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. Jake

    Stupid Latinos, we need to build a fence to keep these illegals from coming here and illegally voting!

    February 6, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |


    February 6, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  3. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    Um to the person who said "Look for you first time voters, this is not about the general election...":

    Oh? It isn't? Silly me, I thought we were trying to pick a candidate who can actually WIN in a GENERAL ELECTION and get into the White House! Whew. Glad you straightened me out there...


    February 6, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  4. Yolanda P

    Rodney is so right. Hillary cant pull this thing off without the Latino/ Asian vote! Texas is one of the only states left with a large population of Latinos. Thanks for listing those remaining states Rodney!

    Obama 08!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  5. Jeff

    Today I was ashamed to be from California. Have they lost thier minds??? I don't understand this garbage. Hillary can't beat McCain. Is this what we want Dems? Another presidential race that comes down to Florida, or Ohio, or maybe even Missouri? If Obama runs, Republicans won't even show up! If Hillary runs, they will be infuriated and we'll just be divided for 4 more years. Keep Hillary where she belongs and can battle for her unrealistic health care plan...right in the Senate with McCain!

    February 6, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  6. Dennis

    Senator Obama is an inspiring presence in this election year. Congratulations to him. Unfortunately he is the best hope for a Republican win in the general election. I know black people are voting for him out of pride and white liberals are voting for him because they want to show they can support a black man. But when push comes to shove during the general election campaign the Replubican party is going to tear him a new one if he is the Democratic nominee. McCain/Huckabee vs. Obama/anybody is a landslide for McCain. Don't believe the hype people. Obama is a Trojan horse for the Republican party. The enemy of my enemy is my friend as the old saying goes. And the true enemy of the Republican party is Hillary Clinton. They are flat out afraid to death of her.

    February 6, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  7. Brooklyn Latina


    The USA will be no more. I don't want America to be a third world country!

    February 6, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  8. Sri

    Obama supporters!!!! Get real!!!!

    Obama wins inconsequential states like Idaho, Alaska, kansas, North Dakota. Do you guys really think the Dems can win those in November. All these votes Obama won here, if u add them up won't even equal the vote hillary has won in CA.

    Clinton wins in Florida, michigan, California. All are significant states where the Dems have to win to take the white house.

    Why doesn't Obama hold town hall meetings where people can question him?? is he afraid that he'll not be able to explain in detail his policies???

    Every meeting that clinton holds is a town hall style meeting where people can question her. That is a bold lady.

    how is Obama a uniter?? He takes Afro-Am votes by a large margin but loses out on whites,Asians and Latinos. Who is the uniter and who is the divider? Again obama's votes on the senate have been extremely liberal while Hillary has voted with the GOP a few times. SO tell me how obama is a uniter.

    And all those who criticise Hillary for the Iraq vote need to remember this: Hillary was a NY senator where Setember 11 happened. You have to take that into account. Most of NY (and most of americans) favoured the war.

    February 6, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  9. Nathan, CA

    CNN, Note that people are watching you. Do not show favoritism to one candidate (Obama).

    February 6, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  10. Yvette W.; Princeton, NJ - I'm SOOOOOOO Tired of the media trying to manipulate us....

    Hey, CNN...

    What happended??? Last nite, you guys gleefully reported that your "oh so reliable" polls that showed that Obama had literally gained 30 points OVERNITE to overtake Hillary's lead in California???

    Well, not only did Hillary win Cali, but the results were more consistant with the polls from last week...

    Needless to say, I was both stunned and very suspicious of the accuracy of these polls, but I was equally suspicous of CNN's journalistic integrity regarding ALL reports regarding the MIRACULOUS "Obama surge".....

    CNN's is blatantly biased toward Obama, and seriously jeopardizes your LEGENDARY JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY...


    February 6, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  11. Asian voter

    Wow i feel ashamed to call myself Asian, why would we vote for Clinton, a white woman? We were faced with racism as much as black people, discriminated at, use us as cheap labor by white people but majority voted for a WHITE WOMAN? Pathetic.

