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.

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- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

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

    Actually.... Canadian quarters are currently worth more than American quarters.

    March 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. TXNS for Hillary

    Hillary will win Texas and Ohio!!! The Obama streak ends with the BIG states.

    Clinton 2008

    March 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. hardy thornton jr.

    if obama or hillary wins ohio will they keep the promise to ohioian.i think not because it's all about votes.he ssaid ,she said i've heard it all before.

    March 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Veronica in CA

    Go HIllary!!!

    I am worried about the reports of voter intimidation at the polls today, and about the Obama supporters in Texas who are having people fill out caucus ballots as they vote in the primary, and then are taking them to the caucus sites! This is illegal! Several Texans have had their Hillary signs ripped off their lawns and their yards vandalized early in the morning hours. This is so disappointing.

    March 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. John Knight

    If CNN exit polls in Ohio are accurate....looks like Sen. Clinton wins 52-48. It's a win, but watch the delegates split even.

    Gotta go do Texas math now 🙂

    March 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. 4sfullpenetrator

    Hillary > Obama

    If he wins I'm voting for Nader, or Ron Paul if he runs Indy.

    March 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. carrie

    man,u guys give it a rest.if u dont want to know who cnn projects,turn off ur tv and site off the site.pls
    obama,the candidate for change

    March 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. pamsiri

    Americans didn't learn the too bad.

    March 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. NK

    We need Obama! that`s it,,
    Go Obama...

    March 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. dee

    Abraham, you are right on time. You are thinking the way that I am thinking. Does the Clinton Administration want America to forget this or do they think that we are so stupid that this doesn't matter?

    OBAMA '08

    Dee Cee

    March 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Ken Roach

    Thats all folks

    March 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Chris

    I am so tired of hearing how the latino and black vote are changing the there any white votes out there? don't get me wrong, these segiments are just as important, but lets look at EVERYONE....

    March 4, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Bob

    What % of voters take part in exit poles? Nobody outside my polling place. Who are they asking ? how many are they asking?

    March 4, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Terri from Indiana

    Obama is bad news! The first time the heat was turned up and he has folded on his lies. Come to your senses people. Respect out nation.

    March 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Glen

    I am Black I and not voting for OBAMA....

    This Guy is after too liberal.

    This Guy has no experience.

    This Guy is a liar ( He told the canadian governmment that he is O.K with NAFTA ; behind close door and in public he is saying he will negoiate NAFTA )


    WAKE UP !! PEOPLE !!!

    March 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Bruce

    Go Hillary,

    Now, now let’s get back to the facts and out of the self produced celebration. Sen. Clinton was ahead of Sen. Obama by 20% plus in both Ohio and Texas. Therefore, if Obama loses by less than 20% with all that has happened this week, he should feel good about the results. If the loss is more than 20% then it’s a good night for Hillary. Remember, she was supposed to win these states, just as he was supposed to win Vermont.

    March 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |


    March 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Don

    I always wanted to vote for a woman to become our leader, it would be a CHANGE. But not Hillary, as James previously pointed out
    "Our ancestor left that family control centuries ago……."
    That left me no choice but a true CHANGE.

    All races should unite behind OBAMA diversity....

    March 4, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Terri from Indiana

    Glen...thank you. Unfortunately, not everyone is thinking like you are.

    March 4, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. Alex A

    I was listening to right wing radio on my way home here in texas and it was disturbing and might i add disgraceful hearing so many republicans calling in to say they voted for Hillary to stop obama. This is truly outrageous….really is this democracy?

    March 4, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. Vic, Brooklyn, NY

    Just heard, that in Vermont Obama won among the college graduates. My son is going to graduate from college this summer. When I asked him who is he going to vote for, he said Ron Paul. But he changed his mind very quick, when I said that Ron Paul will be irrelevant by November. Of course, he said that his second choice is Obama. I asked my very well doing in the college son, what does he like about Obama and was killed by the answer :" He is a very good public speaker". I already had a suspicion, why most educated people vote for Obama and this is why: Great public speaker. What about substance? God, help America!!

    March 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  22. Jason, TX

    Thank you WHITE PEOPLE for voting for the black man and abandoning your over qualified white womman. We, the Black Peoples Union, thank You!!!

    March 4, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Renee Las vegas

    I believe Obamas economic financial advisor was a set up by the Canadians. They invite him over for a tour and baited him.... and the dummy bit!

    March 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. obae dennis

    It is like a fire war. Everyone is pointing poisonous fingers at Obama who is actually a uniter. Republicans are voting for Clinton because they are scared of Obama. Democrates, stop being fooled for a weaker vessel. Otherwise, mcCain will end up being a president.

    March 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Bev from Canada

    Sandra you got it right. But if they can not have McCain then they will take their second choice, Hillary Clinto. The Canadian Government, both the Conservatives and the Liberals and the Canadian public have been in love with the Clintons. That is why former President Bill Clinton was up in Canada on a speaking tour last year. No other former US President could draw the crowds he did.

    I am disappointed in US voters because I view a vote for Hillary to be a vote for same old, same old politics in Washington. The Americans say that they want change in how things are done in Washington and then go and vote for someone who won't change Washington. She and her husband and their friends have too much invested in the way Washington is run. They owe too much to lobbyists and special interest groups. If she wins the nomination she will represent the women and the Latino's. They are the ones that are voting for her. She keeps pointing to the good years under President Bill Clinton. It was better than now but that wasn't all his doing. Congress and the Senate and the world had a lot to do with it too. The western world was better off then than it is now. Even in Canada it was better then than it is now. Alot of it had to do with what was happening around the world.

    March 4, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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