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. Julius

    I am so tired of these yahoo so called democrats saying that they would either stay home or vote for John McCain in the general election – are you crazy? We have to rally behind the nominee...I am a Barck supporter but would have gladly put my vote in for Hillary if she was the nominee...look at the big picture folks, we need to take back the White house...

    seriously...

    May 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Tracy---Indianapolis, IN

    LOL I wish that the media would just tell the truth Obama DOES NOT have a problem with some democrats, certain WHITE democrats have a problem with him because of his color..........THERE are alot of whites that are not going to vote for him because they are racists and don't want change and Hillary is accepting that so what does that make her??????
    IF FOR DUMB REASON SHE BECOMES THE NOMINEE SHE WON'T WIN BECAUSE MOST OF OBAMA'S SUPPORTERS WILL NOT VOTE FOR HER..

    OBAMA 08

    May 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Racists disguised as "Hardworking Americans"?

    May 15th, 2008 2:05 pm ET

    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 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. Alan Boyer

    Clinton is struggling with some democrats too. Duh! She's losing!!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Daniel

    Hmmmm......why isn' the media talking about how Hillary is struggling with black voters. Obama gets nearly 40% of white voters and Hillary gets less than 10% of black vote but there's a focus on Obama struggling??

    May 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. MD in GA

    May 21st, 2008 9:19 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I find it interesting that AA folks in the US, while continuing to complain about injustices and bigotry, still support the DEM presidential nominees, who to date, have always been white males.

    Enter Barack Obama. The first really viable AA presidential candidate in AMERICAN history and all of a sudden WHITE people would rather vote for the GOP nominee (who would likely keep us in the mess we are in) or stay at home, then vote for an AA. What injustices and bigotry have any US AA citizens heaped on lower income, lower educated, hard working, white Americans? None that I can see….

    So to stay at home or vote against fixing this "BIG A MESS" is by far one of the most prejudiced, bigoted, hate filled acts I have heard of in 51 plus years of living.

    SAD SO SAD. SHAME ON ALL OF YA'LL….

    May 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Petra

    And HRC struggles with educated, and equally hard working white men. Why don't we say it as it is? There is 'racism' in the midst. Some white folks struggle to vote for an African American. That will never go away. He will make some in roads but just because he is the front runner doesn't turn racists into more open-minded people. Thankfully there are more and more open minded whites who will give Barack a good look over. And that is why he is the likely nominee. Because of whites and not blacks, just as a reminder. Blacks are just over 10% of the electorate.

    May 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Bill

    I don't understand why the Democratic party doesn't realize his weakness with white voters. The majority of white voters in this country will not vote for him. That's just the way it is. Barack Obama will be able to hand John Mccain a victory in the fall and we will be in Iraq for 4 more years, 4 more years of the Bush tax cuts and at the end of 2012, I still won't be able to afford health care. I , like everyone else think Barack Obama is a great speaker and like the idea of Change, but, what changes ? Give me and millions of other white voters a reason to vote for you. What change ? I already had hope , now what change can you bring Obama ?

    May 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Ms. GA

    Is it just me or is it weird that a lot of Clinton supporters are using the excuse that Obama doesn't share their values and McCain does. Well, Obama and Clinton share the same policies and McCain is the complete opposite. Can someone at CNN please ask these voters who are saying Obama doesn't share the same values to elaborate? I really think it's deeper than values. And it's really sad that these voters will let the economy go and support someone like McCain who is completely different than their candidate.

    May 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. True American

    Okay, so CNN isn't biased?... look at the photos of the candidates on this story and tell me these are equally attractive....equally representative...

    May 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. John in Missouri

    Having lived in Illinois when Barack Obama 1st ran for the US Senate, I remember the same results in polls across the State. He was unknown when he entered the race, and unpopular because of a few Chicago Dems won the Senate seat and soon lost it because of problems or scandals. This is not unfamiliar territory for Sen. Obama. It is, however, consistant with what has become a divisive and bitter (yes I used the "B" word) contest. I have found it interesting that HRC campaign is more negative toward Sen. Obama than the Republicans. It is time for the Democrats to realize that such vitriol will only serve to strengthen the Republicans and give them an upper hand in the General Election. There is so little difference in the political stances between the two that I find it unconscionable that one or the other should be so vicious. As I did before in divisive elections, I will do again, I will look at the issues that are important (Neither of which is Race or Gender, get that straight now) and choose to vote Democratic. Get over the pettyness and get behind the path that will be more effective in cleaning up the problems left behind by the Republicans. Barack Obama will be the nominee and we need to rally behind him and the state and local races to give him the support he needs to move this country forward. HRC has given women a very strong chance of soon taking the White House, please don't destroy that chance be being divisive in the coming months. Thanks Hillary for your courage and strength. Vote Democratic in November !!

    May 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. robert ga

    One more thing, Obama is not having trouble with the white vote as the media will want you to believe, he is having trouble with the uneducated rural set in their ways , will not vote for a non white candidate type of voter.
    states like Wisconsin, Oregon , iowa , nebraska etc are white states voting to Obama, heck the only reason Obama is in the race is because of the white vote. Black are voting for him because whites are voting for him. But we have a lot of work to do with the rural white america and the Hispanics. The Hispanics are a loyal Bunch. they have been loyal to the clintons hence the vote for her. Its their culture to be loyal like that once the decide to be loyal.

