Skimming some of the exit poll data that CNN has posted, I see some interesting patterns. In general, Obama did better than Clinton among the most religious and the least religious. He also did best among people who called themselves liberals and people who called themselves conservatives. Clinton did best among people who called themselves moderates.
What is it about his message that draws both liberals and conservatives? Perhaps it’s a matter of why Clinton does especially badly among these groups – after all, liberals are the ones most likely to hold her votes on the war against her. “Conservatives”, on the other hand, are likely to be drawn to Obama’s rhetoric. Despite his liberal record (and rhetoric), Obama appeals to Republicans.
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