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. Anyone but Hillary

    The movie Deliverence is getting popular again.
    The Clintons do not deserve to get back the White House. I am forever turned off voting for a woman politician. All Hillary does is whine and complain. She tries to talk tough, then cries when someone is tough on her. Anyone who has voted for Billary is a fool. I hope all of you vote for McCain and if he wins then you get what you deserve. When Obama wins, then it will make the victory even sweeter. Clinton supporters are mainly back wood HillBillies. Why is it that more educated voters are voting for Obama? Becuase stupid people vote for Clinton.

    Would Hillary have ever won her senate seat if Bill had not cheated on her? THAT is her experience. Bill repeatedly cheating on her to get the sympathy of the uneducated voters.

    Clinton News Network again siding with her. Let's get real CNN.

    May 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. fvidanes

    To: Dems Superdelegates
    Who is more electable Presidential nominee in the general election? I believe Sen Hillary Clinton is the best nominee to beat Sen McCain in November. According to recent poll, among 1278 Democratic voters 33% said they would vote for McCain over Obama, and 16% they would not vote at all.
    Comparatively, 76% said they would choose Sen Clinton over McCain
    with only 17% supporting the Republican front-runner McCain, and 6%
    not voting.
    Based on electoral vote which will be applied in the fall election, Hillary got 300 electoral votes against Obama's 217. The Map/Math is an accurate indicator and a reliable tool for the superdelegates to use
    before casting their vote to Obama. The right nominee is Hillary!

    May 21, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Amy

    Who care what the people in Kentucky and/or West Virginia think. They wouldn't vote for Denzel Washington or Oprah Winfrey for that matter. Get my drift?

    As far as older, white and blue-collar voters, they will and have been voting for Sen. Obama; and more will. There will be no problem come November.

    May 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. True Democrat

    I really believe that Clinton's supporters are angry their candidate isn't doing better and they are truly bitter right now about it. With that said, as an Obama supporter, I probably would feel the same way if the situation were reversed and probably would say I would not vote for Hillary if she were the nominee. But in the end, I would be smart enough to vote for the candidate (regardless of my personal feelings about Billary) who wouldn't keep us in war for 100 more years and make the economy worse (McCain).

    Hillary supporters:
    Cutting off your nose to spite your face is really stupid. If you really care about yourself and your country, you will vote for the democratic nominee no matter who he or she is.

    May 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Kris from AZ

    I just hope come General election time that the vast difference is evident between OUR democractic nominee and MCcain the republican. Differences on ECONOMY, WAR, POLICIES and SO MUCH MORE. Understand if you personally dont like that canidate BUT please do what is best for the country.

    May 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Go Obama

    If he would have campaigned in those states WV and KY.. he would have taken a bite out of Clintons lead. But he pretty much handed it to her knowing he is pretty much the nominee because she cant catch him if she tried now. So he is not going to wear himself out and save it for the general election. So you cant really base her huge wins on he cant win them over because he has won quite a few of them or he wouldnt be head to head in the states he did campaign alot in. Once more people get to hear him and meet him the better off he will be and the more of a chance he will have wooing as CNN puts it over the older/ white/ and blue collar workers. I am white and blue collar and he had my vote back in the begining. So cant be too biased based on not having equal setup to base it on.

    You cant poll on something that was not equally done in the first place its not going to be a fair result of the poll. He took a huge bite out of Pennsylvania than was to begin with, as well as Indiana. ONce he got out there he won people over. Clinton is a household name almost. So people vote for what they are familiar with.. but when it comes to honesty, integrity, and fairness they dont like her. But people are scared to give anyone else a chance in the world. Rather have someone they know and dont like than someone they dont know.

    Weird world if you ask me.

