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. David Shaughnessy

    I don't understand why so many dems would not vote the party. I support Obama but if Clinton were to get the nomination, I would vote for her. If this election splits the party, I am done as a democrat.

    May 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Eric

    West Virginia showing sobering news for Democrats? West Virginia raising doubts about Obama? More like it's raising doubts about West Virginia.

    It's beyond silly to conflate the results of West Virginia with places with wildly different culture, demographics, and geography. The press seems to often be braindead when drawing conclusions based on these issues.

    May 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Heidi in Houston

    Check back with these voters after about a month or two of general election campaigning. The MSM brought this same story up upon exit polling the IN voters and they said it was "sobering news" for the democrats. Obama still leads nationally over McCain and just give the process a month or two and then give us your story. I'm so sick of these articles proclaiming "The Sky is Falling" on the democrats.

    May 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. blueheartv2

    That's terrible news! How dumb can Democrats & Independents be? I will vote for whichever Democrat wins the nomination – anything except having McCain be our president.

    I pray that these folks think about this a lot before November! PLUS – I don't think Hillary is the best choice for VP. Of course not – not a good balance for the ticket.


    May 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Tony

    More proof of the average intelligence of people in West Virginia. Didn't that state's schools finish 49th in a recent intelligence test?

    May 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. neil04

    these polls are ridiculous. even if you look at the numbers for anything more serious than people hurt by their candidate not winning the nomination these are still ridiculous.

    It is ridiculous how much is being made of this primary, not trying to demean the people of west virginia in any way, but this process is all but nipped in the bud and we are continuing on because of a candidates stubborness. this is worst than Huckabee and hurting the party.

    May 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Will

    Democrats are going to lose West Virginia in November? Wow, I can always rely on CNN for the most thoughtful and deep analysis. Cough.

    May 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Mike

    This really isn't sobering news. This is exit-polling in the West Virginia primary. Sobering news is what is happening in China right now. This is just an incomplete and inconsequential statistic.

    May 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |


    May 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Robin

    Mr. Schneider, don't candidates usually give their speeches after the primary results are in? So, why are you giving live coverage to Obama from Missouri, not even WVA, before even the polls are closed? This is arrogant of him and not in line with what the best political team usually presents to the public. Why is this happening? So arrogant. He is trying to steal some of Clinton's thunder which he knows will be happening later tonight. It would be appropriate to tape this Missouri speech or whatever it is and play it after Clinton gives her victory speech, or actually, don't even show it at all from what I'm listening to right now...much pandering. And now that I am listening to him, it is his regular stump speech – I know it by heart. I really think John King's information would be more interesting than Obama stumping in Missouri...Must be a small crowd – only 2 incidents of scattered applause so far. And now he's talking about McCain instead of Clinton. Curiousier and curiousier...

    And, Mr. Schneider, can someone PLEASE point out that even Obama drops his "g's" depending on the audience. It is not just Clinton who changes her speech pattern in this way. Maybe your best political team doesn't notice this or just intentionally refuse to mention it for a sensitive racial reason? You know, fair is fair. United, not divided, is what the democratic party will be in November regardless of race, gender, color, immigrants turned citizens (for Lou!), religion, pet owners (cat vs dog), – it is getting ridiculous what is coming from you all at this point. I can hardly bear this from you all.

    May 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Relevant

    haha I said Utah Knicks because originally I was going to say Utah Jazz and then decided to change it to the New York Knicks for better anti-Yankee effect, but didn't change the whole thing. I'm a noob...

    May 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Damion K. Miles

    Those people who are saying that they would not vote for Obama are not saying that because they don't like what he's saying. They won't vote for Barack because he's Black. What Hillary is saying and what Barack is saying are extremely similar. Their policies are that different, that's what made the race so competitive in the first place. For these people say that they would rather get 50% of what they want then 90% of what they is asinine. They won't vote for a Black person, that's what these numbers show.

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

    Hillary – the solution for america.

    May 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Addendum

    This is just a distractor from the real issue of Hillary going down hill fast. For the sake of the party Hillary had better support Obama after he's officially won the nominee, but let's see what she does. She's a loose cannon.

    May 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. White Woman from W.VA

    I don't think white women such as myself would vote for McCain if either Clinton or Obama is the candidate. We have too much to lose.

    How about an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket folks? I would like it a whole lot.

    May 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |


    May 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Susan, PA

    Good Job HILLARY.
    You did ur part.

    You won't get my vote in 2012 either.

    May 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Angela

    Many democrats don't feel Obama is ready to be president – it isn't racism or sour grapes. Clinton supporters will look at McCain, and those that won't vote for his policies or his party will stay home.

    May 13, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Who cares??? We will have Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, Missouri, and Virginia in play. It always seems like the one who will benefit most from change expect everyone else to do the work. If they know what is good for them they will vote Dem. If not shame on them and the mines they drug out of. Obama has a plan to help them, like he did the miners in Ill. Oh Well!!!

    May 13, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. peter maryland

    Tired of this political nonsense and hypocrycy. Remember Obama won 75% in DC. That is not important.

    May 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    very smart lady May 13th, 2008 6:13 pm ET

    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.

    Is that because the people in states like WV already have enough in their own yards??

    May 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Norma. Franklin

    I have never in my life, seen where so many Obama supporters are politically uneducated. It's just a black thing with them or a young thing with them. He has very little political experience compared to Hillary. It is very unchristian to bash Hillary when the voting isn't over. It is very dis-respectful to the human race to bash anyone the way some of you have done. I would be ashamed.

    May 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Marie Casey

    Does it actually make Hillary feel good that many of the folks in West Virginia are racist? West Virginia does not represtent the white voters of this country!

    May 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. leslie

    Such stupid a conclusion to arrive at, because of course the person winning the state would have more supporters who would not won't to vote for the other candidate during a primary. This such media hype.

    May 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. Theresa

    I'm surprised that many WOULD vote Obama. Sobering HOW?

    May 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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