February 5th, 2008
11:33 PM ET
10 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

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. James

    I saw an answer by a Republican congressman on Bill Maher that echoed my theory on the Hillary Hate. He said she was divisive because she tried to fix health care back in the 1990s. He didn't mention that the insurance industry spent $300 million (which was a lot more back then) attacking her efforts and that the media got involved like the pawns they are by going after her and Bill.

    Just ask why CNN setup Michael Moore when Sicko came out and ambushed and slandered his movie on the problems with the US Health Care system on live TV. Same reason as Hillary then and Hillary now. The media has huge ties to the drug, insurance and HMO companies and attacks ANYONE who looks like a legitimate threat. Obama is not one based on his plan. Edwards was and they pretended he didn't exist.

    This won't be posted anyways because CNN has moderated posts...I just hope whoever reads this and doesn't post it goes home and reads 1984 and that warms your cold heart.

    February 6, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  2. asc

    Matt: Hillary is ahead by 80 deligates today alone. Adding to her lead of 90 going in, at this point Obama would need to win CA with a lead of 50% or so just to to pull even. That's not happening.

    She's ahead by 22% with 10% reporting, which is almost identical to what it was with 2% reporting. With such a large number of voters, quite a small portion can often be used to project the winner. The only chance of a turnaround is if the results so far are from areas very weighted toward clinton.

    February 6, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  3. Ron

    Wolfe: Hillary takes AZ. well that was fast what no Spectacular! O I forgot she's not O

    February 6, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. Dusacre

    In order for our country to move forward, we need to accept who we are, our difference et what we have in common. This country is built on race, we cannot ignore that, we should confront it. Obama is uniting us. It will be a real lost for America to put Obama away because of his race.

    Bill Schneider has done what is right. He has reported the data as there are. If you have a problem with that, then it is so because of your own prejudice.

    February 6, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |

    I love how Obama wants to "change" Washington when he's part of it! What has he done to CHANGE Washington since being in the Senate?



    February 6, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  6. Rebecca - CA

    ROBERTO IN NJ....that was an ignorant comment..... I hope you are not representative of the Latino vote.

    February 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  7. darius

    OBAMA will win and be the best thing for this country!

    February 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  8. Ron

    CA – 55% -30% but their exit polls say its still competitive. yes I know only 15% reporting. Have to wonder what they would be saying if O was the 55%?

    February 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  9. Laura

    The educated are the ones who think about things and not jump on a band wagon with what others are bombarding you with A.k.a. Obama adds and biased reporting.
    Thinking about it, Hillary is the stronger candidate. Go Hillary!! We're with you all the way!

    February 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. Sharon

    McCain VS Obama... should be interesting... *smile*

    February 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  11. Rebecca - CA

    ROBERTO IN NJ....that was an ignorant comment..... I hope you are not representative of the Latino vote.

    February 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  12. Dem08

    GO Hillary, yes you can, and you did win California. MSNBC just called it..

    February 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  13. laurie

    cnn...BIASED a little?

    February 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  14. Steve

    "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."

    Must be Bubba (as the wizard of oz) manipulating all this levers behind the curtains – he's everwhere tonight!!!

    Grow up.

    February 6, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. Lailasmom

    Just goes to show you how race still plays in politics, more than ever in 2008. I'm in CA and voted proudly for Obama, but you hear talk radio and others say just because he is black, they will not vote for him..yet they hate Hillary. They feel that if she gets the nomination, then the Republicans can tear her up on the flip -flopping she has showed (needless to say, I stop listening to talk radio during this election). Its so pitiful... forgive me for being naive, but I thought maybe people will look at what each candidate stands for and how they can deal with issues we have here at home and how we can mend some international fences...rather than what they look like. Obama may not tackle issues that I am focusing on as much as I would like , but he's the closet figure that reflects my views.

    I can't stand 4 more years of a Republican and I pray that the Clinton's don't get back in the White House. Well, there's my two cent...everyone have a good night.

