Exit Polls Show Big Divisions Among Democrats

Clinton supporters are just as likely to vote for McCain as Obama
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 7:28 PM CDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., greets people at a farmer's market during a campaign stop on West Virginia's primary day in Charleston, W. Va. Tuesday, May 13, 2008. West Virginians cast their ballots...   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Early exit polls in West Virginia suggest that Democrats have much healing to do when the primary season ends, CNN reports. Only 25% of Hillary Clinton supporters said they would be satisfied if Barack Obama won the nomination, and only 38% of Obama supporters said they'd be satisfied with Clinton as the nominee. More telling, 36% of Clinton supporters said they would vote for Obama if he's the nominee, but 35% said they'd jump ship for John McCain. The economy was voters' No. 1 issue.

Clinton, meanwhile, picked up about three-fourths of the state's white voters without college degrees—a segment of the electorate that has eluded Obama throughout the primary season, NBC notes. Clinton won 71% of the women's vote, and just under 60% of the men's vote. Obama picked up 28% of the white vote overall; blacks make up only 3% of the state's population.