(CNN) - According to exit poll results released thus far, Latino voters voted for Barack Obama over John McCain by a more than a 2-1 margin nationally: 66 percent to 31 percent. The proportion voting for the Democratic candidate is up sharply from 2004, when 55 percent of Latino voters supported John Kerry and 44 percent voted for President Bush.
Latinos are responsible for Obama's victory in New Mexico and contributed strongly to his margins in Nevada and Colorado. In New Mexico, Latinos constituted 41 percent of the electorate and voted for Obama by a 69 percent to 30 percent margin; white voters in New Mexico supported McCain 56 percent to 42 percent.
In Colorado, Latinos comprised 13% of the electorate and broke for Obama 64% to 34% while white voters split evenly. In Nevada, Latinos comprised 16 percent of the electorate and supported Obama 78 percent to 20 percent. Fifty-one percent of Nevada's white voters went for McCain.
In California exit polls reported thus far tonight, Proposition 8 appears to be going down to a narrow 52 percent to 48 percent defeat.The proposition would amend California's state constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. Earlier in the year, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling making such marriages legal under the state's constitution
If the trend holds, younger, first-time voters can be said to be responsible for Proposition 8's defeat. Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 opposed the proposition 66 percent to 34 percent; voters 30-64 were evenly split; voters 65 and above favored the amendment 57 percent to 43 percent.
First-time voters cast their ballots against the proposition by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin. The rest of the electorate favored the amendment 52 percent to 48 percent.
Californians who attend church weekly voted for Proposition 8 by an 83 percent to 17 percent. Those who attended church occasionally voted 40 percent in favor and 60 percent opposed. Californians who never attend church were 14 percent in favor and 86 percent against.
College graduates opposed Proposition 8 by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin. Those without a college degree favored it, 53 percent to 47 percent.
African-Americans voted for Proposition 8 by a 69 percent to 31 percent margin. However, 55 percent of white voters and 52 percent of Hispanics voted against the proposition.
(CNN)– Sixty percent of tonight's voters –as reflected in the exit polls– think Michelle Obama will make a good First Lady. Only 35 percent think she will not. (Of this group, 86 percent voted for McCain.)
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(CNN) - American voters - who elected Barack Obama president tonight - made their choice with a mixture of excitement and tempered optimism. Among the electorate as a whole, 30 percent indicated they would be excited if Obama won the election while 24 percent said they would be optimistic but not excited. Reflective of the election results, only 14 percent said they would be excited if McCain were elected and 32 percent optimistic.
Negative feelings and expectations are also held toward both candidates. Twenty-five percent reported they would be scared if Obama were elected and 20 percent concerned but not scared. With respect to McCain, 28 percent said they would be scared and 25 percent concerned.
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(CNN) - White voters continue to support the Republican presidential candidate, as they have for many years. In the exit polls reported thus far tonight, 53 percent of whites say they voted for McCain while 43 percent of whites voted for Obama.
Obama, however, has a dramatic edge among African-Americans (96 percent), Latinos (67 percent ) and Asians (63 percent). Significantly, America's non-white vote is increasing as a proportion of the entire electorate. In the 1992 presidential election, whites made up 87 percent of all voters. This proportion fell to 83 percent in 1996; to 81 percent in 2000 and 77 percent in 2004. So far in today's exit polling, whites make up 75 percent of the electorate. Projected demographic trends indicate that the proportion of non-white voters, particularly Hispanics, will increase further in the future.
Exit polling also shows that McCain winning among Southern whites by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent. Outside the South, McCain won among white voters 51 percent to 49 percent.
(CNN)–African-Americans played a key role in Obama's projected victory in Virginia, a state that has not supported a Democratic candidate for president since 1964. African-Americans comprised 20 percent of the total electorate in Virginia, with 92 percent voting for Obama. Whites - 70 percent of today's voters in Virginia– voted for McCain by a 60 percent to 39 percent margin - a margin higher than that found nationally.
As elsewhere, Obama drew heavily among Virginia's younger voters (60 percent), first-time voters (63 percent), those most worried about the direction of the economy (54 percent) and those opposed to the U.S. war in Iraq (79 percent).
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John McCain lost Pennsylvania because his campaign strategy in the state did not play out as planned:
1) McCain counted on older voters; Obama carried voters 65-and-above by a 51 percent to 48 percent margin. (Nationally, only 44 percent of the 65-plus age group counted thus far reports voting for Obama.)
2) McCain counted on working class white voters. Obama won whites with incomes under under $50,000 by a 52 percent to 47 percent margin. (Nationally, Obama is carrying 48 percent of this group.)
3) McCain also counted on drawing Pennsylvania voters who supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. Obama won 81 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats who preferred Hillary Clinton in the primary (Nationally, the figure is 85 percent).
(CNN)– The age factor turned out to be a double-edged sword for John McCain, according to partial exit poll results.
McCain counted on attracting older voters and, indeed, did better among the 65-plus age group than among any other - capturing 54 percent of voters age 65 and older compared with 48 percent among 30-to-64 year olds and 30 percent among those under age 30.
However, many older voters expressed concern about the age factor, and among this group Obama beat McCain. In total, 39 percent of 65-and-older voters said age was a factor in their vote; among these voters, 56 percent supported Obama and 44 percent went for McCain.
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(CNN) - Most but not all Hillary Clinton supporters are voting for Barack Obama, according to exit poll results obtained thus far.
Among Democrats who say they wanted Hillary Clinton to win the nomination, 84 percent say they voted for Obama while 15 percent voted for McCain.
This 84 percent figure compares to 90 percent of Democrats overall who report voting for Obama.
(CNN) - Among voters surveyed today, a bare majority - 51 percent - think the government should do more to solve problems. Forty-three percent believe the government is doing too much.
At the same time, early exit polling shows only a minority of voters - 40 percent - support the $700 billion government plan to assist failing financial companies. Fifty-six percent are opposed.