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
soundoff (572 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Ted Kennedy's endorsement did'nt work.
    John Kerry's didn't work.
    Oprah's didn't work.
    "Yes We Can" song didn't work.
    Wife's appearance on CNN 24/7 didn't work.
    Media blow up of premature candidate didn't work.

    I'll tell you what worked: the voices of Americans. And Hillary has good ears for that. And, of course, she knows how to take action.

    Go Hill all the way to the White House!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  2. Tim

    Hey, republican. hillary clinton may be your next exception. however I am independent. I like to see Ron Paul>Romney>Hillary>Mccain>>>>>>>Obama in the white house for the sake of the welfare and wealth of American people

    February 6, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  3. ifymens

    I am one of those that voted two weeks ago and nothing Obama said would have made any difference. Infact l have had it with Barrack Hussein Obama and his crap.The media has no shame whatsoever .They have refused to give Hillary her due respect.I used to think that Keith Olbermann was better than the rest of them,but he is now showing that he is also small minded like the rest of them.To hell with all of them.

    February 6, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  4. abbie01

    CNN has a new poll out on their website. since hilay is sweping the big one, the are asking if it is character or issues


    February 6, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  5. Wendy

    Has anyone remarked that where Clinton wins, she never wins Obama with more than a twenty percent margin, except in Arkansas and maybe one other state whereas Obama has raked in over sixty per cent of the vote in at least six states on this night? Wow. Dude is on a surge.

    February 6, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  6. Canadawatching

    watching from Canada, I find this whole race fascinating. How you could vote to bring a Clinton back to the White House amazes me. Is it just because she's a woman? What a sorry reason to elect anyone. I guess you'll get what you deserve.

    February 6, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  7. Bin Li

    Compare with Obama, Hillary is more likely to the one who can walk a walk instead of just talking a hot talk. I think that's why she is winning California.

    February 6, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  8. Informed Democrat

    I like that- HOPE + EXPERIENCE = CHANGE
    HILLARY 2008
    And give credit where it's due- California was a HUGE win!

    February 6, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  9. Abiskar,MA

    Asians for Hillary 08

    February 6, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. Bob

    As I listen to both of the democratic candidates debate on issues that are relevant to Americans I am once again hopeful that America will be back on the right track and will once again earn the respect of American citizens and citizens of the world as a leading world power.

    As a democrate I am proud of both candidates.. However as the primaries move forward, I am more and more confident that Hillary C is my candidate of choice. I feel that she has a strong grasp on the challenges that is ahead for the next presidency and that she has the leadership ability to successful tackle and address those challenges ahead.

    I applaud both candidates and will support whomever ends up as the democratic nominee. As of now, my vote is with Hillary . I feel that there is more substance in what she has to say.. its tangible and its obtainable.

    February 6, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  11. Anna

    Cleveland is correct – Hilary as the Democratic Presidental Candidate will only insure the Republicans retain control of the white house.

    At the moment the Republican party is split 3 ways. But if McCain wins and chooses Huckabee as VP then Republican will reunite and win overwhelmingly.

    February 6, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  12. rw

    Hey, Thankfully Canadian, at 46 the minority male ain't no spring chicken, he's 4 years from 50.
    And, I don't know about Canada, but here in the US the Latinos proved to be pretty smart, they decided to vote for some one with experience instead of for some one with....I don't know, what does he have??? Good dance moves?

    February 6, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  13. sandra longley

    look for you first time voters, this is not the general election, it does NOT matter how many states you win, BUT how many delegates you gather, the delegate # is the deciding factor in who wins the demo. nomination to run against McCain. You may not realise this, being a westerer i know, Obama picked his delegates and wins in states that are bright red. In a general election the popular vote in those states is overwhelmingly republican that does not translate as any chance to win a national election-thats just a fact. And when it comes to the national election Floridida votes will count and they went for Hillary, Obama really pissed them off when he said their votes were "IRRELAVENT", the election has turned on Floridas votes. I rest my case...except to say other than hillarys success tonite watching ALL of the pundits across all the TV stations fall over themselves trying to spin their way out of their faliure to respect the intelligence of the american voter was PRICELESS. YOU ROCK AMERICA

    February 6, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  14. ifymens

    Big fat Oprah if you are giving away houses, l still will not vote for your toy boy.

    February 6, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  15. bemused08

    Anyone who thinks Obama has a better chance against McCain than Clinton, is living in a dream world. Obama has no (as in zero) international experience, no long history of taking independant stands from his party's regulars (he's been voted the most liberal senator in the senate) and depends on "swing" voters, including moderate republicans and independants - these are JOHN Mc Cain voters and Obama can't count on them in the general election. The republicans are sitting back licking their chops hoping the dems do what they seem to do periodically (think McGovern) - listen the the siren song of change without focusing on the realities facing us in the general electorate and the negatives of the person we want to wisk us off to a happy future.

    As soon as the dems nominate him, there will be such a barrage of attack ads that it will make what was thrown at Clinton look like childs play. And how do we know how Obama will handle those attacks? Does he have any experience playing hardball politics on the national front? (he won his seat in Illinois running against Alan Keyes, who the republicans plunked in from out of state just to have a republican to actually run in the election - it was not a seriously contested race).

    Bottom line question: Would you vote to elect as president a a woman of any race that has been out of law school for 15 years with no international experience, no significant pieces of legislation to her credit, no track record of having had to deal with any serious personnel crisis, much less a national crisi ? - My guess is the honest answer is no. So why Obama?

