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. Memphis

    I think the rural, blue collar and older voters aren't immersed in the pop culture ("I'm more liberal than you") fantasy world that a lot of younger voters are nowadays. I think the ultra liberals think of the presidency as a royal position rather than a job that is given as a privilege to one who accepts the awesome task. We don't need a king. We need a leader. Obama is running on a pop culture wave that will peak then crash ashore. What's left after the wave breaks is more important than how magnificent the wave looked as it came in. Let's hope it's leadership that is left and not an inept president.

    May 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. H. Charles

    This is just blatant stupidity. If 33% said they'd vote for McCain, they are not Democrats. By the way Hillary Clinton and the media has categorized the majority of Kentucky, they probably can't spell Democrat anyway.

    May 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. New Day

    This story is so old and misleading. They are both democrats. OF COURSE a candidate as strong as Hillary will have a stronghold on some key demographics. But that doesnt mean that people will transfer that vote to a party of opposing ideology.

    Remember when the news used to be informational rather then sensationalist? *sigh*

    May 21, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. TMORGAN

    All of you who don't want to vote for him because his black or because Hillary lost, need to decide what is more important. Is race or your lively hood more important. For years we (blacks) have had no problem voting for white candidates, but now he is having problems with Democrats and don't give me that Rev Wright or the bitter crap, thats a cop out. If Democrats don't come together and vote for him, after what the Republicans have put us through, it could only be because he is black. And I for one promise if he doesn't win I will change to independent, and I will encourage everyone I know to do the same!!!!! And I don't think the Democrats can win without the Black vote.

    May 21, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. The O

    This is a BS statement he only struggles with voters in KY and WV. Obama knew it from the start thats why he did not bother really going to those states. This is why he is a smart man, fight the battles you can win, this shows a lot about these states not that he is struggling with democrates. It is understandable that Hillary is getting the majority of women voters like wise for Obama about the black votes it's not racsim or feminism it's just both side would rather see some in the white house other then the same old white guys who have been running this country for years. and the last 7 have been a disaster.
    Now we have a choice more of the same or change for the future.
    I'am willing to go for change. Both Obama and Hillary would make History, Period. since I think Obama will win the nomination I think he should add a women on his ticket, There are a lot of great women leaders out there. the one I like is Sebalius. Like wise if Hillary was to get the nomination she would have to add Obama on her ticket. becuase there is no other black candidate like Obama antwhere in the country. But the main thing is that we take the White house back from the republicans and change the direction.
    Unuited we stand or divided we'll fall!!!!!!!!

    DEMS 08

    May 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. CN, Florida

    I believe Barack is making a strategic mistake. He is leaving Hillary run on those last states without competition, he is not challenging her and that is helping her case.

    The match is on his favor, but politics are NOT a clean and fair game, she can still steal the nomination from him. If I were him, I would to to Puerto Rico with Bill Richardson and campaign hard there. I would go to every state and campaign like there is no tomorrow, and even if she wins because the demographics are in her favor, the difference would be small, not the 35/40 percent she is getting now without competition.

    May 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Gayle

    He is always going to struggle with me. He thinks he is untouchable as far as criticism. Just wait, if he is nominated what the republicans do to him and her.

    May 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. FRANK

    HILLARY IS CLEARLY THE MORE ELECTABLE DEMOCRAT!!!

    OBAMA TALKS ABOUT FEAR AS A GOP TACTIC BUT HE IS USEING IT TO CLINCH THE NOMONATION,!! IF SUPERDELAGATES CLEARLY LOOKED AT THE RACE THEY WOULD SEE HILLARY IS THE MORE ELECTABLE, MORE QUILIFIED CANADATE.. bUT THEY DONT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO AFRAID TO BE CALLED RACEIST, OR EVEN MORE AFRAID OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF THEY DENY OBAMA THE NOMANATION!! BUSH WON ON FEAR IN 2004 AND OBAMA WILL WIN ON FEAR IN 2008.. ISNT HE SUPOSED TO BE ABOUT CHANGE…

    SUPERDELAGATES HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT DO THEY FEAR MORE?? 4 MORE YEARS OF GOP RULE AFTER THERE MAN CRASHES IN THE FALL, OR WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THEY CHOSE THE MORE ELECTABLE, MORE QUILIFIED CANADATE…

    **HILLARY 2008**

    OR

    **CLINTON DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN**

    SUPER DELAGATES YOU CHOOSE…

    May 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Jesse

    To keep reiterating that polls show Clinton supporters will either vote for McCain or just won't vote at all if she does not win the nomination without polling as to why, is counterproductive sensationalism and strangles the integrity of all news media. Grow up.

    May 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Eddie G

    Kentucky and West Virginia voters need to get with the program. Noone was surprised that Clinton won there, but in the general election, are they really going to 4 more years of the republican failures in Washington? They need to prove to the country that they are not just a bunch of bumpkins and vote for change and the future...they need to step away from the prejudices of the past....they need to vote for hope, because without hope, we have very little promise of turning things around in this country!

    May 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. laurie

    Eiks, I'm scared. Having dinner the other evening with 4 strong democrats, I was shocked to hear 2 of them say they were not comfortable in the least with Obama and if he were the nominee, McCain had their votes. That is really frightening!

