People need to get a grip.

    May 6, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. REPUB OF LA.


    May 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. REPUB OF LA.


    May 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Pam from Michigan

    this former democratic college graduate from michigan will vote for Mccain in the GE

    May 6, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. rich

    Do you people smell toast?...because i think your having a stroke!...remember the republican BUSH?,,,...the goal is no more of whichever wins is ok...just NO ....MCBUSH....NOOOOOO!!!!


    May 6, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. ct

    "According to the exit polls in North Carolina, the more liberal the voter, the better Obama does. "
    he is too much to the left. Watch out, people.
    It is not pretty, no fun to be in in too liberal country (communistic country,in socialistic regime)= freedom is cut there!!!!!
    I was born there, and ran away.

    May 6, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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