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. noemi in los angeles

    Doesn't it smell funny when Obama supporters are willing to vote for Clinton, yet Clinton supporters are not willing to vote for Obama?

    The only reason for this mess is in thanks to Clinton's kitchen sink strategy. Clinton's power-hungry aggressive nature forced Clintonistas to go against our party and became die-hard Clinton supporters. They forgot that we're all virtually the same people, Democrats who believe in the same policies. Obamanites supporters are a lot smarter than Clintonistas; we believe in our party and would rather move to another country than to cast a Republican ballot.

    I am an Obama supporter. If Clinton wins the nomination, I will cry alongside all my Obamanites and know Clinton for the real witch she is, but would still look past her flaws and vote for her in the fall. It's like a mother to a child or vice versa........ you can be so mad with what they do, but you can't ever stop loving them.

    I am a Democrat, and I am voting Democratic in the fall.

    Democrats Unite.

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. yj

    When I went to my state's Democratic caucus, the majority of the people there weren't true Democrats – they were independents. Die-hard Republicans and Democrats will probably vote for whoever is their party's candidate, but independents statistically tend to vote for whoever they like the best (for whatever reason).

    I don't think it's fair to accuse Hillary supporters OR Obama supporters of being "vicious" or stupid because they might vote for McCain in November. I think that a lot of people who have taken part in the primaries and caucuses thus far are voting for a specific candidate and don't feel any loyalty to any party.

    And – I say this as an Obama supporter – I have to note that most of the "vicious" comments here seem to be from Obama supporters, which is disappointing too.

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Leesa

    Just reading these comments just goes to show how divided the Democratic Pary has become.
    Why would Obama accept a VP position after Hillary has pulled every dirty trick in the book on him and guess what, IT HASN'T WORKED!
    I could care less if every single non-african american in WV is racist or not. Just be real on why they voting for Mrs. Clinton.
    In my opinion, the Repubs want the Senator from NYC to win the nomination. Why? It's going to make it just that much easier for McCain to win the election.
    Whether people want to admit it or not. America is more sexist than racist and to have a female in power is DEFINITELY not going to sit well with the good ole boys!

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Laura Young

    I am a Hillary supporter and I am not a racist. My partner is African-American. She is also a Hillary supporter. Guess that makes her a racist, too, according to Obama supporters. When are you going to get it through your thick skulls that it's about substance (Clinton) vs. no substance (Obama)? I don't dislike Senator Obama. I simply believe he has no credentials. This does not make me a racist. But you Obama supporters seem to feel that playing the "race" card over and over and over again is somehow going to help him. I think your comments and this line of attack are hurting him. AND - your derogatory comments about the people of West Virginia are more racist than anything else I have heard during this campaign. You should practice what you're preaching.

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Dougy Giro

    OK, I have to drop the R-bomb. These two candidates are so similar when it comes to their plan for America, such a blatant divide among demographic lines can not easily be explained otherwise. I can't buy that a privledged multi-millionaire from New York has her finger on the pulse of rural blue-collar workers or that those rural blue-collar workers actually think she has real empathy for them. What a sad commentary on the American people.

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. shannonL

    Further proof that Dems cannot govern alone...must like the Reps. We must elect McCain because we need to offset the power of Congress with the power of the Presidency.

    The dems have managed to toss away a cake walk election. How any group can be as inept as these people is beyond me. The Dems have micromanaged themselves out of the white house.

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. stan oakland

    Why is everyone acting like WV is important? There isn't enought delegates left to make a difference! Hillary, give it up! Do we want another bull headed President? No thanks.

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Uncle Fester

    Jodie in Idaho- I agree with you completely. It defies logic that someone would vote against their own best interest and the welfare of this country for spite? For those who would support McCain rather than who ever ends up being the Democratic us a favor and sit this one out. You have to live with your choice for the next 4 years, and so do the rest of us

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. jimmy lee

    how is this sobering? This is West Virginia we are talking about. I fail to see how a state with one of the lowest levels of high school graduates has any bearing on the general election. Unless somehow we are under a tyranny of the uneducated.

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. An Agnostic Democrat

    Well, this should shut Hillary's fat trap about winning WV and it being her path to victory now or in November when she obviously won't be running for president very soon anyway!

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. pa voter

    I am surprised cnn even put this on the air...It is not pro Obama. Of course us Clinton voters won't back that idiot after all, we are bitter!!!! Bitter about his wifes comments....bitter about wright.....and bitter about his comments...Why would we change our minds. I just hope the DNC wakes up in time too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Jen in PA

    So far, on these comments, I have not seen a single "Obama or no one" message.

    She ran her campaign the way she saw fit, and lost.

    If you want an extremely conservative Supreme Court that will sit for DECADES, then, please, Clinton supporters, vote McCain.

    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Riley-NY

    STOOOOOOOOP!!! It with these stupid divisive exit polls. Both democrats will unite once the primary season has concluded. Of course when their are two historic candidates in a race, there is going to be raw emotions and feelings. But to vote for McCain over Obama out of pure malice is ridiculous, seriously.

    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Bobby

    "If John McCain wins"? When John McCain wins in November you will only have your own incompetent leader, Howard Dean to blame. It is hilarious to sit back and watch the Democratic party steal defeat from the jaws of victory. I predict this year's excuse for a democatic loss will be racism.

