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. John

    Obama's going to have a hard time carrying ANY state against McCain. It's the McGovern coalition. It didn't work then, it won't work now.

    May 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. THIS IS FUNNY............

    PLEASE................PLEASE BY ALL MEANS NO. NO CLINTON VEEP! JUST LET HER FADE AWAY INTO OBLIVION. SHE PLAYED AN UGLY GAME AND GOT BEAT.

    NOW, PLEASE, JUST LET HILLARY, AND BILL AND EVEN LITTLE CHELSEA, WITH ALL THEIR MILLIONS AND ALL OF THEIR BAGGAGE AND BE GONE WITH THEM.

    THIS WILL BE THE PRESIDENT BARACK OBMAMA ERA.

    THE ERA WHEN THE WORD AMERICA WILL MEAN SOMETHING AGAIN!

    EMPTY OUT THE TRASH (CLINTONS),.

    SING, HAIL TO THE CHIEF, THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BARACK OBAMA!!!!

    May 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. JF in CO

    Total junk poll. This is bitterness talking. After the nominee is decided (officially) and the sour grape taste goes away, real Democrats will back their party in the general election. 4 more years? No thanks.

    May 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Rob

    I can see that a lot of voters are actually willing to betray their own PARTY and join the other side if their favored candidate didn't win the DEM nomination........and i just can't help it but ask...HOW COULD U PEOPLE TURN YOUR BACKS ON UR OWN PARTY AND ON UR OWN CAUSE???? :S:S:S....................UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!....I supporte HILLARY and if she lost NOW (WHICH SEEMS LIKE SHE WILL) i would rather want to see a fellow DEM in the WHITE HOUSE and vote for OBAMA instead of MCBUSHY!!!...........soooooooo just please.....THINK!!!..... IT AIN'T WORTH it that we turn our backs on each other!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. NICKY

    THATS BECASUE HILLARY IS THE ONLY SMART CHOICE. NO TO OBAMA FOREVER! YOU GO GIRL HILLARY/MCCAIN 08

    May 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Josh, CA

    If some Democrats would vote for McCain because their candidate did not win the nomination, then these Democrats should not complain when things get bad. Have they thought about the war in Iraq?....about the economy?......about Supreme Court appointments? Oh, mama mia!

    May 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    Senator Obama has been constantly struggling his whole campaign. What he has been through is only the tip of the iceberg. He will not make it to the general election. Let's all vote for Hillary Clinton who we know is the best candidate to beat John McCain. The Obama supporters are so hateful and it's no wonder why we keep supporting Hillary Clinton who has more distinction and credibility throughout the world. What has Senator Obama done? NADA!!! Senator Clinton is more experienced and is very gracious and will not give up so easily. So keep on fighting Hillary. We are with you 100% GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    WVA is supposed to be Clinton's stomping ground because it contains her support base: uneducated and white. She is supposed to win big. Do we really want uneducated people choosing who will lead the US?

    May 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. bvcfgtr

    Oh no, the dems might lose the vast, heavily-populated state of West Virginia if Obama is the candidate. There goes the election. If only states like NY, CA, IL, NJ, MI, VA, etc. were as important as West Virginia...then we might have a fighting chance...but the nation goes as the hillfolk do.

    May 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Chris from NY

    Most people who are saying thiese things are women. If they don't vote for Obama and McCain wins the white house, they might as well kiss their women rights good bye. They think they got a raw deal with Bush they will see red with McCain.

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Demo Dem

    Google Deans Dozen

    Howard Dean and the Dems ole school handpicked him back in 2004

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Marc

    One of the things that this shows me is that Barack truly is a candidate that could bring together the party. He has led a campaign that, more than Hillary, allows for the other person, the opposing side, to still have support. He has been gracious and complimentary to Hillary throughout this process, showing that he is willing to open his arms to whomever will come. Even though he has criticized John McCain's tactics, he nevertheless, recognizes that he is an "American Hero," and has complimented him for his years of service. Obama is open to working with people and being gracious and supportive of others, as far as I've seen.

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Erik

    As a Libertarian Party member I can be objective here. Any Clinton Democrat who would support McCain over Obama has not read both party platforms. This isn't a high school football rivalry, people!

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. So Sad

    How SAD is it that people are willing to not vote or vote for the other party despite being a "Democrat" because their candidate won't get the nomination. After 8 years of absolute mismanagement, all of you are willing to sacrifice this country because your candidate (whom ever it may be...cuzz its not over) did not get the nomination.

    Just pathetic!

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Sean Dunn

    So we know what the Clinton clan must do to save their reputations... go convince those "hard working white people" that they can either have four more years of horror via McCain or they can vote to improve their lives. She can don a hard hat, throw back a boilermaker, shoot a duck, and talk about the good ole days when her and Bill where king and queen.

    Or she can destroy his chances and her future. Remember, African Americans will never take back the Clinton clan so she can never win the White House. That dream is over.

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Chris Smith

    Maybe if THE CLINTONS (both of them) would stop creating division within the party, this wouldn't be the case. Bill and Hill are playing dirty because they're down (but not out) and the polls reflect it.

    I think everybody - including the "uneducated base" (Hillary's words) should (and eventually will) recognize that this toxic couple needs to go back to Arkansas and save the country from this continued psychodrama.

    The end. (of the Clinton saga).

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Mary

    There will be no struggle what so ever. If McCain is to be defeated it will take Obama. Another thing I don't know why everyone thinks she should be on the ticket. There are other women. She would be a back stabber to Senator Obama and would do anything to get him out of his position.

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. MS in SC

    Well, duh! The obvious answer is Clinton and Obama on the same Democratic ticket! He could use her help to get the job done, and she could use the support of those infatuated with Obama since the media has been in love with Obama's speeches and newness during this campaign. I'm more comfortable with someone who has a LONG record of achieving and working very hard to reach long-term goals.

    May 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Robin

    In my opinion, the fact that Barack's supporters are more likely to vote for Hillary in the general election than Hillary's supporters are to vote for him speaks to his ability to bring people together and to her divisiveness. Ultimately, I think Barack will win many more of Hillary supporters over than is predicted now.

    May 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Ann

    If the uneducated, poor, "hard working" people in my Democratic party don't vote for Obama because he is black, and thus vote against their own pocket book in the name of racism, then they deserve to keep on dealing with the Bush tax cuts that will never benefit them.

    If they vote against their own interests then they deserve all the lack of attention to their needs a republican president will give them.

    May 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Ryan

    When are people going to realize that polls are used to manipulate the general public?

    These numbers mean nothing.

    May 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. White person in Virginia

    SO...........WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let the Clinton supporters vote for John McCain if they choose , or not vote at all. If they want to be so silly as to do that and have another 8 years of Reckless Republican policies then so be it! The world will look at America and see that nothing has changed under the surface racially in all of these years.. Sad, Sad, Sad. Grow up people!

    May 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Bitter

    I wonder what would happen if everyone wrote in "none of the above!"

    Ah, Hillary would probably declare Her and Bill King and Queen. I'm just not sure which would be which?

    May 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Bubba

    Democrats are a fickled lot...

    May 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. vic nashville,Tn

    Past 2months I finish my comments “ Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08” this blog this news is not suppressing me

    May 13, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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