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. Right on Day1

    FL & MI are toast. They could have a million delegates, wouldn't matter because Obama never got a chance to campaign there. It would be not be fair to just give Hillary those delegates.

    Hillary is in trouble. Despite CA, the momentum from that rally in CA with Oprah & Shriver is huge.

    Next week, my prediction is that Hillary will be ahead in total delegates by less than 100.

    The press will paint this as looking weak & John Edwards will endorse Obama.

    Then there will be a huge upset in Texas & Obama will move ahead.

    February 6, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  2. Mark from Louisville

    Hey Jessafina,

    A little Q & A for ya regarding FL & MI:

    Q: Did they have an election in MI and FL ?
    A: YES

    Q: Who won both states by large margins?
    A: HILLARY CLINTON

    Q: Do the voters of FL and MI mean anything?
    A: Absolutely

    In your post you said that if Obama campaigns in a state he either wins or makes up huge margins. Well he campaigned hard in CA and MA and utilized the biggest hitters these states had (Shriver, Kennedy) plus the Almighty Oprah and still lost both of these states with his campaigning and their endorsements.

    Speaking of whining, that's all Obama has done throughout this campaign and everytime Hillary notches a win, his supporters have to put some positive spin on it like you did (i.e. he didn't campiagn long enough, or he had a moral victory b/c he closed the margin). He and his supporters sound like Republicans to me.

    February 6, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  3. Laurie, Vancouver, Canada

    Biggest losers of the night...Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. Priceless!

    February 6, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  4. Scott

    What is amazing to me is that McCain is winning every single voting district in California right now. If this holds up he will take all 174 of the delegates. To me this is absolutely amazing.

    February 6, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  5. Independent Voter from CA

    I'm an Independent and I voted for Hillary.

    I don't have anything against Obama and I think he would make a good president in the future, however I think Clinton is the better choice at this time. The US is in such a mess today that we need someone who can work with members of both parties.

    Revolutionary idealism is great but right now, I'd want someone who's more pragmatic, know how to work the system and get things done. To me, that means Hillary.

    February 6, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  6. FREDD of LA

    PEOPLE, LISTEN, HILLARY WON!!! SHE WILL WIN THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION!!!! CNN-GIVE IT UP FOR HILLARY, she deserved to win. You are so mean to HILLARY! Let us move on and win the WHITE HOUSE! GO HILLARY!

    February 6, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  7. Proud Los Angelenos

    We carried HILLARY! I am so proud of myself. Let us move on to the WHITE HOUSE!

    February 6, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  8. Ava

    I think there is a story behind the story. Wolf Blitzer just mentioned that the turnout for the Democrats was much larger than that of the Republicans. I don't believe that's the case. I think there were many Republicans who voted for Obama during these elections…and not because they want him to be the next president. I think both Clinton and Obama are excellent candidates, but I do believe that the Republicans have played a huge role in determining who will be the Democrat's Presidential Candidate. What else can explain the large disparity in the number Democrats and Republicans voting on Tuesday? Let’s be realistic. There is not that much apathy in the Republican Party. The more closely I pay attention to our political process. The more I’m convinced that the change we need is ELECTION REFORM.

    February 6, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  9. perivision

    something to keep in mind with California. There were many independents, who tend to be under 40, that would have voted for obama if we could. I'm an example. So someone should look at the number of independents that we not part of the calculations.

    Chris

    February 6, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  10. Clevo

    Mark from Louisville: This is propaganda. Hilary was the only name on the ballots for Michigan. Of course she won by a large margin. Quit trying to mislead people.

    February 6, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  11. Another Latino / LA

    Mercedes Rodriguez.....you hit the nail right on the head...I also voted for Obama because I believe that he is the best candidate. And you are also right that the Spanish brodcast stations did not afford Obama any adequate air time because just like our parents they are biased and are living in the past. If Hillary wins the nomination we will have another 4 (maybe 8) years of Republican stupidity.

    February 6, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  12. Mark C, Asheville NC

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

    Wow, lady, you are completely out to lunch. Obama won 14 states to Hillary's 8 on a night when, as recently as a few days ago, he was behind almost everywhere.

    As for the debates, we've had like 5000 of them already and Obama just keeps getting stronger.

