Economic worries power Obama in Delaware

November 5, 2008 12:42:46 AM PST
An Associated Press exit poll shows voter worries about the economy and their strong desire for change helped Democratic Sen. Barack Obama carry Delaware and its 3 electoral votes.

Preliminary results showed 94 percent of voters said the condition of the nation's economy is either not so good or poor. The poll found about 65 percent of those voters voted for Obama.

About four in ten voters said the quality that mattered most to them was the candidate's ability to bring needed change. Preliminary results showed Obama earned the votes of 96 percent of these voters.

Obama beat Republican Sen. John McCain in every age and income group. Obama edged McCain with male voters, and received the votes of 7 out of 10 women.

In his bid for a ninth term in Congress, incumbent Republican Mike Castle survived the Democratic tide. He and Democrat Karen Hartley-Nagle about evenly divided the voters who disapprove of President Bush, and Castle edged Hartley-Nagle among self-described moderates.

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The exit poll of 771 Delaware voters was conducted for AP by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International in a random sample of 15 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, higher for subgroups.

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Methodology details: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls/

Associated Press writers Randall Chase in Dover and Ben Nuckols in Wilmington contributed to this report.


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