    Obama 08.

    I'm the 20% of the Asian people that DID NOT vote for Clinton but for Obama, so I guess the 20% know what reality is.

    February 6, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  12. Todd T.

    Jessica and Patrick your points are right on. Thanks for your observations. As I said earlier, CNN will not carry Obama to the nomination.

    February 6, 2008 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  13. clienez

    Hillary deserved to win California. She is the most intelligent one on the stage of all running for president. We need a strong sensible woman to make thinks right again in America, and the people in California (Including myself) believe that she may well be the right candidate to do that. Let's face the fact's here. Everyone that votes for Borack are usually people that don't know much about politics, or because he's black (me being a black woman myself mind you) or because he's cool to vote for because he's black. It's definitley been in the media that he is the candidate to make "change happen" but i haven't even seen him until he started running for president! and i'm an african american woman myself. IF he is so down with his people, shouldn"t I know more about his efforts to make a difference in our cultural community? He goes to church and puts on this Martin Luther King accent and then the next day in front of a whole bunch of white people, puts on this completely different accent. A more "American" accent. It's not that people don't want to see a black man make history, we just prefer a much better one than Barack Obama who seems to just be preaching instead of making clear points and speaking inteliigently. I have never in my life been so involved in politics, but I feel like I need to now. We have the opportunity to change this course of destruction and fix it with a womans actions. People ask if she is strong enough, well let me tell you. If we are strong enough to carry hard headed men in our wombs for nine months, and raise them i'm sure we're strong enough. I'm tired of looking at the t.v. reporters (most of them are men) sit there and wonder why hillary is winning states or saying that it doesn't matter anything could happen" as if they don't want her to win anything. It's pathetic watching cnn and wolf obviously not a hillary supporter dogging hillary asking her stupid questions during the debate last week. She took it and laughed it off. Every question that was raised against Borack obama was decent. I urge every woman and man to rethink their votes if they are thinking about Borack obama as the next president. Read more about each candidate before just saying "he's black, and i'm going to vote for him" As beautiful as that is. he still is a human, and humans make mistakes he is not a God because of his skin color. So stop going on about it and actually listen to what he has to say and ask yourself if you believe it because he's black or because it makes sense. Like i said, we are all on this earth because of our mothers. The strongest woman in the world are mothers. No matter what that should be respected above all. Please look at who you are voting for and question yourself as much as you can. This will go down in history, because i sure as hell know that if maccain goes up no one will vote for him. 🙂

    February 6, 2008 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  14. Phedra

    Go Hillary!!!!!! Obama is, as someone said, all smoke and mirrors. He talks a lot but he doesn't say anything!! Hillary has the EXPERIENCE to lead this country. She has met and talked with many, many heads of state in other countries. They know her and she knows how to deal with them. Obama will get his direction from Ted Kennedy who could never become President so he backs someone with very little experience so he can run the show from the background.

    Hillary has stood strong through all this crap that has been thrown at her and she will stand strong for us – she will stand strong for our country!!! Hillary for President!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  15. Gope gidwani

    on one side we do not want race to be the issue.
    On other side we analysis election by race I.e. Black,white,Asian,latino men and women.
    gope gidwani

    February 6, 2008 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  16. Guru

    Patrick, You are absolutely right about that "The celebs and media are behind Obama, but the American People are behind Hillary CLINTON!!"

    February 6, 2008 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  17. Ree Tanjuatco

    How can someone win in November if he can't carry CA and NY?

    February 6, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  18. linda

    I use to think cnn was fair, but they seem to be backing Obama sense Oprah and the Kennedy's stepped in. [ Don't make them mad]

    Why is it not brought up about Obama's drug use?

    We had to hear about Bush's and Bill Clinton's bad habit's. Let's hear a little more about his!



