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

Obama still struggles with some Democrats

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/05/20/kentucky.democrats/art.split.candidates.ap.jpg 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. Ruben Regan

    Define Stupid
    Stupid is when our so called Democrats would rather vote for McBush 3rd term than have somone fix our nation. Our nation is full of idiots who likes to pay a lot at the pump, who likes to keep this war going for an unknown amount of years, and who likes the fact that our good paying jobs are in other countries.

    VOTE for DEMOCRATS for 08 and beyond unless you like the path our nation is heading.

    May 21, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. Christine

    Another happy smiling picture of Obama, while showing a tired picture of Clinton.
    The sexist media has pi**ed off a lot of woman during this campaign, and our voice WILL be heard in November.

    May 21, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Mary

    I am an older white female, currently unemployed while raising children, but I am EDUCATED through choice, hard work, and sacrifice.

    GO OBAMA! "08

    May 21, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Stephanie

    sure, the non educated!!! wise and educated democrats will vote or a democratic nominee in november no matter who it becomes( in this case Obama :-)!!! God bless Obama

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. fvp

    now that the democratic race is almost over and it looks like obama will be the nominee, isn't hillary supposed to support the nominee? i am sure she will tell her voters that they need to vote for obama in november if they are true democrats. they need to vote for obama, not marry him, if race is what scares them. go obama go!

    May 21, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. Robert

    Seems like Sen. Clinton is ALSO struggling with some voters, namely hardworking, well-educated people. Why can't she close the deal? Maybe because we're smart enough to see through her.

    May 21, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. crat3

    Tuesday ended 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

    May 21, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. Isaac

    Considering Clinton and Obama share almost the exact same values you'd think the vote would have been a lot closer. The fact that she carried the state by almost 90% in most areas shows almost without doubt that racism DID factor into the results. It simply had to. That doesn't mean that people who voted for Hillary were themselves racist, necessarily, but they may still be under the impression that a black man cannot win Kentucky in the general election and so they decided to back the "safe" horse instead. Who knows. Either way the end result is the same.

    May 21, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Hil-LIAR-Y IS A Spoiler

    She is running for 2012 and so it's important for her to be the spoiler of this election. it won't be pretty.

    She is not playing the "race" card because she knows race is extremely important in this country. We would rather vote for a man (John McCain) who will continue this war, and possible start a new one, than an African American. Sad.

    May 21, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. james

    Ignorance is something far more harmfull than any disease.......to think ppl would rather more of the same old politic than a breath of fresh air is something i can't quiet understand...............the rednecks are voting clinton by big margin while the educated ones are for OBAMA........there is much more work to be done in America because illeteracy and intellectual indicape is at a higher level than reported.....

    i rather take a risk on OBAMA THAN watching mccain invade iran and the rest of the middle east for oil and eventually china FOR RICE.......LOL.......

    May 21, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Ash

    This saddens me. Are some Americans so ignorant that they refuse to choose a mixed American (yes, both white and black), to become our president based on race? I know they can't say its political stance, because Obama and Hillary's political stance on issues are very similar.

    If you are a Democrat and you really want a change in America, then you will support both Democratic candidates. Otherwise, there is no hope if people are still so narrowed minded and bias.

    May 21, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. cindy barba

    I will also vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. We have always voted for a Democratci candidate but feel that Obama will not protect us against terrorists. He does not have our values.
    He changes his speeches from group to group, state to state. Does not know his facts.

    May 21, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. MICHAEL, PORTSMOUTH NH

    Obama struggles with some populations. Clinton struggles with some populations also. So, what is the big deal? All the news reports is Obama has a problem with uneducated, blue-collar workers, older women voters. If they were the only people in the country voting then he would lose. They don't report that Clinton has a problem with educated, white-collar, young voters. If they were the only people in the country voting then she would lose. If there was a candidate that could satisfy all the population, then we would have the democratic nominee. Let's stop highlighting who can't get who because we are over-analyzing this race.

    May 21, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. Modern Monkey!!!!

    Ok......let the kiddie games begin ehh HRC supporters? Go ahead and take your ball home and stomp your feet, we will get another one to play with.

    May 21, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. john

    Those HRC supporters who say they will vote for Mccain if she is not the candidate are either clueless voters who will have no effect on the general election or more likely republicans who are trying their best to influence the Democratic process (see Rush Limbaugh call to support HRC). The DNC, the superdelegates are smarter than that as we all see through the smoke. In November Obama will trounce the GOP nominee.

    May 21, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Sam from Canada

    I think that the American political parties are too entrenched in partisanship to ever work for the common good. The Democratic Party needs to unite, and work to stop Bush's policies in the White House. I am not too aware of Kentucky, but I know it is a very "conservative" state, much like West Virginia which held its vote last week. This contrasts with Oregon. I think the problem is not so much an appeal to blue collar workers, the likes of which he won is various western states, like Colorado and Kansas, but also Wisconsin, Virginia and Delaware. I think this is becoming regional and in some aspects, divisive as an appeal to race. When almost 25 percent of a voting population states that race factors into their equation, and they vote for a candidate of their own skin for this reason, it makes one question the strength of this voting bloc, especially if they make up nearly 90 percent of the democratic vote in a state. If Clinton wins by 41 percent, how much of that was anti-black vote, as compared to we like Hillary better vote. Both democrats need to appeal together to reject voting based on racial and gender preferences, though it cannot be erased, they can let the world know that there is no place for such things and that while they respect their vote, they cannot agree with the methods behind it. If this is the case, it would do no good for Obama to patronize those who would never conceive of voting for a black man. What could he do, but bleach himself, that would please these people? A change of policies? So sad, really.

