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. Steve in Baton Rouge

    Well it looks like the Democratic voters are/have been much more energized this time around than Republican ones ... an edge they'd better hope to maintain in the general election, especially if Hillary is the nominee. Because she will bring out the right-wing crazies to vote against her like nobody has done before. GOP have been sharpening their knives against her for twelve years or more. Get ready for a knock-down, drag-out general election!

    February 6, 2008 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  2. Dielli

    Obama is winning! Hope is never useless! Wait and see. He is the best!

    Go Obama!
    Yes, we can!
    Si, se puede!

    February 6, 2008 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  3. James

    Asians and Latinos went for Hilary because she is inclusive and knows what that means. Obama spent his adult life championing issues for Blacks. Whereas, Hilary, despite the unpopular theme it was in her time to care about minorities, when the racial divide was physically punished, she came to bat for those issues. She spent her adult life helping ALL Americans. Obama, despite living overseas, lacks fundamental knowledge and sensitivity to other races except his own issues. Despite being equally White, he chose to identify himself as a Black; by doing this, he signalled to Asians and Latinos his focus. Obama's choice has a chilling effect not just to other minorities but to Whites. Why? This means that Obama and who he is will make decisions race based. That's scary for a nation trying to rebuild our position in the world. That's scary to China as a developing nation to see this Black president that knows and cares little for other than BLACk WHITE BLACK WHITE BLACK WHITE.

    February 6, 2008 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  4. Drive The Nation

    The gap is closing between Obama and Clinton in CA, with a 10 percentage point spread with 85% of the precincts reporting as opposed to the 20 percentage point spread beforehand when people jumped the gun and started calling it a landslide...

    Edwards has a 5% vote, which most of them were mail in ballots before he dropped out of the race. If you divided Edwards votes among Obama and Clinton, It's safe to say Obama would've received most of those, which would have probably put Obama within 5 percentage points.

    The Delegate allocation would've been very different.

    As of now, the Delegates will still be divided fairly closely.

    February 6, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  5. silvia

    Obama 2008!

    February 6, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  6. Kris

    I'm all for the close race in the democratic party but there is always a close race in the democratic party it doesnt really matter who wins eventhough I'm for Obama but we will win this election wether or not it clinton or Obama

    February 6, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  7. Mary Louise McClelland

    Why is there such a SURGE of people coming out to VOTE this year?

    At every speece Obama continues to take all the credit for the interest that the country has in politics this year. He thinks he (Oprah) are responsible for getting all the people out. Someone needs to give Obama the real reason... George Bush.

    George Bush has done such a terrible job as a President that people are just plain disgusted. George Bush is the one to thank for the true interest in this election. If there is one good thing that has come out of the horrific last 7 years it is that FINALLY people realize they have a voice and it really does make a difference.

    February 6, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  8. Alice in Florida

    Poor Ted – couldn't even deliver his own state – why can't he just drive off into the sunset or something? (By HIMSELF this time!)

    Poor Oprah – couldn't deliver California – girlfriend, eat something fattening – you'll feel better

    February 6, 2008 05:59 am at 5:59 am |

    Ah yes i iknew that hillary would win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU ARE THE WINNER!!!!!! PARTY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    FLORIDA FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  10. Gautam

    The rhetoric offered by Obama and team (read Oprah,Kennedy's and the gang) was good enough to sway large no of votes in his favor.
    But rhetoric sadly .. Mr Obama .. remains a rhetoric.
    Your fiery speeches might sound good to the ears but they lack the framework on which USA should be built.
    We need some concrete plans and thats where Ms Clinton scores.
    Just because you think that you did not vote in favour of the war (just your luck because no one knew how Mr Bush would twist the agenda) doesnt give Ms Clinton a negative profile.
    You say that "We have to be right from day 1" based on just one argument.How would we know that your so-called judgement is good on all the issues.
    What about other arguments where Hillary scores 10 to your zero.
    IMO, Hillary should become the next President of USA if this country has to do well economically and get out of the subprime mortgage mess, make a mark in the world and progress towards new milestones.

    Go Hillary Go – President 2008

    February 6, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  11. Citizen

    Since, the Asian voters in California seem to have had such a big role in Clinton's lead over Obama, I feel like I must share my two cents here, as someone who lives in perhaps one of the most concentrated Asian communities in California. It is also one of the least concentrated population of African Americans. I think that ignorance and negative images perpetuated by social media have worked in Clinton's favor here. Quite simply, Asian Americans (and not to make a blanket statement here, but certainly a large majority of them in California) will not vote for an African American. The younger generation of Asian American is slowly defying this trend but these households (from what I have observed) largely teach their children to be wary of African Americans and approach them with their preconceived misconceptions of the character of an African American individual, deluded by movies and music videos and quite possibly never having met an African American. I can only hope that in time, we can transcend such racial boundaries and cast an educated vote.

    Before you vote, please ask yourself why you are voting for that candidate. If you do not have a good answer then perhaps there is some more research that needs to be done on your part.

