January 15th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Potentially troubling news for Clinton in Michigan 'win'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton faced a grim statistic in Michigan tonight, despite her primary "win" there: results revealed that she may have reason to worry about her grasp on the African-American vote.

The Michigan primary vote was essentially meaningless: the national party stripped the state of its delegates because it held its contest too early in the election season, and Clinton was the only major Democratic contender whose name appeared on the ballot.

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  1. beser

    At first I found it surprising when I kept hearing and reading so many pundits allude to the fact that Hillary draws most of her support from the poorly educated. Then I read the comments by Hillary fanatics here and elsewhere who seem determined to provide anecdotal evidence to bolster that claim.

    After eight years of GWB, we don't need to right around an put another deceitful, unethical, secretive, cynically manipulative, arrogant, special-interest-mercenary president into office. Any Democrat but Hillary is fine with me.

    January 16, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. charlotte

    The people of Michigan paid, in tax dollars, what did read, 10 million to move their primaries up? Thus disinfranchising the democrats and non-committed in their state. This state could've sure use this money elsewhere. Color coded ballots would sure make it easier for us to know if people are black, white, yellow or green. Come on CNN get off the the race thing!

    January 16, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Poli

    This is Hillaryous! :) (Pun intended)

    Would some please tell me what Hillary has done to further civil rights as an ELECTED OFFICIAL?

    The only thing I can tell is that she sleeps with a white man. :)

    Go Hillary!

    January 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. steve wilmington

    Hillary Clinton uses the black community for her benefit. Typically, its presidents of corporations and higher ups in education. Just look how she used Bob Johnson of BET...
    The black community is well aware of the tactics of the Clinton camp. She changes her accent when speaking in the south, flip-flops on issues, and has now degraded Dr. King as not substantial in civil rights. No wonder the black and white community can't trust her.

    January 16, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. archie h.

    The prospect of seeing and listening to this self centered female egotist for 4 or 8 years is enough to frighten even the most hardened american voter!

    January 16, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Emma Lou Diemer

    I get so tired of CNN's dour predictions, mostly saying how much trouble Clinton's campaign is in. I am for Hillary Clinton, and every right-thinking woman should be, and even the men (black, white, red, yellow, green, etc.) should be, too. Wonder if this country will ever be big enough, smart enough to realize it is long past time for a woman to be president. As an aside, it's interesting that black men got the right to vote long before any woman did. Let's not extrapolate that to the national political scene, please.

    January 16, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Jr., California

    The sad truth is that some still believe in "anyone but Hillary" as they decide who to vote for. Last night during the Las Vegas debates, Hillary stated 6 times her 35 years of experience.

    But still the moderators failed to confront her on explaining and detailing her 35 years of experience. I would like to see her address this.

    January 16, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. B.U

    I hope Obama wins south carolina,we need him in the whitehouse

    January 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. dee

    The fact that Hillary went against her own party shows just how polarizing she is. This is what concerns me about HIllary as President, she's too divisive.

    January 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. jamya

    i think clinton should win because she a good lady and we need a lady that going to make it right for us ladies

    January 16, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. carol

    Hillary "08"

    January 16, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. jamya

    i read about how cliton b/c but just b/c i read sum of yall comments i still think clinton should be presdient it dont matter what she said it matter who goin to be the best

    January 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. From TX

    Let's do the math here...70% of 39 "uncommitted" voters were blacks=27.3%. And 58% of voters went for HILLARY, with 14.7% for others.
    Let's now think in term of general election. The AA population counts for 12% of population in the USA, how many of them are registered to vote or take part in major election?Not so many!
    If all white in democrat party were to vote they will influence the outcome of election if the race card is played.
    Last, but not least why " we balck people" bring the race card in any situation?Also saying that the CLINTONS are racists is unfair and show how we black can be dishonnests and have a short memories about Hillary and Bill.

    January 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. toni77

    go HILLARY GO YOU R THE WINER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Mark

    I am neither a Clinton nor Obama supporter. But my question is to all those Clinton haters and bashers. Can you tell me why you have such a passion against her? I have asked this question of several of my colleagues in my office and no one could tell me why. Could it be that you are just buying into the liberal medias biases. If that is so, grow up.

    My second question, all you Obama lovers, can you tell me other than his ability to speak eloquently from a script what his positions are, what he has done to deserve the accalades? Have you looked at his history in the Illinois senate? His record is dismal. Oh sorry, "present"!