    February 6, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  13. Bob, Delaware, OH

    McCain needs to make amends for his anti-semitic remark "Only Christians can be Prez" I mean, seriously, what example is that for children who look up to him?
    Does he want the children of America to have similar views? Thats a BIG SIN LOL

    February 6, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  14. jstbnme

    I think the race card should count!!!!!!!!!!!!and I believe it will....This country is just not ready yet...

    February 6, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  15. ca-ind

    Zogby Needs to fire himslef.
    kenendy Kaball and Hollywood trash like Oprah are self serving elites. Obama can't campign without thses clowns and he is oging to be the President of USA.
    Voters are not stupdi and Obama suckers want them to be.

    February 6, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  16. Helen

    Obama was not doing well until Opra came out for him..

    Will he call her when he need help in the White House?

    February 6, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  17. Eslyter

    "As Asians grow in influence, women will grow in influence."
    – seen a few posts below.

    Ah. Now it makes sense. The answer to increasing women's rights in the U.S. has been in front of our eyes all along. Why didn't we think of this before? Bring more Asians to the U.S....that makes sense, doesn't it? Seems like a pretty big argument considering the total lack of evidence.
    Question: If Asian presence influences women's rights in the U.S., then why, when many were hired at low wages under discriminatory practices to work in the west, did it take so long for women to get the vote?

    February 6, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  18. Mark C, Asheville NC

    *** I think the race card should count!!!!!!!!!!!!and I believe it will….This country is just not ready yet…***

    The country is ready. You've just proved that YOU aren't.

    February 6, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  19. Robyn

    YES WE DID!! You rock HRC!!!! And, don't let this biased coverage get you down, CNN totally changed its tune once you were declared the winner of Cali (the biggest prize of them ALL!!!). Come on CNN, give my girl some credit–you would be falling all over yourselves if Obama had come out victorious in Cali and other delegate-rich states!!! Your network should really shoot for more balanced coverage–it's ridiculous how one-sided its all been thus far. HRC '08!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  20. JohnS

    Well, well, well– if the Dems are pushing Hillary out there because she is th eonly person who knows HOW to fight against the Republicans, the Dems are in for a RUDE AWAKENING!!! The Republicans pushed STRONG Bill to lie to this nation. Now, a cry-baby? Let us wait and see!!!

    Plus, if all Hillary DOES is FIGHT (as in the past), is this country NOT going backwards (same-old, same-old- expecting a positive outcome).

    No doubt majority of Hillary supporters never entered the door of a college/university!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  21. Todd T.

    The deciding factor is that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for president; as a result Hillary dominated California. Thank you Californians for showing who the real candidate for change is. You can count on Hillary’s conviction and ability to accomplish the goals of our next President. Unfortunately for Obama, he only won states that typically are won by Republicans. These red states will most likely go to the Republican candidate in a national election, make your vote count and vote for a proven winner, Hillary Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  22. snyggast

    If Billary wins, I'll vote republican.

    February 6, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  23. Glenn

    All you Billary lovers, by my count it was Obama 13 states, Billary 8. The delegate count will be within 100. With Virgina, Washington DC, Maryland and others next week, Billary will be done. With the momentum Obama has now and with big wins next week, he will breeze through Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, etc. You Billary supporters are getting way way way ahead of yourselves, as I stated earlier this is far from over and it is playing out just as Obama had it planned. If by some way Billary does win the nomination, this independent will have no choice but to hold my nose and vote for McCain. I cannot and will not support another Clinton for the Whitehouse. She is so polarizing for the Religious Right and conservatives that they will show up to the polls in droves to vote for the devil himself over Billary.

    OBAMA '08

    February 6, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  24. JohnS

    Hello!!!

    Well, well, well– if the Dems are pushing Hillary out there because she is th eonly person who knows HOW to fight against the Republicans, the Dems are in for a RUDE AWAKENING!!! The Republicans pushed STRONG Bill to lie to this nation. Now, a cry-baby? Let us wait and see!!!

    Plus, if all Hillary DOES is FIGHT (as in the past), is this country NOT going backwards (same-old, same-old- expecting a positive outcome).

    No doubt majority of Hillary supporters never entered the door of a college/university!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  25. John F. Kennedy

    The reason why Obama lost California is because all his supporters are here in this CNN forum writing anti Clinton's Comment and forgot to vote. Thats what happens when you have an "Empty Hope and a Piece of Change" from Obama.
    Mrs. Clinton God will continue to bless you, the American people know that you will give us the real hope and the change that America needs and together we will be on top of the world again.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    February 6, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
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