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Exit Polls: South Dakota, Clinton's Last Win

Updated 11:19 p.m.
By Jon Cohen
Hillary Rodham Clinton's most reliable voters -- white women and seniors -- delivered her a final primary win in South Dakota on the final night of the Democratic nominating campaign, even as most of the state's Democratic voters said they would be satisfied with Barack Obama atop the party's presidential ticket.

Clinton and Obama, now the presumptive Democratic nominee, split men in South Dakota 51-49, but women broke heavily for the New York senator. White women in particular came through for her; they made up about half of the electorate according to preliminary network exit poll results, and they went for Clinton 60 to 40 percent.

Losing white women by 20 points was a more narrow defeat than Obama has had among these voters in most recent primaries, but he was unable to close the gap among seniors. Clinton won those aged 65 and up by a 32-point margin; her average across all contests with exit polls was winning them by 24 points.

Obama won voters under 30 in South Dakota by an equally large margin.

More than half of South Dakota voters said the long campaign, which draws to a close tonight five months after the start of voting, did more to energize than to divide the party. And 57 percent of voters thought Obama should pick Clinton as his vice presidential running mate.

While majorities of voters in three states that recently gave Clinton big wins -- Kentucky, Puerto Rico and West Virginia -- said they would be unhappy with Obama as the Democratic nominee, nearly seven in 10 in South Dakota said they would be satisfied with him.

Nearly eight in 10 South Dakota voters said they would vote for Obama in a hypothetical match-up against Republican John McCain, as compared with only about half of Democratic voters in Kentucky and West Virginia.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 3, 2008; 10:23 PM ET
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Posted by: Nancy Barness | June 23, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Please let Bill back into the white house, as he has some unfinished business there. PS: Also please let a box of cigars back into the white house, as they too will be required...

Posted by: Joey | June 6, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Even though I'd never vote for him in a million years, I'm almost hoping Obama wins. It will be so deliciously entertaining watching the naive, dewy-eyed idealists have their hopes and dreams completely smashed when Obama utterly fails to deliver on the hype!

Posted by: Jeff | June 6, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Dear Hillary,
You lost.Get over it.

Posted by: Nostradami | June 5, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I live in St Paul. I saw the long lines circling half of our city that began in the wee hours to see & hear Obama. I heard their roar when Obama announced his candidacy for the office of president. I felt with awe the joy that filled the air with such energy. Yet the following day when I turned to the major networks for their comments I sadly saw & heard the whole day & night brushed off as if it were just another wearying campaign stop. I had to go to BBC News in America for a full & decent coverage. So who owns the networks? Not the American people! That would be silly!

Posted by: sad minnesotan | June 5, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

From what I've just read here your country is screwed and deserves to be the pariah nation it is becoming in the eyes of most of the world's population. The mindless and sickening prejudice displayed by some of these comments beggars belief. I doubt the US will exist as 'one nation' by the end of the century. There seems to be a schism that will never be healed. To the liberals - do yourselves a favour - get rid of the neo-con, racist and fascist types who write this kind of filth before they drag you down with them (having a minimum IQ eligibility to vote might be worth a try). I only wish my own government would see we are backing the wrong horse.

Posted by: Jeff | June 5, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I dont know about other UK posts but for a lot of us, its not just to the US that Obama brings a glimmer - no more - of hope. America is in terrible shape, as we are - economically, socially, politically, morally. 'More of the same' is certainly no cure.

Posted by: julia | June 5, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

How can you leave such disgusting, racist postings up on your site?

Free speech is one thing, but if the Washington Post wouldn't print it, why is it allowed to remain here?

Posted by: George, England | June 4, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I guess it is to be expected that people with extreme views will take a more active role in commenting on political sites, but it's nonetheless shocking to see re-cycled Nazi propaganda from the 1930s still alive and kkkicking in 2008 USA - there are issues of race and class that will come out in the election but there are much bigger issues at stake. The culture of fear the Bush administration fed on and thrived on will either be excised once and for all or it will be triumphant and who knows when it will be possible to get elected without playing so cynically on the fears and insecurities of the electorate.

America is offered a choice between hope and fear - two powerful emotions. My hope is that America will remember that it was the triumph of hope against all the odds that built your country in the first place - from the war against the British to the wagons rolling westwards into the unknown. That was a people who overcame fear because they hoped for better things for their families - and that's what you need to do now. Resurrecting the ghosts of Europe's past or anti-Islamic polemic disguised as a legitimate war on terror is not a road to world peace, no matter how much McCain smiles. It's time for the land of the free to live up to its name.

Posted by: Puzzled limey | June 4, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is STUNNING!!!

