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. mzcmt

    WE LOVE HILLARY THATS HOW SHE WON.....

    CNN CAN TAKE ITS NEWSPEAK AND STICK IT....

    NO GREY NEWS HERE.....

    February 6, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  2. Chris

    I does not matter who wins the state, the delegates are going to be split anyways. Looks like Obama will have more delegates than Hillary. That is what counts.

    Obama 08

    February 6, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  3. Tracey

    Can someone Latino please explain to me what Hillary has promised to you?

    February 6, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. love in the us

    Alaska for OBABY!!!!! JUST WAIT TIL NEXT WEEK.....
    Americans are NOT stupid. We will not be swayed.

    GET ON THE TRAIN !!! BARACK COME ON DOWN TO VIRGINIA, WE WILL SHOW YOU WHERE THIS COUNTRY STANDS!!

    February 6, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. Bill

    Latinos don't seem to get it, I'm sad to say.

    February 6, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  6. Harriet

    I agree. Let's can the race talk. It's irrelevant and feels like race baiting to me.

    Obama won 13 of 22 states. Isn't that a story in itself. Obama 13, Clinton 9.

    If she wins the nomination it will only be because of super delegates and I think the idea of political big wigs deciding for the people just stinks!

    February 6, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. Texas voter

    Thank you California! I love you! Go Hillary!

    February 6, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  8. Meena

    THANKU Oprah !

    February 6, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  9. brian slater bakersfield, ca

    I'd like to know where these exit polls take place – I am a white man as well as many of my friends who voted for Clinton. Ohhh – We are in central California – not L.A., SD or SF – that explains it!

    February 6, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  10. JohnnyH

    Does Edwards get those delegates and if so can he give them to Obama (as he won't give Hillary anything, for good reason)?

    February 6, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  11. Benjamin

    Most importantly, which many are ignoring, Clinton won the most states that are HEAVY in electoral votes come November.

    February 6, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  12. Becki

    How on earth can they call it with 16 percent reported

    February 6, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  13. Andrew

    I think California has a really extended time for people to send their absentee ballots in, so people could have voted for Edwards weeks ago thinking he would still be in it. But Well done Hilary, really remarkable what she has managed to do.

    February 6, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  14. Jackie

    Hillary 2008!

    February 6, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  15. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    Most of these early results are the mail in ballots. The fact that Edwards has 10% of the vote should make that obvious. I am NOT saying that Obama is going to pull this out. That would definitely be a major long shot. However, I do believe it will get significantly tighter as the night goes on.

    Also, we are looking at either a 13-9 or 14-8 win by Obama on state by state victories. (This depends on how New Mexico goes.)

    February 6, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. Bob

    God is great. peter oriavwote is not.

    February 6, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  17. Nehrwr

    Mary...wow..."shucking and jiving"...and Oprah at that...

    and folks wonder why some of the anti-Hillary folks feel a bit of racism in all this mess.

    Choose words a bit more carefully...I'm already on the fence as an independent...soon to be Republican with garbage like this. And, another 4 years of another Clinton...absolutely pathetic. Can this country do no better???

    February 6, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  18. Wanda

    This is 2008 or is it 1958. Same greed and racism. One day America will wake up. Maybe.

    February 6, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  19. Laura in Seattle

    Clinton won California because the Dems there know and like the Clintons. They don't know Obama, but if they did they would sure like him.

    February 6, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. Jose of NYC

    snyggast:

    You should work for CNN. You'd be great at dividing america.

    February 6, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  21. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    Barack is through? He is set to win either 13 or 14 states tonight (to Hillary's 8 or 9), and the race in Cali WILL get tighter as more votes are reported. So I'm not sure exactly how you're figuring that. Lol. Barack is FAR from through. =)

    February 6, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  22. frmr Clinton supporter 4 OBAMA

    how did cnn project a win from 17% of reporting?

    obama should have won!

    too bad for him hillary fooled everyone into voting early via absentee ballots

    February 6, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  23. jamie

    Clinton won because she is a divider. She took advantage of latino/chicno prejudice. Clinton will do anything to win, even divide the country. It is a sad thing.

    February 6, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  24. mary smith

    When she is not crying her way to a win, she is riding her husbands coattails, which is why the Hispanic population voted for her.

    February 6, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. snyggast

    The keyword for Clinton here is "Free Healthcare." She knows it won't fly since it will put insurance companies out of business and thousands jobless. However, she'll say Free just to win votes. Obama's plan is to make it affordable, and that's more realistic.

    February 6, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23