May 13th, 2008
06:08 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Exit polls show sobering news for Democrats

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, West Virginia."]

(CNN) - The West Virginia exit polls have some sobering news for the Democratic Party.

As has been the case in previous states, a significant amount of both candidates' supporters said they aren't willing to vote for the other candidate in November.

Among Obama supporters, just 51 percent of West Virginia Democrats say they will vote for Clinton if she is the nominee. John McCain would get close to a third of Obama's supporters, and 14 percent said they wouldn't vote at all.

But an even smaller number of Clinton's supporters would back Obama: just 36 percent say that they would vote for the Illinois senator. About the same amount, 35 percent, say they would support McCain and 29 percent say they wouldn't vote or would vote for someone else.

It looks like if Obama becomes the nominee, he's going to have quite a struggle with John McCain to carry West Virginia for the Democrats.

soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    This is another junk poll. They will say that now, but if they are real democrats, they will vote for who ever is the winner.

    May 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Carolyn

    It makes Clinton feel good about West Virgina and she should. But Obama will do better in the general election matchup versus McCain. Proof: He will win Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington while HRC loses those states to McCain according to Rasmussen reports.
    He has a different electoral map than previous democratic elections. He puts into play new states and more states than HRC since she has the traditional electoral map which led to losses.
    Why is this story not in the news?

    May 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Adam from NY

    This is such silliness. Anybody who's seriously behind either of their policies wouldn't vote for McCain.

    May 13, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Mike

    Yee haw, we done elected that thar white lady for presydent. Ain't no mooselime Obamer gonna be presydent o west virginny, no sir ree bob.

    May 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Jodie, Idaho

    Oh Well. Let them vote for McCain and see what they get. If you want to prove a point, go ahead and vote for McCain. Just remember you are digging your own grave. You want another 100 years in Iraq, a continued failed economy because we all know how many oil lobbyists have their hands in McCain's pockets. You make your choice, but you have to live with it for at least 4 years.

    May 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. James

    Hillary's supporters are so racist. It's about time that the media talk about this issue.

    May 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Lana

    Since the other article was closed (i.e. Clinton claiming Obama "agressively" campaigning in WVA) I only have one comment on this:

    She is out of her Liver-Snapping Mind.

    I'm sorry, I was really trying to just not blog anything anywhere but this was just jaw-dropping to me. June 4th cannot come soon enough, no matter what happens.

    May 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Karen

    I really don't care about exit polls as I don't have any control over who others vote for. I know who I'm voting for–Barack Obama.

    May 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Pepou

    Yeah, I love it when the "feminists" supporting Clinton decide to vote for McCain. An arch-conservative who will continue Bush's failed policies and most important will make sure that Roe vs Wade is overturned. That is really a clever choice if any !!!

    May 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Jeanne

    All this will change once after the convention and the general election campaign is in full swing. I say I won't vote for Clinton, even if she's VP but if the McCain campaign is unpalatable, I might well have to change my mind or vote independent. I will vote, I'm just not sure who the candidate will be.

    May 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. very smart lady

    Tell Obama to tell the kin folks from Kenya, if he invites them to the inagruation, to please find some shoes to wear, and to leave the goats at home.

    May 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Media Blackout May 15th

    This is silly!

    The media is trying to make a story out of a peanut!

    Obama didn't campaign in W.V. because he's trying to help that WITCH go out on a high note! It is silly to think Hillary winning W.V. would mean anything. They are bitter that their feminist movement candidate won't win the nomination.

    we all know that and as professionals you should be reporting the story correctly.

    Give it a break! W.V. seems to be racist. We will make the difference up in other states.

    May 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. yvonne

    Oh yeah! Don't support the nominee of the demacratic party and see how well you will survive another eight years of republican rule. I encourage you to stick to your guns and see how well you'll do. Stop being petty .... and get real. That includes CNN!

    May 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. brooklanite

    shows how vicious hillory and her supporters are

    May 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. E. loz Miami

    OOOhhh, OOOOhhh... Seems like it's going to be an arranged marriage after all.

    May 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Franky

    I say, let them for for McCain!! I'm sure they agree with everything he has to say. Plus, I like challenges. That's just another challenge. By the way, I'm still waiting for the special election is Miss. You won't believe it, but some of the boys have picked the Dem to win the election. And for the record, the Reps are favorite to win it, well at least we got them the favorites. It's time to get on the action baby!!! That's where the action is at....

    May 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. SBvoter

    Realistically i think the Obama's supporters (97% Black) will not vote republican. they never have they never will.
    But HIllary supporters (swing voters) will go to McCain if there is no dream ticket.
    Sorry Obama-you'll lose in November.
    Ex democrat-sick of the system.

    May 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Denver

    HRC should be so proud of the fact that she is supported by the least educated state in the country... LOL And WV has proven its stupidity as HRC supporters would rather have 4 more years of Bush policies than vote for Obama... a DEMOCRAT!

    May 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Shirley-Ohio


    May 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Paul Dombrosky

    If Obama is really for change – then I'm for him, If Clinton is anywhere on the Ticket them I'll vote for McCain. We need change not another circius.

    May 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Steven

    BECAUSE HE IS ARROGANT! Please, all the education in the world - can't insulate you from that!

    May 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. slim

    i will not vote for obama. it's either mccain or i won't vote at all for the first time in my life.

    May 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Chuckling in California

    Let's not count our chickens.....Right now, emotionally, the nomination isn't wrapped up. Both the supporters of Obama and the supporters of Clinton are feeling the heat of final competition as the race approaches the finish line. Everyone, no matter who they back, is rooting for their candidate in a very close race. This is the wrong time to ask who someone might vote for in a yet-to-be decided race.

    Once a nominee is selected, let the dust and the emotions settle for a few weeks. At that point Hillary and Barack will no longer be competitors, but will be focused on the win in November. They will be working together with the DNC to strategize and run the general election. I have no doubt at that point, the candidate who loses the nomination will throw his or her weight behind the other, and ask their supporters to back the candidate who won. Those who are true Democrats, and who are truly tired of Republican rule, will do as requested, and vote Democratic.

    Those who do not vote Democratic should be ready to enjoy four more years of the deteriorating dollar, spiking food, fuel, and healthcare prices, and a government that does very little for its people.

    May 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Robert

    this is just today...number change everyday as well as are that democrat and want a democrat in the white house. We are smart enought to get over this and support Obama. Media should also make news not split the country with articles like this. And the end of the day, we, who leave in this country will pay the price for just seeing one side of the picture and not thinking for the best for the next generation. Divede we won't win

    May 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Shiloh Everett

    If Clinton would stop trying to turn rural whites agaisnt Obama and act like a democrat we'd be ok.

    May 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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