June 3rd, 2008
09:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: On the final night, an exit poll first

(CNN) - South Dakota may have gone solidly for Hillary Clinton – but there’s a clue buried in the exit polls that suggests the healing process in the Democratic Party may already be underway.

A significant majority of voters – roughly seven in 10 – said both Democratic candidates were honest and trustworthy. It’s the final night of the primary season – but the first time that has happened since voting began in Iowa five months ago.

It may also be one sign that primary voters who did not support Barack Obama the first time around may be willing to believe the best about the Illinois senator heading into November.

soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. will

    See you Obama Hussain supporters, he is getting ready to screw you already by considering Hillary as VP.
    Now imagine what he will do to you if he ever makes it to the White House...slim to nothing chance.

    June 3, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. leadership for america

    I hope you sanctimonious Hillary-bashers understand why we cannot vote for your candidate. You don't want us (it seems from your words here and throughout the election) and we don't want your candidate. There is no unity in the democratic party. The good old boy network might be wishing it was a little less uppity in the coming months. I'm sorry, nailing our own coffin? Puleeezzzzz, I plan on voting for Hillary no matter what.

    June 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. TexasBlackTea

    Leadership for America – if you cant get past your own prejudices then yes – you might as well sit out. It is just plain DUMB to NOT vote democrat just because your candidate is not on the ballot..........get real or just get an education........come on people – are you seriously willing to allow your emotions to let McCain win????? Lifelong democrat – but only as long as the candidate is Hillary..............this is really really sorry and saddening.

    June 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Christine


    While your statement may be true about SD...There were many times when the polls said that Clinton would win a state, but then Obama would pull out the true victory. It just goes to show that polls are not always accurate and just give the media something to do.

    June 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. DonJulio

    Senator Obama, now that you've clinched the nomination, which VP candidate would you like to have your back on day one?

    June 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Wayne

    I am from SD and was okay with a joint ticket until tonight. The defiant and bullying tone of Clinton's speech in which she did not concede despite an indisputable win by Obama was a slap in the face. She is now withholding her endorsement likely as part of a demand for VP. I believe she has made it impossible for Obama to choose her. If she is unwilling to show any deference to the winner of the contest, it will make Obama look like a poor leader to give in to her. This also reinforces her reputation of being difficult to work with. One final point, she included another lie in her speech just to inflate her own ego. She said SD had the final word when Montana had not reported yet. Only because she knew Montana would go for Obama.

    June 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Kim E.

    Sorry, folks it's not over yet. And I for one am glad along with the other almost 18 million voters (the majority by the way) who voted for HILLARY.

    Delegates may have said they will support Obama but they actually have to cast their vote at the Democratic National Convention in August. That's roughly 3 months from now. Technically, there is no Nominee until all those votes are cast.

    Delegates have been known to change their minds and anything can happen between now and then.

    There is actually a very good article by Simon Woods at Huffington Post – "Can Super Delegates Afford to Say No to Clinton?".
    It gives you a very good perspective of how the delegate process works and what it really represents.

    I for one am supporting HILLARY – all the way – even if that means writing her name on the ballot.

    She is the best qualified, most experienced, and knowledgeable candidate and will make a great PRESIDENT.


    June 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Pat in NY

    The DNC and Obama have tried to bully and control Hillary throughout this whole process, and her supporters are rightfully angry.
    A little R-E-S-P-E-C-T is in order.

    She actually CARES. That's what many people do not understand.

    He will not win without her supporters, and you better believe it.

    So, hold the smugness.

    June 3, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. JB Cal

    You're right Steve, it is a shame that some can't pick the strongest, most intelligent, honest democratic nominee. But maybe you'll get it right the next time.

    June 3, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Informed voter from florida

    Time for all democratic women to send a message to the DNC.

    June 3, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  11. Adrian

    I am watching CNN and the comments from those sitting at the table on camera. (Breaking News)
    I am disgusted by some of the comments and at times wonder if some of them sitting there still don't get it.
    I believe that Tobin was trying to tell Gloria Borger to shut up and I wish to echo the same feeling. Please Ms Borger you don't seem to get it. Did you not sense also that Carvelle was laughing at your comment?
    Sorry CNN, I had to make this comment. I will continue to watch as this will be an election of historic proportions.

    June 3, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. bob


    June 3, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. Doug Rohde

    In her speech tonight, Hillary asked us to go to her web site to give her advice about how to continue her campaign. This sounded to me like a thinly veiled request for more donations, and the web site confirms it.

    The only option available is to agree with the statement that, "I'm with you Hillary, and I am proud of everything we are fighting for."

    June 3, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Ellie

    Please change name : L. Napier to just "ELLIE" !! Thanks!

    June 3, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Mike in Va

    I heard Hilliary hurry through her speech. And claim herself a winner and Obama as a runner. I do not understand how she pickup a million votes in less then two weeks.She has 18 m and Obama has 17m. And this by her word and math. I look and cannot see it.

    June 3, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. WhosehadEnough

    What is the big deal for Sen. Clinton to concede the nomination to Barack Obama and possibly getting a cabinate position such as the Secretary of State like a Madeline Albright in the next administration. She is only giving more fuel to John McCain and the Republican party when they start "swift-boating" Barack Obama in the general election.

    June 3, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Sunny

    I can't stand obama supporters. Such negativity! The obama supporters are more negative than obama. It's really sad!!

    June 3, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. Voter

    Michelle needs a do-over. Spend a little of the war chest on dresses that don't look like a middle aged go-go girl. Your husband is running for President of the United States, for heaven's sake!

    June 3, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. klwilliamson

    I usse to have a lot of respect for Hillary and Bill but I have none now.
    Hillary is selfish and a sore loser !!! I pray that Obama do not choose her as V.P. I don't think she will ever be in his corner. She will bring to much trouble with her. Her husband being the biggest trouble !!!
    You will not be the next president .it's been decided,and except it .
    Stop saying you will do whats best for the party and begin doing it.

    PS : Bill STAY OUT OF IT !!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. DANIEL-go John Mccain

    Go J. Mccain..2008.

    Hillary you should not take the VP..You are the best and prepared candidate.

    June 3, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. Martin Cornish

    Hillary Clinton tonight: ungracious and calculating and plans to hold her nearly 18,000,000 hostages .. oh I meant supporters for ransom to her ambitions. Shame on you Hillary..Shame

    June 3, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Rose

    I can't believe Hillary gets the major votes of the people but the superdelegates makes their choice, not the people choice, i would like to have a list of these delegates, it would be nice to talk to these special people who we elected, many of them, to do the right thing to vote for who the people voted for not who they wanted. Well the preacher is talking now, get use to this, because this is what you will be getting. Talk, talk, talk, nothing, nothing, nothing.

    June 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. Hillary'08

    Congrats Hillary on winning SD! You do deserve to be president and are our best chance to beat McCain; however, it looks like the DNC and the media have screwed the country again by giving us another McGovern.

    June 3, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. Jason

    Hillary or McCain, even with Hillary as VP I would NEVER vote for Obama.

    America, you better wake up before you make a HUGE mistake.

    June 3, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. TexasBlackTea

    Pat – so I guess Obama doesnt care at all??? Did you actually listen to his speech – RIGHT now he is giving Hillary more credit than she has EVER given him in this whole race! What respect has she earned?? She wont even concede..........it's ridiculous. I believe he CAN win without her supporters...............he won this without her supporters and millions of his own...............How has Obama bullied Clinton????? What channel have you been watching........please - oh wait – it's because she is a woman – my bad.

    June 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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