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. jessafina

    PS>.. Newsflash, Nicole. Hillary was up agains naysayers? Hill and Bill have been considered an inevitability since... um... forever? Their brand name has gotten them really far, but it won't work for much longer.Obama is coming in strong.
    Aim higher, people.
    OBAMA 08

    February 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  2. observer#1

    We love Hillary! Our next President ! She is the one who can beat McCain, not a chance Obama could.

    February 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  3. mary

    Hillary won the big states tonight with out the help of CNN.
    Obama made of won more states but he won little ones that do not
    amount to much and Hillaruy came close in at least three.state's
    I concern is how CNN is going to give Obama Missouri he has 49 and hillary has 48 if I was Hillary I would ask for a recount becouse I am sure she won.
    Even if Obama get MO. they have to split it in half not to good for Obama if he win by one point. But my biggest is Hillary won in the Kennedy home town by
    a large amount . CNN just said Obama won MO. what a joke I new they would do it. He won by one vote I wanta recount.

    February 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  4. Jake, California

    I don't know why the Latinos are being such racist people..
    Why dont' they vote on the issues and stop saying they wont for a black candidate..

    It's incredible that Obama is doing so great with all these minority groups against black people.

    Asian, Latinos...they will not vote for Obama because he's black ehn?

    These are the people that are ready to send the country into racial devides.. why can't they just vote on the Issue instead of race...

    Anyway, Obama won more states than Hillary and I guess more delegates and this is greate because we'll have time to campaign in other states one at a time...which is Obama's strong thing...one on one with a state and he'll win.

    February 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  5. chaos45i

    Hispanics got the memo on Barack Obama no thanks to the media. And CNN knows what I'm talking about in Illinois?

    February 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  6. HanGThesobs

    We voted for Edwards BEFORE he "suspended" his campaign. Don't trust Deibold hackable voting machines that can't have paper trails especially when Diebold makes ATM machines.

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  7. Christopher

    Way to go to Hillary! I am voting for the candidate who knows what she is doing, who has the experience, the one who can lead our country into a new era!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  8. Dusacre


    It is your right to vote for Hillary. But my friend Obama is a blessing for all Americans.

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  9. gideon

    for Obama supporters,

    do not be stupid,

    you see how barrack draws black voters? while Obama and HRC split white voters?

    the black vote has to be countered with Latino vote, a pacifier, if you will. a brown mixture of black and white, and that is the Latino vote, and

    count me in, I am an asian and I am brown.


    It is you who do not get it. Figure it out yourself!!!!

    thank you.

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  10. Ray

    The race, ethnicity and gender talk on this forum disturbs me. So does the fact that prejudice really might have influenced large numbers of voters. I'm not sure how Democrats can claim the high ground on progressive values with this kind of bigotry in play.

    And to the media (this includes you, CNN), shame on you for slicing and dicing the demographics just to make it an issue. Latinos voted for X, blacks voted for Y, women voted for Z. How is it that we've returned to a place where people can be tabulated in such a way and not be offended. We are not widgets to be inventoried.

    Another thing – this nomination contest is going to be close. If the superdelegates do wind up making the difference, it will be an even sadder day in America. How can we claim to be a free society when the power elite still makes the important choices for us.

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  11. katie

    Wow Im shocked after reading some of these posts? The news say Race Race Race, the canidates speak of it, but it will and always will be a problem. I voted for Obama, but after reading your comments degrating Latino votes, I want to Thank you because I will be voting Hillary because to many undecided voters out there all your doing is swaying voters to another side. Stop this battle, everyone will vote for who they choose. The great thing about this country is free speach, but again thanks to your comments I realized that the Obama way is simply just following the crowd.

    Hillary 08

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. MR

    Hillary ALL THE WAY!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  13. Ray

    Hillary has conquered Super Tuesday, however much CNN tries to repress that fact. C'mon CNN give up your pro-Obama coverage, its getting really sickening. Also, thank you Asians and Latinos for choosing the better candidate.

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  14. kevin

    WOW What a smack in the face to Ted Kennedy John Kerry and Oprah ! smack smack smack.. Go Hillary !

    February 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  15. milwsport

    I preferred Edwards and will still vote for him in my state's primary. But if I had to choose between Hilary and Obama, I would take Hilary.

    She has a better health care plan, and more experience.

    Futhermore Obama talks about unity and hope but he put a group of homophobic singers on stage to raise money for his campaign in South Carolina despite numerous requests from the gay community that he cancel their appearance.

    And when those singers denounced gays to the cheers of the audience, the Obama campaign was silent. No apology, no statement that they didn't represent the Senator's views, simply no comment period.

    I can't vote for someone who utters all these platitudes about healing and uniting but then acts in such a manner.

    February 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  16. Michael Cavellero

    The panel seemed to favor Obama over Hillary tonight despite her big wins in states. They talked about his momentum he picked up from small states? Last time I checked it's not the # of states but the popular vote and delegates that count. They did not once mention how the polls projected he was going to take her in Ca and NJ...it didnt happen. Can the media stay neutral and let voters decide. Unreal...

    February 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  17. brian

    This is the day we are waiting for and that is the way to go!!! Hillary for president!!

    February 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  18. Susan

    Go Obama..we love you and we believe in you. Hillary Clinton is a liar and a fraud. We're here for the long haul. We will NOT let this woman, her predatory husband and corrupt record kidnap our country.


    February 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  19. republican

    Thank you California. Now Republican will surely win - I'm just loving the democrats for picking the establishment candidate who never wins ( except Prez Bill Clinton, thanks to Texas RosPero dsitracting the republican vote).

    Once again THANKS A LOT DEMOCRATS , way to go

    REPUBLICANS can party tonight

    February 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  20. Bob, Florida - RFO

    Last time I checked we had 50 states. California and New York of only two of those 50. Hillary will make a very good Cabinet Secretary if she wants a position

    The candidate that wins the NASCAR vote will win the nomination and the general election.

    Go Barack '08

    February 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  21. nick

    Hillary's win in CA is due in large part to a huge number of absentee ballots cast in the wake of the NH win. That also accounts for the disparity of the CA female voter breakdown vs. the national breakdown (with a wider margin in CA). It would be interesting to see an analysis of voters at the polls vs. results from the mail in ballots.

    February 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  22. Kevin

    Clinton for president baby ...

    February 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  23. Donna

    I wonder who won the popular vote among all of the democrats across the country??

    February 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  24. Donald

    Best news of the day!

    February 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  25. Adam

    Thank you California. Go HIllary!

    February 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
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