(CNN) - Highlights from the national exit polls show how key trends played out tonight.
On the Democratic side:
–Hillary Clinton carried white voters over Barack Obama, 52 to 43 percent. Obama carried black voters 82 to 16 percent. Clinton won Latinos 61 to 37 percent, and Clinton carried Asians 68 percent to 30 percent.
–Not surprisingly, the economy ranked as the top issue. Clinton had a slight edge with these voters, 50 percent to 46 percent. The war in Iraq was also an important issue for Democrats tonight, and those voters preferred Obama by 15 points. Clinton clearly benefits from the war becoming less a concern among Democratic voters.
–Clinton won 52-43 among those who didn't graduate from college. Obama beat Clinton 54-42 among those with a college degree.
–Clinton had a 5-point edge among Democrats, while Obama had a 21-point lead among independents.
On the Republican side:
–Romney beat McCain among conservatives, 42 percent to 30 percent. Huckabee won 21 percent of the conservative vote - though among Southern conservatives, the former Arkansas governor was the top choice, beating Romney 41 percent to 28 percent. The moderate vote overwhelmingly went for McCain over Romney, 52 to 24 percent.
–The top issue was the economy, and those voters favored McCain over Romney by 9 points - despite Romney's emphasis of his economic credentials.
–Nearly half of Republican voters said they were looking for a candidate who shared their values, and those voters favored Romney by 7 points. But McCain easily one among voters looking for a candidate who says what he believes, has the experience, and has the best chance to beat a Democrat next November.
Related: Watch Bill Schneider break down Super Tuesday by the issues
–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
Anyone notice the Republicans are not divided by race/gender /age? How many white men voted for McCain? Was Romney was able to capture the white women over 40, because he is a handsome man? Huckabee won the votes from black men over 50 in the south.
Why are indepents allowed to vote in this? Seriously, take those votes away and Obama didn't do jack.
Tom February 6, 2008 4:24 am ET
Asians and Latinos do not want to see the Black as the President. CA actually prove this. I am sure that Asian and Latino Votes will go to McCain if Obama get the nomination. This will be the end of Dmocrats…
Oh My God! Please tell me that someone did not actually post this. "Asians and Latinos don't want to see the Black as the President." It's 2008 people... perhaps we should focus on the issues instead of a person's race.
Hillary Clinton has a problem. To beat Obama she has to play to the fears of the voters. So experience, security, commander in chief, protecting the people from the worsening economy. Short she has to shatter hope. But then in the General election she faces someone who is even better when people are afraid, more experience except for the economy. But the Republicans excell in using fear. And then McCain can sit it out and let others pose the question. Do you r e a l l y want a third term of Bill Clinton without the charm? So how can Hillary Clinton win the General Election if she has to compete for independants and she alone may be able to unite the Republican party?
I want to know how many blacks voted for each Republican candidate? How many women? How many of the women were black/white. How many Hispanics? How many with a college degree? How many Asians? How many under 25? How many over 40? What was the median income of each group. The media seems to think the democrats need to know these little details?
It is absolutely bizarre to me Obamaniacs say there is no difference between Hillary and McCain on the Iraq war!!! Get a grip PLEASE!! Obama has been against the idea of the war before we went in .. granted. since he has been elected he has voted the same as Clinton on most war related votes. The republicans want to stay in Iraq for up to 100 years or more ... Clinton wants to get us out. Both Obama and Clinton want to get us out. The means and the rhetoric surrounding how and when is not too dissimilar. Not many of the issues in this race between Obama and Clinton are seperated by huge ammounts of daylight between their policiy stances.
Anyone saying the Republicans (and especially McCain) and Clinton feel the same on the war makes themselves sound brainwashed or programmed or delusional. Then again, maybe they are not mutually exclusive!
