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

Schneider: Clinton, Obama win each other's voters

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/06/clint.obama.jpg 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.


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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. we love HIllary

    Democrats Unite: Even tho i love Hillary we need to unite unless u want a 4 more years of Bush. Even tho those Hillary haters r out there, if we vote for MCbush are we not better than those who hate Hillary. If we do vote MCbush then we wont get back at the Hillary haters, we r just going to hurt r selfs. Hillary did a great job of runing but when we lose we dont threw a fint and start crying we get back up and say we well be stronger next year, but this year we done all we can and gave it r best shot.

    May 20, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  2. Nobama

    I'm a Democrat who will be supporting John McCain come November just like the millions of others in our ranks. Every time I read these blogs and see the hateful comments posted by Obama supporters I know that I'm making the right decision. Obamas supporters are not driven by hope as they say, but hate – hate for Bush, hate for McCain and now hate for Hillary. They will "eat their own" at any cost. I could never support a candidate whose base of support is composed of such haters.

    May 21, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Viva Obama 08

    Super delegates need to come out 0n 5/21/08 to give us a nominee.

    May 21, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. JeffinDenver

    I'll be voting for McCain if Clinton is not on the ticket. It is WRONG that Michigan and Florida have been discounted. It is sad that even CNN HAS JOINED THE LIBERAL MEDIA promoting the Obama Campaign's message that they have won the majority of the pledged delegates-true, but only after disregarding voters in Michigan and Florida. Hillary's campaign has been, for all practical purposes, hi-jacked by Obama's DNC insiders. I am encouraging all Dems to leave the thugs this fall and vote for McCain if Clinton is not on the Dem ticket. How can an honest superdelegate really second the on-going corruption, disrespect to women and discrimination in this primary process?! I think I am getting it now...change must mean for the Obama Campaign dismissing a lot of core values, a lot of democracy and a lot of the voters' wishes as they go along. Sadly, imagine an Obama Whitehouse: a press conference with a new excuse every week! So much for change.

    May 21, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  5. God Bless America

    A WHISKEY STATE FULL OF RACISITS..........HER TYPE OF PEOPLE.

    May 21, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  6. Joe

    Obama and Ron Paul now there is a pair that one could actually trust

    May 21, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  7. J. Moses

    These lists of who votes for wich candidates – older whites, uneducated voters, young blacks, are broad generalizations that just don't seem to hold up in the real world. I'm a nearly 40 white woman who hasn't completed college yet; therefore I should be shouting Hillary's name from the rooftops. I'm an Obama supporter. Have been since the first time I actually took the time to look at his plans and ideas in print. I thought it was just a bunch of flowery words till I looked it over, It turns out that the man is a brilliant leader who just happens to be an incredibly eloquent speaker as well.....

    May 21, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  8. sdmackey

    mj – my thoughts exactly.

    May 21, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  9. white, 50, female Republican for Obama!

    Please! No more Clintons in the White House. My friends and I are all voting for Obama! I also have to agree with Ed...The poor and uneducated in WV and KY will be the ones to suffer if McCain wins the general election. But I'm not worried. The mainly Democrat states that voted for Hillary will still remain Democrat in the general election...

    May 21, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  10. Greg

    You want to talk about racist people, look at all the comments left by people from all over the country talking about people from Kentucky being white trash. Be careful who you talk about today they might be your Mayor, Gov. or even your President 1 day. And you might have to drive through and break down in one them Kentucky cities 1 day.

    May 21, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  11. S - Austin

    Peggy, Obama has more experience in elected office (state leg. in IL, then U.S. Sen.) than Hillary. He also has the same amount of experience that Kennedy and Lincoln had when they took office. AND he was working with poor people to help them get the services they need at the age when Hillary was still having pillow fights at Yale Law School. Does your doctor have a spouse? Maybe if your doctor quits practicing medicine you should go to your doctor's wife and see if she'll treat you instead.

    May 21, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  12. IL Democrat

    Why is every win for Hillary turned into something terrible – the KY win is racism? Why is it racist when 75% of the white KY white voters vote for Clinton racist, but polls from majority of the primaries show 92% of the black voters voting for Obama? Seems to me it's demographics for the white voters (see difference b/t KY & Oregon) whereas it's race for the black voters.

    CNN, please post this!!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  13. Inks

    Burt in Texas I am sure you voted for Bush in 2004 even knowing he had lied about Iraq and so you and Bush are guilty of causing the problems that are facing America both at home and abroad.

    For your information, both BO and HRC are both members of the same party in case you are confused about that, thus their policies are similar if not the same.

    The mark of a good leader, is knowing both your strengths and your weaknesses, while playing up your strengths you find others who will help improve on your weaknesses. The presidency is not just one man or one woman it is an institution, which involves many people (hopefully the right people).

    If you truly respected HRC you would vote-in the party that she and her husband have been a part of and worked hard, for many years. To cut off your nose to spite your face is not particularly wise. This kind of attitude is part of why the US is facing the problems it has now.

    All BO is saying is, lets leave the anger and irrelevant stuff behind and unite to fight for our lives, our futures and our children's futures. Is that too much to ask? Do we have to wait until the country implodes before we leave the petty differences behind? I use the word “petty” because in the grand scheme of things i.e. what the US is facing now, all other issues are quite petty and irrelevant. You know everyone can go back to the bickering after the country is up and running properly again if that is their wish.

    May 21, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
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