Barack Fails to Make Gains With White Voters in Ky.

Clinton wins 71% of the white vote in primary
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 6:55 PM CDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., makes a statement to the media regarding Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, May 20, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama showed little evidence that he's been able to make amends with white working-class voters, exit polls in Kentucky show. Whites make up about 90% of the state's electorate, and Clinton won 71% of their votes, including three-fourths of those who didn't complete college. In addition, only about 40% of working-class whites said they would vote for Obama on a national ticket; an equal number said they'd vote for John McCain, the AP reports.

Clinton won 80% of rural voters, who make up nearly half the electorate, and by a smaller margin among suburbanites, CNN notes. Obama won among urban voters, but they make up only about 10% of the electorate. About 55% of voters said they thought Obama shared the views of controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Nearly two-thirds of voters said the economy was their top concern.