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. chris

    Looks like the great irishman o'bama will be ahead in delegates by a total of 4 at the end of tonight. Sad to say hilary must be on her way so buy her pair of whiskey cause she's going far away. The pogues.

    February 6, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  2. Ella

    I am speechless that so many people can't see the Clintons for what they truly are. It's a sad day in America.

    February 6, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  3. gideon

    and unfortunately, most states that Obama won are rural states,

    what do you make of cattles, hogs, trees and mountains, and cornfields and farms anyway?

    do not count it as the number of states, but votes.

    It is like you are telling me that the entire of Siberia is more significant than the city of Moscow?

    have some brains!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  4. Rodney

    People wake up, all the Lantino's votes are spent. The remaining states below do not have the numbers like in NY or CAL. Texas that's it.

    The majority of these states favor Obama. Hillary will win 8 states Obama 14 states tonight. The future looks bright for Obama.

    American Samoa

    District of Columbia





    Rhode Island






    North Carolina


    South Dakota

    February 6, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  5. Josh

    Do we really want a president who cries a lot?

    February 6, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  6. Steven

    That is fine – if Hillary is the nomonie i will just vote Republican!

    February 6, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  7. missouri

    You need to remember, most of the states that Obama won are red states and have almost never been won by a democrat in general election. Clinton's tactic was to campaign the major blue states for general election. She did this very well.

    Also, don't forget MA. Even with Kennedy and Kerry endorsements, Clinton still won the state.

    Something that all democrats should be proud of is the overwhelming turnout of dems to vote as opposed to the repubs.

    February 6, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  8. Ryuken

    This is HUGE for the Clinton Campaign. Senator Obama appeared with California's First Lady, another part of the Kennedy clan Senator Ted Kennedy along with Orpah Winfrey in an attmpt to establish Obama as the established candidate for the Democratic Party but once again voters have displayed their decision to not let the media's crowning of Barrack Obama pursuade them into voting for him. The voters in 2008 are clearly making up their own mind!

    February 6, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  9. wayne

    if Hillary wins nomination it proves the dens are fools. In for obama or mccain. I hate Hillary andnwill gladly vote against her

    February 6, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  10. A New Direction - FL

    Well, Hillary better get as many delegates out of CA as she can because the rest of the race from here on out pretty well favors Barack. The longer this race wears on the better it is for him and the worse it is for her. She's going to have to continue trying to hang onto the support she has while Barack will keep pulling people in. Her support is NOT growing. It is shrinking if anything and her main advantage in delegates is her super delegates that will shed off as Barack continues to gain support. They're still just lingering around her because of the initial belief before even Iowa that she'd be the goliath.

    Even if she did get the nomination she'll never make it past McBain... there's just too much dirt on her and Bill for the Republicans to use as ammo. They'd absolutely eat her alive. There are too many holes in her ideas and programs (yes, the silly Unrealistic Healthcare) for them to rip open. The swiftboating that happened to John Kerry would look like a dunking booth.

    The fact that Barack is so new would actually leave the Republicans pretty well without ammo. The fact that he can pull in so many Independents and even Republicans would spell doom for McBain. If Hillary gets the nod... the Democratic voting pool will dry up under her. Barack pulls other voters in... Hillary drives them away. The primary reason Democrats are flocking to vote now is because Barack. She'll be left with her blind sheeple feminists to fend off the wolves. I won't be voting for McBain... but I won't be anywhere around to help her.

    Oh, and MO can't be wrong... they've only been wrong once since 1904! Cha Ching!

    Has anyone else noticed how short McCain's arms seem? Is it some kind optical illusion? It looks like his forearm attaches to his shoulder.

    February 6, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  11. jessafina

    For anyone touting Hillary's victories in FLA and Michigan.
    Um... first, she agreed they wouldn't count and is now whining that they should count because she is scrambling.
    second... have you noticed what happens when Barack gets a chance to campaign in a state? If he doesn't flat-out win it, he makes up HUGE margins.
    Hillary Clinton won in Michigan because they pulled a slimy maneuver by putting her name on the ballot.
    That is really something to be proud of.
    For some reason people accept the slimy aspects of the Clintons and consider it "politics as usual". I will never understand it.
    Wake up people.
    Aim Higher.
    OBAMA 08

