Demographics Split Hillary, Obama Vote; Super Tuesday Reveals Trends

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Exit polls from Super Tuesday contests show that the Democratic Party's two remaining presidential candidates split votes among class, age, sex and race.

"Barack Obama continued to do well among voters who are younger, better-educated and wealthier; he solidified his support among African-Americans; and he ran strongly among men, including white men," said William A. Galston, a senior fellow for governance studies at the Brookings Institution.

Using Tuesday's results as a gauge for upcoming matchups, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is expected to do well among working-class voters, less-educated Americans, those 45 and older, white women, Hispanics and Asian-Americans. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois can count on male and female blacks, voters younger than 40 and white men.

Mrs. Clinton's strength among white women solidified her victories.

She took 73 percent of white female votes in Alabama, 57 percent in Georgia, 56 percent in California, 59 percent in Missouri and 73 percent in Tennessee.

She dominated the Hispanic vote in almost every state where it was measurable - including 62 percent of Hispanic men and 71 percent of Hispanic women in California, 49 percent and 59 percent in Arizona, and 56 percent and 65 percent in New Mexico.

Mrs. Clinton prevailed with Asian-American voters in California as well, with 71 percent supporting her. That bodes well for her in states with considerable Asian-American populations, such as Washington and Oregon. In Hawaii, where Mr. Obama was born and his family still lives, voters could negate her advantage.

Mrs. Clinton had a decisive advantage with poor, less-educated voters, while Mr. Obama had the edge with educated and wealthy voters.

Mr. Obama received considerable support from white men, even in states he lost. …