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
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  1. Alyx

    Have we forgot that only 20% of the votes for California have come in?

    Have we forgot that of the 20% of votes, they are probably early entries – before Obama week-long surge?

    Have we forgot that the voting booths were just closed two hours ago in Cali?

    Statistics lie. I hope all of these major news stations eat their words when the major cities, especially the voting demographic between 18-44, have their votes counted. A majority that will probably draw to Obama.

    February 6, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  2. DK

    CNN attitudes step into the past for Obama by not giving the woman (Hillary) credit for her Super Tuesday delegate win. CNN you really need to inject some appearance of impartiality into your "reporting". Thank you to the correspondent that admitted you all at CNN are a group of high income folks (essentially Obama's core demographic) and that is why the election coverage at CNN feels more like an Obama lovefest center. Allow the American people to decide for themselves – stop spinning every little thing that happens in Obama's favor and downplaying or ignoring Hillary victories.

    February 6, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  3. Karen

    Um, I think it might be more to the point for CNN to break down the numbers by who voted absentee/early vs. who actually voted on Super Tuesday. I am guessing that the Edwards votes and many of the Clinton ones were cast well in advance of February 5th. Same with Giuliani. Actually, your blog post post doesn't even mention the candidates who dropped from the race but still got votes in Cali.

    Also, it sounds like people are seriously sick of the race/gender thing. Just drop it, huh CNN? It's not really useful data.

    February 6, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  4. John Mirror

    The Right wing will not accept the possibility of a Democrat winning the election.

    But will the nation accept the possibility that a REPUBLICAN WILL CONTINUE THIS WAR IN IRAQ FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS AT A COST OF ONE BILLION DOLLARS A DAY???

    February 6, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  5. Glenn

    OBAMA WINS MISSOURI!!! THE BELLWEATHER STATE

    GOING BACK TO I BELIEVE '56 THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WHO HAS LOST CALIFORNIA AND WON MISSOURI WENT ON TO BE THE NOMINEE

    February 6, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  6. Aloha Independent for Unbias and Objective Media Coverage

    Even with the bias Media coverage that was a gift for Senator Obama, he still didn't do as well as he SHOULD HAVE...
    If the media coverage was fare and objective, it would have been and even BIGGER VICTORY for Senator Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  7. Mary Sakel

    AND THE OSCAR GOES TO.....HILLARY RODHAM-CLINTON –

    CONGRATULATIONS FROM TORONTO, CANADA...AND MAY VOTERS FINALLY SEE THE LIGHT AND VOTE HILLARY ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

    UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SOON WILL BE THE RIGHT OF ALL AMERICANS–THE RIGHT CANADIANS HAVE ENJOYED SINCE 1965...IT'S ABOUT TIME THIS COMPETENT WOMAN WITH A REAL VISION GETS THE PRESIDENCY–SO THE WORLD WILL AVOID MORE CATASTROPHIES....
    CONGRATS, HILLARY!! GOD BLESS YOU!!

    AND TO HUSSEIN OBAMA: "IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN" LEARN TO CHANGE YOUR POLITICAL DIAPERS FIRST, AND IN A DECADE, YOU MAY PUT SOME SUSTANCE TO YOUR STYLISTIC CAMOUFLAGE.

    February 6, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  8. John

    Congratulations, Hillary. Your the best !!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  9. Cleveland

    If Hillary wins it guarantees a republican president, so stop cheering.

    February 6, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  10. Prayu

    As Holly mentioned, these early results are the mail in votes from months ago, when Hillary had a huge lead. The final result will be much closer.

