May 21st, 2008
07:38 AM ET
13 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. Carol

    I am one of 1,700,000 people who voted in Florida. I pay taxes, follow the speed limit, and was also extremely excited to be part of the election process. From what I surmise, 20 people behind closed doors,sometime last summer, made a decision without asking me,my 88 yr. old mom, and 1,700,0000 fellow democrats if it was okay that our votes might not count due to their closed door decision of moving up the primary. Just an aside that my mom realizes that making it to age 92 with her brain tumor will not happen, so this election is her last. She is saddened that her final vote is not counting. I read on this website comments from other Americans that I must accept the rules and basically shut up. You know,having a father who proudly served in WWII, and a husband retired from the Army who served in both Viet Nam and Desert Storm,I take my vote seriously. I am 100% certain that if no action is taken to count our primary votes, Florida will definitely go Republican. I believe that Mr. Obama knows this in his heart and has bascially written us off. We in Florida are obviously Americans, but in the grand scheme of things, we are unimportant. I truly hope that the people who condemn us never have to face such a depressing situation in their states.

    May 21, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. fred

    IF the DNC lets Obama have the nomination....they will prove just how stupid they really are!! Obama doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell of winning in November!! Will I LMAO!!! 58 year old democrat...I wouldn't care if Obama was green, purple or red, white and blue...I would not vote for him!!!


    May 21, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Tim from Philly

    That should tell you a little something about her supporters.......

    May 21, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Lorna, NY

    When Hillary departs from this race, he will focus on what need to be done to win this election. He is fighting several battles at once right now. McCain, Bush, Hillary, Hillary's Supporters, etc. Hillary is hanging on so that she can try and steal this from him.

    May 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. victor

    He struggles because some white voters refuse to vote for a black man ( Who by the way is half white ). The same can be said for Clinton, some people will not vote for her because she's a women. But the race issue is much bigger here, It's 2008 and we still identify people by color instead of what he bring to the table. Old habits die hard, and there are still pockets of racism that exist in America.

    May 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Alice Brockgreitens

    You will note that as of 5:30 a.m. today, Ron Paul had received 15% of the primary vote in Oregon. I think you can regard this as a Republican protest vote against John McCain. I have seen a lot of yard signs for Paul–perceived as an antiwar Republican–and I do not believe Oregon Democrats abandoned participating in a really interesting contest to vote on the Republican side of the ticket. It would be interesting to see where Paul's votes came from–if it's Beonton and Lane Counties, you can bet it's Republican protest.

    May 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. No Way

    That would be the close minded people that have a race problem. Grow up people!

    May 21, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Jack

    I prefer that these people don't vote at all. Since they are the
    "battleground"(racist, ignorant) states, let them vote for McCain, and
    keep sending their children to the war in Iraq.

    May 21, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Philip

    When Clinton is finally out of the picture Obama will be able to spend 100% of his time on the main event and work towards defeating McSame in the fall. People will start to see the leader Obama truly is as he puts this country back on the path it belongs.

    May 21, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. TRUTH

    Seems this county has aeons to go WIth RACISM..Pollsters say:

    many saying they will notvote for Barack casue of his color...

    Ignorant fools.... The N word in its proper description definitely applys to these white voters..Who sing the same anthem oabotu america everyone esle sings..

    Truth is

    May 21, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Eugene

    Perhaps the "Democrats" referred to were our Rush Limbaugh folks who have come out of the hills in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, etc. to try to prolong the campaign. If they're voting for McCain in November, they have nothing in common with Obama's or Clinton's ideals.

    May 21, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. LadyDi

    Does it really matter – Kentucky is a Republican state!

    May 21, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. AVEMBE The sun

    OK if that's true do you mean that he should quit and leave the nomination to HRC? is there a candidate who doesn't have any problem with anybody?... despite all the odds he is still ahead in all the maths, he respected the rules so what?...Lest's pretend that he quits...!!!!yeah let the SD decide that HRC is the nominee...

    May 21, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. Anna

    Obama just took an 8 point national lead over McCain according to a Reuters/Zogby poll today.

    He is also up 26 points over Clinton today.

    Kentucky does not speak for the nation, they speak for Hillary's incitement of anger and racism.

    May 21, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. Dems wont win WV KY anyway!!!!!!!!

    who cares, everyone knows that the GOP will win these states. The real issue is that Hillary cant win the states DEMS normally win, those all go to OBAMA

    May 21, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. yns

    I am a Hillary supporter all the way! I cannot find myself voting for a man with such poor judgment and pulling the race card to get himself into the white house. In addition, there is no way I want to be affiliated with any of his supporters who have been posting on here!

    You stay in there Hillary! It is your right to do that and don't let the "good ole boys" nudge you out! Take it all the way to the convention! Many "super delegates" can change their minds between now and then. Who knows what other skeletons may come out of Barrack Hussein Oblablabla's closet by then.

    May 21, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Darryl

    Now this is the type of the Clinton doing their finest work with lying and pushing distrust.....

    May 21, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. HP Boston

    This has been the very worst candidate presented by the DNC, Obama.
    He has been shoved down our throats from the get go..we are sick of it and him. We will never, ever vote for him, NEVER!
    The MSM has been BRUTAL to Senator Clinton and Obama supporters are the most hate filled cruel lot of FOLKS ever . Worse than Rove republicans!
    Hillary Clinton makes Obama look like the untrained puppy that he is.

    Barack Hussein Obama the worst thing that ever happened to America.
    Even his mentor WRIGHT the 20 year pastor to BO could no longer care about the lying politician Obama

    May 21, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |

    MR. AMERICA asks who the heck is surprised that Kentucky and West VA voters have a large uneducated population of good ol' boys that ain't gonna vote fer no colored folk fer presidunt?

    May 21, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. Hillary or Macain

    SOME? HOW ABOUT latinos, White, Asian, Indians,older voters and now the young are waking up.....

    May 21, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. Debbie,NJ

    They forgot to give the percentage of voters in Kentucky who wouldn't vote for Obama base soley on the fact that he was black.

    May 21, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Concern

    All these problems at this democratic party primaries have been orkestrated by media ( CNN, NBC) along with DNC Dean Howard and company. There was so much pressure and blackmailing on supper delegates to support Barak Obama what I consider as undemocratic, also Florida/Michigan voters have been ignored because will not be convenient to Obama, what an IRONY?????

    May 21, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    the nearly half of Hillary's voters that will vote for Mccain if when hillary finally admits defeat are the dumbest people on the planet. they are probably republicans anyway.
    They are unpatriotic and plain idiotic.

    for the hillary people that will join in electing a democrat, thank you for you commitment to our troops and our economy. you are the true patriots that i am proud to tell our soldiers in the armed forces that are looking out for their well-being. thank you for your progressive thinking and for setting aside your feelings for the good of this country

    May 21, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  24. Hil-LIAR-Y Too

    Hillary still struggles with some Democrats as well–African Americans, and young people.

    May 21, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. Independant

    Go Hillary and McCain!

    Obama who?

    May 21, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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