March 4th, 2008
07:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: Economy top issue for Ohio, Texas Republicans

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NEW YORK (CNN) – The economy was an overwhelming concern for Republican primary voters in both Ohio and Texas Tuesday, according to an early CNN exit poll.

In Ohio, 43 percent of GOP primary voters said the economy was the most important issue this election, while 22 percent cited Iraq, 19 percent ranked illegal immigration, and 15 percent said terrorism.

In Texas, 26 percent of Republican primary voters said the economy was the top concern, followed by 23 percent who cited terrorism, 21 percent who noted Iraq, and 16 percent who said illegal immigration.

Related: Mike Huckabee shares a moment with rival supporters

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Texas
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. akaDoug

    Vermont = the first of four victories tonight! 12 to zero baby...where's the mercy rule when you need it!

    March 4, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Lois in CA

    Anyone who still thinks that we are not in a recession has to have his/her head somewhere where the sun don't shine. Of course it's about the economy, stupid. Have you looked at indicators?

    The cost of this war of aggression and our global invasion policies under this current "leadership" have finally brought the economy to its knees. Can we keep on staggering ahead, spending millions everyday on war? Until this issue is addressed, it ain't going to get any rosier inside our wallets.

    March 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Aaron

    Hard to believe anyone can really focus on the real issues with all the mud flying because of Hillary and her war machine. LET US FOCUS ON REAL ISSUES PEOPLE.

    March 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Kaye

    Where does CNN get off naming candidates the winner of states immediately after the polls close. It's the vote of the people. Why can't CNN let us watch the vote come in, instead of telling US How it's going to be, whether it works out that way or not. How unfair. Why should we watch? CNN has it all figured out. Why Vote? CNN already has it all figured out.

    March 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Sue

    A recession is defined by two quarters of negative growth. As far as I know, we have not had one quarter of negative growth.

    But still, our economy is in bad shape.

    We don't need anymore Old Washington tricks, they have not worked in the past.

    We need someone new with new ideas.

    We need Obama!!

    March 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. deb in az

    i think if the people of vermont would have paid attention to what sen clinton has said about bringing the troops home, she has the most aggresive plan to do that............the mud slinging is real mud ..............i would still like to know why this man is meeting with the he our new representative to canada?

    March 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    What is McCain's view on the economy?

    Oh yes, coorporate tax breaks, enjoy it Republicans, you know that store you go to to buy your clothes, gas, etc, they are going to get another tax break, arn't you so exited for them.

    I feel as giddy as a young girl, yeeeeeesssssssss.

    March 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Chris Custer

    Yes, and hopefully that should favor Clinton who wants to get started fixing the economy right away. If they are restless, they will want to vote in someone on only the merit of his speech writers. They know Hillary has a plan and will get started with it right away, where as Obama's economic plan is lifted straight from hers, but without knowing exactly how to execute it.

    March 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. FrankSmith

    Hillary's wins of the BIG states can be explained in simple terms:

    "Superstar, Name Recognition!"
    It is like the Superdelegates who made the commitment before the peoples' votes were in!!

    Hillary and her supporters do not have to worry, Obama will easily win these BIG states in the general election.

    As you can see, the Superdelegates, like the BIG states, will soon wake up!!

    March 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. kelly

    How is Texas going to keep out the illegals voting? Guess there will have to be a recount and check them out.

    March 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. james

    How can Hillary say she broke Obama's momentum if she only wins Ohio or Texas by single digit margins when she was up 20 points earlier.......It would be amazing that he held her to a single digit win ,if he doesn't take one or both,considering her long history in these states.

    March 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Chris Custer

    Hey Aaron, as Barack himself said, "no ones hands are clean." His certainly aren't clean, not with the repeated fraudulent flyers going around that Hillary had already disproved and that had also pointed out. If this race were just about issues, just the faqs and issues, Hillary would be winning hands down, since all of her plans on the economy, healthcare, nafta changes, border control, etc., were presented months before the pirate we know as Barack Obama.

    March 4, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Lana; FORMER lifelong liberal democrat

    Best candidate for our economy (and everthing else)................LOU DOBBS for President!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. patrique in okla

    the true indicator is if he can garnish enough of a lead to make a legitimate haul and maintain his lead not if he can win or lose

    March 4, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. IMO

    Why is Obama taking these states? Thank CNN. Where is Edward R. Murrow when we need him?

    March 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. james

    Wow, Hillary keeps speaking of her plans for health care and her economic plans......I wonder how much of it she had Bill Clinton do?
    Why isnt she transparent with her taxes.....The Clintons are always hiding something or misleding somethingelse......
    Wake Up American......We need real change.....We cant have another term of the some old crap.....Bush tricked us twice.....
    We had Clintons and Bushes in the White house for so long...I am wondering is this America or England.......Our ancestor left that family control centuries ago.......

    March 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. kathleen

    Please, Republican Rich Cronies, Move over!!!!!!!

    Obama 2008

    March 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Donald.Fonrose

    I truly believe Obama might bring all of us together. One point the media failed to drive home is Obama is not a black man but a racially mixed man. Her mother is of the white race, and I believe her mother raised him to be fair and he's also partially white.

    UNITE US OBAMA...Good Job mama!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA

    March 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. kathleen

    Republicans, To be part of the Human Race, vote Democrat
    for Obama.

    Vote with "we the people".

    OBAMA 2008

    March 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. David

    War achine? Mud flying? Wow Aaron, you clearly have not followed politics in the past - and you CLEARLY have not been watching this process in this election year. The two democratic party candidates have discussed the issues at length and it is all out there. If you have a personal preference between the two, then that is excellent, but to call either Obama or Clinton out for negative campaigning??? Man, you simply have no clue and are more out of touch than the Bush administration and the Republican party as a whole.

    March 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Sandra

    Deb in AZ

    As a Canadian, I think the Canadian Gov. set Obama up. The party is mostly made up of neocons who would like nothing better than to see McBomb win. They think Obama will win. I wouldn't take what our Canadian representive says took place in the meeting unless he has it on tape. They are already in s t street here in Canada due to trying to bribe a politian who was ill with cancer and has since died.
    They are now trying to dance the two step trying to get out of it.
    I would rather believe Obama's version.
    GO DEMS 08

    March 4, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Jim in Oregon


    March 4, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Terri from Indiana

    I am a die-hard democrat....however, if Obama wins the democratic nomination, I will vote republican for the first time in my life. I will urge all my fellow democrats to do the same.

    March 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. kay

    Nice article on McCain winning Ohio–very credible, not too wordy.

    March 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Vig

    Hey Republicans in Texas – vote for Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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