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. Redstate Redneck

    Obama's core support group held to form in Oregon. What does it say about this so-called "Christian" man that he is the darling of the atheists and agnostics, generally irreligious and profane people? Those who read the Bible know the answer; "whoever will be the friend of the world is the enemy of God" James 4:4

    Pray that America will wake from its long stupor before we elect this antichrist of a man to be president.

    Just Say Nobama '08

    May 21, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Private

    Is it such a shock that Kentucky voters say they'll vote Republican?
    Kentucky will inevitably be a red state in November. If you were getting the same kind of polling results in California, then Obama would need to be worried.

    May 21, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Philip

    Give me a Break!!!!
    How can anyone who is for Hillary turn around and say they'll vote for
    McCain if she looses the nomination.

    EITHER YOU WANT THE TROOPS HOME OR NOT.
    EITHER YOU WANT A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OR NOT.
    EITHER YOU THINK OUR ECONOMY STINKS OR YOU DONT.

    You people need to be honest with yourselves about the real reason
    you won't vote for Obama. Then get over it and vote for him anyway.

    May 21, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. rumpusgoopus

    Obama still struggles with some Democrats... and yet will still get most of them come the general election. *Yawn*, CNN, give it up.

    May 21, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Blank

    I wonder how they would vote if Clinton was a running mate to Obama...

    May 21, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. mat grant

    I agree with that statement. I'm have always been a Democrate but I'm going to vote either for the republician or not at all.

    Obama, seems to slick, there something fishie about him. I know many people who think the same way.

    May 21, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. LifeLongDemocrat

    Obama, you need to address those of us who still favor Hillary. You have not convinced us that we should support you if you are the nominee. I guess you'll have to offer Hillary the VP slot in order to get her votes.

    Your supporters may not like that but they are naive anyway. Welcome to the world of real politics, Obama supporters!

    May 21, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Party Crasher

    Klan-tucky

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Toye

    Wow! It's such a shame that this group of voters is clearly racist. How can Obama truely win the redneck vote. I guess he will have to change the color of his skin.

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. One Love!

    While Sen. Clinton scrambles for excuses and sympathy for losing the race to the nomination, Sen. Obama, in the face of confessed prejudice (based on exit poll data showing 25% of Kentucky voters) has remained stoic in his belief in the core of America. Refusing to use certain unfortunate (and backwards) American realities as a crutch en route to his bid.

    Sen. Clinton often compares this primary process to an interview for a job. But I have interviewed many for positions and I can tell you the best candidates do not need to offer excuses for their failures. They offer lessons. Sen. Clinton has built a house of excuses and now lives in that house oblivious to what is happening outside. Needless to say, if Sen. Clinton were to sit across from my desk seeking to run my company, had a challenged history and whined about the slights and failures of others, she would not make it to a second interview. She would get an e-mail that reads something like this...

    WE APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST IN OUR COUNTRY AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER WE HAVE MADE OUR DECISION. YOU MAY RE-APPLY IN 8 YEARS.

    Thank You and Goodnight!

    Good Leaders don't make excuses Hillary supporters, and they don't employ divisive tactics when they are trying to build (coalition) unless ofcourse they do not appreciate the value of a UNITED States...

    Barack !

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Sam

    I find it funny that a majority thought Clinton was unfair in her attacks, but over 75 percent of them said she shared their values... WOW.. to see something unethical like that and then admit you have the same value system... then vote for that person to be president. That says alot about those in KY!

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Obama Supporter

    Okay I don't like this headline. They both struggle with some Democrats, in all fairness

    May 21, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Jack, Kentucky

    It would be better not to insult America's intelligence if CNN reporters would just come out and say that Hillary attracted all of the bigots, instead of lumping all of the white blue collar workers into that category.

    May 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Hillary is struggling also folks. Why can't SHE close the deal??? Seems that she has managed to open up wounds that are 50 years old in order to keep going. How can a new commer win over certain voting blocks when you have a seasoned candidate as an obsticle?? That is what the Clintons have become... obsticles. They bring nothing new at this point ...only divisiveness !!!! The are ABSOLUTELY preventing this nomination from progressing in a positive note. I think that the Clinton's have pushed the party beyond the point of being respectful to them. They are now taking advantage of the situation and trying to BULLY this party.......along with some VERY non-progressive constituents that they have managed to unearth and add to their team. DNC...THIS PARTY DOES NOT BELONG TO THE CLINTONS !!!
    No more more Mr & Ms nice people....end this thing now !!! She's broke and divisive. This is not a candidate who wants to heal anything!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. TEE

    LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE WON'T OMIT. IT'S NOT THAT SENATOR OBAMA HAS A PROBLEM GETTING WHITE, OLDER BLUE-COLLAR VOTERS, THEY ARE NOT VOTING FOR HIM BECAUSE HE IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS POLICES, HIS CHARACTER OR HIS PASTOR, BUT IT HAS VERY THING TO DO WITH HIS COLOR. PLEASE REALIZE THAT THIS THING IS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN YOUR PREJUDICE, JUST OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE. "OBAMA 08"

    May 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Can't wait for the DNC Primary to end

    Alright....I'm a black male Obama supporter and yet I have to say that CNN should be ASHAMED of themselves for how they've choose to depict Hillary Clinton in the above photo. If you say you want to be fair, do just that. Why does one candidate look refreshed and exuberant, while the other candidate looks run down.

