May 20th, 2008
05:43 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Democratic division continues to run deep


(CNN) -
The vast majority of Hillary Clinton supporters in Kentucky are not willing to support Barack Obama should he win the party’s nomination, a sign of the continuing division in the Democratic Party as the primary race comes to a close.

According to the just released exit polls, only 33 percent of Clinton backers said they would vote for Obama should he be the party’s nominee. That compares to 71 percent of Obama supporters who say they are willing to support Clinton if she wins the nomination.

Those numbers are even worse for Obama than in West Virginia one week ago, where 36 percent of Clinton voters said they would back Barack Obama in fall.

As for the Clinton backers in Kentucky, 41 percent of them say they will back McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee, 23 percent said they won’t vote at all, and 3 percent said they would vote for other candidates.

Among Obama supporters in Kentucky, 14 percent said they would back McCain, 11 percent said they would not vote in the general election, and 4 percent said they would vote for other candidates.

soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Jim South Dakota

    It's because the majority of her voters at this time will not vote for her either. She thinks she will win Kentucky and West Virgina but she won't have a chance in hell and neither would Obama in winning in those states. Simply she is just pushing BS propaganda and splitting the party along gender and racial lines. Way to go HILLARY you are such a superstar NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get the hell out of the way and get behind the winner Obama!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. willard

    I always voted Republican but will not vote for McCain but for Obama. We need to have someone who is willing to repair our tattered image in the world rather than rattling sabers at all those we do not agree with. Most people miss the point that the majority of man kind would like to just live in peace if given the choice. Its is those that govern that cause all the grief. A new direction, a new nation, of the people, for the people, without the special interests (I think it was called the military industrial complex)

    May 20, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hillary is bitter I tell you, she is just bitter!

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    I live in Eugene, Oregon. If Hillary gets the nomination, I'm voting for McCain. I can't trust Hillary. She's a liar just like her husband.

    Otherwise... GO BARACK!

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. vw

    Hey, Schneider, only one questions for you.
    Do you think it is reasonable for Hillary even cannot get 10% votes among the black???

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Pope

    I think the contignent of people who will not vote for OBAMA because he is black is much larger than people who wont vote for Hillary because she is a woman. What happens when OBAMA wins in november... you will move out the country because he is a black president. What democrat in the right mind would vote for McSame... I guess you want more of you kids to die in the desert for nothing.... sick and sad

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Old & White w/ GED


    Look at all the TOUGH Hillary lovers here saying they will NEVER vote for Obama. Guess what, many Hillary supporters are now supporting Barack. Go to Gallup and see for yourself.

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. ray

    The Democratic Party had better wake up. This is a MOVEMENT gaining traction and is starting a groundswell. The Clinton Democrats will NOT be told to get in line behind the WEAKER candiadte they have chosen (not the people). I (Democrat my whole 48 year life) for one will actually campaign for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee.

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Tony in Florida

    This is completely silly. And CNN is perpetuating this ridiculous reasoning by giving credence to nonsensical behavior.

    And CNN is still acting like Hillary Clinton might just possibly maybe squeak through with some shenanigans and steal the nomination. Good grief. This race has been over since Obama's 11 straight primary victories.

    Come November folks are going to say "More of the same or something different." That's all and that's how it boils down.

    (And of course you won't post this, but you'll let every Tom, Dick, and Harry post "Barack is a Muslim" stuff all over this forum.)

    It's disgusting.

    How bout you moderators do your job and moderate! People aren't stupid.

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. marty

    Write in Hillary Clinton in November. Do not stay home, do not vote for McCain. We can show the DNC what we think of their choice. This thing with Obama reminds me of a free concert I attended. We were all standing in a nice line, and suddenly 4/5 people broke rank and started a stampede. A lot of people were hurt in the process. The stampede of superdelegates before all the votes are in, is like what happened before the gates were open. It is going to hurt the DNC, and the nominee. Let the Obama-bots call us racist. They don't like Hillary , well we don't like Obamas' far left liberal ideas. That does not make us racist.

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Debbie

    Just where did the word racist jump in this discussion. By the way, Keith, if a white minister had said the things against black people the way that Wright said about white people, the white minister would have been stoned and then tared and feathered and ran out of town. What is it with you Obama supporters that scream racist everytime you don't like what you see out there. The truth is the truth, I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ABAMA BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE THE EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO RUN AMERICA, NOT BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN. So get off the band wagonKeith and get with the truth and vote for Hillary.

    Hillary for President -2008-100%

    May 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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