February 5th, 2008
11:43 PM ET
10 years ago

How Clinton, McCain may have won California

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton can thank Latino and Asian voters for her projected victory in California. Early exit polls indicate that Sen. Barack Obama carried white voters in California because of his overwhelming support among white men. White women, as in other states, more often supported Clinton. Black voters overwhelmingly favored Obama but Asian voters, whose numbers are comparable to blacks, went overwhelmingly for Clinton. The deciding factor may have been Latinos, who make up roughly 30 percent of California's Democratic vote. They went for Clinton by a two-to-one margin.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, exit polls show Latino and Asian Republicans may also have played an important part in John McCain's victory in the GOP primary. Mitt Romney led among white Republican voters but McCain led among Latinos and Asians, the second- and third-largest voting blocs behind whites among California Republicans.

Related: CNN Analysts say Super Tuesday didn't distinguish Democratic candidates

Filed under: California • Hillary Clinton
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  1. mr.big

    New york and California. coast to coast most populated area voted for Hillary. Disregard these plain field states across the nation. these ghost states are haters!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. vegage

    It is amazing to see how Hillary won this super Tuesday contest. After this huge wave of endorsements to Obama and the huge coverage that Obama received in CNN, in the last week every time I tuned CNN they were talking about Obama surge, so it is impressive how she won in popular vote by a considerable margin and in delgates. She hold herself with strenght and grace. I do not see that story being said in CNN at all. It is interesting to see how Fox News and MSNBC are declaring her as the winner and in CNN all I can see is a front page with Obama picture, undermining the real result of this contest, that was, Hillary's triumph. But after all I realized and have a strong convition that Hillary is the best candidate by far. Definitely in my opinion CNN is sided with Obama.

    February 6, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. barroidbonds

    Californians voted with their brains... unlike Illinois' sheep who flocked to the polls with dazed expressions on their faces chanting "Obama, He is from Illinois, so I will vote for him"....without ever realizing that he is supremely UNQUALIFIED to be President.

    February 6, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. To Ohio

    Listen to what you said with a twist. It applies to Obama, too. He has no substance.

    "I was really disappointed with Obama's win and I wish blacks would stop voting for him just because he is black. So what happens if there are two black candidates? How will they choose then? Will they finally look at candidates issues or who will be the blackest of them all? I bet people who voted for Obama did not follow his policies [as if there is any] but his fame and wife [who attacks Clintons, too]. All this being said by a black myself."

    It is not hard to see that older and wiser people vote for Clinton and younger, less experienced peopel vote for hot air. Did people forget how Bush ran a campaign of "Change" in 2000? Look where it got us. Wake up.

    February 6, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Hillary supporter

    Hillary won in spite of all the negative attacks and biased coverage by CNN. She won almost all the big states – more importantly she won in more states that they both campaigned – who cares about the little states and caucuses which Obama won because he was the only won campaigning. When the final numbers come in, it will show democrats by a huge margin (over a million voters?) supported Hillary than Obama who is a fine man but needs to gain experience and wait his turn.

    February 6, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. masterbruce1

    I know tha this will never see the light but I will post it anyway...

    I am doing fine...

    Nevertheless, I am pissed that the media has made our country a place where racism is alive and well...

    It is like a third world country where a few that have bought all the free press and turned it into a dictatorship owed by a fraction of the country.

    Swaying and moving the racist hordes to the feeding trough to eat subtly of their racists garbage digest and crap racist turds in the form of supposed racist Latinos, and Asians that will not vote for a person based on their color.

    It wasn’t long ago that Asians and Mexicans were no more than fodder just like the coloreds…

    The Media has taken blacks and subtly demonized them with the painting of a black face on all that is wrong in America…from Michael Vick, Gary Bonds, OJ Simpson, Kobe Bryant, Track Stars, Politicians, Rodney King.

    This has all been orchestrated by privately owned media that continues to stir the Racism stew.

    This thing is stewed within the bowels of The American Prison system which spills out into the streets with the gangs. The gangs take it to the schools…The children take it home…

    The media tells the Latino parents that the blacks are beating up the Latinos and they buy into it…

    Its too sad, but many of our black youth are too busy watching some young idiot with a fist full of one dollar bills and a mouth full of gold disrespect their mothers, sisters, and grandmothers to see that they are being used to further the cause of racial divide.

    This is where the media gets heavily involved pitting blacks against browns and the result makes a good news story in every little community.

    Wake up America…

    This is the subtle work of fanatics that make their racism palatable…the “Invisible Empire removed their hoods and put on suit and ties and walked into our board rooms just like they said they would.

