May 20th, 2008
09:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Clinton, Obama win each other's voters

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" "] (CNN) - Much has been made about both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's entrenched demographics, with each claiming crucial Democratic voting blocs. In primary after primary, it seems like the same coalitions vote for each candidate.

But exit polls out of Kentucky and Oregon Tuesday night show demographics are not necessarily destiny - geography and culture play a large role.

Consider white blue-collar voters, a demographic that is often considered to be Clinton's strongest. In Kentucky, she won 75 percent of these voters, while only 18 percent went for Obama. But in Oregon, exit polls show Clinton and Obama are essentially tied among this demographic: 50 percent supported Clinton, and 47 percent voted for Obama.

And consider voters under 30 - a demographic that usually votes overwhelmingly for Obama. In Oregon he carried these voters by 40 points over Clinton. But in Kentucky, Clinton beat Obama in that demographic by 16 points.

Filed under: Exit Polls
May 20th, 2008
09:01 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Should Clinton be V.P.? Depends who you ask

(CNN) - If Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, should he pick Hillary Clinton as his running mate?

Roughly 54 percent of Democratic voters in Kentucky said yes - but supporters of both candidates are sharply divided on whether the New York senator should get the No. 2 spot.

Among Clinton voters in Kentucky, 64 percent said she should be the vice presidential candidate, while 33 percent said she should not.

But Obama supporters are much more against the idea of Clinton claiming the vice presidential slot on the ticket with Obama. Close to 60 percent of them say the Illinois senator should not pick Clinton as his running mate, while only 38 percent think he should.

It's yet another issue where Clinton and Obama supporters are sharply divided.

May 20th, 2008
08:56 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton raises $22 million in April

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(CNN) - Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson told CNN Tuesday that the New York senator's presidential campaign had raised $22 million in the month of April.

He added again that Hillary Clinton had the resources necessary to compete in upcoming contests, and considered the race far from over. "We don't have a nominee until we have a nominee," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, since neither candidate has yet reached the number of delegates required to claim the Democratic nomination.

UPDATE: The Clinton campaign said last month's fundraising figures were the campaign's second best to date.

“Just like Hillary, our supporters continue to fight," Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe said in a statement. "The support for Hillary continues to grow with each month and we are so thankful to the army of supporters who have assured that we’ll have the resources needed to win the upcoming contests.”

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
May 20th, 2008
08:42 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain reaches campaign fundraising high in April


April was Sen. McCain's best month so far in terms of fundraising. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign reached a new fundraising high in the month of April, pulling in roughly $18 million.

The sum, revealed in its monthly campaign finance report Tuesday, marks a major turnaround from the campaign’s cash woes late last year - though it is less than both Barack Obama’s $37 million and Hillary Clinton’s $20 million haul in March, the most recent month for which fundraising figures are available.

Earlier Tuesday, Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe told reporters April had been the New York senator’s third-best fundraising month.

Filed under: John McCain
May 20th, 2008
08:34 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit Polls: Did the Edwards endorsement make a difference?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Were voters swayed by Edwards' decision to back Obama?"] (CNN) - Is John Edwards' recent endorsement of Barack Obama important? Forty-five percent of the voters in today's Kentucky's Democratic primary think so. But exit polls show they split their vote: 48 percent voted for Obama, and 47 percent for Clinton.

Fifty-two percent of today's voters in Kentucky say Edwards' endorsement of Obama was not important. They went overwhelmingly for Clinton: 81 to 14 percent.

May 20th, 2008
08:22 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama campaign reports $31 million cash haul in April

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(CNN) - The Obama campaign said Tuesday it had raised $31.3 million in the month of April, along with $600,000 in general election funds.

In its monthly campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission, the campaign said its cash on hand figure was $37.3 million, along with an additional $9.2 million for the general election.

The campaign said it had gained 200,000 new donors last month, bringing that total to date to 1.475 million individuals who have donated just over 2.9 million times. It also said the average April donation was $91, with 94 percent of the contributions less than $200, 93 percent $100 or less, 77 percent $50 or less, and 52 percent $25 or less.

In March, the Obama campaign reported $41 million in donations. Monthly FEC reports for all presidential candidates are due by midnight.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
May 20th, 2008
08:06 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain adviser steps down to avoid working against Obama


(CNN) - John McCain’s chief media adviser said Tuesday he is stepping down rather than campaign against Barack Obama.

Mark McKinnon said last year that he would leave McCain’s campaign after the primary season if the Arizona senator were to run against Obama.

The Illinois senator is not the Democratic nominee, but he has accumulated a significant lead in the number of delegates required to claim the nomination.

In a 2007 interview with Cox News, McKinnon said he would vote for McCain, but "I just don't want to work against an Obama candidacy." He added that if Obama were to reach the White House, it "would send a great message to the country and the world."

The McCain campaign says McKinnon will remain a “major supporter” of the McCain’s presidential bid.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
May 20th, 2008
07:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Obama not a satisfying choice for KY Democrats

(CNN) - In another sign of the challenge facing Obama among Democratic voters in blue-collar states like Kentucky, only 41 percent of them there said they would be satisfied if he wins the party's nomination.

Among Clinton supporters, the number is even more daunting for Obama: Only 33 percent said they'd be satisfied if the Illinois senator is the nominee.

That compares to 76 percent of Democrats in Kentucky who'd be satisfied if Clinton wins the nomination.

With less than six months until the general election, the Democratic Party has a lot of healing to do.

May 20th, 2008
07:26 PM ET
15 years ago

Richardson to campaign for Obama in Puerto Rico

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NEW YORK (CNN) – Former presidential rival turned supporter Bill Richardson will campaign this week for Barack Obama in Puerto Rico, 10 days before the Commonwealth holds its Democratic primary, a Richardson aide tells CNN.

Richardson, the governor of New Mexico and former Cabinet official, is one of the most prominent Hispanic politicians in the nation. He sought the Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out of the race after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary.

While Richardson served in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, he chose to endorse Obama over Hillary Clinton in late March. Hillary Clinton has performed better than Obama with Hispanic voters, although the latest Gallup tracking poll suggests that the Illinois senator has erased his disadvantage with that key voting bloc.

Richardson will visit the Commonwealth on Thursday.

Fifty-five pledged delegates are at stake June 1 when Puerto Rico Democrats head to the polls.

CNN will have exclusive poll data from the Puerto Rico primary.

May 20th, 2008
07:21 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: How Clinton won Kentucky

(CNN) - CNN has just predicted a wide margin of victory for Hillary Clinton in Kentucky. How did she win so overwhelmingly there?

The exit polls point to three reasons: Her support among white voters, her support among rural voters, and Barack Obama's controversial formal pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Among whites in Kentucky, who made up 9 in 10 voters, Clinton won 71 percent of the vote while Obama only won 22 percent.

Rural voters also voted overwhelmingly for Clinton. Those voters made up 45 percent of the electorate and nearly 80 percent of them went for Clinton. Among suburban voters, who made up 30 percent of the vote, Clinton won by a narrower 18 point margin. Meanwhile Obama carried urban voters by 18 points, but those voters only made up a little more than 10 percent of the electorate.

There is also evidence Obama's former pastor continues to haunt him. Nearly 55 percent of Democratic voters said Obama shares the most controversial views of Wright and those voters went for Clinton 84 percent to 9 percent over Obama. Among the 44 percent of Kentucky voters who said Obama does not share Wright's views, 51 percent voted for the Illinois senator while 43 percent went for Clinton.

Filed under: Exit Polls • Hillary Clinton • Kentucky
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