    Obama 08
    Hillary 08

    But please, not for the wrong reasons.

    February 6, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  12. Jerome

    Is it at all possible that people can just "hey Clinton won California. Great. Obama prove that he has a credible run at the White House as well. Great." Why do people have to say she's a liar and he's a preacher. What is the possibility that we can Americans can learn to disagree without being disagreeable. "CNN is bias, Latinos don't know much, Asian, Blacks, Women....." People that is what is wrong with this country. We don't discuss and debate we ridicule and mock – I can't imagine why we do stand as a leader for the rest of the world. We're better than this and if not...God help us because no candidate is ever going to make America a better place because to many of the people are just too small.

    God Bless...and Get it Together!

    February 6, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  13. Sigmund Freud

    To all you feMen who voted for HITLERy:

    Strong womyn:
    Her first act is to establish a new cabinet position. The Dept. of MALE Castration!

    February 6, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  14. Dean In Illinois

    Even with all the rotten negative GOP controlled reporting by the news media Clinton is still winning this primary. The lack of real news by reporters today makes for negative reporting with personal agendas taking up ninety percent of every news hour. A hearty well done to Clinton for standing up for what she believes against an army of negative reporting. Clinton 08.

    February 6, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  15. Dusacre

    Hillary does not stand a chance of winning in November against McCain. She will unite the republicans, Mc Cain will carry the independents, and Hillary will not have all the democrats. A nomination of Hillary will only make the Democratic Party weaker. Once more the Clintons will give the presidency to the republicans.

    All the promise of Hillary about the economy, health care, and Iraq will require bringing the republicans, independents, and democrats. She is too divisive to bring all those people together. So as many of the democrats vote their emotions know that Hillary will not deliver.

    If at the end, I have to choose between Hillary and Mc Cain, then I will choose Mc Cain because I will judge Hillary on her so called experience ( Mc Cain has more experience), Mc Cain is a war hero, hence a better commander in chief. Heck both Hillary and Mc Cain voted for the war in Iraq, but Mc Cain is honest about it.

    February 6, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  16. Alecki

    Hillary won the delegates. It's not a tie.
    Hillary won the delegates. It's not a tie.

    Hillary won the delegates.

    Hillary is ahead. Go girl!

    February 6, 2008 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  17. Bow

    After reading most of the comments, I can conclude that Obama's supporters are either racist and/or sexist (not to mention anti-gay as well).

    Most of the offensive comments came from the Obama's camp which hints the acceptance of defeat.

    February 6, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  18. Hannah

    wow I'm just shocked at how much anti-Hillary ppl there are?

    so some of you mean to tell me that if Hillary wins the dem nomination you would vote for that IDIOT JOHN MCCAIN?!?!?!

    The guy who wants to stay in iraq for a 100 YEARS and spend billions on a war that is never going to be successful?

    Whether or not you're a Hillary supporter or a Obama supporter,I hope most people realize that a Democrat should be in the White House.

    Another crazy Republican would ruin this country!

    February 6, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  19. DL

    i believe Snt: Hilary clintion is the most suitable candidate,she has experience in alround. did not just come out from no where, . people should appreciate her contribution to this country over the years , this is the best chance for AMERICA to see the woman in power there is no any other who is experience as her. she stood against all the odds in the life and was first lady twice elected and has the experience in the world . surely she knows whats the best.. and dont forget, its the woman who keeps the family tight and AMERICA is one big family.. ITS CRAZY IF AMERICA DIDNOT VOTE FOR HER. ..IF YOU NEED A CHANGE THIS IS THE CHANGE NOT ANY BODY ELSE........... PLS

    February 6, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  20. Alecki

    If Hillary can win with the media bashing her, she won!

    This woman has been so bashed by CNN, I am surprised she even won any primary.

    Go Girl!

    February 6, 2008 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  21. Nikole



    February 6, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  22. guudboi

    More States for Obama than Billary; this just evident the fact that Obama is widely accepted than Billary across the country. Democrats shld get in touch with their senses to field a candidate with wider acceptance at the general elections.

    February 6, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  23. Alecki

    Obama will not accept debates with Hillary because he will show how empty his issues are. Hillary has the experience on money issues and the love of all international countries behind her.

    Go Hillary!!!!

    February 6, 2008 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  24. DALE

    Sen: Hilary Clinton is the most professinal , suitalble candidate .. there is no DOUBT ABOUT IT ... I DON'T KNOW WHY SO MUCH TALK ABOUT OPERAH , WHATS THE BIG DEAL ABOUT SHE IS HELPING OBAMA , beside its very clear she took the side of her own race......I HOPE AMERICA GETS SOME KIND OF MSG; HERE IF THEY BRING OBAMA TO WHITE HOUSE , he is not the right person ........ PLS THINK BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING VOTE FOR CLINTON ..

    February 6, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  25. Alecki

    If Democrats want to win this election we better back Hillary. The states he won will go republican anyway. And don't forget Florida. That was the state that swayed the election.

    Hillary is winning .................go girl!

    February 6, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
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