    February 6, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  16. Mark from Louisville

    CNN is so in love with Obama that they spin everything in his favor. as they were showing his live speech they displayed a big caption across the screen that read:
    OBAMA AND CLINTON IN COMPETITIVE RACE IN CALIFORNIA. Meanwhile when the very small ticker at the bottom of the screen was scrolling current results and it came to California, Hillary was leading by a 55% to 32% margin over Obama. But they had to deceive the viewers by saying it was competitive. In other words he was losing but they couldn't just display a headline saying "Clinton leading big over Obama in California". This has been going on for weeks now with CNN and they are taking it to new levels in their infatuation of this guy.

    February 6, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  17. treborjant

    Viva Hillary! She has the overwhelming support of NY, Cali, FL & Ohio...4 of the 5 largest delegate counts in the nation! She will win, even if it goes to convention! wooooohooooo!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  18. Brandy, NJ

    Oh people don't fight over all of this. CNN and FOX are in the same bed together. They are biased reporting media. All of this about 'best political team on tv' ... nice try CNN.

    I turned over to CBS tonight. Much more fair and less bias reporting.

    CNN called Hillary out of the race after Iowa, even though she only lost by like one delegate or so.

    CNN said that MO an all important state until she started to win it, then they said that the most important was MN since Obama won it.

    CNN, if you count in one day, give Obama more positive air time both online and on tv. Clinton might get as many headlines but the phrasing of her headlines inspires negativity and doubt, some often evoke bad feelings ... such as race.

    White voters are clearly more divided amongst the candidates. This does show that race is not an issue for white voters. Black voters are much more likely to vote for Obama. This makes you wonder if it is about race for them. White women seem to be more for Clinton, but not black women.

    I'd advise everyone to just wait until everything is in.

    Clinton today.
    Obama tomorrow.
    Think ahead dems.

    February 6, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. max555

    Simple – Hispanic and Asian voter will not go for a black. A lot of whites will not vote for a black. Republicans will gain hispanic votes, asian votes, and no-black white votes in the general election.

    Obama is having a hard time among the Democrat faithfull, in the general election he gets creamed. Blacks make up only 11-15% of the US population and they have poor voting turnout.

    In the primaries the black vote is making Obama a candidate. The black vote in the Demorcratic primary is a much much higher percentage of the vote total than what it will be in the general election.

    Obama will get the nomination, but he is the one person that guarantees the Republicans will win. California will vote republican in the general election and insure a republican win.

    I must applaud the republican strategy. Obama will insure a republican win and the hispanic, asian, and no-black white vote will migrate from democratic party.

    February 6, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  20. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    I've said it before and I'll say it again:

    Hillary nomination = McCain vote from this Democrat.

    Some of you still do not understand. Just because the most hard-line liberals among us like her and agree with some of her policies does NOT mean she is electable in a GENERAL ELECTION. She would get walloped!! Wake up!!

    By the way, Missouri is delivering for Obama now despite some early predictions. What happened California? Hopefully this will tighten up as more of the non-mailin votes are counted.

    February 6, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  21. Forrest Gump

    Hillary said she would give California back to Mexico if they vote for her.Go Hillary.The fix is in and Hill will win.

    February 6, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  22. Ace

    NBC projects Clinton win in CA.

    February 6, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. Laura

    I'm an advanced practice nurse with a Masters degree and I support Hillary. I do not believe myself to be uneducated

    February 6, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. Carl

    If some of you actually use the logic that you support Hillary because Obama is a liar...

    please go back to never never land and smell reality... for I shall call you all hypcrites.

    All it takes is for you to listen to Clinton speak in each state, and basically insulting each region "with her made up accents" which is just pathetic...

    that doesn't even go into her policies

    February 6, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Lee

    Congratulations to Senator H. Clinton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. She just has won the wonderful state of California!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
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