January 16th, 2008
10:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Potentially troubling news for Clinton in Michigan 'win'

 Clinton won less than a quarter of support from black voters.
Clinton won less than a quarter of support from black voters.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton faced a grim statistic in Michigan Tuesday night, 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.

Even so, roughly 70 percent of Michigan’s African-American voters - a group that makes up a quarter of Michigan’s Democratic electorate - did not cast their votes for Clinton, choosing the “uncommitted” option instead. Yet these voters weren’t uncommitted at all: in fact, according to CNN exit polls, they overwhelmingly favored Barack Obama, whose name did not appear on the ballot.

Had Obama’s name been on the Michigan ballot, CNN exit polls show that he would have won an overwhelming 73 percent of the African-American vote, in contrast to 22 percent who say they would have voted for Clinton under those circumstances. If South Carolina’s large African-American community votes as Michigan’s, Hillary may not be feeling much ‘southern hospitality’ in that state.

Related: Blacks, youngest voters choose 'uncommitted' over Clinton

– CNN Political Producer Alan Isenberg


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  1. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I watched MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and NBC everyday and night in a whole 2007, these journalists have no values as expert. Everyday, everyone said different story of Presidential campaign with same mouth, they confused Americans, I don't want trust them from now on. They are making the different situations and change the real facts so quick with their own mouth. I have studied Journalism, they are working for the money, they are not looking for the truth, it is not good for the Society.

    January 17, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Bionic

    Hillary Clinton is running strictly based on ego. Obama on the other hand is running because he sincerely wants to work for the betterment of America. Two things in particular stand out about Hillary Clinton that I think we should all seriously consider. One is this; if she was willing to tolerate years of corruption and deceit within the confines of her own MARRIAGE, she will certainly do no better within the confines of government. Secondly, she is majorly supported by big business in such a way that it will certainly end up being "Business as Usual". On another level notice that when Hillary Clinton speaks to someone, let's say on television, during a debate, she does not maintain eye contact with that person. She looks down and away and then occasionally looks up at who shes talking to. Barack Obama (and Edwards for that matter) look the person dead in the eye. Hillary, in my estimation is not running for the good of the American people. She is a polarizer with a huge chip on her shoulder, and she wants power. And she will be ruthless in that pursuit. Barack Obama is sincere in his efforts, and his history, especially his decision to forego a huge salary in order to be an activist on the south side of Chicago attests to this. As for the racial aspect of the campaign, Lyndon Johnson, it has been discovered, used to regularly refer to Dr King as the N word. And Hillary credits him above Dr King for bringing about civil rights legislation? It was Dr King's fortitude to push forward that should get the lion's share of the credit. And Hillary I believe was errant in not apologizing for any implication otherwise.

    January 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. JerseyBred

    @ Eaglehart

    Thank you. Ppl can easily go online & find the whole blow-by-blow on when & with whom the race baiting started. I surprised at how Tim Russert said that

    January 17, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Thanks Hillary...I'll just have the coffee, no tea...and no thee.

    January 17, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Michelle

    Cute... but let's start reporting on the real issues.

    CNN please start reporting on each candidate's actual plans and initiatives. It would be great to have a section where we could compare and contrast what each candidate says they will and won't do.

    Personally, I want to hear about their commitment to our Environment and how they plan to stimulate our Economy. I'm so tired of reading 'tabloid' news.

    January 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    Fem4Hillary, you call "women's intuition" believing the WMD story and voting for the Iraq War?

    The "intuition" you speak of has led to 4,000 American casualties (and counting) in a war launched under false pretenses by the Bush administration.

    You'll have to find another argument to make.

    January 17, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Linoq

    Clinton is on this for power. The Clinton's are power hungry. Obama is on this for America. This is the difference. Clinton's attacks will only increase and Obama will have to defend himself. At least it will be a good training for him when running for the white house against the republican candidate.

    January 18, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. Diva

    I have been watching the back and forth banter between the candidates.
    Hillary was the first to play the race card rediting Obama. Obama tried to be gentleman like in trying to refute the issues. Our president Clinton has become sort of a loose cannon. John Edwards sticks to the issues but no one listens. Mitt Romney has flip flopped somany times his credibility is shot, Guliani can't be trusted.... he is indecisive....he can't decise which wife is the best wife, Hucklebee is a contender, Mccann is too soft spoken and potentially non committal, Biden is a wise man but should stay in the Senate, Fred Thompson should go back to Law and Order and never run for public office.

    John Edwards and Obama are the only class acts in the race.

    The press needs to shut up and let people think for themselves. And do not tell me what a poll says.

    You know as well as I that the plan is laid, the powers that be already know who the next president of the US will be.... we just go through the motions.

    Dirty politics should stay out of the whole race.

    January 18, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  9. Shirley

    Diva, you said that hillary started the race card..Evidently you did not watch the last debate where they had the papers in front of them which proved otherwise

    January 18, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Bill Wallen

    Is there anyone reading this that thinks Obama could win the National election....

    everyone needs to think about who can win the National election, and it certainly isn't Obama

    Hillary is the only candidate who voices my interests, and the only Democrat who can win the White House

    Bill

    January 18, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. RON HARRISON

    I WATCHED THE DEBATE OR ARGUMENTS AND SAW A LACK OF ISSUES THAT REALLY AFFECT THE ELECTORATE BEING DISCUSSED. THIS REFLECTED A DEBATE OF ELECTION TACTICS, PERSONAL ATTACTS AND NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE. WHEN WILL WE HAVE AN HONEST DEBATE OF THE ISSUES SUCH AS THE ECONOMY, HEALTHCARE, FOREIGN POLICY AND THE CURRENT AND PENDING WARS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAVE CHARGE OF NOW. HOW WILL ANY OF THESE CANDIDATES WORK WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE ISLE IN CONGRESS TO GET A MAJORITY VOTE TO CHANGE COURSE.

    January 21, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Marlene Pa.

    If Sen Obama has a black dad and a white mom how is it that he will be known as the first black president! I like him black or white, just curious.

    January 23, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Alex Maher

    Enough of old thoughts, we need a fresh start! Go Barrk Go!

    January 27, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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