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

Schneider: Exit polls show sobering news for Democrats

 First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, West Virginia.

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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Very smart lady, I'm glad you have shoes to wear and too bad you don't have any goats. There are children and others around the world that don't have either. God Bless You.

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Steelman

    It's a scary and eye opening situation to read so many white women declaring their support to McCain if Obama wins. The only real reason is because of the color of his skin. There is no other reason as he has refrained from going negative against Hillary. It's a sad country that can't recognize racism and address it in a way that is best for all Americans. So much hatred and for what reason?

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. MS

    That's why Hillary should get out of the race as soon as possible to give democrats enough time to be united again.
    Democrats who say vote for McCain do not understand what he stands for. If they really understand and care about issues, it is impossible for Hillary or Obama supporters to vote for McCain.
    More people will lose home, jobs and healthcare. Iraq war is the main reason for our bad economy and high gas and food prices.

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. stephen

    Who cares about West Virginia anyway?!!

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. kid

    Won't vote form him if he chooses the Clinton's in the back seat.
    Change is change, that means no link to Clinton.

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    TO: Very Smart Lady:

    You are a vial, disgraceful excuse for a human being. You are neither smart nor a lady. You shame your gender and your country.

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. slack

    how can anyone in their right mind vote for someone based solely on what they "say." obama's done little to nothing and gives me no reason to trust him.

    what has obama ever done to deserve being president? it won't be the voters fault if mccain wins in november, but the democrats who elected a bad candidate. and where's florida and michigan?

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Rich

    Talk about the dumbest time to ask someone this type of election....right in the middle of a heated primary with November half a year away....

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. La Raza

    Debbi,

    I think you mean Obama and Clintond dear.

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Count me among the Hillary supporters who will NOT vote for Senator Obama, should he secure the Democratic Party nomination.

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Clinton/McCain

    I too will not vote for Obama if he's the nominee. He would be considered an illegitimate nominee in my book!

    May 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. G.N. Penley

    Yaaay! Let the Democrats continue their dogfight. McCain must be smiling 24/7.

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Courtney

    I think we should never underestimate the intense racism that still exists in places like West Virginia and the South in general. Many people down there will completely ignore the issues and will simply vote for the white guy when it comes down to it. Bigotry and ignorance are alive and well and the good ol' USA (which is why I never understand it when people call this the greatest country on earth)!

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Just Do It!

    Enough already! This is a golden opportunity to win back the White House and we're going to squander it by falling into in house bickering. Obama is going to be the nominee for President and he should invite Clinton onto the ticket as his VP. With that settled we can begin focusing on what's really important, victory in November!
    Remember: eye on the prize!

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. kathy

    I hope they are taking us serious

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I am a democrat but if obama is the nominee, I will not vote in this presidential election.

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. HH

    Who cares about West Virginia it seems they operate backwards with everything, maybe thats why they are the poorest and dumest state. When you have a women on this morning saying Obama is a muslim and when the anchor corrected her by saying he was not. She said it still did not matter and was to stupid to read for herself. I would rather have Virginia then West Virginia. Obama won there with over 30 percent of the vote.

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. Demo Dem

    All of the uneduacated simple white Democrats that you, Howard Dean took for granted, will be voting for John McCain for President.

    So chalk up another loss for Deans Dozen. I would rather die than vote for Obama. All of my Democrat friends say the same. In reality I am glad, because Dean you turned your back on us, shoved Obama down our throats, now we're throwing up.

    Seems like you old school Dems, Dean, Kennedy, Kerry really pissed us off this time. You turned your back on the Democrat's most viable candidate, Hillary. Now we are going to return the favor. I am going to turn my back on YOUR CHOICE Howard Dean, and will be voting Republican for the first time in my life.

    At least I know McCain is a patriot, has pride, and shows and has shown his loyalty to his country. Therefore I will vote for McCain with a smile on my face.

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Media Blackout May 15th

    Debbi

    Just 8 months ago Hillary was for the rich wall street latte drinkers.

    It's only when she lost that vote she grabbed the poor workers.

    Hillary is a Gimmick and you're stupid enough to fall for her tricks.

    She MOVED to NYS to run for the Senate. WHY NYS? Why not Ohio, WV, or Texas? Because she needed the MONEY and BLACK VOTES.

    Now, what happened between then and now? She's desperate and she's using you like a used bathroom tissue to whip her azz!

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Ed

    I can't believe the racism that still exists in your country ...

    I was supporting Hillary until she lied a botu the shot on the airfield in
    Bosnia..then the Republican-style attack ads and then the comments yesterday
    was the final straw..

    Obama will win and it is disgusting to see how low Hillary has gotten in here
    remarks about "white Americans"..she is only dividing her party further.. if
    she runs in 2012, people will still remember how childish and inflamatory she is
    being..

    And for those that say they will vote for McCain rather than Obama for whatever
    reasons they can to mask their racist attitude is absolutely disgusting...

    Think about the future of your country and set aside your prejudice and racist
    attude cause if McCain gets in, there will only be an even worse economy, more
    deaths in Iraq for a war that is only being fought for oil and not a valid cause
    ..do you really want a guy like McCain with his finger on the button..

    You think the USa is not looked upon favorably by the rest of the world..if
    McCain gets in..USA will be looked upon as a nation of racist prejudice fools...

    We only get CNN up here as far as Americvan news networks but quit being Obama slammers even when the writing is on the wall that Obama will win..your bias may end up having the narow minded people elect McCain...

    May 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Mar

    THIS IS TO ALL THE STUPID PEOPLE WHO SAY THE CLINTONS ARE DIVIDING THE PARTY. GET A GRIP!!! THIS RACE HAS BEEN NECK AND NECK ALL ALONG. WHY IN WORLD WOULD ANYONE DROP OUT. IF OBAMA WAS JUST A BIT BEHIND HILLARY, THERE IS NO WAY HE WOULD DROP OUT EITHER.
    SO JUST SHUT UP.
    ANOTHER REASON HILLARY VOTERS WILL SWING TO MCCAIN IS BECAUSE OF ALL THE NASTY OBAMA SUPPORTERS. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A NASTY, RACIST GROUP. I AM 56 YEARS OLD AND NOW I HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING. YOU PEOPLE WILL GO DOWN ALONG WITH YOUR LEADER.... COUNT ON IT.

    May 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. spencer

    You got that right.... I will only vote for Hillary.................

    May 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. J.Onofre -CA

    UNITE
    YES WE CAN!!!!

    OBAMA 2009-2017

    May 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Chuck M

    The problem with polls – ask a hypothetical question, you'll get hypothetical answers. The media has created so much hype between these two candidates that people feel they have to be ardent supporters of one candidate or another.

    What "polls" like this fail to gather or report are the reasons why – that would be the real news, not just another set of numbers that the media can toss around. That would actually be responsible journalism, something we're not used to in today's election coverage.

    May 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Ludovic

    and so what !!!
    why west virginia is suddently so important?

    May 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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