    February 6, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  12. abbie01

    God is great
    thank you lations,asians and all the silent voices that spoke for hillary when the news media were dumping on her. you can tell the republicans made all the obamorama hype, but God was with us

    go hillary

    i watched all the networks(cnn,msnbc-chris was working late)fox and saw all their sad faces as the big ones came in for hillary
    it was funny

    come of the states obama won are really caucus states not primary state
    sorrry obama, oprah,the kennedy crown(JFK stood for good, not the shame these few is bringing to the kennedy) the rap musicians and all the black racist out there
    i am black and an inteligent voter.i voted for HILL

    February 6, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  13. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    And let's not forget this: Superdelegates will not choose Hillary based on a win in California. Democrats will take California in a general election regardless of who the candidate is. But in those other deciding factor swing states, Hillary wouldn't have a prayer. She and her husband are too disliked and not-so-fondly remembered by anyone but those who are far on the left. And if a candidate doesn't appeal to independents and moderates, consider the election lost.

    February 6, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  14. jacob

    I didnt know whom to vote for until 1 week ago but i started to dislike the presumptuous tone of Obama in TV debates and his vague and unsubstantiated responses. Hope wont breed change just by repeating the word hope, i need someone who instills hope through proposals for solutions and Hillary does that so i voted for her tonight. As a registered democrat i hope she gets the nomination. If Obama wins though i dont think i will vote for him in November.

    February 6, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  15. justice unites

    people that pick hiliary aren't very smart, neither are the asians and latinos who pick her

    February 6, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  16. jeanette

    Han, did I miss something? Since when were exit polls banned? Are you watching CNN? They projected Georgia 10 seconds after the polls closed, due to exit polls!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  17. SF, CA


    I'm Latino, and have voted for people of all ethnic backgrounds and religions, as long as they're Dems.

    Your generalization is sad and divisive.

    If you're true blue, stop pointing fingers!

    February 6, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  18. Ryuken


    February 6, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  19. Victor @NJ


    You deserve it. This is a payoff to your hard work and courageous actions backed with the experience & strength that only you have.

    Sorry, for Ophra & Obama (the show people) he can now start preparing a little more on how to delivery more false inspirational speeches writen by somebody else.

    I am contributing with more money to your campaign at your hillaryclinton.com wavesite, Senator Clinton you get my support anytime.

    Keep the fight up.

    February 6, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  20. Ken, Asian American

    Richard, what makes more sense is how those Obama's supporters voted for him? I support wholeheartedly in his effort to completely change Washington. Let's not be too naive, besides he sounds more like a pastor.

    February 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  21. Rubiconski

    Total delegates won:

    Clinton: 837

    OBAMA: 841

    OBAMA has won 13 states and Hillary has won 7!!!!!

    California = TOO EARLY TO TELL!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  22. HanGThesobs

    Look at the margin of win by Obama vs. Clintons. Obama wins BIG more times than Clinton, but there's 106 delagate diff still.

    Sure wish Edwards and Kucinich would have teamed up.

    Putting insurance co's OUT of business is a GREAT idea.

    Who wants to pay a company for healthcare that MAKES MORE MONEY when it refuses treatment and can raise prices forever? THAT's CRAZY!

    Same for Hospitals, if you DON'T have insu. they TRIPPLE-CHARGE you to pay for those who get free healthcare. $25K for 4 hrs, of drugging my kid, when all he had was a headache after a seizure. Knocked him out 3 times!

    February 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  23. Rey

    I congratulate the people of California for having the independent mind not to be swayed by Oprah, Ted Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and John Kerry.

    I have this to say to Obama – I know Jack Kennedy, Kennedy is my friend. You're NO Jack Kennedy!

    February 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  24. KR, New Jersey

    Only a few thousand votes separate Clinton and Obama if you look at the total popular vote nationally from Super Tuesday states (as of about an hour ago). I am supporting Obama because I strongly believe not only in his message but that he can energize people of all ages and backrounds to get out and participate in the political process. Lastly, would someone in the media please explain how this stupid delegate thing works.

    February 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  25. Lori

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    In reference to the person who posted about how Hillary would put insurance companies out of business. To that, I say....maybe then the displaced workers from insurance companies could take on jobs with the government under her health care plan. I know I'd much rather work for the government and get better benefits than one would receive from an insurance company. Just a thought!

    February 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
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