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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 06/04/2008

New Exit Poll Tables

Thanks to ABC News, we now have our clearest view yet of all the voters who participated in caucuses and primaries in the 39 states that had exit polls.

ABC is one of six partners in the National Election Pool (NEP), which sponsors the exit polls conducted by Edison-Mitofsky, and its polling unit has put together helpful new tables on the nominating contests. The newly-assembled data show how Democratic and Republican voters divided between the presidential hopefuls.

The "NET" column on the left is the biggest contribution. Here we can see the percentage of all Democratic voters in these states who were women (57 percent), and how they voted overall (52 percent supported Hillary Rodham Clinton, 43 percent Barack Obama). On the GOP side, 54 percent of all voters were men, and 43 percent of them opted for John McCain, 25 percent for Mitt Romney and 21 percent for Huckabee.

The data are the final, and cleanest, presentation of what we have reported throughout the long campaign. For example, "change" was the top issue among Democratic voters, and helped propel Obama to the nomination (all together he won these voters by nearly 40 percentage points). The economy topped the issue list among voters from both sides.

Happy exploring: Democrats here ; Republicans here .

One limitation of these data is that they include only the subset of states that had exit polls. While most contests were covered - 68 in all - there are some holes, particularly on the Republican side where exit pollsters stopped collecting data after the Mississippi primary in mid-March. (McCain had become the presumptive GOP nominee by that point.)

The Washington Post subscribed to many of these exit polls, but we are not part of the NEP consortium of networks and The Associated Press. The ones we purchased are organized by question and displayed here .

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