Who Voted for Obama

Politico breaks down the exit polls to understand the makeup of Obama's historic victory
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2008 9:00 AM CST
Supporters of President-elect Barack Obama cheer in the streets in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Stacie Freudnberg)
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(Newser) – How did the first African-American president piece together such a decisive winning coalition? In Politico, David Paul Kuhn picks apart the pieces of the Barack Obama vote:

  • Obama won a solid 43% of the white vote, matching Bill Clinton’s 1996 performance in that group and nearly Jimmy Carter’s from 1976. The Democrat actually won young white voters outright.

  • Among white women, however, Obama slightly underperformed Al Gore’s numbers—perhaps an indication of a Sarah Palin effect.
  • The bottom fell out for John McCain in suburban America. Though George W. Bush won rural voters by 19 points, McCain only managed to win them by 8.
  • Some 67% of Hispanics went to Obama, and 30% for McCain—10 points less than Bush's draw in 2004.
  • Despite prognostication to the contrary, Obama won more than 84% of Hillary Clinton backers in the primaries.
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