    February 6, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  19. Krystal

    ok, i don't get it..... i went through and added EVERY vote, by state, all together, for each obama and clinton, and obama came out about 100,000 votes ahead so far... so how is he losing? what i did was added all the state votes together for each candidate (for example, if obama had 200 votes in az, i added those to 400 in ut, plus 300 in nm... ect). so then, our votes really don't elect the president, huh? not that i'm saying ALL the votes are in, or even that i'm for or against either candidate, i just did the math....

    February 6, 2008 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  20. JohnS

    Stop blaming CNN or the Media. They, like most Obama voters:

    have college degrees
    have done their research on the candidates
    are well informed about the history of this nation
    are concerned about the "soul" of this nation
    are concerned about values, morality, integrity, honesty...
    are determined to get rid or special interest groups... and
    do need CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, GO CNN!!!!!

    Might as well get over it, Obama (ill-informed) haters!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  21. Trang, Fremont CA

    As far as my Asian family is concerned, we are split. The younger ones go for Obama, and the older ones go for Hillary. I am happy to cast my vote for Obama in CA though.

    February 6, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  22. Allen

    When Bill Clinton became president,He had been Governor of Arkansas for 12 years already, Mr. Obama can't compare with him. Ted Kennedy wanted to send their representative to White House, everybody know, I don't think he can success.
    He need to think about who can help this country at this difficute time, not think about his personal benefits.
    John kerry too, in 2004, Hillary and her husband both of them supported you
    even president Clinton just done open-heart surgery. He never appreciate,but Blame them help you not enough, So you try to stop Hillary doing everything you can do, God disagree with you. tonight,CNN also unfair to Hillary,if you watching, listening and polling result, it's easy to see.I am a spectator. I think some of CNN roporter need to change his attitude to Hillary, Because Your words will be effective people's mind. You need to keep fair to everybody. Now a lots of young people never know how hard life if Economy bankrupt.
    if you yuys finally put Obama, most of smart people will be going to McCain,because he look like more honest,Painful!!
    Go Hillary!! 2008! this country need you!!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  23. Alex Milo

    As far as I know the SMART voters came out today, the ASIAN COMMUNITY! Our doctors, entrepreneurs, engineers, and teachers came out and showed all of us AMERICANS loud and clear who is the smart choice here hands down – HILLARY. I have many ASIAN friends and they are all great people with drive, motivation, and are extremely INTELLIGENT compared to MOST AMERICANS, who can barely divide or figure out percentages!

    So, please don't undermine their vote because they saw right through Obama's ALL TALK, which represents no ACTION and LACK OF EXPERIENCE! They know that this election is ABOUT ISSUES not about an audition for an Oprah or Hollywood show. Americans wake up and vote with your head for once! If you want a popularity contest, go vote for a beauty pageant or American Idol. We need a smart person with experience to handle all of the financial and identity problems that our country faces and we don't need MR. NOOOO EXPERIENCE!

    FOR CHANGE – Hillary for President – THE SMART CHOICE with EXPERIENCE!

    February 6, 2008 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  24. Anonymous

    History repeats itself, what we see today is the draft of the second book how the west is won and the invincible Latin armada bound together, it is going to be winner take all, and no more illegal aliens the boarder is NAFTA or the New World is from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

    February 6, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  25. AMW

    Hillary is the only candidate. I am sick of the Obama smoke and mirrors. He can't say anything concrete about what he will do, because he hasn't done anything. He has no position. The argument that Hillary is too polarizing to win in Nov is naive. The same independants who would vote for McCain will vote McCain no matter WHO the democratic candidate is. The fact that they may enjoy voting agianst Hillary more is just a better reason to make her the democratic nominee and then GO OUT AND VOTE FOR HER FOR PRESIDENT. Obama preaches change, but message is empty. Hillary is a solid leader with real goals that she has been working toward achieving for upwards of 15 years now. Supply HER with the party platform and THEN you will see change!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
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