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. MA

    Being a new face in the political scene and being black are the main reasons why Obama has no chance of attracting the so called white blue collar voters. They rather take four more years of a third Bush's term than giving a black man a chance.

    May 21, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Cory in Little Rock

    These figures highlight the fact that many people don't pay attention to what these candidates stand for... FIGHT FOR!

    HRC has fought hard to lead this country because she believes that her vision for America is the best vision...

    But even HRC has said that BHO's ideas are closer to her own than McCain's ideas are. You have to ask the question as to WHY her most ardent supporters would vote for someone who's ideas completely CONTRADICT what Hillary stands for... ???

    May 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Mary

    CNN....I know you are trying to not be biased, but what's with the pictures you have with this article. A nice smiling Obama pix, and one of the worst you could find for Hillary...oh well...I know you did not mean anything by it...Right?

    Obama has a history of being an extremist and of leaning too far to the left for a lot of people to feel comfortable with him. Hillary and McCain are viewed as being more moderate which is why a lot of Hill supporters would rather vote for McCain if Hillary is not on the ticket.

    I also know the Obama supporters have left nastier blogs than the supporters of other candidates which is a big turn-off to many, many people.

    May 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Mary

    Now I know they are racists. I feel sorry for these people, would rather put McCain in office than vote for a black man. It would be so nice if God turned out to be black. I would like to see how many would go to hell because of the color.

    May 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. John Zeger

    A victory for Obama in getting the nomination will be a loss for the Democrats in November as recent polls show Obama significantly trailing John McCain in electoral votes whereas Clinton is ahead of him in that category. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

    May 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. Chuck in Alabama

    He is a puppet of the rich, using the poor to further his own ambitions.

    You can't fool all of the people all of the time.

    May 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Maria, N. Florida

    What is so sad that Dems from this country actually have the nerve to say the would vote Republican over Obama. To all her supporters, believe this when Obama is officially delcared the Dem nominee SHE will support him because she doesn't want a Rep in the office to have a third term of Bush, this country can't handle that. So when you think you are being so loyal by voting for McCain or not voting at all to show the country you don't want Obama think of your children, grandchildren, and Mrs. Hillary Clinton she would NEVER not vote or vote McCain. In the end, we need a Dem in the white house for change .This economy can't take another Rep. and it scares me to think that we could lose if fairweather Dems jump ship. You don't hear Rep talkin about voting Obama because McCain is the nominee this is the kind of stuff that will have a Rep in the office–if that happens don't complain when the economy crumbles.

    May 21, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. peter in PA

    KY and WV doesn't represent the entire country. Get this in your head CNN, John King, Pat Buchanan, and all other neocons.

    May 21, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Jaybrown

    I don't know why CNN doesn't call it what it is. Racism. Hillary has said that there is so much sexism in this race and that racism hasn't been an issue. I believe her as far as sexism. I'm sure they has to deal with a lot that we don't see. Although she plays to it sometimes and rally's a whole lot of faithful woman voters that will be hard for Obama to get later on. But she needs to see the number of people that will not vote for Obama and would vote for McCain instead. It's one thing to say that you would rather stay home. That is the sign of an angry or bitter voter who's candidate didn't make it to the nomination. I'd probably feel the same. But to say that you'd vote for the person in the other party? To me, you just refuse to see a black man in the White House. Right now I'm sure Hillary knows that it's racism that holds a lot of her votes. Meanwhille llllll

    May 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Gaithersburg

    Just goes to show that we're still battling with racism.

    May 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. now i get it

    Some people say Obama is unelectable
    Some say they will NEVER vote for him
    Some will tell you he is a muslim ( when it s proven he is not)
    Or a Racist ( with a white mother, black father and half asian sister)
    Or Elitist – when it s known him and his wife fought to get where they are, unlike Hillary or McCain who grew up with a silver spoon in their mouth.

    I am FINALY getting to UNDERSTAND that these people are juste RACISTS...who dont have any reason not to vote for Obama. HE IS BACK and they ll vote for any WHITE MONKEY before voting for him.

    Obama supporters, there is not need to even asked HILLBILL / McCain supporters what makes their candidate better... They wont have any answer for you. Hillary could be even more ambitious and Mccain more senile...they'd still vote for one of them.
    McCain could be willing to send all their kids to war, and raise taxes upon them to favor people like his WIFE....they d still vote for him.

    When ya'll will have lost you homes, jobs, sibblings ( in the war), after havong voted for Hill or McCain, dont come and complain. Will will be getting what you asked for.

    i Invite all REAL CHRISTIANS to pray. PRAY that God rescues us again the esclavagists and kkk members who wanna prevent that great country to keep going foward. Pray the God of Justice to intervene for his people. They the God to created us all equal to say a WORD against facism and neonazism.

    May 21, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Real Change

    I heard an amazing statistic last night. Any state who's African-American population equals 5% to 15% votes for Clinton. Any state with 4% or less, or 16% or more votes for Obama. I think New Hampshire might be the only exception to this.


    May 21, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |

    Have you ever wondered why the symbol of the Democrats is a DONKEY- Because you all are that?
    I have never seen so many dumb people.