You have just witnessed the greatest political campaign fight in American history. One for the textbooks, and the history books. Hillary Clinton fought her heart out against all odds to win for all of the American people . While at the same time doing her best to prepare Sen. Barack Obama to win in November if he was the nominee. STUNNING!!! WELL DONE HILLARY CLINTON. WELL DONE! Your AMAZING! :-)

Sen. Obama could not have had a better opponent than Hillary Clinton. Nor could he have had a better opponent to prepare him for the battle royal to come against John McCain and the Republicans ahead of the November elections. Hillary Clinton was like a big Mama cat determined to teach her kitten how to hunt, and hang with the big dogs for the fights ahead.

And how about Bill Clinton, Chelsea, and th whole Clinton team. They were magnificent. They really showed their metal. BRAVO! TEAM CLINTON... BRAVO!

And how about YOU! my fellow Americans. I'm so proud of you. And proud to be one of you. You showed what you are made of. And what makes America so great. You never gave up on your Champion Hillary Clinton. Time, and time again you eagerly waited your turn to vote for Hillary Clinton. To pick her up and pass her along down the line to the rest of your fellow Americans.

You never gave up on her. Just as Hillary Clinton never gave up on you. No matter how many times they counted her out. No matter how many times they brutally knocked her down. You knew she would get back up. And you were ready to support her when she did. AMERICA LOVES A FIGHTER. AMERICA UNDERSTANDS A FIGHTER. AMERICA IS A FIGHTER. I'M PROUD OF YOU AMERICA!

Hillary said she would accept the VP spot on the ticket if ask. And I am thrilled to hear that. I think it would be crazy not to take her up on that offer. You could not have a better VP than Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is Sen. Obama's best chance of winning the Whitehouse in November. And it is essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse.

The American people are in a very desperate condition now. George Bush has wrecked America, and much of the world.



jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. I really liked Sen. Barack Obama's speech in Minnesota. I think he just maybe ready now for the Bush Republican attack machine, dirty tricks, and vote fraud machine. :-)

Posted by: jacksmith | June 4, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

We are doomed,all you who voted for this sun of the devil obama,will see your white wifes and doughters raped and murderd by mobs of blacks and your white suns will be much worse,just like south africa.You fools,you libs will soon make your payment to your father the devil with the blood of your children.Are once great nation is doomed,hell on earth is here

Posted by: jim | June 4, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

whats the big deal in a persons colour? if he able to act accordingly and to the will of the nation, so be it.
Americans are so wrapped up and fasinated with "skin colour" they are forgetting the true nature of the person...let the 'skin colour' die already, turn the page and move
on.."Gerry, from Canada"

Posted by: Gerry Lewy | June 4, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

'I can't stand Obama. Can't look at him anymore than I can look at Bush. They're both arrogant and inexperienced. While he's a gifted speaker, our country needs a lot more than rhetoric. We need an experienced hand on the wheel.'

Where has experience got the country so far? How can anybody feasibly compare Bush to Obama, or Hillary for that matter?

Its time to give some new blood a chance...the nation is crying out for it, and experience based on errors is even worse than inexperience.

Posted by: Carl | June 4, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Another UK reader......It would seem that your problems run deeper than surface conflict. From the seriously deranged rants spouted by these posters I wouldn't be surprised if your country self imploded within the next 20 years. It would seem there is a general lack of ability to reason and question sanely. I do hope that your petty infighting and fear about everything other than your tiny microcosm you call your 'community' can be overcome. But i doubt it... good luck

Posted by: pete | June 4, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

LOL Are you all really still following this. If every follower of every individual would stop being a part of this, I guarantee the chips would fall in the same place.

As Dick Cheney as shown us, the VP seat has more power. Welcome to the the wonderful world of oz.

Dorothy you can stop clicking your heals now, there is no home........................

Posted by: Nonya | June 4, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Reading these posts from the UK is hilarious. You guys are so hung up on race. The only reason blacks are in USA is from slavery in the past, and for CENTURIES they have been treated as the underclass. (and I'm not excusing us Brits, our ancestors take a lot of the blame). This wound runs so deep it's almost genetic. Maybe voting in a black president will be a small step in the healing process.

Posted by: Rich | June 4, 2008 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Lets consider each arguement against Obama;

1. Obama is inexperienced: Hmm, lets think about that, despite this precieved handicap he managed to out campaign, raise more money and win more states that a much more 'experienced' competitior;

2. Obama is black: well, actually his mother was a white lady and his father a Kenyan, so that makes him half and half. But for arguements sake lets say he is indeed a black man (why not white I ask), and in an environment where black american are perceived as criminals (read the posts here), ignorant (read the posts here again), etc he over came the odds to secure the nomination. He ran an effective, highly motivated, and focussed campaign against one of the greatest political families in the modern era. And he won.