    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. MARCE

    Well there you go again with the fear mongering tactic. Did Clinton call CNN and complain how she wasn't given enough credit, so CNN had to start up with some Clintonian rhetoric?

    Come on, give Americans the choice to choose change, if faced with McCain, Democrats will not vote for him just to spite Obama.

    I say let them go, if your going to hate Obama cause he isn't a corrupt establishment character in Washington, then good. All these west Virginians and Kentuckians...all the other "white vote" can't see past color by now, then let them loose their house, their jobs and pay high taxes. I went to school, worked two jobs and now am a working single twenty-something making a difference.

    Forget that I don't need Healthcare or a or other social services; I just thought it'd be great to have a President in office that could provide it!

    OBAMA 08'

    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Roger

    It's clear that the people that have been following this camaign and are Clinton supporters are more likely able to see through Obama's speeches and see that he is arrogant, a hypocrit, and a liar. It is no wonder that they will vote for McCain. It's not about racism, it's about character and credentials.

    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. BJ

    This is what we've been trying to tell Obama supporters from the start!

    And yet, they keep pounding Clinton supporters, thinking if they can spew more hate at us, they will "scare us straight". What they fail to understand is... Obama's campaign WAS the one who turned this into a "RACE" card. From then on, it just got more heated and divisive. Inasmuch as they'd like to delude themselves into thinking it was Clinton, I imagine this should answer that, once and for all!

    Clinton supporters are the ones that have felt cheated for a long time now, because the press and media have exerted undue influence on the way the news has been reported, tilting the bias towards Obama.

    Add that to the fact that many of us may want to take those tax breaks McCain is offering. Bottom line... we do not trust Obama!

    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Scott C

    Quote by DON

    ...disenfranchise voters in Florida and Mich. If those two states counted as they should, Clinton would have this wrapped up.

    Is this the extent of the knowledge of the Clinton supporters? Even if you counted Florida and Michigan completely AS IS, giving Obama 0 votes and 0 delegates in Michigan, he is STILL FAR ahead in pledged delegates, and still leads in the popular vote.

    Do her supporters REALLY believe that she is winning if they counted those two states?


    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Add '"sore losers" to the long list of qualities that Clinton supporters possess, along with "racist," "uneducated," "illiterate," and "redneck."

    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. A Clear Thinking Independent

    Sounds like the well has been poisoned by someone's actions ... I'm not saying whom .... I'm just saying ...

    Seems as though if there is any candidate that has been criticized for damaging the Party's chances then he/she bears responsibility in this case and should be held accountable.

    May 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Reagan Democrat

    I don't think that it will be a good idea to put much weight in these polls until we have a nominee. When the primary battle is over then we can see where these numbers are really at.....What I find interesting is that McCain is way behind Huckabee in WV and that should be more of a worry for the Republicans than the Obama and Clinton fight......McCain is losing to someone not even in the running. That's just CRAZY......WV will be in the Democratic side this year regardless of it being hillary or barack.

    May 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. lars

    Don't they have school learnin' and 'tee vee'
    in W Va?
    YO go to walmart, dolly.

    May 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Tehran

    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.


    I starting to think CNN allow comments like this and koolaid because they are racists too. It show such poor judgement of what is appropriate and not.

    I guess its ok for me to say its so typical of a woman to spend more then what she have on anything like shopping and buying unneeded things show poor judgement while the man is the one making all the money. But $20,000,000 is unheard of. Now post this CNN . . .

    May 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Donny

    Let's see - older white women who don't care about reversing Roe v. Wade or staying in Iraq another 100 years, and who think the Bush tax cuts (and capital gains rates) should be maintained at all income levels - they're going to vote for McCain over Obama? I'm sure that's true - I'm just not sure how many there are like that.

    May 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Mike from Westchester

    Obama is leading by 700,000 and you can bet that most of the 600,000 plus that voted for Edwards would take Obama over Hillary.

    Before anyone starts talking about using the popular vote from Florida and Michigan, I would like to know one thing – What would the popular vote totals have been if:

    1. Senator Obama had been allowed to campaign in Florida and Michigan?
    2. There had been vigorous registration drives in Florida and Michigan?
    3. Some voters in Florida had not stayed home because it did not count?
    4. Some voters in Michigan had not stayed home or voted in the Republican primary?
    5. The Michigan ballot had Obama’s and Edwards’ names on it?
    6. Hillary had honored her agreement to remove her name in Michigan?
    7. Bill Clinton had not fundraised (campaigned) in Florida leading up to their primary?
    8. Hillary had not pre-announced a rally in Florida the night of their primary?

    Any talk about popular vote totals from these states in ridiculous.

    A generous offer was made to seat the Michigan delegation giving Hillary 10 more pledged delegates than Obama and freeing up Michigan’s superdelegates. The Clinton campaign killed the deal. If they had not, a similar deal could have been reached in Florida, thus helping her catch up by about 29 pledged delegates and increasing the number of available superdelegates by 55.

    Why did she turn this offer down? Because even a generous solution would not make her win and she cannot continue to use this as a wedge issue if it is resolved.

    May 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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