    May 21, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. Hil-LIAR-Y - THE Spoiler

    She is running for 2012 and so it's important for her to be the spoiler of this election. It won't be pretty.

    She is now playing the race card because she knows race is extremely divisive in this country. We would rather vote for a man (John McCain) who will continue this war, and possibly start a new one, than vote for an African American. Sad

    May 21, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Amy from Michigan

    Why are only white, lower income, uneducated voters so critical? What about the unprecedented turn-out of African American voters, under 30 voters, and college educated voters, who have turned out and supported Obama?

    Don't we count.....guess not, according to the Clinton Math!

    May 21, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. Eric

    Well to be honest Barack has trouble with many races, including some African-Americans like myself.

    May 21, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. demographic does make a difference

    WELL I HOPE IF THESE DEMOCRATS WHO JUST COME TO VOTE FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE WILL NOT VOTE. BUT SINCE HISTORY SOMETIMES REPEATS ITSELF I GUESS THESE SO CALL DEMOCRATS WILL VOTE AGAINST THEIR OWN PARTY TO KEEP AN AA OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY WILL USE AN EXCUSE LIKE EXPERIENCE, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE NOW AFTER ALL SOME OF THESE PEOPLE VOTED FOR BUSH TWICE SO SAD AND VERY SCARY FOR AMERICA !!!!

    OBAMA 08
    YES WE CAN AND WILL WITH ALL DEMOCRATS !!!

    May 21, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. justobserve

    It's strange to hear "Obama has some problems" repeatedly as if Clinton doesn't have any problem. In fact, does any of the candidates has no problem? The election is for choosing the least problematic and the most inspiring candidate. No one is a perfect fit for a country of 320 millions of people.

    May 21, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Canadian

    Looking from the outside in, I find it puzzling to see you guys fight among yourselves when the USA as so much work to do to regain its credibility in the world. Your old-politics-as-usual is hurting the whole planet.

    It is also puzzling to see Clinton supporters saying they would vote McCain. Clinton and Obama seems to have a very similar agenda. So… If you are gonna vote for McCain who is far from Clinton on his agenda, you are certainly not very committed to the ideas and the agenda put forward by Clinton!

    Clinton's agenda would move forward with Obama, not with McCain. So… Why are you supporting Clinton then? Clearly not for her ideas… Weird.

    May 21, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. Concerned Democrat

    He will continue to struggle with rural Americans until he can show that he understands there issues and needs. As a highly educated young women I find him arrogant and elitist and feel that he does not understand my demographic nor does he share my values. These should be concerns for him if he is the nominee. There are only so many big cities he can win and they are not enough to carry him to the White House.

    May 21, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. PK

    CNN, if you would report fairly, you would say that Kentucky is a racist state. If anyone say that they won't vote for someone because of their race, you know very well that they are racist!

    The media has played so much on Rev. Wright calling him a racist, why don't you call things as it is about Kentucky voters and link Clinton & Kentucky voters? Clinton herself has played the race card during her campaign and if she really cares for her country and will fight for them, then she should let the Kentucky voters know that she will not accept their votes and stop playing the race card.

    May 21, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  25. crat3

    Tuesday ended up no "big night for Barack Obama, giving him a majority of all possible pledged delegates in the Democratic race for the White House." This is the spin of the pro-Obama biased media and the ruthless Obama himself.

    Obama's Iowa rally on Tuesday and celebrating a "milestone" manifested his ruthless quest, driven by raw ambition, to swipe the presidential nomination from Sen. Clinton.

    Obama's bogus "milestone" of getting a "majority of all possible pledged delegates" has no significance or meaning and counts for nothing in the Democratic nomination process.

    Obama cannot get the requisite number of pledged delegates for the nomination. The nomination is to be decided by the superdelegates with no regard to the "majority of all possible pledged delegates."

    Superdelegates, with no integrity and no respect for counting every vote, have been siding with Obama daily in an orchestrated end-run conspiracy to swipe the nomination for Obama before FL and MI get resolved, and the remaining states vote their presidential preference.

    Obama's "majority of of all possible pledged delegates" ploy is a ruthless end-run tactic around the Democratic nomination process. At the conclusion of the primary season when every vote is counted, the Democratic nomination process calls for superdelegates to have the integrity and courage to select the best qualified and strongest candidate to win the general election using their independent judgment with no regard to any "delegate math" or “majority of all possible delegates.” Sen. Clinton is the best qualified and strongest candidate to win the general election; she is the Democratic presidential nominee.

    Sen. Clinton must continue fighting for the future of America and all Americans. All rational Democrats need to support her campaign by making frequent contributions at HillaryClinton.com.

    May 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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