May 6th, 2008
06:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit polls:Rural, suburban Indiana leans for Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" A woman casts her ballot in Farmland, Indiana."]
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) - Senator Hillary Clinton, who made a strong pitch to blue-collar workers in this state, was pulling a majority of the votes in rural and suburban Indiana during Tuesday's Democratic primary.

In early exit polling, Clinton was taking 53 percent of the vote in suburban areas, compared to 47 percent for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, and an overwhelming 68 percent of the rural vote compared to Obama's 32 percent.

In all, 1,226 voters were polled.

Clinton was hoping for a big result in Indiana, where she was expected to win, and an upset victory in North Carolina - which also voted Tuesday - to flip the perception of a race that has remained close although Obama leads among pledged delegates, states won and overall votes.

The most recent CNN poll of polls in Indiana showed Clinton with 48 percent of the vote, compared to 44 percent for Obama and 8 percent undecided.

soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Oh well time for the Clinton spin.

    May 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Lisa in Georgia

    This is nothing new... I hope SHE does not win but if she does ... its just prolonging the inevitable..... a continuence of dragging the democratic party down!

    May 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Josh

    Before making any value judgments we must remember that Indiana is the same state where Republican Tony Zirkle who is running for Congress thought it was a good idea to speak at a neo-nazi sponsored birthday party for Adolph Hitler last month.

    May 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. James

    She would loose Indiana.

    May 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |

    What do you expect, these people believe every lie she says. Talk about leaving in a bubble.

    May 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Becki

    How many of the votes for Clinton in Indiana are actually Republicans trying to keep this going? They seem to have forgotten that most conservatives didn't want McCain and now they're supporting him by voting for Clinton.

    May 6, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Katie

    That's how ridiculous people are thinking Clinton's got your back! The mulit-millionairre liar could care less about you!

    May 6, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Victory for Hillary

    They'll be leaning for John McCain in the fall if Obama is the democratic candidate! The more we learn of him – the less we like!!

    May 6, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Mike in NYC

    Come on, Obamaniacs!

    It's time to let loose your inner racist!

    Just start with "redneck," move on to "white trash," then take it from there.

    You're "educated," so I'm sure you'll come up with more creative epithets than these.

    May 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. smokesignals

    No thanks to the media for their unswerving coverage of blatant, unrelated issues.

    And it's no surprise....the uneducated rural, bigoted blue-collar voters have less of a grip on who would serve us best in the White House.

    Hillary has done a huge disservice to the rest of America and it's disenfranchised youth who have come out to vote and support a smart and fair Democratic candidate. If she had not run.....the country would be on a huge wave of Obama support and it would have united the Democratic party to a unprecedented win in the White House.
    Unfortunately, it seems it's going to be a huge ego fight for her and one that she just can't walk away from "under sniper fire". Rats!

    May 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. Obama 08:white, female and 60

    ..oh well, another superdelegate for Obama...hopefully the flood will begin now...

    May 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Chris in Va.

    So the people of Indiana would rather vote for someone that they do not trust versus a black canidate, HMMMM, you make the call.

    May 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. chris in vegas

    LAS VEGAS - Motorists in Nevada might not see a savings at the pump if Congress approves a gasoline tax holiday touted by two presidential candidates.
    A state DOT official said Nevada has a law to increase fuel taxes to offset any drop in the federal tax.
    It's designed to ensure funding for construction projects and bond funding.
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democrat Hillary Clinton have proposed suspending the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day to provide relief to motorists facing rising fuel prices.

    May 6, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. lala

    clinton has lost it.she should go back home and add a littla more of good value to her life.

    May 6, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Relevant


    May 6, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. VAH

    It is sad that this Democratic Presidential Primary in 2008 comes down to racial divide. How can white people and black people honestly look at themselves in the mirror after claiming to hold no racial prejudice and claim that all of that is in the past; that they are "not prejudiced ", when they know they are. To think that white people, who know that Hillary cannot win this democratic primary, would let a republican take other the White House rather than another democrat, just over race, is nothing more than ignorance. Please unite this party by voting for Barack. Hillary cannot win. I know this and she and her supporters have to know this! Please get past bigotry and race, (which by the way, he is half of your race also )and focus on putting a democrat in the White House so that we can move this country forward and bring real change!

    May 6, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. Teri

    The people of rural, suburban Indiana must be smarter than the rest.

    May 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. young, gifted and black

    I guess they view a woman that has made over 100 million dollars over the past 10 years and has been bought by washington as being more relatable than a man who doesn't take money from lobbyists, believes in real change that comes from the bottom up and not to mention he didn't make nearly as much as the clintons...oh i forgot one minor detail, i guess he would be more relatable to rural, suburban voters if he wasn't black... let's move out of the 1960s and vote for a TRUSTWORTHY candidate that has integrity and values not to mention has the ability and burning desire to CHANGE our lives for the better...


    May 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Jane

    Yes, how many superdelegates has Obama gained in the last recent days, and Clinton has gained NONE? 🙂

    May 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. Ellie

    Maybe people in Indiana feel that a millionaire, who has lied her way though an election, is a down home country hunting girl. Sorry wrong state, that was PA! What exactly was she trying to be in Indiana???

    May 6, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. silence do good

    Ozombies have a pretty short memory so here's the cheat sheet.

    Areas where Obama is ahead:
    – voters are SO smart (they buy his lies)
    – say this with a vacant expression

    Areas where Hillary is ahead:
    – republicans fault
    – medias fault
    – racism
    – Hillary's fault
    – sun was in their eyes
    – everyone in the US besides Obama fault
    – say all these while foaming at the mouth

    May 6, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Aces full of Kings

    Super delegate gap is down to 14 now! And it still continues to narrow! Come on America, let's do this and unite behind Barack Obama and beat McCain in the General Election! Obama '08

    May 6, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Hillary the LIAR

    Rural white fem vote will not save HillBilly.

    GET OUT of the way, the Obama express is coming through.

    May 6, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. dude

    Teri wrote, "The people of rural, suburban Indiana must be smarter than the rest."

    Laughable. You are basically making your pitch as a white supremist. You are arguing that white people of rural and suburban IN are smart, and we white liberals, black people, gay people...etc living here in Indy are dim.

    May 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Mike in NYC

    VAH, you've managed to cram more trite, boilerplate prose into one post than anyone I've seen! What talent!

    "is nothing more than ignorance."

    "Please get past bigotry and race"

    "move this country forward"

    "bring real change"

    Wow. You're a national treasure.

    May 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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