    May 21, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Raindog

    Drink the Kool Aid kids...Obama will never win the general election. We would not be in this mess if Obama had not made his premature power grab. Once again the super liberals of this party will force it into defeat come Nov. REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD A DEMOCRATIC PRES?.....It was when we nominated a Clinton maderate. but the party establishment is so hell bent to nominate the first black man for Pres. that the fear of losing all those black votes has them looking out for themselves instead of what is best for the party and the country. Clinton has won the state that we must win...Obama did not. He will not carry the blue collar core of the Democratic party...the Reagan swing votes that we must have. Oh well. Go ahead and feel good about trying to make history by nominating Obama....just don't be surprised when history repeats itself and we once again are seeing a Republican in the white house. Obama will divided this party in a way that will put us out of reach of the the White House for several years....There is a reason older voters are not flocking to Obama ...they have heard it all before and know a huckster when they see one.....Yeah his wife will be an issue...She is fair game. She has been on the campaign trail trashing Hillary with the rest of them...Let her explain her snobbish anti American claptrap to the public...The Republicans will eat these two alive....

    May 21, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Randy - Denver

    All right I can only say three things about last nights results.
    1) Duh we kinda knew the outcomes so no big surprises here, even the news organizations have little to say.
    2) I did some research this am and, using Ms. Clinton's OWN logic (i.e. she has won the most votes because she is counting MI and Fl) I argue her point, there was a selection done on line that gave Mr. Obama 325,000 more votes than Ms. clinton so based on this selection and the others Ms. Clinton is counting Mr. Obama has more votes. What the on-line selection is not sanctioned by the DNC? Well Neither is MI or FL!
    3) For those who say that KY "represents the U.S." I will simply point out this given a choice between Candidate "A" or Candidate "B" 5% of KY chose candidate "C"… yep real geniuses there all right.. sheesh

    May 21, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    He won't get this Democrats vote. I Think I will stay home on Election Day.

    He'll lose Texas Anyway. (And probably the nation.)

    Americans blew it again.

    May 21, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Diane

    Dear friends and relatives in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee:

    Hillary is a great politician and if she were running for a seat in Congress or anything on a state or local level, she would have my vote. She is a real bull dog and will get in bed with anybody, so to speak, to cut a deal for her constituents. She will beat a dead horse back to life and kill him again if she needs to. That's fantastic politics for Congress or on a state and local level; because you know she will do anything to try to get you what you need. However, that does not play out well on a national or international level for this great office, which requires diplomacy, careful thought, good judgment, strength, resilience, persuasiveness, and trustworthiness.

    A vote for McCain is a vote for more of the same, and all this campaigning was for nothing, if it's sabotaged. Hillary will not appreciate that. Obama and Clinton are on the same page to get us out of this mud hole. Don't cut off you nose to spite your face. You and your children will regret it.

    May 21, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. km

    I just read a new analysis that showed 30 % of the dems crossed over to Bush in the last election in Kentucky. Same for W. Virginia. This region is more conservative...some of those folks think they are democrats, but they are really republicans in the general.

    May 21, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Why do you single out Obama with problems with SOME white voters?

    Does Hillary have problems with SOME black voters? No. She has problems with ALL black voters! Why? Because she keeps on pi$$ing them off by playing the race card, being mean and nasty, and bragging about her support among white voters.

    She always asks Obama, "Why can't you close the deal?"

    He should be asking her, "Why can't you catch up with me?"

    She's the one who's LOSING, but you make it sound like Obama's losing.

    I suppose, when he's President, you guys will still be asking "Why can't he get 100% of the white vote?"

    May 21, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Jody

    Isn't anyone in the media going to start questioning Obama's electability? So, he has won a majority of pledged delegates. So what? If he loses in November, those delegates matter for nothing.

    It seems the Dems – YET AGAIN – are diving head first into another 4 years of Republican rule with McCain. When will they understand that when only young people, the economic elite, and African Americans love their candidate, they will LOSE!


    I guess Dems have never been accused of being terribly bright when it comes to national politics.

    May 21, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. oil rules

    "SOME" Democrats? He is almost split 50/50 with Hillary. He better be glad Florida and Michigan are off the table or it would be a different story. Obamabots unite...Floridian dems, vote McCain, he is just about a liberal anyway.

