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May 20, 2008

Hillary Clinton Routs Obama in Kentucky Primary 65% – 30% … Obama Should be Concerned with Exit Polls

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Hillary Clinton wins in a landslide in the Kentucky Primary, 65% – 30%. Clinton beat Obama across the board in all age groups, income groups and education levels. The only demographic that Obama won was once again blacks, 87%–7%. The Kentucky Primaries further showed the division in the Democratic party and the obvious fact that Barack Obama, the presumptive candidate, cannot close the deal.


Hillary Clinton tells crowd in Louisville, KY, “We’re winning the popular vote, and I’m more determined than ever to see that every vote is cast and every ballot is counted.”

Two-thirds of Clinton’s supporters there said they would vote Republican or not vote at all rather than for Obama, according to the polls.

Forty-one percent of Clinton supporters said they’d cast their vote for John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, and 23 percent said they would not vote at all.

Just 33 percent said they would back Obama in the general election, according to the polls.

Obama having an impossible time convincing white, blue collar Democrats to vote for him. Exit polls show that whites backed Hillary Clinton. The exit polls were not kind to Obama:

  • Seven in 10 whites overall backed Clinton in Kentucky, including about three quarters of those who have not completed college.
  • only about four in 10 working-class whites in Kentucky said they would vote for Obama in a matchup with John McCain in the general election.
  • An equal number said they would support the Republican, and the rest said they would not vote.
  • About one in five whites said race played a role in choosing a candidate Tuesday.
  • Only three in 10 whites who said race was a factor said they would vote for Obama should he oppose McCain in November.
  • Nearly four in 10 said they would back McCain, while the rest said they wouldn’t vote.
  • Among whites who said race was not a factor in picking a candidate Tuesday, half said they would support Obama over McCain.
  • Just four in 10 Clinton supporters said she should pick Obama as her running mate should she win the nomination. The same number of Obama backers want Clinton to run as his vice president.

Fresh of the 41 point West Virginia Primary blow out, Hillary Clinton addressed the crowd tonight after her 36 point Kentucky win.

“Tonight we’ve achieved an important victory,” Clinton told an enthusiastic crowd at her victory rally in Louisville, Ky. “It’s not just Kentucky bluegrass that’s music to my ears, it’s the sound of your overwhelming vote of confidence, even in the face of some pretty tough odds.” (FOX News)

Full Exit Poll from KY

UPDATE I: Obama takes Oregon; Clinton wins Kentucky

(CNN) — Despite Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory in Kentucky, Barack Obama has won a majority of pledged delegates in the race for the Democratic nomination

Clinton won Kentucky by more than 30 points, but Obama’s share of the state’s 51 delegates was enough put him over the threshold, according to CNN estimates.

Obama is expected to pick up at least 14 delegates in Kentucky, and by CNN estimates, that will give him 1,627 of the 3,253 pledged delegates at stake in all of primaries and caucuses.

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