February 5th, 2008
11:33 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Clinton losing among whites and blacks in California

(CNN) – An interesting dynamic is at play in California: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a tight race, even though Obama is beating Clinton there among both white voters and black voters.

According to our exit polls, Obama is beating Clinton among whites, 49 percent to 43 percent, and among blacks, 81 percent to 16 percent.

How is Clinton in contention? She's overwhelmingly winning among Latinos and Asians. Two-thirds of California Latinos prefer Clinton, while three-fourths of the state’s Asians support her.

Latinos and Asians just may carry the state for her.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Bob

    come on,cnn, be fair, just for once.

    February 5, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. Lawrence in Phoenix

    Hillary congratulated her opponent for a great race in her speech tonight.

    Obama continued to attack her.

    Hopefully people will see right through Mr. Obama and realize that he would do whatever he needs to simply to become the President.

    That's not "change." That's status quo.

    Go Hillary!

    February 5, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. asc

    It's unfortunate that the US ain't the big 'ol melting pot it used to supposedly be, but not exactly suprising. In a race – oh the wacky puns – which is so dramatically split along racial lines, it would be negligent to fail to report it.

    Remember the "how, who, what, where, why, when" of reporting, back before it was just entertainment? This blurb answers all these questions. I for one am fascinated to learn that ethnic groups which are minorities nationwide are single-handedly pulling what so far looks like a strong win for clinton in the most significant state of the day.

    (the choice of title is interesting, but hey, whatever)

    February 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  4. john

    I have to agree fox is doing a better job at being unbiased ..shocking but very true

    February 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  5. bg

    To Asian American –

    Your comment is absolutely ridiculous. Voting for Obama is not about the cool factor. I happen to a hard-working Asian-American woman who gives a lot of importance to education and I am very involved in Obama's campaign. That's because I know what's best for the country - I'm already cool and hip.

    February 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Jeff

    One of the comments here was saying Obama was just so holy because he doesn't deal with lobbyists. Was that commentator aware that the silver tongued serpent of Hyde Park makes extensive use of them as campaign advisors? He refuses to discuss that with the press–but then again, he stiff-arms the press...even those segments of the press that fawn all over him. He is not the Christ-like figure some here are making him out to be. He's as phony as most other politicians–he just fools you because he strings words together well. Maybe he'll get the nomination, and maybe he'll get elected in November, but all you "change" folks better remember one crucial point....be very careful in making requests, because in the end, you will get what you asked for, but not in the way YOU intended....I smell Jimmy Carter more than I smell Bobby Kennedy (BTW–happen to notice who Bobby Kennedy's offspring decided to endorse...just a thought).

    February 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. John, Euless, TX

    Congratulations Hillary on a fine job tonight. I'm listening to Obama speak on how he didn't vote for the war....he just doesn't get it does he. He wasn't around to vote for it. Why does he sound like a preacher when he speaks?

    Hillary you are a great candidate and have been very successful tonight! Keep up the momentum.

    February 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. Sarah

    Go Obama win NOT for Black Americans, not for white Americans, not for Liberal Americans , not for concervative Americans BUT for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    February 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  9. Stan

    This is Obama's time. Hillary can't stop him. If he gets MO, that's it-she'd be done.

    Come on Obama, just get a couple more point in MO and this night is all yours.

    February 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. Lynn

    the title is misleading. Does the author endorse Obama?

    February 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. D.L.

    Lead!!!
    Hillary losing among whites and blacks in California...
    Wow another race headline..
    Could have even been
    Hillary winning among Latinio's and Asians. " equal headline.'

    Why Cnn don't you wait for more info before starting your silliness?
    Oh by the way this is from "One more of your less educated viewers"
    You know.. I guess I am to dumb to watch you any longer.
    Thank you for pointing that out. Shame on me for thinking you valued my
    loyality.
    Those of us who support Hillary support her and understand the difference she has made in our lives. I listen to Obama with yet another pretty speech as he insults Hillary and steals words from past leaders while predending to be
    a new leader. Good lord does he not know when to stop .......

    February 6, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. Andie X.

    obama says he is only taking public funding is this true

    taken from the pages of cnn:
    Clinton and Obama have also been raising private funds for the general election, but Obama said he would return the money and accept public funding in the general if the Republican nominee agrees to do the same.

    February 6, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. Kenneth A. Smith

    This is the best election in a long time in America. I vote for America she needs some healing and it is on the way according to the people.

