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. Eric

    We all know that those people who say they'll vote for McCain over Obama if Clinton looses are lying, they're just frustrated and want to make a point to try to swing support. They'll change their tune by the time the general election comes around. I've said it once and I'll say it again if you're supporting either Clinton or Obama and if your chosen candidate isn't the nominee and you choose to vote for McCain that would be like if you have no choice and you either have to lose your pinkie finger or your whole hand and you choose to lose your whole hand. It makes no sense. There is little difference between Obama and Clinton there is a HUGE difference between them and McCain. I'll vote for either one over McCain any day.

    May 21, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Independent in IA

    Yes, Obama is bound to have problems with some of us Democratic voters, because there are some of us who do not feel we need to be politically correct apologists to the idea that someone's or some race's 'time has come'.

    May 21, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Jerry

    you know why he struggle with some demoncrate because of Hillary attack on Obama, that why Obama is winning because of Hillary dirty tricks, I am African American man I like Bill Clinton I just dont careful Hillary because of her negative remarks,

    May 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Griffin, CA

    Oregon proved to America what we all knew–education is everything.

    Thanks Oregon, America is so proud of you. Now on to the White House.

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Have you seen it? The respect I lost for the Clintons!

    People who believe in similar ideals and have similar morals should be happy that atleast we have 2 candidates that are close on the issues. With that said, when you have people saying they will not vote for Obama because Hillary and her campaign had a bad strategy, is really saying that I will not vote for a Bi-racial or in their words black man.

    If I don't trust someone or think that someone tells me what I want to hear and then I cosign on a loan for them, ppl would say I was crazy as hell. Thats points out that no matter how educated, down to earth, and viable a candidate is, if he/she is black, they will always be discriminated against. Anyone want to know why we have affirmative action?

    Saying that you don't know enough about Obama is not an excuse. You could READ and get on the INTERNET but I guess if the news dont tell you then you have need to seek out the information you dont know. You all are pitiful and should look at your children when you are acting younger than them. Atleast when they fight they are able to still come back and play in the same sand box.

    Obama ran a good, calculated, and hard fought campaign. He didnt hit on Clinton about every single thing but he could have. He is not Stealing an election, he is WINNING it. Its ok to have disagreements but make sure you are not making a worse mistake by not saying sorry and moving on.

    Dem's in "08". You have a choice. If you got to go, be satisfied with your decision. I am and since Obama is winning the nomination fair and square, I will support him all the way to the Big House!!!

    May 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Tony - DC





    May 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Jer-bob

    I blame Hillary 90% for erecting this feminist wall of exclusion between her and Obama. She has created a division that may affect the general election. We can only hope that Obama has energized so many new and enthusiastic voters that it will cancel out the old Geraldine Ferraro negative bitter women who really see this as a betrayal of Hillaries "right" to be president

    May 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. james

    He struggling with this independent and many like me who support Hillary not for the party but for her ability. He won't get my vote because it is fact that Hillary is most qualified, then McCain before Obama boy.

    We will show the DNC what they've done this primary season –
    Hillary supporters will vote for McCain.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12
    Obama boy, well, NEVER!!!

    May 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Franki

    Obama is not struggling. The same people that is voting for Sen. Hillary and said that race motivated their chose will be the same folk that would not vote for her because if she was running against a white man because sex would then be a factor. She would not be able to trust these voters in the fall because they would vote for Sen. McCain.

    Think of this if Sen. Obama wasn't getting the white vote will he be this a head?

    May 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Connie Sturgeon

    It is now clear that Senator Obama will be the candidate for president . All of you people out there that are not happy with the way things are now had better get off of your high horses and go to the polls in Nov,. and vote for the democratic nominee . We have goofy in the white house now why would you want his twin brother for another four years. You vote for McBush you are going to get what you deserve , but you will drag us with a little more sense down with you not to mention our children, grandchildren and the future of a country that can be great again. So put your racial bull crap behind you and stand up for change or our country will be no more.Remember our enemies have said we will destruct from within. We have had a good start with Bush so everyone had better wake up. Conne, Logansport,IN

    May 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Gayle


    May 21, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Obama

    He must think that all of us older "typical white" people are stupid and senile as well. All of a sudden he wearing the flag pin and saying God Bless America. What a hyprocriate. I will never cast a vote for him in any capacity. I still do not know who this elite snob is nor do his supporters for that matter – they are voting on skin color.

    He is not even the officially the nominee or the President and he is already telling us what to drive and what to put our airconditioner on. Wants to meet with leaders that literally want to kill us. Oh but excuse me, he is going to "change" their minds. Wake up America. We are letting the perfect choice for President slip through our hands to vote for skin color. That is what this is all about – has been from the very beginning. Well, if he were a good choice I would be all for it, but he is the most scary choice. I hope in the future they band the concept of delegates and superdelegates – they are contrubutors to helping put in the wrong choice. If Obama is the nominee – I will back and vote for John McCain. He is not a follower of Bush (which Obama will try to say) -he can think for himself – despite his "age".

    May 21, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Dr Rene Contreras, Lt Col, USAF Retired-2005

    If the Senator from Illinois is the peoples choice, why can't he win? Since the truth has been know about his friends and true character, he has lost most of the primary contests including by 41% and now by 35%.