Honestly, this page of comments has gotten out of control. To the Hillary supporters: most Democrats like her, she will make a fine President and we know she is a formidable politician who won't falter under Republican attacks. But she won 50.2% of the popular vote. This in no way can be construed as a victory for Clinton when less then 2 months ago she had as much as a 30 point lead over Obama. To the Obama supporters: most Democrats like him, he will make a fine President and I can say confidently that his charisma, youth and capacity for inspiration will make him formidable against any of the leading GOP contenders. But he won 49.8% of the vote; it is an encouraging number, given Clinton's previous grip on the contest, but he remains the challenger.
Whether you're a Hillary supporter or an Obama supporter, we can all agree the race is far from over. Just be happy with two extraordinary candidates and enjoy the process. For all it's absurdity, the excitement is undeniable–a Democrat will take the White House come November.
Ottawa, ON (Canada!)
For the person that asked how being a first lady is experience. Age is an experiance. Living through the civl rights movement and actually being a part of it means experience.
I do not quite get how one can argue their candidate is fresh and new and there fore a change for good, and then in the next breath argue that some one touting their experience is less experienced than they state and therefore less viable or acceptable?.
Obama is the man for change, but yet has the old guard behind him and yells out their endorsements. Fresh and new and yet ballyhoos the old guards endorsements?
He would be fresh and new since he is neither a Bush or a Clinton, but then cheer at the Kennedy endorsement? The most renowned dynasty in American politics endorses you and you are the the new guy and stand for soemthing completely different??
Maybe I am just biased because I believe our political system is built around conflict and needs to be left vs right, one vs another. That is in its very design an not a bad thing. It is ,however,bad how in the past 15 years people put party before the country when tryign to get things done for the good of the people.
This is the first time that I voted in the primary. What drove me was all the pundits and the media all declaring that Obama will win in CA. I am one of those people that think Hillary is the right one for the job, she is a candidate that offers more substance. To drive home my point, I decided not to cast my absentee vote. Being an independent voter, I could vote for a democratic candidate. To you guys, that have the notion, that all independents are for Obama, I am an exception and I am not alone, there are a lot of us and we are for Hillary ! I was never so excited in any primary, and it is not because I am a woman, my husband is for Hillary, too, and he is equally concerned that people vote according to issues and not because of any endorsement.
It is the messages from the polls. The older-age groups accumulated more life experiences, more mature when make judgments rather just momentums.
Clinton is more elect-able. She was attacked by Republicans for years. We know what will be looked like once facing the Republican nominee.
In addition, Clinton got detailed plans for executions. How long will take Obama there and how? If the medical insurance is not mandatory, how much difference it will be from now? It is off track of Democ’s mission.
What Republicans held to against him is a mystery since he had never been an effective contender in the past. With his connection with Louis Farrakhan, and something else, will be super bomb that will throw Demo out of the election immediately. Shouldn't we concern? He really needs to stay where he is now to practice more for a future opportunity.
Go Hillary!!!!!!!!! Universal Medicare is the way of USA!!!
I keep seeing these statistics about the education of voters of Obama vs Clinton. Where are these statistics coming from??? This is a serious question. Is there a question on the voter registration form that asks about education? If yes, is this form available to the media or are these statistics based solely on exit polls?
Anyone out there who knows
Since democrats hate Hillary so much, may be she should as an independent
Obama is polarizing the race. He only has a lock on the Black vote. Hillary has the white, latino, jewish and Asian vote (along with all the other minority votes). How can he say he’s a uniter when the stats don’t match what he says? This is a major problem. Do we want the whole race to be polarized by race? We all know that’s what’s going to happen if Obama wins the nomination. We all know that all the republicans just need to bring up race for the dems to lose the election.
This all comes back to his biggest flaw. There’s not much there past his “hope” and “change” speech. He has very little to back up anything that he says . The extreme media bias is hurting the Democratic Party. The media should dissect Obama’s flaws right now so we can see how he does when he’s attacked. I’d rather it come out now than later on. Obama is virgin meat. The Republicans are going to tear him apart.