    February 6, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  14. Steve, NYC, NY

    80% blacks voting for Obama. Who's making this a race about race? 43% of Whites support Obama, so it appears the Whites are not choosing based on color.

    February 6, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  15. Lee

    Hillary cares about all the people – including Latinos and Asians – she will be a president for all – not just for the blacks.

    As I listen to Obamas speech tonight it reminds me of being in a southern baptist black church listening to the preacher. It makes me sick. He speaks a message but has no substance. It is all fluff and he wants to be MLK but...he AINT.

    February 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. ANGELINA JOLIE

    OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA
    WE DO NEED CHANGE AMERICA NEEDS CHANGE WE DO NOT NEED CLINTON
    WE NEED A NEW PERSON AND I DO TRUST OBAMA ... THIS IS NOT ABOUT BLACKS OR WHITE IT IS ABOUT OUR NATION . WE NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN RUN IT AND BRING CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY AND MAKE IT A BETTER AND SAFER PLACE TO STAY .... I AM A WHITE PERSON AND I AM WITH OBAMA ALL THE WAY. WE SHOULD STOP ALL THIS RACISM ISSUES AND THINK OF OUR COUNTRY AND KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL HUMAN AND WE ARE EQUAL.
    OBAMA FOR 08 !!!

    February 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  17. zipo

    Well, we all know that Latino and Asian have always been anti-African American. Thoses Latinos and Asians were not the people who gave so much to America from the Plantation that gave free labor to the U.S to the lives of all those Blacks who gave their life during the civil war for this country to be United and powerful to welcome those Asians and Latinos who are now against Blacks. Well we'll wait what Hillary will do with those +12MILLIONS of illegal mostly hispanic immigrants. We can not reward those outlwas with an amnesty, they need to be sent back where they came from because most of them are criminal, and we all know how those hispanic are in a mission to overcome African American as yesterday's Biggest minority. THAT 12 MILLION WE NEED TO MULTIPLY BY AT LEAST 2 COZ THEY HAVE KIDS WHO ARE NOW VOTING FOR HILLARY ( who is pro illigal immigrants) AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICANS. those Latino gangs don't attack whites they attack blacks and they believe they are better American than Blacks who gave so much to this country. We need to deport all those illigal immigrants who are coming here to kill Americans.

    February 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Strange Headline!

    It's people like you who promote racism, Schneider!

    February 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  19. Brooke

    This shows that Obama should be the one to go up against the Republicans in the fall. He is like a freight train. He wins people over and makes them realize there is more to the political process than being divided by petty party lines.

    February 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. Jt

    Murthy ... maybe Obama causes a cross from republican to democrat, or how about the independent vote ... for the general election lou dobs pionted out that it is around (i don't remember the exact stats) 1/3 rep 1/3 dem and 1/3 INDEPENDENT ... if he can get the majority of the independent and also some of the liberal republicans, then he would win the general WITHOUT the base ... isn't that the point of the whole thing to win the General election, and which can beat McCain easier ... a bleeding heart card carying ACLU member who over 50% of the general public polled said that they would vote for anybody but her ... or a new face who can swing away republicans by playing the middle ... lets get out of partisan politics and appeal to the independents who "Don't we deserve a government that works?" 'Lou Dobbs

    February 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. Tim

    CNN might as well throw an endorsement to Obama....
    Obama-biased news flood the website...

    February 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. rw

    I agree with Rafi68 above, I tuned to Fox news for the results, could not stand the CNN tilted, slanted reporting against Hillary.

    Thank you California Latinos, VIVA Hillary amigos.

    February 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. LISA

    What happened to the Montana Republican results in your ticker?!? They were listed once – and now they're not there any more? We're small – but we still count!

    Please check it out!

    You know – something smells when exit polls are really different than the actual results. New Hampshire and now California. Makes me wonder if some of those unaccounted for millions in the Clinton global initiative are used to hack some of the machines there.

    February 6, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  24. Matt

    I love how all of the Hillary tools are screaming victory with only 10% of precincts from the most populous state reporting.

    Why waste a vote on Hilary, might as well swap parties and vote McCain. Obama is the only candidate left with even a HINT of competent policy, and the only one with any real connection to the values of the Democratic party. Not that he is the shining beacon in either case, but he outpaces Clinton by leaps and bounds on that.

    February 6, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  25. James

    You Obama people are being brain washed and you and all of us will regret it if he is elected. I will vote Republican if he his the nominee after being a rigged democrat

    February 6, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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