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. John

    Gotta love politics. If its the primaries and you're not able to rip the other party apart, you turn carnivore and eat your own. Democrats LOVED the Clinton's a decade ago. Now reading some of these comments about Hillary from the Obama camp would make you think she was the most reviled Republican out there. I'm always amazed by the number of adults that handle defeat like a grade school kid and lash out like this.

    February 6, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  2. Steve

    I am glad that Asian Americans finally get their voices heard this time and that they don't have to deal with the race issue that's troubling the black and white population in this election. To those who are blaming Asians and Hispanic Americans for not supporting another minority group, well, sorry to disappoint you but we prefer to vote for a candidate based on the candidate's ability rather than his/her race.

    February 6, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  3. Tony

    The Men have run the Country Down into the Ground!!!
    IT's TIME to hand the Country OVER to the WOMEN and Hillary is the Candidate to tackle the Job.
    LEt's Get To IT!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  4. Korean in California

    To the people who say they will vote for Republican or not vote if Hillary is the nominee.

    Guess what? I voted for Hillary tonight but I will ALSO switch sides and vote for McCain even though I hate the guy if Obama becomes the Democratic candidate. .

    February 6, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  5. lindsay

    Clinton supporters can rub it in all they want, but if they want to win the real deal in November, they don't stand a prayer unless they can harness the Obama momentum. Let's call an end to all the bad blood and start thinking about the general.

    Democrats 08!

    February 6, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  6. Terri Gomez

    Hillary won. Get over it. Threatening to go Republican won't scare anyone into not voting for her.

    The majority of the people in the USA make less than 75G/year. That doesn't mean they're stupid either. They're in the middle trying to pull themselves UP. BUT, they're getting shoved down to POOR. They are the backbone of this country, and everyone else has foresaken them.

    Hillary has not. Obamas supporters can spam all the blogs all day from their dorm rooms mommy & daddy paid for. Hillarys supporters are working 3 jobs to pay for school.

    Uneducated, and low income doesn't mean stupid. They are smart enough to know that Oprahs days of being poor are long forgotten, and no one is checking for them except Hillary Clinton.

    I'm glad the celeb-fest fell flat. Hillary won a balance of states all across the country and nothing anyone says can take that from her.

    Obama is closing gaps...SO WHAT. Winning IS WINNING. HILLARY WON.

    Now repeat after me: Maddddame Preeeesident 🙂

    February 6, 2008 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  7. Jose Card - Independent

    Asian voter in CA February 6, 2008 2:33 am ET

    "Asians support Hillary because she is intelligent, experienced, and a hard worker. Whatever differences we have, we want someone who can do the job."

    It sounds like an engineer you are looking for.
    Bloomberg is the same way.

    February 6, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  8. ca

    Woo-Hoo! Clinton won California by attracting the votes of Latinos who have historically distrusted black people! Now that's what I call a MOVEMENT!

    February 6, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  9. hycent

    It is not over until it it over.

    February 6, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  10. David

    So far Hillary has won in the big battle ground states that Democrates must win in November. Obama has mostly won in states that almost always go to the Republicans in the general election anyway. Obama supporters really need to get real and realize that Hillary, not Obama, has the best shot to win in November.

    February 6, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  11. John

    Each state 80% blacks vote for Obama, I do not know it is normal or not?

    February 6, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  12. Marie

    Clinton will not win. Period. She is nothing without Bill. She is a liar. She is a cheat. MI and FL will not count. I cannot believe people who think that it is fair for her to claim victory in states where nobody campaigned, and in one where she was the only one on the ballot. Idiots!

    February 6, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  13. Audrey

    The way I see it.. voting Hilary is like voting Republican. All that Healthcare jazz.. what you guys fail to understand is making it mandatory for everyone especially low income families to purchase health insurance... because yes that's what you will be doing is very unreasonable. Baracks plan is alot more realistic. She's promising the moon and stars and I have to be fair while she may be able to fulfill some promised, the most important one's were relying on will not be fulfilled.

