February 5th, 2008
11:43 PM ET
7 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
soundoff (572 Responses)
  1. lembray

    How does this primary compare to that long ago primary in 1960?

    February 6, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  2. Nate

    I'd like to know how on C-SPAN Edwards had 10% of the vote. Don't voter's know that he dropped out of the race? Or is this a signal that a large number of the votes being reported right now were early votes cast by mail and not results of today?

    February 6, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. shaunM

    THANK YOU GOD!

    February 6, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Sam

    White. Black. White. Black. White. Black.

    Who cares?

    February 6, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. SF, CA

    YES!

    February 6, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. snyggast

    of course, regardless what they say, latinos will not vote black. it's the same deal in Arizona. The keyword for Clinton here is Free. Free this, free that, and free healthcare. The truth is that she'll put insurance companies out of business. She knows it will not happen, but again it's FREE. Obama's plan is to make it affordable and that's more realistic.

    February 6, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  7. Hillary

    Barack is through!

    February 6, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  8. Mirta

    I'd bet Oprah is crying into her scooter pies tonight! Even with Caroline, Maria, Oprah, & Stevie Wonder he still lost!

    I hope the margin of victory holds out because then you will see Clinton with a delegate lead over 100 which will make even Oprah nervous.

    I am so glad that America is starting to figure out that Obama is just blowing hot air.
    Bring on those debates!!!

    Hillary '08

    February 6, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. Jan, Toledo, OH

    At the beginning of your show, Gloria Borger and Cafferty stated that whoever wins California wins the night. Now that California has won California, there is a debate on who won with most of the panel favoring Obama. Unreal.

    February 6, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. Brett

    I finf it inetersting that both John Edawards and Rudy Guliani are showing 10% of the vote each in California. This seems like an awfully large percentage considering both candidates have dropped out and this is not matched in other states. Is there some type of voting machine or Balot problem, or are theese early results absentee ballots that were sent in some time before the candadates dropped out?

    February 6, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  11. FJ Stratford

    Asians, who appreciate details and strong women, went for Hillary!

    This marks the beginning of the end of the exclusive male rule in the USA... this, even if Hillary doesnt get the nomination.

    Asians are growing in number AND they are comparatively more educated.

    As Asians grow in influence, women will grow in influence.

    February 6, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  12. Dusacre

    The devil himself can come and vote for Hillary, He may even bring all his armies. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Bill Clinton may yell at reporters, he may even bark. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Hillary and Bill Clinton may say all kind of lies and use all kind of dirty tactics to destroy their opponents. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Marketers and political strategists may repackage Hillary Clinton and sell her to us. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    All Clinton supporters can vote for her as long as they want. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    The Clintons may change the rules in the middle of the game; they may want to count shamelessly the Michigan and Florida delegates or use a so-called "win" in Florida to gather a dishonorable momentum. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Why?

    Americans in the vast majority are people with a good judgment. They know and see what the Clintons are.

    February 6, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  13. JohnS

    Some day, other minority groups can remember the historic VOTES of Latino/Latina and Asian minorities for Hillary!!!! These voters, rather than join a movement led by another "minority," clearly abandoned the movement for CHANGE (not Obama)!! I wonder how all these would have turned out if the movement was led by an Asian or Latino/Latina!!!

    Some of us sincerely hope that the Republicans will have mercy on the Dems in the general election!!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  14. Debbie

    Mrs. Clinton has had a very good night and of course CNN is not going to give her the credit she deserves. Go figure!

    February 6, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  15. CDD

    Yay! Go Hill!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  16. Rebecca - O.C.

    Voting for Clinton was a thoughtful and careful decision based on clear and vital issues that she addressed. It isn't about looking backwards, it's about moving forward with someone that has always been there for Americans ... someone we can trust to look out for the best interest of America ... someone who we know we stand up and fight for our rights ... someone who is focused and faithful to her commitments. Hilary was the only right choice for 2008 and America's prosperity!

    Obama, you are very good youthful preacher, but words like "hope" and "change" are merely words and "you're preaching to the choir". Keep your youthful spirit going but we need a strong and experienced leader to guide us forward with real solutions and hope for a better America.

    You Go Girl - Hilary 2008!!

    February 6, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  17. Delegate Count

    Did they check to make sure all of the Latino voters were citizens?

    I can't believe I am writing this, but....

    February 6, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  18. Mike

    Hmm. Not surprising. I am interested in how close Obama made it.

    February 6, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  19. Chris Texas

    Nate, they were probably the absentee votes. Same with other states.

    This puts a kink in the Obama's campaign claim of winning overwhelming delegates. This will be a very close delegate count in the end. Hillary winning California, New Jersey, and New York was a big chunk of delegates.

    Obama's campaign was a little arrogant and premature in their predictions. This I don't like.

    February 6, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  20. angela

    Winning California for Hillary is HUGE!

    February 6, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  21. DogDave

    50% of the vote was early voting which explains this "victory"

    February 6, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  22. Robert

    well sam.... everyone cares it sends a clear message where the votes for obama are it also sends another clear message that race is still a factor in this presidency that people do not want to admit to and its getting pretty clear where and who the ones are bringing race into it are. and once again go HILARY 08

    February 6, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  23. peter oriavwote

    Congratulations, Hillary. You won inspite of all the Obama endorsements and clamp down on voters by those celebrities in California just to humiliate you. God is great.

    February 6, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. Mary

    No, Clinton DID win California! All that shucking and jiving by Oprah fell flat in California – maybe Obama should get a new slogan "Hype We Don't Believe In".

    February 6, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  25. Cecile

    Yes, the Edwards votes are early votes, cast before he drop the race. They believe almost a third of the state has vote in early voting, and this probably helped Clinton big.

    February 6, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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