    May 21, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. lol

    obama will never get hillary's supporters, the way the dnc treated hillary throughout this primary process was horrific. after the superdelegates hand the nomination to obama, hillary can take her supporters and run independently. she will win! obama can't win without hillary's base. run independent hillary, you don't owe the democrats anything. hillary clinton independent candidate 08!

    May 21, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. Sharon Minnesota

    I'm afraid Mr. Obama will be struggling with disenfranchised Democratic voters for a long, long time to come. Then he's got the Republicans to deal with. Don't look good at all for him. See you in Chicago next year Sen. Obama.

    May 21, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. marylyn, south africa

    The world is, and has been, watching.; it observed how the American people allowed George Bush to steal his first term, as well as continue wreaking worldwide, and domestic, havoc during his current term.

    How many Americans have really studied the history of American foreign and domestic policy and its impact on not only the world but on your clearly-not-so-united States. Do that, and THEN try and say that it would be okay to elect another Clinton or Bush/McCain. And don't just watch your very skewed and obviously biased television commentaryt; READ, INVESTIGATE and THINK.

    The democratic primaries are reinforcing the world-view that Americans are, in general, idiots, even amongst those who denounced the government but granted benefit of the doubt to the populace.

    For the first time in decades, even centuries, you have a remarkable candidate, Barack Obama, and you squabble with all the reason of a bunch of inbred villagers.

    Hillary Clinton is a disgrace to Americans, American women, and the world and women in general.

    She epitomises, along with Bush and McCain, all that is reprehensible in the human race.

    Get over yourselves, your emotions and start thinking with the brains you must have, somewhere.

    For once, prove that you truly do stand amongst the greatest nations on earth.

    May 21, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. Realistic

    The Democratic Party has once again chosen a candidate that will not win the General Election. Experience or lack there of will be the major contributor. It's unbelievable that someone with so little experience to offer has reached this point.

    Also worth consideration is the number of early voters who voted for Mr. OBama before they knew his participation and support of a country hating, racist church. Come November the White House will once again be reclaimed by the Republicans. The Democrats seriously need to repair a broken primary system that ends with the weaker candidate chosen.

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Gracie

    Wouldn't it be ablast if Hillary did not get the nomination for the dems but decided to run as an INDEPENDENT.. I would vote for her as an INDEPENDENT and I know lot of other people that would vote for her..

    She is the best candidate to lead our country.

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

    "And many flatly stated that, as Obama seeks to become the first black candidate to win a major U.S. party's nomination, race played a role in their decision.

    Twenty-one percent of all respondents and 19 percent of whites said race was a factor, and 7 percent of all voters said it was the most important factor."

    These are the Kentucky voters who are honest. How many other voters feel the same. We are in the 21st century and still have this mentality. So, if Obama is the candidate, they woul rather life in their current state of affairs under McCain than allow Obama to help them change and better their lives. I DON'T UNDERSTAND!! Hatred and ignorance will always keep U.S. divided!!

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  18. Jeff in Illinois

    That is because this country has left them behind. Affirmative action didn't do anything for these people. If you are poor and white in this country, there is NO ONE pulling for you... except maybe a President.

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. Tony

    One big reason why he is struggling is the racial divide that Clinton is playing and acting naive about.
    Dirty politics Hillary, and that is one of the reasons you are loosing. Thank God you have lost.

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. csquan

    BHO will take the DEMS down the same lane as KERRY, GORE and DUKAKIS

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Brian from Boston

    Hillary do not drop out ! Keep fighting the media is sexist. This is a tie and you need to convince supers to put up the most electable candidate, you.

    May 21, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Tim

    White America did not want to hear the words of Jeremiah Wright but for the most part this remains a racist state. My biggest fear is that many would rather see us on the same course to doom, than to have an African American president. Obama was my first choice but I would have voted for Clinton without a doubt had he lost the primary. I refuse to betray my nation because of race or sex.

    May 21, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. mel

    Bill, should not trying to change rules because he is the one
    that wants back in the white house. The supreme court won the
    election for Mr. Bush, so why can't Bill step back follow the rules.
    He would not be pressing this if his wife was the front-runner and
    he's asking if that he is running again for president. He has 8years
    to get healthcare insurance for all american an he didn't,now his
    wife with the same old song. Take spot in Obama administration
    and move forward in winning in november. This is away to split
    the party if Bill and she don't stop pressing to get votes counted
    by breaking the rules. 50/50 is the best way to solve this. Obama,
    was not on the ballot,so can she overlook that in Michigan. The
    race is over let us all move for november.

    May 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. IKE

    WHY IS JOHN ROBERT AND JOHN KING SPINNING OBAMA
    ASK THE TWO JOHN TO PLEASE LET US ENJOY THIS RACE.
    WHY THEY DONOT LIKE H.CLINTON, IS IT BECAUSE SHE IS
    A FEMALE. THEY SHOULD REPORT THE NEWS,AND NOT TRY
    AND SALE IT, WE ARE NOT STUPID

    May 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. Noah

    I'm sure he'll do fine because even in states that Clinton won big in, he still had more people turnout and vote for him than McCain.

    May 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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