Whites, evangelicals turn out for McCain

AUSTIN (AP) - A exit poll for The Associated Press found that whites, the affluent and evangelical Christians flocked across Texas to support Republican John McCain for president.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers remarks during an election night rally in Phoenix Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. Looking on at right is wife Cindy McCain. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

AUSTIN (AP) - A exit poll for The Associated Press found that whites, the affluent and evangelical Christians flocked across Texas to support Republican John McCain for president.

The poll also found that minorities overwhelmingly backed Democrat Barack Obama's presidential bid.

McCain held a slight lead over Obama in Texas in early vote returns.

AP reports more than one-third of Texans interviewed as they left their polling places approved of President Bush's performance - much higher than the national average - and they overwhelmingly backed McCain.

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An exit poll of 1,944 Texas voters was conducted for AP by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International. Most were interviewed in a random sample of 30 precincts statewide Tuesday; 591 who voted early or absentee were interviewed by landline telephone over the last week. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, higher for subgroups.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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