    They have made their racism a thing of minorities turning against each other, which is nothing new…We as a country have made a living doing that…In every war that we are involved in, we turn the people against each other.

    Especially now…Dividing the Kurds against the Sunnis, against the Shiites, and whom ever does not agree with our agenda we demonize…

    They had a racist Latino reporter from the Mexican station on Telemundo" owned by the "The big cooperate" conglomeration media groups tell Latinos” I am sorry but Latinos will never vote for a black man" on main stream television on the day of the California primary.

    What kind of racist crap is that?

    I have not heard one word about the voting abnormalities that others and I experienced yesterday...

    What happened to the Ballots in California?

    This is reminiscent of the Florida fiasco that got us into such terrible shape today...

    Pissed in California

    February 6, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Amazed in Sydney, Australia

    Foreign perspective:

    Bill Clinton restored US reputation during his reign. The 8 years he was in office, US was very much respected and well liked in almost every region of the world. Bill was never a laughing stock even during his scandal. Americans (thanks to the Republicans) were however laughed at by the world at that time because we could not understand why his scandal was such a big deal. AFAIK, Bill Clinton left his presidency with a very strong job approval rating as well as very sound economic foundation for the US, Then Americans became silly ( thanks to Al Gore's refusal of letting Bill help him campaigning) and voted Bush in to start the spiral down to hell.

    I have noticed that a lot of people here said they had enough of Bush – Clinton -Bush and did not want another Clinton again. The 1st Bush failed badly and yet Americans put the 2nd Bush through 2 terms of presidency despite a moron he is. Now, the 1st Clinton did a lot of good to the US, why couldn't the Americans now give the 2nd Clinton a chance?

    I myself think Obama is a good potential candidate and (me having been born in Indonesia as well), I would be happy to see him lead the US. However, I don't think he is mature enough yet. The US economy is now in a bad shape. The US global reputation has also deteriorated so much under Bush. What I think the US need now is someone who can do thing to clean up the mess and that someone is Hillary because besides being intelligent, she will also have a support of Bill.

    If I were a Democratic party leader, I would indeed support Hillary now and let Obama come in 4 or 8 years from now.

    February 6, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. wellrope

    I am appalled at how anyone can equate winning more states to winning more votes.
    And how Rhode Island has the same number of Senators as California. Talk about unequal representation for the people of California and other large population states.

    February 6, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. vegage

    It is amazing to see how Hillary won this super Tuesday contest. After this huge wave of endorsements to Obama and the huge coverage that Obama received in CNN, in the last week every time I tuned CNN they were talking about Obama surge, so it is impressive how she won in popular vote by a considerable margin and in delgates. She hold herself with strenght and grace. I do not see that story being said in CNN at all. It is interesting to see how Fox News and MSNBC are declaring her as the winner and in CNN all I can see is a front page with Obama picture, undermining the real result of this contest, that was, Hillary's triumph. But after all I realized and have a strong conviction that Hillary is the best candidate by far. Definitely in my opinion CNN is sided with Obama.

    February 6, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Mimi


    I am Asian, and I will vote for Hillary because I value her experience over BS.
    Shame on you by calling Asians racist.

    February 6, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Laura

    Sorry Obama but your majority in the black states will not overcome the intelligent voter that looks for more than one issue like race. Oh well, you can always look for Obama on Oprahs show.

    February 6, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. VA Voters for Hillary!!

    Myself and several friends are eagerly waiting to cast our votes for Hillary next week in the Virginia primary....

    BTW, we are all college educated, mixed races and genders, and in our late thirties!

    February 6, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Sam

    Men and blacks vote for Obama but the former will transition to the GOP when Hillary gets the Democratic nomination. So sad but they are all sore losers and can't look beyond the race and gender to see that the issues are what's important. So sad for this country that we will have another republican that will spin the economy out of control because of his misguided opinion that the Iraq war can be won.

    February 6, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Guest08


    Arrogant earlier projected win on Monday make DOW drop 370 point, Today is a new day with Confidence in Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Fred

    What's going to happen when Mccain splits the Hispanic vote. Hillary's doomed. Hillary catered to the Hispanic vote in Vegas but with Romney out in the fall McCain will crush her.

