January 16th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Exit polling: Democrats pick McCain over Romney

 Dems picked McCain over Romney, but few participated in the GOP primary.

Dems picked McCain over Romney, but few participated in the GOP primary.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Despite urging from some activists like Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas that Michigan Democrats vote for Mitt Romney over John McCain, CNN exit polling indicates the Arizona Republican won the liberal vote.

McCain captured 41 percent of Democrats who voted in the Republican primary, 10 points more than Romney. Mike Huckabee meanwhile, only captured 14 percent of Democrats.

Though the Democratic primary race was rendered essentially meaningless after party sanctions, few Democrats decided to vote in the Republican primary - according to the exit polling, Democrats only constituted 7 percent of the vote in that contest.

Moulitsas, in an entry on his blog last Thursday entitled “Let’s have some fun in Michigan,” called on Michigan’s Democratic voters to abandon the meaningless Democratic primary and vote for Romney in the state’s binding Republican primary. By doing so, Moulitsas argued, Democrats could further muddle the Republican contest and most importantly, reduce the threat of McCain, who polls show is the biggest threat to their nominee in the head-to-head general election contest.

Though the bloggers' calls were not heeded, CNN’s Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider points out they got what they wanted.

“The bloggers got what they wanted: Romney won. The Republican race is muddled. McCain’s momentum is halted. It’s just that the bloggers weren’t the ones who did it!," he said.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Alan Isenberg

Filed under: Michigan
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Marti, San Diego CA

    CNN – what another nice example of the ridiculously biased reporting. You couldn't actually say something nice about Romney could you? You could laud all over him for winning like you did when McCain won NH, could you? Nah....couldn't go there so you had to have some title that was still negatively slanted towards Romney, just like your other Ticker title that says "McCain win".

    Are you serious? You call yourselves journalists? Report what we all saw – Romney took McCain to the woodshed!

    January 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. PS, KC, MO

    Small wonder. The DesMoines Register has (or had) on their web site one of those "candidate pickers". They ask you a number of questions about where you stand on various issues and they ask you to assign weight to those issues in terms of importance to you. I'm a liberal-leaning Democrat. After 3 or 4 Democrats, the first Republican to come up was John McCain. I found that interesting.

    January 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. CC

    Amen, Marti! And he doesn't have to be ENTERTAINING me to get things REALLY done! (Can you tell I'm frustrated over the media's promoting of Huckabee's entertaining personality?! I do NOT want to vote for a president on his ability to make me laugh!!)

    January 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    McCain would be the worst pic for the Republicans since his policies put him right along side Bush.. No one who says Bush has done a good job or will follow his policies has any hope of being President.

    January 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. LeeAnn N. Taylor, San Francisco, Ca

    Seam, Philly, Pa wrote:
    People that actually think Hillary's win was meaningful is a moron.

    IS we, Seam?

    January 16, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Anyone with a brain and their head out of the polarizing political sand dunes would listen to Romney and see why so many people are coming around to him.

    It took awhile for Huckabee's nastiness and judgmental comments about Mitt's PERSONAL faith to wear off, but it's happening. Why does no one dig on anyone elses personal faith in this race?

    Mitt is worth looking into, people. Just lay your prejudices aside and check him out. He is truly worthy of and able to do the job.

    If you want a good example of a candidates character, look into their marriage. Wow, now THAT is a bumpy road to travel with all of them but Mitt and Obama!

    January 16, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. June (California Voter)

    I'm a Democrat and I would pick John McCain over Romney for he has shown in the senate he can work with republicans and democrats.

    January 16, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Cephas

    If you ever wanted a reason not to vote for McCain I think this article says it all:

    "McCain captured 41 percent of Democrats who voted in the Republican primary"

    I've said it all along, if the Republicans nominate McCain, the DNC might just decide to save their money and not nominate anyone. Since the republicans will have nominated their "favorite son" for them.

    January 17, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. mary Cusack

    Obama is a Liar. I am a Democrat and if he's the nomonie I'm voting for McCain. At least you know where he's coming from. Mark my words: Obama will do a 180 once he gets to the White HOuse.

    February 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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