3. Obama is not smart enough; yeah right, magna cumj laude at Harvard Law? I still cant believe people would imagine this is a valid argument after voting in Bush, or making a comparison with McCain-- who was near the very bottom of his academic class as well.

4. Obama is not patriotic enough; I fail to see how wearing a flagpin made in China constitutes an act of patriotism?! Obama has professed his love and devotion to the country hundereds of times, he as espoused his plans of what change he would like to see, and lastly, he wants fewer americans dying in a war that should never have been. Need more examples.....?

5. Obama is Muslim: Haha, a muslim who attended church for over 20 years, how stupid can that be?

Posted by: for every vote | June 4, 2008 4:15 AM | Report abuse

Tomorrow they will release the tape of obamas wife spewing very racist remarks towards blacks and soon after the larry sinclair scandal will break on involves gay sex ,crack smoking and murder to cover up and obama is in the thick of this..

Posted by: andre | June 4, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

1. Gary - Yours posted at 0128am - excellent input. JM - An junior aviator with a track record.... but never a top commander and military strategist.

2. HRC - Thought the CNN team might have commented on the personal invite from HRC for all to visit the HRC website ... 'might' this be part of a 24-48hrs phase of 'incubation' to quietly garner funds to offset the huge personal $deficit... regrettably breakfasting on good will and false hope having factually crossed the finishing line second?

3.Sen McCain. Advised to enjoy the continuance of this 'phoney war' period having secured the nomination many weeks ago. As things look.... when he needs to don the old boxing gloves come Autumn, the dynamics are quite probably going to have shifted markedly for the worse. Domestics in the shape of stark economic recession and an exasperated nation are going to count for a lot more than leading his rival by the hand on his much advised walkabout around Baghdad.......

Posted by: Bill - T | June 4, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Who here will openly admit that they think facts are racist? Many people do, they're just to deceitful and/or ignorant to admit to it.

Posted by: curt | June 4, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Do Jews really monopolize the entire media apparatus? Yep they sure do. Here's a link the Washingtomn Post will censor out and prevent you fromseeing within the next hour or so.

Posted by: curt | June 4, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

"You claim to be patriots, yet you clearly do not love your country ewnough to get out there and make a difference, you are the very people that got America into its current state because you have allowed others to do your thinking for you. Patriots don't just have a USA bumper sticker, patriots act on behalf of the stated values of the nation. Obama is a true patriot."

And the words of a hopeless retard, and likely CNN, Faux News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS viewer.

Posted by: curt | June 4, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

"One senile old neo-con fascist coot and two left wing liberals that make Ho Chi Minh look like a conservative."

aah finally the words of a relatively intelligent American.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Those of you who want to sit out this election are a hypocrites of the highest order. You want to believe in democracy yet take no part in the process, you no doubt rant that America is the land of the free yet you abuse that freedom by being indifferent. You claim to be patriots, yet you clearly do not love your country ewnough to get out there and make a difference, you are the very people that got America into its current state because you have allowed others to do your thinking for you. Patriots don't just have a USA bumper sticker, patriots act on behalf of the stated values of the nation. Obama is a true patriot.

Posted by: Beeg Al | June 4, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

One senile old neo-con fascist coot and two left wing liberals that make Ho Chi Minh look like a conservative.

The only thing worth wastin the time pickin here might be my nose.

Posted by: Tempest | June 4, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

From a recent Pat Buchsanan article. More facts the moronic multiculturalists here at the Post aren't going to like. But, you know what, screw em.

Buchana writes:

"As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh my, here's the ISP of the individual from Chicago that doesn't want Whites knowing the truth about what I wrote - he'll notify the post that they've a "racist" commenting and then "poof" all the facts I've brought here will vaporize into the "multicultural, tolerance and diversity" censorship black hole (COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS IP SERVICES) [Label Visitor]

Posted by: curt | June 4, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Why would I vote? I won't bet on a rigged game for the same reason I won't vote in the presidential election. Right wing, left wing, Obama, McCain, regardless, both are simply wing's of an eagle known as the military industrial complex, who truly control this country. And we're a republic, not a democracy. We elect representative's who, we hope, support their constituency. Sadly, this is in the past. We are a plutocracy and have been for quite some time. Now that the middle class is being removed, we will see the true tyranny of a corporate aristocracy. Subterfuge and obfuscation are the weapon's, we are the target.

Posted by: Vae Victus | June 4, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: curt | June 4, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Senator Obama is indeed a novice when compared to Rodham-Clinton and McCain in such political dark arts as slander, lying, self-centeredness, graft, and of course, selling favours to friends (Bill pardons customers of her brothers, and who can forget the Keating seven John. They couldn't have done it without your help. If Hillary is such a wise and astute thinker, why did she run a campaign that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Indeed McCain was a pilot during the Vietnam conflict. The only midshipman ever to qualify for naval flight training after finishing fourth from the bottom in his graduating class. Shot down once, after crashing three others into the sea (those carrier landings are trickier than they look Maverick). and of course violating the Military Code of Honor by trading strategic information to Charlie in exchange for a knee operation. Billary's ethical and moral baggage is just as bad. Obama is untested and has a huge learning curve. What sets him apart is that he can learn and is not wedded to failed policies and demagogery from the past. He's a scholar, husband who doesn't cheat, and an active parent in his children's upbringing. Consider me sold.

Posted by: Gary | June 4, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

White people reading this. Just because a negro can finish a sentence is no reason to make him President of the Jewnited States

Posted by: Curt | June 4, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

"curt you are a racist reactionary scumbag."

You deracinated moron, those aren't "conspiracies," those are facts. Do you even know the difference?

Posted by: curt | June 4, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

What does she have left to decide? The country, and the democratic process she agreed to run under has decided this for her. Obama is the nominee for better or worse. So, if she is genuinely interested in putting a democrat in the White House it's time for her to begin using language that unites the party...not continue to let it languish.

She had an opportunity tonight to start the party towards unity and she tossed it away because she is incapable of admitting that its over. It was selfish and small. Senator Clinton simply lacks the character to be president.

Posted by: FrankB | June 4, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

curt you are a racist reactionary scumbag. go post your wacko conspiracy theories and "facts" someplace else... glad to know our nations mental patients have access to the internet.

Posted by: curt is off his meds | June 4, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

all of you supposed Dems who say you are going to sit this one out or vote for McCain.... have you lost your minds? seriously...

Though there may be personality differences between Obama and HRC, there are no significant policy differences between the two... this is not the case with McCain...

Our country is facing enormous problems and difficulties moving forward; problems that will NOT be solved by the standard republican approach to governance which we have seen devastate our country over the last 8 years... ANYONE WHO CHOOSES TO SIT THIS ONE OUT IS A COWARD, A CRYBABY AND DERELICT IN THEIR DUTY AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. period.

Posted by: confused | June 4, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Here's the reality of blacks in America, 10% of the population and more than 50% of the murders.

But don't expect the Post, or any other Jewish owned media apparati to tell you the truth. What, you don't believe ethnic Jews monopolize the media? LOL, argue with these facts.

Posted by: curt | June 4, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

For those who are voting repub. for the first time because they don't like Obama, I have two words for you. Supreme Court. If you think McCain is not going to continue to stock the court with right wing constitution shredders like Alito, Roberts and Thomas, you are very naive. And that court will set the tone for our country for years. Those conservative members of the court have shown themselves to be anti-civil rights, anti-worker, and anti-woman. So go ahead, make their day and vote for McCain. It's just dumb.

Posted by: Leslie S. | June 4, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

If you actually believe a black man took Iowa, Nebraska, Idaho and Montana, you people are nuts

Posted by: curt | June 4, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

i have to say i intend to sit this one out, as well-
obama is not the guy he seems- i am tired of the dems putting up the same guy dressed in different suits- the dems have not done anything to impress me for the 40 years i have been waiting to have them act like a real poltical party-

Posted by: baseball-oracle | June 4, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to sit this one out. The super delegates put Barack Obama over the top in numbers for the nomination, but to me he is under the bar in comparison to the experience, capacity and depth of thinking about how to solve our country's problems that Hillary Clinton has. Let them knock on doors and fund his campaign.

Posted by: Nada | June 3, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Monde, I feel sorry for you.

You are certainly free to give money to, and vote for, experience, which I gather you see in McCain.

By the way, what do you think his experience is? Running large enterprises? Conducting diplomacy? Conducting war (note, he was a pilot, not a strategist of any sort)?

He is a member of the club in the Senate, and over the last five or six years he has given the Bush Administration his proxy.

He also has problems with his temper, and seems to think that lobbyists are his best friends.

Wonderful experience.

Posted by: Helen | June 3, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand Obama. Can't look at him anymore than I can look at Bush. They're both arrogant and inexperienced. While he's a gifted speaker, our country needs a lot more than rhetoric. We need an experienced hand on the wheel. Since Clinton is no longer the choice, this lifelong Dem will vote for McCain. Dems will not get my $$$ either. Gave the max to Clinton. Will get my refund and give my $$$ to Repubs.

Posted by: Mondegreenie | June 3, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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