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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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. i am not dump

    it is ok. obama has problem with hard working white people. however, clinton has a prolem with african american in general

    May 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Carl

    Why is an article like this written?

    He struggles with democrats because some/most democrats feel even he is way too far left.

    It's that simple. Stop sugar coating it with racism and sexism and fascism and horrible name calling.

    Depending on future events, I can see Obama winning 65 percent of the vote in November, or I can see Obama winning only 20 percent in November... we'll have to wait and see...

    May 21, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Paula from Canada

    I believe Barack's safety is a huge concern in "Klan-tucky" as one blogger joked.. race is a huge factor in Kentucky and West Virginia. The campaign is playing it down which is good but it is there and runs genarations deep. Whenever he walks close to a crowd I hold my breath I am terrified some yahoo will shoot him. Beef up your security Barack the world needs you!!!!

    May 21, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Steve

    And the reason why he's leading in every category leading to the nomination for the party. So does Clinton and McCain. Hillary with younger white voters, younger black voters, hard working blacks, and people with money who see how bad she ran her campaign and don't want to see her doing the same to the country, and most of all voter who don't use race to decide who to vote for. And McSane has issues with people who don't want any more wars and think he's too old, out of touch and still had too many lobbies running his campaign.

    We could go on for days...

    May 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Juliemn

    I will not vote for Obama, not even with Hillary on the ticket, this primary has been rigged from day one!! I will vote mcCain and with pride, I have my children to think of. If obama gets in. they will be part of a hate and division culture, run by a dictator and his wife, who sees America as a mean and lazy place. I think I will throw up now!!!!

    May 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. DAN

    HE'S NOT THE ONE. DHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. sophia nyc

    Struggling with the uneducated? That's a bad thing?

    May 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. John New Jersey

    Lets face it. Some will not vote for Obama because of color. When the pudits say older whites, they are speaking to a generation that went through the civil rights movements kicking a sreaming wanting to keep things separate. The younger generation hasn't experience much racism as the older generation. This is the big divide. Has anyone been to W.Va and Kentucky???? Look at the voting pattern over the past eight years. These are not so call blue states

    May 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. EC

    Oh give it a REST already. When he becomes the nominee these silly over-analyzed polls and commentaries will be singing a different tune. This happens with EVERY presidential race and the MEDIA and everyone else claiming "authority" here and there keeps SINGING THE SAME OLD SONG.

    One you have to candidates in each party the maps will change and the demographics will change in how they vote because they will have a clear choice between a Republican and a Democrat. It's really that simple.

    Americans should KNOW how the game is played by now. Jesus, the "song and dance" has not changed in years, but this is a race like NO other and nothing is as "usual". So I don't listen to all this primary hogwash. It will hold no merit come November.

    People need to stop being silly and get with the program and stop all this nonsense. This primary will soon be over and then we start all over come November.

    May 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. TJ

    When are people going to start calling this what it is? Chris Matthews started to last night, but outside of him it seems like there are no pundits willing to take WV and KY to task for being blatantly racist (and further, take Hillary to task to pandering to their racist beliefs). I'm a white guy that lives in OH in relatively close proximity to both KY and WV. I've had people from both states tell me that nearly all of the people they know back at home aren't voting for Obama for one reason – his race. It's a disgrace, and it's shameful watching the Clinton campaign revel in the twisted adoration she's getting in those states from ignorant hatemongers.

    May 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Venus

    I wonder if Hillary was running against a white man – what questions the polls would ask?

    Go Obama! It's not stopping us and it won't – we are on our way to 1600 Penn Ave --------–

    May 21, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Freida NYC

    Obama really scares… I heard him say in one of his no substance speeches yesterday, that Venezuela and Colombia are "no threat" to the United States therefore; he is not concerned about the possibility of bringing on terrorism to our country. He also stated, that we should only be concerned about big powerful nuclear nations like Russia. Really Baracak? This is another example of your poor judgement. Do not underestimate the South Americans (especialy Venezuela and Colombia) they are powerful nations and have no fear!

    Hillary please save us from this man!

    May 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Why want the new media tell the truth. There are code words used in the news like "is Sen Obama Electable" meaning will European (White America) or Blue Collar will vote for Sen Obama a black man. look at what at CNN say " 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." True Racism will start to come out very soon

    May 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Kevin in Saskatchewan, Canada

    flat out....Obama is having trouble with the people that will never vote for a black man. Call it what you will, but an exit poll taken last night in Kentucky released the troubling fact that 1 in 5 people who voted there say that race played a role in their decision. And of those, 1 in 10 were Hillary supporters. This should be an eye opener to those who like to dance around this issue by saying Obama has trouble courting the "white, blue collar" vote....he isn't getting the white, racist vote. And never will. And anyone suggesting that Obama is unelectable because he can't secure the "white, blue collar vote" is saying that it is that redneck vote that is what gets people in the WHITE house. Welcome to the 21st century West Virginia....welcome to the 21st century Kentucky. If Hillary were serious about uniting the Democratic party, she should say that she doesn't want the votes of the racists. But knowing Hillary, she would say"you know what they say...where the rednecks go, so goes the rest of the nation!"

    May 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Rob -BC Cnada

    Gimme a break.He struggles only because Hillary continues to undermine the Democratic party and attempts to keep that division alive.Nothing else has worked for her so know we are hearing that the "male establishment is bias"...the gender card has finally been played.What else can she do.She has no more idea's.Her last stab, we can only hope.Hey lady,hey lady...........its over.

    May 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Mo


    May 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Rusty Rose

    Some Democrats? Try 66% of Hillary supporters which is almost half of the party.

    May 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Hillary Huckabee Romney McCain Rodham Clinton

    This problem exists in Appalachia for all previous Democratic candidates going back to 1964. Nationwide this problem is identical for both candidates against McCain.

    Please be factual in your reporting instead of trying to drum up controversy for the sake of ratings, ratings and more ratings. CNN, the FOX NEWS for intellectuals?

    May 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Crush Rush

    Im white and blue collar,she screwed me with nafta and I will never forget it.And NO i wont ever vote for "Looselips McCain'.

    May 21, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Paul

    Now she's complaining of sexism. Really, I don't care about gender, it's ALL about character. It's another transparent attempt to rally the votes from her main demographic.

    May 21, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe NM


    stupid headline

    May 21, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. A CANUCK

    Give Barack know him is to love him......the general election campaign will prove it !!!!!! OOOOOOOOOOOOOObama 2000008

    May 21, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. cecil

    Sen. Clinton baggage hasn't been on the table.

    Obama 08

    If Obama and his wife had the baggage Sen. Clinton and Bill Clinton has, it would have been a major issue from day one of campaigning.

    There white, so it's a none issue!

    May 21, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Rebecca

    Because they are openly and admittedly racist. Over 25% openly admitted they will not vote for a black guy. Fortunately, Kentucky and West Virginia are isolated pockets that have a large number of racist residents.

    May 21, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Rick

    The exit polls are reflective of one of the following:

    a. There is a concerted effort in the Clinton campaign to have her supporters say they won't support Obama in a last-ditch, dirty-tricks effort to sway the superdelegates.

    b. Hillary's campaign is now becoming naturally devisive.

    I wouldn't write off the former as out of the question given the Clinton's motivation, but it will fail, if for no other reason that the superdelegates won't fall for that crap.

    The latter appears to be borne out in other polls indicating Hillary's attacks on Obama are unfair.

    May 21, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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