    May 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. RAY IN NJ

    Seems to me the question that needs to be asked is why are so many white votes so mean-spirited? If you look at Obama's base, over 70 percent say they'll vote for Clinton, indicating a much more view of working together no matter the differences. Could 'race' be the factor? I think so. Clinton's group of supporters are a people who find it easier to "disown" their own family members if they are upset with them. That phenomena is completely foreign to most African-Americans. So, it's no wonder these white voters can say they'll "disown" their own party if Obama is the nominee. It's ludicrous, in that they'll rather go through four more years of misery under McCain rather than vote for a black man! THAT is un-America, in my opinion, since their vote for McCain can putsALL Americans in misery! However, I still think Obama will carry the day and will prove to be the most effective President in American history. His campaign is the most cohesive in American history, he's brought out the most people at a single event in political American history in Oregon, and has the best minds and experts endorsing him.

    May 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. pam

    Are you referring to those older, white, blue-collar voters that probably sill run around in the middle of the night with white sheets covering their heads and who have no intention of voting for anyone unless their white anyways..group? OK, just making sure were talking about the same bunch. Fortunately, I believe their are enough old/new registered, educated, professional and non-professional group of people; of all races, young and old who are ready for change and have had just about enough of these old bitter, racist people (of all ethnicities) screwing this country up simply because they can't get past someones skin color who will rise to the occasion and defeat these hate mongers and help bring this country back to greatness; Our U.S. media gives this bunch way too much credit. This really is a new day; AMERICA is finally awake, whether its Obama or Clinton; WE NEED CHANGE.

    May 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Obama/Kennedy

    Who cares about this old racist people in West Virgina and Kentucky they will die very soon any ways they are to old.

    May 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Racists disguised as "Hardworking 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 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. Yes we can!

    Those people made up in their mind in 1957 they would never vote for a "barak obama"....we need to call it like it is and stop dancing around the issue.....when 22% of voters say "race" place a part in their decision...that's bold and you better believe another 30% wanted to say it, but didn't have the guts....it has nothing to do with him not connecting....he came from a similar background majority of us have experienced....he took advantage of the education system to better himself....he went to college and came back to the hood to rebuild a community....he works everyday hard to provide and protect his wife and daughers....how can any white hardworking blue collar worker not identify with that.....barak doesn't have millions to loan his campaign....it's not about elistism or he can't connect...that's crap and everyone knows it....it's just sad that my generation is starting to experience in a more non-violent way of what our grand parents went through........i wish the reporters, pundits, surrogates stop beating around the bush and call it what is has become.....

    May 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Jake

    Obama can't change racism in those states, nearly 25% of the voters there said race played a role, how many didn't tell the truth about race. Racism is something every one has to try and change, not just Obama. If someone is racist how would you expect Obama to get those votes, or work on getting those votes. That is the dumbest question any person can ask.

    May 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. Xango 4

    I am sure he does, as does McCain , but CNN keeps using misleading titles, and really not telling the facts..
    so please CNN your queen has lost it, and i mean lost it.... so it is time for you to stop allowing for her circus to continue, you keep pushing this and she loves it , and you love it, it has become like a drama production, you appear like the tabloids...

    why do you have to report on what she eats, or whatever, instead report on the facts, Paul vs. Clinton
    or the list of funders she and billy boo wont release,
    or her ties to Bin Laden
    or her ties to so many crooks
    what about her pearls, her jewelery_you wont report, this so called fighter for blue collar white workers, dresses in very expensive stuff,
    what about her millions, _ and her debts, and the vendors
    what about her lover
    what about so many issues but you wont cover..

    she is a patholoogical liar...

    May 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. Obama/Kennedy

    Who cares about this old racist people in West Virgina and Kentucky they will die very soon and burn in hell any ways they are to old.

    May 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Proud1of 26% in WV

    His main struggle is going to be Hillary trying to sabotage his campaign .If she cannot have it she is willing to take him down so that she can run in 2012.After all the Clintons don't have to worry about the issues that face us real people.

    May 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Petra

    This was particularly distasteful from someone who wrote from Texas on Schneider's Ticker on "college educated, non religous voteres carry Obama: "The dirty little secret about why white liberals really like Obama. We have arrived at the crux of the matter. So much of the educated white people’s love for Barack depends on educated white people’s complete ignorance of and distance from the rest of us. Barack is the black person they want the rest of us to be–half-white and loving, or “racially transcendent,” as the press loves to call him. And, since picking a candidate makes you allies with his other supporters, why would I want to be allies with educated whites whose glorification of Barack depends in large part on their implicit denigration of the rest of us?" Do I need to say anything further?
    And there it is. All of the liberal white guilt that has driven all of the liberal social policies for decades has this underlying premise: “We can help these dirty wretches out of their undignified social position with money and they will become perfect, clean, well spoken Americans like us.”
    Like Barack Obama.

    May 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. ChicoSez

    It is not racist to think that either Clinton or McCain would make a better president than Obama due to his almost complete lack of relevant experience. I know that doesn't bother some people but it does me. And if Obama thinks that he can solve his demographic problems by giving another speech praising Hillary Clinton, he's nuts. Unlike the Obama people, Clinton supporters want more than fancy words but thats all Obama has, is empty words. By refusing to pay his dues, Obama has ripped the dem party apart.

    May 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Dan, Mpls, MN

    Hillary says she should be the nominee because she gets the votes of the uneducated whites. So she is saying that we should hand over the nation to the stupid people. Probably not such a bad idea. It's probaly much easier to rule over a nation of idiots.

    May 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. GERALD STROTHER

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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