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. Max

    thank you Chelsea from the south!! On a side note, has anyone else noticed the contradiction by pundits telling us race isn't a factor then a) go ahead and break down the votes by race and b) not even discuss how minorities *might* just vote republican? Sure, the outlets are posting the exit polls, but the pundits aren't really covering it in their never ending discussions on air.

    February 6, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  2. Thankfully Canadian

    Wow, how clueless are people. The Latinos choose to vote
    for an old white woman over a minority male. Guess they don't
    want to get better treatment.
    What does Forrest say ... stupid is as stupid does.

    February 6, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. jeanette

    Hillary will win California. She will win HUGH in November against any republican they nominate. CNN can not stop this, no matter how hard they try to push Obama on the democrats. I'd start watching, aaarrrgh, sorry, Fox but it makes me ill in my gut.

    February 6, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  4. Dem08

    This is an amazing win for Hillary Clinton. The media will spin this many differant ways and they have already started. I've been watching three channels and all three have a differant version on what it all means.

    We will have to see. The most interesting fact tonight is to look at how many democrats came out to vote, some numbers double or triple that of Rebublicans. Clinton won the big states, Obama won more, but smaller. Delegates will be about even, I think with Clinton ahead.

    If the dems want to win, this should be the ticket and turn this kind of vote out in Novemeber.

    February 6, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  5. Benjamin

    Lesson in American Politics:

    Obama won states with small #'s of delegates and electoral votes
    Clinton won the states with the largest # of delegates (and big) and largest #'s of electoral votes

    Obama could win half the midwest, and combined they would not have the electoral vote power of NY. (Not to mention that the midwest tends to be Red States, and will likely be Red in November)

    Then comes California….where only NY and PA combined can top the number of electoral votes.

    (and let's also ignore the power of electoral votes from Florida and Michigan)

    February 6, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  6. John Smith

    When it comes to the Clintons, I think the NATION, moderate Republicans, and even Independents wil CHOOSE anything (even continuation of the war in Iraq) over the Clintons. I guess the Dems and Clinton supporters are under-estimating this as a REALITY!!! Wake up people, morality and values always win in the end!

    February 6, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  7. Right on Day1

    If not for absentee ballots it might be very different.

    What if Edwards 10% went to Obama?

    Or those voters felt the surge that happened this week for Obama?

    Hillary needed this, next week she is going to lose big.

    Congrats Hillary & Obama.

    February 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  8. jessafina

    Hillary won California and NY. OBAMA won more states, including some sweet upsets. We're even on delegates.
    This thing is just beginning.
    Together we can make this happen.
    OBAMA 08.

    February 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  9. Jen

    If the Clintons win the nomination, (which the Republicans are hoping for), here's another Democrat who will choose integrity over ideology and vote elsewhere.

    February 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  10. Democrat in CA

    As a democrat, I promise you that I will NEVER vote for Hillary Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  11. Mark from Louisville

    Let nobody forget that Hillary also won Florida and Michigan, two huge states as far as delegates and population. And before anyone comes back with "but those delegates don't count", you're wrong because they do count and as close as this race is, there is no way those delegates will not be heard. They still had elections in those states and HILLARY BEAT OBAMA convincingly in both. That cannot be overlooked or ignored, and the Democratic Party will be forced to seat and count those delgates at the convention.

    Hey, at least Obama won Idaho and North Dakota!

    February 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  12. PRLA

    I agree with those asking are all the latino votes valid!
    Having worked polls, anyone can walk in and vote, and
    no id is required. I just wonder with all the mess going on
    at the California polling places, are they really checking
    those ballots as coming from registered citizens/voters,
    or just adding them to the count for HC?

    February 6, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  13. Star23

    I am so excited to watch her LOSE big time in November.

    February 6, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  14. Teri

    Clinton will have won not because of a racial breakdown of the voters, but because she is the best candidate for the Presidency.

    Also because people, not blacks, not latinos, not Asians...voted for her....for the above mentioned reason.

    Your report is racists in itself.

    February 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  15. victor

    Obama is not done,he is a very good candidate,and the race is not over yet,but this is not his time,Hillary had a very good victory,Ted,Oprah,and the others must be very frustraded about this results,but come on guys, Obama is still very young with a very thin resume,he is ambicious,wich is great,and I belive with a fantastic political future,in fact I belive that he will be president when his time come,experience matter,even for runing a campain,Hillary won and won well.Texas[the next big enchilada] have a big latino population and is very likely that she win there too.I live in VA and she will have my vote,mainly because to me experience count.

    February 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  16. Benjamin

    People...it's not STATES, it's DELEGATES! Obama could win 7 midwest unpopulated states, and STILL not have the same number of votes as in California or NY.

    Remember this in November when it's Electoral votes. Bush is President after losing the popular vote and winning electoral votes (over Gore – 2000) !!

    February 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  17. N/A

    After the actual President, G.W. Bush, has won twice it's no wonder Hillary Clinton wins. She is as sincere as he is, as ready to accept her shortscoming and mistakes as he does, as full of new ideas as the president Bush is, she is as genuine as our president is.
    Congratulations to all.

    February 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  18. Richard

    Yes, Asians are growing in number and are comparatively more educated. What I don't understand is that if that is true, how were they so fooled by Hillary?

    February 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  19. Han G Thesobs

    Funny how when exit polls show fraud or misconduct in the US they BAN exit polls!
    Whe it happens in OTHER countries, the US SCREAMS FRAUD and RE-VOTE!

    Let's get the bribes out of the media and politics.

    Maybe we could get our country back.

    February 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  20. Seattle Girl

    As a former CA girl that voted for all the CA Dem Ladies, I will vote for Obama Feb 19th in the WA State Primary. We need some new blood in the White House. I am sick of the race talk and I am sick fo this WAR! I am sick of corporations ruling DC, and most of all I am just glad the Dems are voting. Obama is not through yet. It doens't end in CA. I left CA. CA is a joke now. Just look at the governor....still can't figure that one out

    February 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  21. Ryan

    A nice win for Obama tonight. He got the important bell-weather states: Missouri, Minnesota, and Connecticut...and he stayed strong in the South. It's unfortunate he didn't have a bit more time in California, but it looks as though those delegates will be split. Overall, a very nice night for Obama. All I see left for Hillary to take is Texas, and maybe Pennsylvania? Two delegate rich states, I admit, but I think her campaign is out of friendly places with friendly faces...the North-East and South-West results are in!

    February 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  22. Richy


    February 6, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  23. Emily

    Amazing results for Dems tonight! It's fantastic to see Obama winning so many more states than Clinton. I think his popularity will grow as people get to know him. It looks like a movement to me!

    February 6, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  24. Dorothy

    Thank you Latino and Asian voters, you rock you are the change. GO HILLARY.

    February 6, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  25. James

    Hey, Harriet, you said:

    "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!"

    Wow, how about the popular vote then? huh? Clinton is winning that too. I find it laughable that all of a sudden all those Obama supporters who are for 'change' and 'down with sniving politics' decided to focus on the delegate count.

    Way to change and not be like those caculating, loop-hole jumping, popular vote ignoring politicians of old, huh? (Bush, Florida, 2000, anyone?)

    Obama is a fraud! He says he's for change, and yet he's playing the game of politics!!!

    Hillary 08!

    February 6, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
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