    Along with praying for Ted Kennedy, I also pray for fair media coverage some day....funny how people want to point the picture at rappers for societal ills, yet fail to acknowledge how the day-to-day, in your face biased media impresses individual minds.

    May 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Linda. Boston, MA

    They know McCain isn't a better candidate than Obama, but for those people this isn't about qualifications or the issues. It never has been – they just wanted to vote for the woman candidate (or against the black candidate). If this were about the issues, then CLEARLY Obama would be their second choice, because he is much closer to Hillary than McCain, who is almost the exact opposite. But because their candidate lost (fair and square I might add!), they are now going to use their vote as a means of exacting revenge. They are so full of hate and bitterness that they will cast a vote that means 1) more dead US troops, 2) jeopardizing a woman's right to choose, and 3) another 4 years of a crumbling economy. To be willing to go to such lengths (particularly letting people die) just to "stick it to Obama" (whose only crime was following the rules) shows the depth of their hatred. It's really quite appalling.

    On the bright side, I'm glad to get these people out of the Democratic party. I had no idea that so many people who considered themselves "Democrats" could actually think and behave like this. Good riddance.

    May 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Carl Abernathy

    You ain't seen nothing yet, Sweetie. Even 1/2 of the democrat party despises you and that, added to the republicans and independents . . . you should just drop out of the race. You cannot have a successful presidency. You will completely ruin our culture and our standing in the world.

    May 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. The Lady

    Hillary has problems with some democrats, McCain has problems with some Republicans, When has a nominee won every single vote in their party during the election? You win some you lose some, that is what being a politcian is all about.

    May 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Oracle99

    The demographic in Kentucky and Vest Virginia is comprised of people with less education, and social status. They are somewhat bigoted in that they still are influenced by racial stereotyping. Some of them will not ever vote for a black person, and that is why Hillary is winning there. It doesn't mean however that all blue collar whites won't vote for Obama.

    May 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Ron, TX

    Why can't Hillary Clinton win white voters in states like Oregon, Idaho, and Wisconsin?

    May 21, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. A True black American for Hillary

    Why are Americans turning to fools?????????????? The useless and brutish media in this country have attacked this woman to favour Obama for almost 16 months and you useless media wants the women folk tosupport him??? To hell with you American media , We will bring you and Obama and the useless and unreasonable DNC to shame in November . A movement called Democrats for McCain has started and it is growing bigger everyday . YOU WILL BE BROUGHT TO HEAVY AND GREAT SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. Yaya

    So uneducated people will not vote for Obama. These are the same people that elected Newt and Bush. I guess they should quit complaining about problems if they will choose not to vote if their candidate is not the nominee.

    May 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. SCvotes

    When Obama won SC, the comments were, "Well there is a large population of African Americans". Now that Clinton is winning the white vote it, "Obama has a problem with getting white blue collar votes" and "survey says they (white blue collar voters) will not vote for Obama in the general election". Has anybody ever noticed that it is African Americans who are not being racist and some White America is? Yes Obama voters will vote for Clinton if she is the nominee. African Americans are not judging the candidates soley on race as it has been suggested when Obama won the Southern States. And it is easy for African Americans to embrace Clinton, because African Americans have been embracing white candidates forever. But it is obvious that for a segment of White America, they can not embrace black America and so goes the race problem in America. And Democrats (black and white) will lose.

    May 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. Rob

    EVERYONE COME TOGETHER.

    Ask yourself these questions?

    1. Are you better off than you were 8 years ago? If not, vote for the democratic nominee (Hillary or Obama).

    2. Are you unhappy paying 50% more for gas for your vehicle(s) for your family? If so, vote for the democratic nominee (Obama or Hillary)

    3. Are you upset that the value of the US Dollar has gotten so low that the Canadian Dollar was worth more? If so, vote for the democratic nominee (Hillary or Obama)

    4. Are you happy with this war? Should it continue? Could we better spend the 1 billion sent daily? If so, vote for the democratic nominee (Obama or Hillary)

    5. Do you get irritated looking at how much more groceries are costing you? Milk, Rice, Fruit, etc. If so, vote for the democratic nominee (Hillary or Obama)

    Obama supporters, vote for Clinton. Clinton supporters vote for Obama. They stand for the same thing. Democrats come together.

    People who are racist or sexist, try to educate yourselves.

    May 21, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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