May 21st, 2008
07:38 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama still struggles with some Democrats

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Barack Obama has not had the same success with older, white and blue-collar voters as Sen. Hillary Clinton."]LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) - Tuesday may end up a big night for Barack Obama, giving him a majority of all possible pledged delegates in the Democratic race for the White House. But exit polling in Kentucky - where CNN is projecting rival Sen. Hillary Clinton will win by a wide margin - suggests that he still has big problems in states with a large majority of older, white and blue-collar voters.

Nearly half of Democratic voters in Kentucky polled Tuesday said they would either vote for Republican Sen. John McCain or not vote at all in November if Obama is the Democratic nominee. Among 1,278 people polled, 33 percent said they would pick McCain over Obama, and 16 percent said they would not vote at all.

By comparison, 76 percent said they would choose Clinton over McCain, with only 17 percent supporting the Republican and 6 percent not voting.

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  1. TEXAN

    Either way KY gave him the majority of delegates that was an important factor in this race.

    THANKS KY....For giving this Great Win to our Guy!

    WOMEN FOR OBAMA ..... đŸ™‚

    OBAMA 08' / Webb, Clark or Hagel as VP

    May 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. McCain/Huckabee '08

    We are not racist if we don't vote for Obama. Isn't it possible that his positions are not the positions held by many people? He's very anti- many things that I believe in. Hillary is more qualified to be president. So is McCain. McCain will not let terrorists take over the world. And, I don't have to have a college education to know this. In some ways, a college education makes you more willing to accept anything thrown your way and takes your power of discernment away from you. The DNC will be gravely dissappointed come election day if they pick their shiny new penny to be their nominee.

    May 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Eric Mc

    Hmm, let's look at this logically.

    Obama gets the higher educated persons vote
    Clinton gets the lower educated persons vote

    Cinton wins Kentucky by a landslide. Now what does that tell us?

    At least most of the country is educated, because Obama leads in the popular vote.

    Oh, and he leads by pledged delegates, superdelegates, and States won.

    Why is Clinton still around???????

    May 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. H. Charles

    Shame on CNN for allowing so much racist banter in these blogs. You guys moderate and the majority of the comments you allow are ignorant. Why do this if you're not going to allow intelligent correspondence?

    May 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. TEXAN

    OREGON: You Are The Best!


    May 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Billy J Austin, TX

    Notes from a populist

    I would like to point out that Ted Kennedy ran the very same campaign that Hillary is running right now. He went all the way to the floor of the convention, june 3rd when it was obvious he could not win. Carter had it sewed up many months earlier, but Ted stayed in with…. and I quote " I am the more electable candidate" (because the country just loves northeastern ivy league yachting types)

    So what is wrong with Hillary staying in, to save face and to make sure her supporters got their moneys worth? If Obama is so fragile his candidacy cannot stand even this.. then what will happen in the fall? I will vote for him, that's what will happen. I hope the rest of my southern white blue collar, "I had to work right outta high school", men will be as generous to the snobby wing of our party.

    May 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Bill

    Rene Contreras, HE IS WINNING. Are you really a doctor?

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Rebecca

    Over 25% of Kentucky and West Virginia openly admitted to the exit polsters they will not vote for the black man. If 25% openly say it how many secretly think it. Wow, 50 years after the Civil Rights movements and these two states aren't past racism yet, and they openly admit it!!!

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Carolina girl

    NOT SO FAST with the declaration that Obama is the clear candidate!

    This race isn't over until ALL VOTES ARE COUNTED – and that means
    counting the EXACT votes, as they were cast, in both Michigan and Florida.

    We can't elect a President without the input from ALL 50 states. This is the UNITED states! That means ALL of us....100%...... Nothing less.

    If Florida and Michigan's votes are ignored, as is the situation now,
    or if the votes are tampered with in any way to change the count with the goal of favoring Obama (as seems to be the case with the biased media) that is criminal. Stealing the election.

    Never let it be said, after the abomination of the present administration of these United States, that the NEW adminstration that followed it is just as secretive, dishonest and unfair to their citizens.

    We can't be the "united" states with less than our 50 states participating in the voting. UNITED we stand…. divided we FAIL.
    Fail to be honest, trustworthy, and proper stewards of the authority entrusted to us by our forefathers in the U.S. Constitution.

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. C

    I think that we as a country are not looking closely enough at what is being said which is that Clinton supporters will not support Obama in the general election. This is racisim on several levels, furthermore, it is clear who is the front runner of the dem. party and by the way that is why we have primaries before a general election. As much as I hate to say it there are too many pockets of racist people and they seem to be mainly supporting Hillary Clinton. I WONDER WHY THAT IS??????

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Justin

    We've survived 8 years of having an unqualified Republican president. We can probably survive 4 years of having an unqualified Democratic president.

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Kenneth M


    May 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Bill

    These people always vote Republican anyway. They help put Bush in
    the white house. What do we expect? A little education goes a long
    way Kentucky.

    May 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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