    WE are not even worrying about a backfire. We already know Democrats are dumb and lazy. Therefore, I hope Obama win so we can keep the Whitehouse because you all are too DUMB to go

    MCCAIN 08 P.S. we will rule for another 4years and keep you ALL in your


    May 21, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Tex

    After Obama's nomination, and in the event, Hillary and any of her supporters either not vote or vote for McBush allowing McBush to win and continue the Bush war, the rest of us Democrats and America will remember their selfish, childish immaturity as McBush continues the war. With every American soldier who dies or is wounded because the Clinton supporters cried and couldn't have their way, we will remember what you caused and history will blame Hillary. What a disgraceful attitude and behavior. Shame on all of you!

    May 21, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Brian

    It's ok if Kentucky wants to be known as racists no one can stop them let them vote for McBush

    May 21, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Armon in Dallas, TX

    Fortunately, despite his lack of support from the ignorant, racist people, he is still on track to becoming the democratic nominee, and most likely will become the first black President of the United States.

    Obama '08!!

    May 21, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Vivienne

    Why can't you just say it. He is struggling with white voters. These are the same white voters who put Bush in office and now they are starving in their rural communities. It's going to take all of the liberal do gooders and egg heads to fan out across the country to try to persuade these folk not to vote against their economic interests again because the country can't afford another republican president. Well if we look up in November and see John McCain victorious, I believe that Dems who aren't un-educated, hard working, whites will have to find a way to capitalize on a crumbling economy. We may have to be harsh with our less fortunate neighbors in order to make sure that we have and retain our prosperity and that our children will have a chance at prosperity. Hopefully, we will not be forced to face a harsh, cruel reality. As an American my fundamental belief is that evey citizen should have a chance at prosperity, but I can't allow people who vote against their own interests to bring me down. I think we can forgive the last 7 years because people didn't realize what a big problem we were facing.... Now that it is crystal clear.... What will we do this time around?

    May 21, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Trang, Fremont, CA

    I heard an analysis by Jim Webb of the 'Appalachian white hard working Americans', which are different from 'Oregon white hard working Americans' – in that they feel the boat missed them. The affirmation action which give opportunities for advancement to other minorities – from race and gender – missed them, because of their color. So, in a way, they might feel pain and resentment. On top of that, many are accusing them of 'racism' for not voting for Obama. I believe there are sufficient support for Obama out there without attacking others for not voting for him for whatever reasons.

    May 21, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. rumpusgoopus

    We're talking Kentucky, right? Has that state ever gone Democratic?

    May 21, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Demetrius Smith

    Amazing! I serve in the military and I protect the rights of people in this day and age to ignorant. Stop focusing on W. Virginia and Kentucky, The Republican Party gained the majority in the South based on racist former Democrats. W. Virginia and Kentucky are two states where the racist Democrats stayed, at least in name only. The so called uneducated Blue Collar worker in those states are so behind the times. They don't realize that being called uneducated is a put down. Their hate is greater than their desire to better their lot in life. It's being handed down to each generation, a friend of mine traveling through W. Virginia stated that he stopped at a McDonalds, while waiting to order a boy about 5 yrs old said look daddy a ni**er. This happened about a year ago. Guess what, these voters aren't Democrats, they're Republicans to lazy too change their voter registration cards...oh, I'm sorry, they're too busy working too hard.

    I wish I served this country for only those that believe in the documents this great country was founded upon, "All Men Are Created Equal"! Oh well, these are the same people that put the current administration in twice...I guess uneducated really does fit!

    May 21, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. rumpusgoopus

    Clinton supporters who say they would never vote Obama: I would never vote Clinton! Woo-hoo, what foolish, short-sighted fun this is!

    May 21, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Deb

    Congratulations Hillary for another great win!

    Thank you for not giving up-we won't either!

    It would seem that a Left Wing Nut Job in Training Pants receives votes from a small cult of followers that won't get him elected, even with every Liberal (including the Media) pulling for him along with spending 4 times the amount of money!

    If the Democratic Party wants to win the General Election they had better have Hillary at the top of the ticket!

    I think conservatives form all parties would vote for a Clinton/Obama ticket.

    Conservatives will not vote for an Obama/Clinton ticket.

    The prove is in the results for all to see, if you are not blinded by hype.

    May 21, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. carrie

    hillary still suffers too

    May 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Larry Buchas

    These are not true 21st century Democrats. They are really 19th century Democrats. The fact remains these people are so uneducated, they believe in the values of the Ku Klux Klan or Confederate states.

    These primary results only confirm how backward these people really are. When will they judge someone from what they say, not from what someone else says.? 53% of Kentucky whites actually believe Barack's values are the same as Reverend Wright? How ridiculous can that be? Just compare educated versus non-educated whites.

    Grow up Southerners! Your insane bigotry makes you look worse than foolish. Are you not better than that?

    May 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Ervin

    You had 2 predominately white states voting in starkly different ways. The media keeps asking the wrong question: Obama can't close in hardworking, white states.

    BS, ask the real question: Why are WHITE people voting differently in Oregon and Kentucky?

    Because, there are educated, normal and decent whites in Oregon, while Kentucky is full of uneducated, southern rednecks who think a candidate's RACE is more important than his credentials.

    America should be talking about the educational divide between these to two groups of whites.

    Let the discussion begin.

    May 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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