January 19th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit Polls: Conservatives go for Huckabee

(CNN) - John McCain is losing to Mike Huckabee among South Carolina Republican primary voters who identify themselves as conservative, but he is overwhelmingly leading among those who say they are moderate or liberal.

According to CNN exit polls, two-thirds of the GOP primary voters identified themselves as conservative. Those voters are breaking for Huckabee, 33 percent to 26 percent.

Meanwhile, roughly a quarter of the GOP primary voters said they were moderates, and 7 percent said they were liberal. McCain edged Huckabee among moderates by 29 points, and among liberals by 27 points.

McCain’s support among South Carolina conservatives has decreased slightly since 2000. In that primary, the Arizona senator won support from 29 percent of conservative voters.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Victor

    If we continue to tolerate violence against innocent human life, we will have lost all basis to contiinue as a free society. We must have change in the people's hearts if we are to remain a free society. We must have a rally around officials that will passionately support the sanctity of human life. Huckabee is the man for the hour.

    January 20, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Eric

    Those heavy duty corporate campaign contributions have served Romney & McCain well - the Council of Foreign Relations is now 6 for 6...with wins by Romney (3), McCain (2), Huckster (1). The republican party is living proof that America has lost it's way...how else can you explain wins by a Hypocrite (Huckster), a War-monger (J. "bomb bomb iran" McCain), and the best Hair in Big Pharma (Mittster). Others too also benefited from the CFR's big start - the Tri-Lateral Commission and the Bilderbergers also stand to win big...also Bechtel, Blackwater, Halliburton & other members of the America's military industrial complex stand to win another trillion in contracts, oh happy days! But how do we plan to pay for all these bullets, bombs, bandaids & boulevards of democracy - they'll just print it up OR borrow it from China...nothing to worry about here! My mortgage rate is fixed and I can handle $8/gallon gas & $10/loaf bread - LET'S KILL ARABS AND FORGET ABOUT THAT OTHER STUFF, RIGHT!

    Palestinians don't deserve to live (so sayeth the NeoCons) and Iraqi's will learn to love an Iraqi Americana OR they too can die - the NeoCons know what's best for EVERYBODY in the world, right! Musharraf, a military dictator was better for America than the elected officials that county chose, right? And we, the sheeple of the NeoCons, apparently support those killings, right! And the millions killed by genocide in darfur mean nothing, right...just like the millions killed each yr by AIDS in Africa, right! And those millions orphaned by AIDS in Africa mean nothing right, it's MORE IMPORTANT to kill Iraqi's and Palestinians with our dollars.

    Great job Neo Cons...great job CFR...you've convinced the sheep that all is well!

    American apathy is the killer now...I'm done blaming the mainstream media and the inner-elite - that TV tube has rotted their brains & debt slavery is the form they've chosen, by consent!

    January 20, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. No lib for president!

    Blow hard Hickupman is not a conservative by any means people, he is a lib in republican clothes.

    Wake up America!

    Go Mitt!

    January 20, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. PJ, New York

    Though I am not supporting a Republican, I am still glad to see that McCain won S. Carolina! Anyone but Huckabee for president!! We don't need a preacher in the White House.

    January 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. AK

    Thompson is a cheater; he ran in South Carolina just to help his longtime friend, John McCain. They won this time; however, that sort of tactic won't work in the general election.

    Fred woke up long enough to help bring down Huckabee. Maybe McCain will reward for that dirty trick.

    January 20, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Milton

    Don't forget the rest of Huckabee's demographic. He is favored heavily among the pro-inquisition/pro homosexual bigot/misogynist too. Or you can simply collectively refer to these voters as his "base". Religion has its place, but it isn't in politics.

    January 20, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. NFaye

    Huckabee is a wolf is sheep's clothing. I wish he would go HOME!

    January 20, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. wayne, kentucky

    Huck, is the right person for leadership in this great nation.

    January 20, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Tom Masters

    Mike VE you say the same thing on each page, lame.

    McCain and Huckabee should merge and stop Romney.

    This would be great to leave Rudy to come in and swoop up the prize.

    January 20, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. mr.fair tax


    January 20, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Roy

    This time around Huckabee traded his American flag for a Confederate one to go forth with the cross in the other hand pandering to neochristians.

    January 20, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Marti, San Diego CA

    No surprise here. Conservatives haven't voted for McAmnesty in a single state yet.

    This garbage that McAmnesty is the only won who can win in Nov is utter rubbish. He can't excite, much less unify and rally, his own party. They don't trust him…and for good reason. On too many occasions McAmnesty has snubbed his nose at Republican values and Republicans themselves. Why? Because he doesn't truly believe in Republican values. He likes being the "maverick". No thanks. I'd like somebody I can count on.

    January 20, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. kareem

    If anyone is a good republican... RON PAUL IS THE MAN!

    January 21, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  14. Donald Brennan

    You say John McCain carried a lot of liberals...thats because he is a liberal.

    Don Brennan

    January 21, 2008 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  15. YaFatha

    Adam Smith: I know liberal Democrats. Liberal Democrats are friends of mine. John McCain is no Liberal Democrat.

    January 21, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
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