    Relative to Edwards, I used to like him and could see myself supporting him, but he has become such angry and overy aggressive candidate. Almost seems desparate. His swipes at Clinton are uncharacteristically harsh. This puts him in a "hater" column. John, wake up.

    Bottom line. I will vote for the Democratic candidate. But come on everyone, it's okay to think critically, but bring some objectivity to the table.

    January 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Indus

    Lets wait for Feb 5 primary

    AL,CA, CO, CT, ID, KA, MA, NJ, NY and TE will be won by Mrs Clinton

    IL – OBAMA

    AR, GE, MIN are tossups

    As for Michigan – What would OBAMA supporters say if uncommitted was ahead than Hillary.

    She won the majority of the votes that was polled and ofcourse she as well as OBAMA did not campaign :)

    January 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. favor

    yes blacks vote for their own race just like whites vote for their own too-why didn't whites vote for jesse jackson-and let me make it care-a president is not in control of economic fluctuations-so when AA enjoyed economic prosperity under their first black president before obama-black bill was not really in control!!!!!why does it pain some people to see more AA vote for obama?

    January 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. favor

    Mark-you are bonafide obama hater-so don't throw dat self-righteous question!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. David

    only 25 percent of Democrat registered voters voted in Michigan. Most that didnt vote were Obama, Edwards supporters who saw no reason to vote since their choice wasnt listed.

    Some, voted, the majority didnt. that means 75 percent didnt vote...sad

    Clinton, good Luck winning, you'll need it when the masses arrive

    January 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. joann

    I will never vote for Hillary Clinton; and come on you "Obama's family are terrorists people"–just stop it and go away

    January 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. andy

    Im in California and a Latino and what i saw last night at the University Of California Davis was amazing !! I saw what the press estimated to be 10,000 youth for change supporters at a rally and Bill Clinton was the speaker ! it was so exciting to see all the kids on that campus !! In California Hillary does have lots of support i think and they are a mixed crowd not just one race !!!

    January 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. martha

    I AM NOT SURE WHY YOU GAVE THIS ARTICLE THIS HEAD LINE...CLINTON KNEW AND KNOWS WHAT HAPPEN IN MICHIGAN...WHY IS IT TROUBLING...OR BETTER YET WHEN THEY DECIDE TO GIVE THE DEL BACK TO STATE....WILL IT STILL BE BAD FOR HILL....I DON'T THINK SO......FIND A BETTER TITLE FOR YOUR ARTICLE OR IS THIS JUST A WAY OF GETTING ATTENTION.....WELL IT WORKED....CONGRATS

    January 16, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Jimmy

    Final vote for Michigan. Breaking the undecided vote 73% Obama, 17% Edwards, 10% others. straight out of the same exit polls CNN is using.

    Not to forget that Obama campaign and Edwards campaign put out word two weeks before the election to vote undecided against Senator Clinton, through radio ads, mail flyers, and phone calls. This is after they signed an agreement not to campaign there, Attacking a candidate would be campaigning. Any way the results

    Clinton 56.9%
    Obama 29.3%
    Edwards 6.8%
    Kunich 3.6%
    Other 3.2%

    There where well over 550,000 votes. A very large increase over the last Presedential Primary Senator Clinton had over 328,000 of these votes.

    On the Republican side there was just over 600,000 votes. THIS WAS HARDLY A DEAD ELECTION IN MICHIGANB> SENATOR CLINTON WON WITH A LANDSLIDE WITH AS MANY DEMOCRATS VOTING AS REPUBLICANS

    SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 2008

    January 16, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. ronald

    Go, Go for it HILARY...HILARY CLINTON ALL THE WAY TO THE OVAL OFFICE....USA & The WORLD terribly needs someone like you. Prestige & Respect for the American will slowly but surely be back with you in the office. Please note that I'm NOT AMERICA. Yes, I cannot legally vote, but my voice has to be heard because our economy rely on you....your dollar.

    January 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. brandon

    You know what I think gets lost in the Michigan primary is that the Democrats stripped the state of all it's delegates. In other words, the votes meant nothing. Now, just a random thought of hipocrasy, was it not the Democrats that were complaining that so many Americans were disenfranchised in the 2000 election?? They are themselves doing what they said should never be done. Hipocritical? You decide!!

    January 16, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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