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What the Exit Polls Are Saying

Here’s what the exit polls are finding in South Dakota and Montana.


– In South Dakota, Hillary Clinton scored again with her constituencies – working class voters, older voters, and women.

– South Dakota voters earning less than $50,000 a year favored Clinton over Barack Obama by 61 percent to 39 percent.

– Of the 84 percent of South Dakota voters who said they had been affected by the economy, Clinton led Obama 58 percent to 42 percent.

– Among the 28 percent of South Dakotans who saw Iraq as the top issue, Obama led 61 percent to 39 percent.

– In Montana, Obama led among white voters 54 percent to 40 percent.

– Montanans making more than $50,000 a year favored Obama 62 percent to 36 percent.


– South Dakotans said by a 5-to-4 margin that the long primary campaign had energized rather than divided the party.

– Just short of half of pro-Clinton Democrats in South Dakota and Montana said they would be dissatisfied with Obama as the nominee, down from the 60 percent who said that in 6 of the last 7 primaries.

– In both states, a third of Clinton voters said they’d vote for McCain in November or stay home.

– Six of 10 Obama supporters don’t want him to choose Clinton as his running mate while seven of 10 Clinton supporters want him to do so.

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