February 5th, 2008
10:51 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: McCain fought hard in home state

(CNN) – John McCain’s win in his home state wasn’t an easy one. For much of the night, the Arizona senator was neck-and-neck with Mitt Romney among Republican voters - and among self-identified conservatives, at one point, he was losing to Romney by 11 points. McCain's clearly having a good night, but it appears it was a hard-fought victory among Republicans who know him best.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Arizona • Bill Schneider
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Mysterius, San Francisco, CA

    He clearly has the lead in Arizona now, though. Is it possible Romney supporters simply voted earlier?

    (Logic goes thus: Romney voters in Arizona must be pretty dedicated to stick with their candidate, so they're most motivated to go vote, ergo they vote earlier.)

    February 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. T.J. Parsell

    When are you going to stop your BIASED coverage of HILLARY Clinton. Her sound was slightly off – and I'm convinved this was not an accident. CNN consistently cuts her talks or bundles her coverages on a suspeiciously frequent basis. GET OFF IT!
    Don't turn into a Fox like network.

    February 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Ryan

    Those "conservatives" that you speak of are all Mormon.

    Arizona is a Mormon bastian in many parts....you saw the results in Utah....that is why "conservatives" voted for Romney in AZ....but McCain won

    Arizona is a state of fiscal, socially moderate conservatives....and that is why McCain won despite the "conservative" (aka. Mormon) vote going to Romney

    February 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. nico33

    obviously it will b mccain and obama...no need for all the hype...just the facts mam,just the facts (mam i.e. Heidi ((my favorite girlfriend in my head))

    February 5, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. David in Kansas City

    McCain is Bob Dole all over again. He'll sink like Bob Dole did too.

    February 5, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  6. Jason

    I suspect Ryan has a point. There is a large Mormon population in AZ. Anyone asking about religious affiliation in the exit polls?

    February 5, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. Matt

    T.J.
    Billary couldn't speak (er READ) over all of her low brow NY supporters. Therefore the sound guy had to jack up the volume. That speech, in front of a national audience on all news networks, lacked any significance and did not come across as processional despite technical challenges.... Besides, I watched it on FOX and the sound was bad as well.

    February 5, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. Matt

    T.J.
    Billary couldn't speak (er READ) over all of her low brow NY supporters. Therefore the sound guy had to jack up the volume. That speech, in front of a national audience on all news networks, lacked any significance and did not come across as professional despite technical challenges.... Besides, I watched it on FOX and the sound was bad as well.

    February 5, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. Lee

    CNN...Huckabee is in your face and we're lovin' it!

    Huckabee for President!

    February 5, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. Sue

    I'm not surprised that Romney is leading among conservatives in Arizona. We have a very large Mormon population throughout the state, especially in the city of Mesa and some rural areas in the eastern and northern sections. I'm sure those conservative voters who supported Romney are largely Mormon.

    I also noticed that Romney is doing well in early returns in Colorado. I would bet that there is also a large population of Mormons there, as well as in Nevada where Romney already won. Mormons might even be a factor in California.

    February 5, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Linda

    We reside in Arizona! No way! McCain is not our Man!

    February 5, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  12. D Park

    It has been an exciting night across the nation for the American voter. What I find very interesting is that the Democrat voter turn-out is by far larger than the Republican turn-out in most states, yet none of the analysts are mentioning this. Not on CNN nor any of the other stations.

    February 5, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |