CNN Political Ticker:
(CNN) — Even in a state Hillary Clinton appears to have won by 35 points, a majority of Kentucky voters say the New York senator attacked Barack Obama unfairly.
I really wish CNN would read their own exit polling. While it is true that 54% of voters felt Clinton had attacked unfairly, it is just as true that 49% of Kentucky voters felt Obama attacked unfairly. Of that 49% who felt Obama attacked unfairly, 76% were Clinton supporters.
While there is a chunk 9% and 15% respectively who felt either Obama or Clinton only attacked unfairly, they are a pretty partisan group with hovering around 90% of either candidates supporters. The larger groups of voters felt they both attacked unfairly or neither attacked unfairly.
What about race. I am sure eventually the Obama news apparatus will bring out the race meme. You know those white, hill billy, redneck, white trash, Kentuckians just didn’t want to vote for Obama because he’s a black man.
It looks like there is this group (18%) who say the race of the candidate is important to them, but the vast majority stated it had no effect. In fact, proportionally there is no difference in how black and white voters answered this question. Again, once more, every demographic besides race went strongly for Clinton. It didn’t matter if it was gender, income, education, issues, or age, voters supported Hillary over Obama.
What I found the most interesting was heavily Democratic counties went for Clinton by over a 90% margin. These were the counties that went for Gore in 2000, and even Kerry in 2004. It does not say much for Obama that he can only squeeze out 10% of the Democratic votes (a closed primary mind you) in those strongly Democratic counties.