    February 6, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  14. bg

    she won alright in less states than obama of course but thanks to the voting system she has more delegates.did we even realise we are not voting for candidates but to delegates who will vote on our behalf?????
    obama narrowed the gap, won missouri( since i guess 50 something the winner in this state gets the nomination, go figure), and ofcourse won more states and yea lost carlifonia for all you care.

    February 6, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  15. jstbnme


    What Diplomatic relations are you speaking of?????????????he has no track record at all, he is a young politician, maybe some more time, just not yet.....he has never governed or lead a group of any significance.....I guess you are a gambler....I am not a clinton supportor, but who really cares about thier personal life....the leadership quality is important....where was our nation when Bill left office...and I remember very well other nations could care less about his affair, they could not understand what the big deal was...

    February 6, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  16. Greg

    They say Hillary won with older voters, lower income voters, and voters without college degrees. Great. So if you voted for Hillary, you are old, poor, and stupid.

    February 6, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  17. Minnesota

    First of all, I am neither voting for Mrs. Clinton nor Mr. Obama. California ballots include approximately 2 million absentee ballots which were cast months ago. Months ago, Hillary did much better in the polls than she does today. Hillary has been losing votes across the nation, including California and tonight’s results for that state will tighten overnight and are skewed.

    Michigan doesn't count, because Hillary was the only Democratic candidate left on the ballot as all other candidates withdrew.

    Florida's "vote" is much like California: many early absentee ballots.

    Mr. Obama has been steadily building his support while Hillary has been losing and he is gaining in momentum. Also, Mrs. Clinton is going to have to come up with some very creative financing as she will be hard-pressed to sustain her campaign at her current spending rate. The Clinton campaign has outspent the Obama campaign by roughly 30 million dollars and is tapped-out on a good portion of its contributors.

    With the current forward (and upward) momentum Mr. Obama is showing, I think he will be the next nominee for the Democratic Party.

    February 6, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  18. me

    This is funny
    No worries Hillary lovers she is chosen by all means

    February 6, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  19. obama08


    February 6, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  20. Jonny

    CNN favors OBAMA. I can not belive this. Please be fair Anderson.

    February 6, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  21. ernie orlando, fl

    She is the better person for the white house that is why she won. No other reson. America is speaking out and that is loud and clear. So sh won CA for no other reson at all other then she is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  22. Mike

    I've always been a liberal Democrat, but every time I see or hear a Clinton supporter say "You go girl!" or "Girl Power!" it makes me more and more a Republican.

    Hillary Clinton or John McCain? It's like choosing between a Honda Accord and a Toyota Camry. 4 years later, same old crap.

    February 6, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  23. harold

    How many early & absentee ballots affected the outcomes in New York &California

    February 6, 2008 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  24. BigJ

    Asian voters go for Clinton because they are extraordinarily pragmatic.
    They are number crunching folks who keep their noses to the grindstone and value hard work and conformity. This is not a natural fit for Obama who is asking us all to think outside the current conditions. To raise our vision and live into something greater.

    Many, many latino voters that I spoke with this month barely speak English if at all.
    They know the name Clinton. It is about name recognition.

    I believe the latinos will come to love Obama over time and with more communication in their native tongue. He is actually a better candidate on their issues.

    I don't see any hope with the Asian community.

    Absentee voting should be abolished except in cases of emergency, infirmity or travel outside the US. Early voting distorts the result. 10% to Edwards? A bad system.

    Poll workers in California were not educated on how to help independants vote Democratic. I had to teach my poll workers about the "double bubble" again- bad system.

    Lastly- I am tired of all the "You Go Girl" sign offs. How about this:
    Barack- you go African American Male!
    Hillary folks- Stop making this whole thing about your genitals. It's a dumb reason to vote for a candidate. Check yourself. Without Bill she is nowhere.

    February 6, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  25. Billy

    As a Brit I would like to see Hilary win. Too much emphasis is being played on a woman/ afro american stance. Your country needs experence and change in control of your budget, it s essential that the dollar regains its strength and the deficit reduced. So....come on Hilary use all your guile and experience and give America back to the people.

    February 6, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
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