    February 6, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. jp/michigan

    American people put to much emphasis on polls and endorsements. AWAKE UP AMERICA: look at the candidate voting record, experiences and platform of the issues facing Americans. Obama came up 1st. on the Iraq War, because he stated at a ANTI-WAR rally in Illinois in 2002 , that he wasn't against war just dumb wars. What else would you say at an ANTI-WAR rally? It helped to get him in the Senate. But at the 2004 Democratic convention he supported Kerry and Edwards, who voted for the War. Both incidences his position was taken to help no one but himself. Hillary has maintained the same position, whether it is about the Iraq War, health care , economy, immigration or policies in general. OBAMA SELLS PLATITUDES, NOT POLICY> GOOOOOOO! HILLARY!

    February 6, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. wolfhunter

    As an overseas observer, I am not surprised that Americans have fallen for the emptiness of Barack Obama's speeches, and been swayed by the one sided reporting of CNN and the rest of the media. A small example, Obama is endorsed by Ted and Carolyn Kennedy (big whoop) and it is widely reported, Hillary gets the endorsement of practically all the other Kennedy's and I had to read it in the Int. section of my newspaper a few days later. All the great Black leaders that endorse her are not mentioned, etc. etc. It is so sad. Just like how they ignored Mike Huckabee shamefully during the debate. If they give the people a chance to hear all sides and see all sides, instead of deciding the election in the studio, maybe the people would get to make a more informed decision instead of riding waves and sending America and the rest of the world into another 4 years of an inept inexperienced president that is all fluff.
    The republicans will eat Barack alive, they are practically salivating. He has no substance. By the end of the first debate, the vultures will be picking his bones of what is left. Spewing hope and change and not much else will not help him then.
    America do the right thing, don't fall into the republican trap.

    February 6, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Toronto,Canada

    Congaratulationsssssssssssssssssssssss Senador Clinton....!

    Canada is behind you.......:) all the way to the WHITE HOUSE.

    Now, for those who understimate this AMAZING woman, here is the proof that people really want change but not the cain of you take out of a poetry book, the change she ofers is real with facts. HILLARY CLINTON has been firm and clear in his issues of course she is not perfect and for those who don't let go the fact that she vote in favour of the inspection in Irak, it is complitly different of beeing in favour, what she did was on behalf of your country thouhg decition but at leats she did it and not vote abbsent like MR OBAMA. whom let this oppurtunity tho stand up against it but choose not to until now that he wants your vote sais that he can figth whit this argument in his favour wake up people. your country need direction with expirience, people need health care, your economy is going donw don;t you see an voting for somebody whose goint to figth with nice speaches which by the way he dosen;t even write himself but somebody else, if not even capable to do that DO YOUTHINK HE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO RUN A COUNTRY ? very sad if you do


    HILLARY R. CLINTON it is time a woman shape the course of History.

    February 6, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. kori34

    I cannot believe the hatred, bigotry, and racism that is so heavily laden in these comments. Its not about a black america or a white america.. Its about choosing the best candidate who will represent us as ONE great nation. The candidate that will change America for the better. Its 2008 people! Lets show the world what a great country we are and put away all of that bitter cynicism that will only continue to divide us. I support Barack Obama because I believe he is fresh, ethical, and a uniter. I don't hate Hillary but I think the only reason she does well in the low income brackets is because all those people hear is "free this, free that, free everything". She borders dangerously close to socialism which is a scary concept. Our nation was built on hard working individuals who worked hard for everything they had. It wasn't handed to them then and it shouldn't be handed out now. America, don't be fooled by the "Everything is included" gimmick. Nothing is ever free.



    February 6, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. JP

    I'm an independent who'll probably vote for McCain regardless of which candidate the Democrats nominate, but I have taken some interest in Obama's candidacy because for better or worse, US Presidential elections seem to hinge to a large extent on charisma, and he's the more charismatic of the two Democratic candidates.

    I think Hillary will win the Democratic nomination, but I doubt that Obama will be her VP. That will probably ruin the Democrats' chances in November because I think Obama's a large reason for the larger voter turnout that Democrat's are seeing. I doubt the young voters who are coming out in support of Obama, will also show up to vote for Clinton in November unless Obama is on the ticket.

    February 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. marshallwritesblog

    You can't be serious. You actually want to vote for "Billary"???? Did you not learn anything from the first Clinton presidency?

    February 6, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Paula in Virginia

    This is quite sad to hear all these stories about the Asians and Latinos. I hope everyone sees them for who they really are. It is not cute to say you hate people because of their race. America was founded on the priciple of hosting many people from many countries.

    It is no surprise they would vote like this when most of them come over and instead of integrating with other Americans they try to create little China towns and little Hispanic towns.

    At least the blacks have earned their place in history here. They help build this country. As Condeleeza Rice stated " blacks and whites arrived at the same time; blacks were just enslaved."

    February 6, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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