    And don't forget - we got plenty of change with GW - but it wasn't change that solved our country's problems. We need actual, concrete solutions not just slogans.

    February 6, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  16. HanGThesobs

    If Hillary wins the nomination you'll just vote republican? That's exactly why the media PICKED Hillary and Obama 2 years ago to run.

    CON servatives Hate Hillary,
    -and a Black, Lawyer, w/ an Iislamic first middle and last name, and his middle name is Hussein! Of COURSE they wanted to talk THIS guy up-

    Looks like it may backfire tho-

    Let's hope some one can investigate the Bush family AFTER they're out, Reps and Dems seem scared PANTILESS to investigaqte him or Cheney so far.

    2 successful attacks on America, quit looking for BOTH perpetrators, and he got RE-ELECTED? Yeah- I know votes got hacked, so does the Media and Congress, and ZIP! NADA!

    Lets BAN the proof! The exit polls!

    February 6, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  17. Eugenia

    I understand being upset that you lost but really, how racist are you? If as Latinos, we didn't vote for Obama then we are stupid and misinformed. Give me a break! I am Latina and proudly voted for Hillary. Not because I am an idiot (I have two BA's and and an MBA) but because I did my research, read both of their plans and made up my mind. That's my right as an American...to have my own opinion...and yes, I am a citizen (Delegate Count) and yes Bill, I DO GET IT! Take a loss gracefully and keep going...why do you have to be so hateful and racist about it?

    February 6, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  18. Lee Moreth

    Lee from Ridgewood, NJ

    Hurrah for Hillary!
    To Hillary Clinton – You did great girl, thank you and all fair minded people that voted for you, inspite of the endorsements and the free press that Obama got from the networks! The News media ought to be ashamed of themselves! Theirs has been a biased performance in favor of Obama; they can't stand to see an inspirational, progressive, intelligent woman who can take command and be capable of fixing the mess in this country (made mostly by Republican white men) , they are bigots of the worst kind; the likes of Chris Matthews, Larry King, Wolf Blitzer, etc. take notice fellows, you will soon be history!
    Obama is a fad, a feel good for African-Americans who rightly are thirsty for their day in the sun, but whoa guys, you must wait some more! this country cannot withstand your greed for power at this time, it needs to heal and that is not what is behind your blind 90% push for one of your own. You are risking the fate of our country with your impatience and ambition, Obama and the Republicans are salivating for you to get in to trounce you with your inexperience, boy, you'd better wait this one out till you're 56 or so! Move over, Obama, its Hillary's turn!

    February 6, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  19. B. Real

    >>Has anyone else noticed how short McCain's arms seem? Is it some kind optical illusion? It looks like his forearm attaches to his shoulder.<<

    He can't lift his arms above his shoulders and has reduced mobility in them due to years of torture as a Vietnam POW. You just went below the belt. I'll forgive you since you see through the low-life Clinton machine.

    February 6, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  20. Mary

    – John F Kennedy was only 43 years old when he became President and younger than Obama. He too had HOPE and was inspirational.

    – Bill Clinton was only 46 and would be younger than Obama if he becomes President.
    – Bill Clinton was running on CHANGE. He couldn't run on Experience since he was running against Bush Senior. Bush had been in the White House for 12 years and fought in WWII and was part of Desert Storm.
    – Bill Clinton. If you heard him when he was running for President, you would see that he was in some ways like Obama.
    – BILL & Hillary are spinning it. In the '90s it was for CHANGE & now Experience. As you can see some people are falling it.

    – Did those of you consider President John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton as too young and needed to be seasoned a bit more? Were they just preaching false hope? Were they electable?


    February 6, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  21. karen

    I cannot believe how the reporters are backing only obama when most of them are republican. that obviously proves that they want him to win because they do not think that he is electible against their man. obama has put the clintons down much more then they have him but they get criticized. hillary shows such dignity and respect towards him in her speeches. she does not need endorsements to win this election. and she can better stand up to mccain. if he thought the clintons were tough, he has no idea what he has in store when running against a republican much less mccain. the reporters said that if hillary won NY, NJ and California then shes got it. they aren't saying that now. obamo only won in the caucases and the states that were mostly african american. go figure.

    February 6, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  22. Kary

    HAHA, I love how CNN spins this one as "split" "dead even" – HAHA, Clinton WON. Obama only won caucuses. No voters voted for him, only the caucuses which went with the HYPE. THE HYPE WE CAN'T BELIEVE IN. I love how biased media refuse to aknowledge that SHE WON. If Obama won the states she did, they would proclaim him the winner.

    February 6, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  23. logan

    um hi everyone i just wanted to say i think clinton should be presedint beacus her husban has experience on being president so they could work together

    February 6, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  24. H. Robb Levinsky

    Obama won the states where Democrats have to be able tro compete. Hillary won where Democrats always win. He is the more electible candidate by far. Both are good people, but if Democrats want to win in November, Obama is the obvious choice

    February 6, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  25. JF

    You can't deport those Latinos if they're already American citizens (duh they were able to vote!) Please keep your offensive comments to yourself if they aren't nice.

    Go Hillary!

    I had a good feeling that she would win California because too many people voted early. I voted for her in Montreal, Canada (at an overseas polling booth). Obama has good ideas and talks nice, but being a good talker and idea maker don't automatically translate him into a good president. Bush was like that and look at the mess he got us into! So I'm more wary of voting a political rookie to the White House after Bush (he was only a governor of Texas for one term as his political experience).

    And guys, it's not the number of states that counts, only the delegates do.

    February 6, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
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