03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Clinton Attacks On Obama Have Little Effect In Wisconsin

For weeks, Hillary Clinton's campaign has argued that it would be irresponsible--reckless, even--for Democrats to nominate Barack Obama because he hasn't endured enough scrutiny. So in the days ahead of the Wisconsin vote, the Clinton campaign stepped up its attacks, unleashing several negative TV ads against Obama. Clinton aides also successfully pushed two days of news coverage suggesting that Obama had "plagiarized" a couple of lines from his campaign co-chair, Deval Patrick, the Massachusetts governor.

Nothing stuck. According to exit polls, Obama won big among men and drew almost even among women in Wisconsin. He won among lower-wage earners, who were Clinton's most reliable supporters less than a month ago. And he drew even among high-school graduates,
while still maintaining his support among higher-earners and those with college degrees. Clinton won among white Democrats, but lost heavily among independents; she won seniors, but lost older, middle-aged voters that have previously swung behind her.

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