Blue-Collar Voters Not Sold on Obama

College grads prefer him by 20%; working class goes for Clinton
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2008 4:30 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., reacts at a campaign stop at the West Central Community Center in Spokane, Wash., Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama’s camp has spotted Hillary Clinton’s edge among working class voters, the Chicago Tribune reports. A recent Obama campaign memo said he expects to lose in states where collars are more blue than white. And numbers support the Dem divide: Workers picked Hillary over Obama by 60% to 40% in California, while a national poll has Obama swaying college-educated voters by the same margin.

Obama's camp claims that workers like him, but union chiefs linked to the Clintons go with Hillary. Obama says the working class just doesn't know him yet. “With a lot of blue-collar workers, they’re busy,” he said. “The more we campaign, the better off we do with all voters.” But few recent Dem hopefuls have won blue and white collar votes in equal measure—except for possibly Bill Clinton.