    May 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Comedy Central

    Obama, his supporters and the media think that Democrats who are not voting for him somehow have a race issue. That really does make me sad because for many of us, that is simply not the case. I am deeply concerned about Obama's anti-American influences including his parents, his friends, his wife and yes, his church. It is not just one friend or one incident, there is a cumulation of influences that have been an integral part of his life and they all add up. And, this has nothing to do with wearing a flag pin, I don't care about something that trivial. If you do the research (and read everything because some information is simply not accurate), you will find that he seems to gravitate towards the more militant and radical viewpoints. Couple that with his fiery speeches, far-left ideology and his seemingly deep interest in helping the downtrodden, I feel this pull towards something other than American democracy. It all feels a little like deja vu.

    May 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Johan Bc Canada

    The demographics seem to point to voters who vote for established names only.As long as they recognize the cover they will buy the book.

    May 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA


    May 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    James wrote: "We will show the DNC what they've done this primary season -Hillary supporters will vote for McCain."

    That, my friend, is called emotional voting. Remember what you won with your 'showing the DNC vote' when you and your country suffer under 4 more years of George Bush policy. It'll be on you.....will you be willing to take the credit for that?

    May 21, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Andy

    I would like to ask a question please. Why is it that no one ever talks about the Obama voters and what they would do if Hillary should (by some stretch of the imagination) win the nomination. We only hear how many Hillary supporters wouldn't support Obama. How about putting it out there that the Obama supporters wouldn't just lay down and roll over should Hillary be the nominee (shudder the thought)!

    May 21, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Kate

    Where is the press objectivity? The democratic race shows neither person with a "majority". There are more than "some" people who feel Senator Obama is not their candidate and the opposite may be true. Why are the headlines "Obama the candidate" this water dripping? is it well lobbied headlines so that the other half of the party is okay with being discounted? McCain is unchallenged?

    What happened to reporting and contiguous screaming news that New Orleans still has so much to clean up and its need for people? or real news / investigative reports on the oil industry, gas prices, etc? We are one lining ourselves to speak to an ever declining literate population. Decades ago we looked at the Roman Empire and pondered if our fate would be to "fall". Hello...smell the coffee....we are debt ridden, require educated foreign talent and have killed off our young in overseas pursuits. Our dollar is lower in Europe and Canada and we still aren't picking up a significant export business while our money is "cheaper".

    Yesterday's election had a significant number of people that actually voted for the Clinton campaign. It sent messages ....but not ones that were the popular trend of already declaring that the news industry was done with the competition and had been telling us that the dance was done.

    This feels like the Gore election. This feels like "1984". We did not elect the powerful news agencies to run the election. Let's try to report news and facts. It is a very close popular race. There is a party that has declared two states do not 'count'. The other party has only one candidate that used to present himself as a hybrid. Maybe there will be three candidates. Or maybe the press can tell us who's running and save us the time of thinking and voting? is that "2084" the sequel??

    May 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. SlimSista



    OBAMA 08

    May 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. K

    What's truly amazing to me....people will not vote for Barack because of race. This country will call out and invade another country when theres a racial divide. But within our on country we refused to acknowledge or even talk about racisim. Racisim has been and will continue to be a n issue in this country, until its talked about. People are afraid to admit this country was built on it. We refused to educate our children in school about 400 years of slavery as if it did not happen. But we can definitely find ways to talk about the Holecaust. Blacks in this country were only given equal rights during the Civil Rights movement. So if we are such a loving county and every one has equal rights...why can't we have a Black President. What are you afraid of...

    May 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Independent

    When the GE starts the issues are going to be clear. This primary is tough because the elected nominee of the Democrats should become the next President. After all, action speaks louder than words and we seen what 8 years of Republican rule has done, would there be any doubt? Could you imagine what the GE would look like if all these Obama/Clinton supporters get together and vote for who ever is the nominee?

    May 21, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Big 'O"

    This election race has taught me a lot. It has taught me how racism in this country is, still alive and going. It has taught me, no matter what the math comes to, I can chance it to fit the result I like. It has taught me, no matter how less you have work in life you can claim your spouse experince has yours. It has taught me, I can say anything I would like, and don't have to be responsible for what I say. Bottom line is Mrs. Clinton has lost this race, If she had fought this primary with grace, just maybe Obama would pick her for V.P. But is don't, she try to run him into the ground with no mercy and it backfire. Now she is looking for him to play nice. She should go back into the Senate and get the real experince she keep talking about.

    May 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Racist disguised as "Hard Working Americans?"

    You can look behind Senator Obama at any of his campaign rallies and
    see white people. And I am sure that they work. How else will they
    survive? To create this misnomer to try and deny that some, not all,
    and maybe this particular voting block of white Americans who won’t vote
    for him because of his race, is anything other than typical racists,
    who aren’t going to vote for him anyhow, is preposterous. Maybe he
    can’t “relate” to them because they don’t want to be related to outside
    of their narrow minded thinking. The reality is, they live in America,
    which cannot cater to that type of thinking. Someone needs to tell them the truth. That they are in the minority.

    May 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Carl

    Griffin, CA May 21st, 2008 11:03 am ET
    Oregon proved to America what we all knew–education is everything.
    Thanks Oregon, America is so proud of you. Now on to the White House.
    Obama 08

    How insane is that statement? VERY... my very ignorant uncle has a C- HS average and no college experience but is worth $200 million... why... because this is America and he worked his tail off to do it.

    Would you call him "uneducated?"

    There are two things in this world... book smarts and street smarts... And street smarts trumps what any book can teach you my friend.

    May 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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