    February 6, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  11. brad

    obama and hillary can win the presidency, both have more votes each that are more than all of the republicans combined, so i will call it....democrats win presidency 64% – 36%

    February 6, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  12. BETH

    Thank you Hillary and all that voted for her. The media had her all but dead. I said a little prayer with my little girl to allow our leader to be your choice but it would be nice if it was Hillary. I thought using the Kennedy's would be it for her. I thought his glorious speeches would woo them to his side. I thought the money he got would kill her in TV Ads..even during the superbowl. I thought her having a town hall meet instead of reving up crowds was going to not work in her way. I thank people really took time to think who could really get this world on track and beat a already beaten up Ma Cain thought that person was you. Thanks Oprah you only engerized us. PEOPLE ARE NOT AS DUMB AS THE MEDIA OR OTHER POLTICIANS THINK WE ARE!

    February 6, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  13. James

    You know earlier in the week and the night...everyone including on CNN said it was a delegate race and the comment about CA was the key. Now they are focusing on the number of states won and not talking much about the delegate count....hmmm...are you sure you aren't ONN...the Obama News Network?

    February 6, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  14. Brenda

    I don't think this is very surprising. Hillary has been working this state for some time, and Obama sent surrogates end to shrink the margin. But it really is impressive that Obama has won significantly in so many 'red' states through out the midwest and west (it looks like Missouri will go his way).

    February 6, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  15. Eric, Independent California

    WE DID IT! California is firmly in the WINNING column! Thank you GOD! Thank you California! I've never been so proud to be Californian!

    VIVA HILLARY!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  16. Clinton Dynasty

    Obama might make a good President ....in 2016.

    He can spend the next 8 years as Hillary's VP.

    February 6, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  17. jane

    To snyggast

    Hillary's health plan is for everyone and is affordable. It isn't free, but affordable. It doesn't leave us to pay for those who don't want it.....eventhough it is affordable. It is a truly good plan and I can't wait to get in on it. My plan is very expensive and has a big deductable. All I hear from Obama is hope and we'll work together. My question is HOW?????

    I am so sick of his sermons. That is what he has again tonight. I just can't believe that people fall for it.

    The women of California came out for Hillary despite the showing of Oprah, the Kennedy women and Michelle Obama. Again, because all they can say is that he brings hope. Women want to know how he will change. It is great to say that he will bring change....again no idea what he intends to do.

    Hillary had a virtual town hall last night for an hour in which she laid out her plans on every issue. Perhaps that is what won her the win in California. By the way, she never said that any of her plans are free.

    February 6, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  18. college educated

    Obama is full of hot air.

    HILLARY 2008!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  19. Dusacre

    My friends,

    When we wake up tomorrow, we will find out that Obama will have more elected delagates than Hillary. The advantage of Hillary is from super delegates. These advantages of Hillary will also disappear in the weeks and months to come. God works in mysterious ways. Obama supporters, be of good courage! We are competing with a former president with a powerful political machine; but Obama’s message, our courage, and the good judgment of the American people will allow us to have Obama in the Whitehouse: our president.

    February 6, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  20. lembray

    Woops! Debbie, maybe I spoke too soon. More delegates have been distributed and HRC picked up some.

    February 6, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  21. Robin

    Now let's see how the media tries to spin tonight's results in favor of Obama. I stopped watching CNN TV election coverage 6 days ago, never again!

    Candy, Anderson, Wolf, David, and the rest of you can take a big hike.

    February 6, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  22. Jeff, Miami, Fl

    you people are really weird! edwards in on the ballots in many other states, check it out. he got some votes in other states as well.

    February 6, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  23. MARYLOU JONES

    WHAT A GREAT NIGHT! PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND THE WORD IS, HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!

    February 6, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  24. jen-in-ca

    HOORAY FOR HILLARY :-) Reason won out dreamland.

    Obama would have been eaten alive by the republicans. why; inexperience, his so call non vote against the war ( he wrote a speech and didn't vote but has voted for the war since he has been in the senate), his ties to his church, his speeches that are filled with hopes and dreams but no means to make them come true.

    Hillary will get the things done to bring this Country back to it Glory. Obama is another Bush and I'm glad Hillary has done so well!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  25. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    No, Hillary is winning California because they have a ridiculous practice of allowing half of the electorate to vote one to two weeks before the election date. A lot can happen in 2 weeks.

    February 6, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
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