    Obama/Hamas 08

    May 21, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Scott

    The fact that people make the claim that they will vote for McCain if Clinton doesn't win is mind boggling! To support a candidate means you support their views and stances on issues. The differences between Clinton and Obama are virtually non existent if you compare either of them to McCain! Wake up people, if you truly believe that this country is headed in the wrong direction then voting for McCain simply makes you a hypocrite!


    May 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Realistic

    Let's see Obama won't win the rural vote, blue collar vote, older vote, Latino vote, and big state vote. I predict a huge loss for the Democrats in the fall coupled with a huge disatisfaction with the Democrat leadership; their flawed primary races; and their inability to choose a candidate who can win.

    May 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Teresa in Michigan

    Well I blame the Media for this...The media has tried as hard as it can to bring down this woman and the PEOPLE have stood behind her.. She is not weak, and we are not uneducated and poor... HELLO we are AMERICANS!!!!when the Media constantly tries to rush her out of the spotlight, It makes people ( her supporters) angry. Stop tryin to shove Obama down our throats and perhaps we can choose for ourselves... Enough!

    May 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Vickie, Maryland

    Clinton voters are saying they wont vote for Obama, while Obama voters say they will vote for Clinton. Why? Because Obama voters are know what it means to be a TRUE Democrat, and the Hilary voters would rather allow there bitterness from there candidates defeat cause us the White House in 2009. What a shame. Seems that like Hilary her voters are willing to sink the democratic party's chances all for themselves. A real shame. Especially since we are suffering at the hands of a Republian enough as is.

    May 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Fontapa

    According to Gallup, your entire article is categorically incorrect. Obama's numbers are rising over Clinton in every conceivable category.

    Why don't we stop trying to twist demographics into fitting our narrative and call this what it is...

    He has a problem with Appalachian Rednecks. Country-whites with no education, a third of whom dropped out of high school, living in this particular geographic region of the country don't like Obama.

    They are nowhere close to a majority of all non-degree holding blue collar whites. These racist ignorant hayseeds are the very worst of this country, and are thankfully a rapidly shrinking minority in America.

    They are the past, and Obama is the future. How's that for analysis?

    May 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. joyce in arkansas


    please tell me why

    no one ever says hillary would have to do some hard work to get the african american votes. it is always about =white collar,blue collar, older, working white people.

    we do not like being devided into catagories



    May 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Beverly Woods

    I've listened to your comments about Clinton supporters who would not vote for Obama. Does this not show the ignorance of these people. By not voting for Obama they are surely putting McCain into office, thereby putting they children and grand children in harms way. Does this not say something about the type of people Clinton is attracting. Seems to me the world would be a better place without them.

    May 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Please report fairly

    Isn't it obvious that HRC also has a problem with some Democrats....Like she has lost the nomination....CNN let's be fair in your analysis...I think she has a bigger problem than he does.....

    May 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |

    A win is a win. CNN you guys are having a pretty good time.
    Good for you.

    May 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Marty

    I WILL pick McCain over Obama. Obama scares me. The last thing we need is someone who thinks he can solve all the nations problems with a bunch of pretty words and a big grin.

    May 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Geri from NC

    At first I was angry after reading this blog and I was going to write something sarcastic. But then I thought to myself, what's the use, you won't change anybodies mind by being negative. It's amazing to me that so many people would vote against there own best interest simply because the candidate has a different skin color. Sure Obamas supportors would vote for Hillary, his supportors are educated forward thinking whites, and blacks from all walks of life and levels of education. It is a fact that the black vote is the most loyal voting block in the democratic party, they will vote democrate even if they don't particularly like the candicate, because they know, after the Republican party has used our numbers to win, they have very little use for blacks and poor whites. I'd like to know what makes the people in KY and WV think they would be any better off with John McCain. If Hillary gets the nomination, I will hold my nose, close my eyes, take a deep breath, and vote democrate.

    From NC

    May 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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