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. Kevin

    I told you so... Clinton wins and Obama VP if he is lucky.

    February 6, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  2. Mary

    "At the beginning of your show, Gloria Borger and Cafferty stated that whoever wins California wins the night. Now that California has won California, there is a debate on who won with most of the panel favoring Obama. Unreal."

    It's wonderful to see all these old crappy misogynists finally, finally getting their butt kicked. Hillary, thank you, thank you for this moment, just to see all the mysogynis commentators' faces. It was all worth it. GIRL POWER!

    February 6, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  3. Pieter

    After a busload of Kennedy's, Ophra, schriver... and she is still standing! Even with all the negative media. Because it is a time where it is popular to be negative about Hillary. Way to go Hil!

    February 6, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  4. love in the us

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


    February 6, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  5. JKT

    It seems clear that the early votes in CA are the main reason for Hillary's win. Why does CA allow voters to poll so many weeks ahead of time? Isn't that irresponsible? All the Edwards votes are proof–votes should not be permitted earlier than, say, 1 week before the election. Otherwise you have votes that are cast without current enough information being available to the voter.

    February 6, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  6. brandostar

    So proud to be Hispanic, Hilary supporter and a Californian today..

    February 6, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  7. israel getty

    If she wins the nomination, McCain will get the support of this independent voter.

    February 6, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  8. Nick

    How are you gonna call it with 19% of precincts, including 8% of LA, 18% of SF?

    February 6, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  9. sheisme

    dumb, dumb,dumb, how do u say that in spanish...haha

    February 6, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  10. Fariba

    Shame on CNN for virtually ignoring Hillary Clinton tonight. My husband and I sat and watched for FORTY MINUTES as you paraded one man's "mug" after another until we finally saw her face. Sexism at its worst...But it looks like she got the last laugh.

    February 6, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  11. J. McCaskill

    Way to Go Hillary!!!!!! This is just the beginning. It is not Obama time. This country is in need for drastic change and inspirational speeches don't mount to a hill of beans. We need substance. We need Hillary Clinton. She will win Texas, Ohio, and Penn. Keep climbing the hill to progress with Hillary. Hope + EXPERIENCE = Change.

    Hillary Clinton for President 2008

    February 6, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  12. Glenn

    All you Billary lovers, this thing is FAR FAR FAR from over. Look at the number of states Obama won, and as far as the delegate count he is right where he needs to be going forward.

    OBAMA '08

    February 6, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  13. Hill

    I cried today when Hillary Clinton won California. For my mother, for my daughter. Thank you Hillary....

    February 6, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. Michael

    Please get behind our Democratic nominee...Hillary Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  15. Jill

    Hilliary, you are my girl! I will vote for you in the Wisconsin Primary just as I will vote for you to become president...you are truly inspirational!

    February 6, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  16. Yoda

    Obama, Please do the Democrat Party a favor!

    It's time for Obama to concede.

    Let Hillary save her resources to go battle McCain.

    February 6, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  17. Los Angeles

    I am still holding out that Hillary may not have won, but she may have won because of the corrupt voting practices in California and advance mail ins. Bad idea. I am not a declared voter (neither Democrat nor Republican). This is the group that Obama was counting on, and I was voting for him. The situation at the polls was hopelessly confused. Instead of being handed a democratic ballot, I was handed a non partisan ballot, and never told that unless you punched both both the democratic portion and Obama, then my vote would not be counted. I did anyway, so my vote was counted, but how many people's was not ? This is a travesty. I hate Billary and all their Karl Rove underhanded tactics.

    February 6, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. lembray


    How do you say Hillary had a good nite? So far it looks to me like Senator Obama closed the gap, not by a lot, but by enough she better look to her super delegates. They are fickle, a lot of them will desert and go with the true winner.

    February 6, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  19. David

    how come Eduward got votes in california?

    February 6, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. Chiman

    Over analysis by race, gender is dividing the country not the candidates. Hillary won fair and square but am sure the 'best political analyst' team will NOT give her credit and continue Obama campaign. Until yesterday this team was saying delegates count and number of state wins is bragging right. But today they changed their view – now delegates do not count. What counts is the number of wins – WOW what a flip-flop to push Obama what ever way they can.
    I am sick of this biased reporting. If people vote counts then why not count Florida and Michigan – are the people from those states less important?

    February 6, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  21. Chelsea

    Hillary won in California because the American people are tired of Oprah and Maria Shriver and other non-politicians propping up their candidate. She is the best candidate, and minorities are not monolithic voting blocs. I am a 21-year-old black woman from the south. According to you, I should have voted Obama. Well, I guess sometimes the pundits and biased media are wrong and underestimate the power of individual thought and CHOICE.

    February 6, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  22. mike

    "shucking and jiving" lol. I like Clinton and Obama but I think if she gets the nomination the republicans will eat her alive in the general election. Obama has a better chance in the general election.

    And don't start the race talk, thats getting old.

    February 6, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  23. brad

    as you all see the democrats have over...well over 65% of the marginal vote, so we can expect to see a delightful change, a democrat, hopefully clinton, but will settle for democrat

    February 6, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  24. vd

    CNN showed that with only 15% of the count in, they were stiill not able to call it. But not even 10 minutes go by and all of a sudden, Hillary and McCain were announced as the winners. What in the world is going on. Doesn't the peoples votes count anymore, is it because Obama has taken 12 states compared to Hillary's 7. Is this how Al Gore lost in Fla against G.Bush in the florida voting. This SUCKS. LOOKS KINDA FUNNY IN THE GAME OF POLITICS. FACE THE TRUTH THAT THE BIG WHEELS RUN THE ELECTION, THE PEOPLES VOTES REALLY DO NOT COUNT. WHAT A SYSTEM THIS COUNTRY HAS. TALK ABOUT A GREAT COUNTRY, HA HA HA HA. BIG JOKE. YEAH, GREAT FOR THE POLITICIANS All of the voters are really gullable if they think it was all on the up&up. Get some common sense. Believe nothing yoiu hear and only half of what you see. You'll be better off.

    February 6, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  25. Nick, TX

    Why do you people have to be so mean? Is this what Hillary Clinton are proud to act like? I just was watching this tonight and I am a big Obama fan and I see all this Clinton gloating. You people are really making me not want to vote for her if she wins the nomination.

    My point- no purpose to be mean about winning. By all means be proud of your candidate but calm down.

    February 6, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
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