March 4th, 2008
08:36 PM ET
7 years ago

Exit polls: Did Limbaugh influence Democratic race?

A line of voters cast their primary ballots in Columbus.
A line of voters cast their primary ballots in Columbus.

(CNN) - There were concerns that Republican voters would participate in large numbers in the Democratic primaries in Ohio and Texas Tuesday and cause mischief, following a call by Rush Limbaugh for listeners to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Early exit polling shows 10 percent of the voters in Ohio's Democratic Primary identified themselves as Republican, along with 22 percent who said they were independents. It was the same story in Texas: 10 percent of the voters in the Democratic primary identified themselves as Republican, along with 25 percent who said they were independents.


–CNN's Joe Van Kanel


Filed under: Exit Polls
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. bo

    well, those people must be going to obama because no way in hell would a republican vote for hillary even if it was a strategy

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Dan

    People still listen to Rush Limbaugh?

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. MN Woman

    Hey – Isn't Rush generally "under the influence'?

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. Mike

    Rush is a drug addict and adulterer. Also, a douchebag.

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. Bruce

    Well now. There's a lot of rhetoric here too. Let me remind everyone: Mr Change (Obama) and Mrs. Clinton promised you all sweeping changes in the last election – remember?? Of course they and the rest of the changers forgot about you once they were in control. The Democrats made huge promises for change and received control of both houses of Congress. They have done NOTHING!

    If you believe the lies again – I guess we will all get what we deserve. If you care to look at what happened before – a Democratic Congress coupled with a Democrat in the White House put Social Security into the General Fund – that's why it's not self sufficient. Be careful!

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Paul

    If you're dumb enough to listen to Rush, then you're also probably dumb enough to do what he says.

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Chuck

    I can think of few public figures – and Rush certainly is a public figure – who hurt our nation as much as Rush Limbaugh. The fact that such a fool has a large audience speaks poorly of our nation. He has only divided people who otherwise share so much, and he disgusts me. If he did have an impact today it is a tragedy.

    March 4, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. R.S.

    This time Rush was right.

    Better Hillary than Obama.

    Hillary 08

    March 4, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. Lucy

    I voted early – as a Democrat – in the Democratic primary in a heavily Republican precinct in Galveston County, TX. Most of the activity at the poll that morning was at the Democratic Party table as my Republican neighbors voted to swing the Democratic primary. They didn't need Rush to tell them they had the power to do that.

    March 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. Lucy

    And to add to my previous comment.... My satisfaction with this is that all these Republicans now have "Voted in the Democratic Primary" stamped permanently on their voter registration cards for the next two years.

    March 4, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. TOMMY

    RUSH, people are tired of you, you are talking to the wall, but keep talking, you FAT SLAB, by the way, watch your blood pressure, you may get heart attack or CVA. You and Lou Dobs will get heart attack some day, that I wish you sooooooooooo much. I can't wait see that happening !!!

    March 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. matt

    quote from Marne D March 4th, 2008 8:53 pm ET

    This is Rush Limbaugh's backward little way of endorsing Hillary Clinton. Unlike Ann Coulter, he's not man enough to publicly announce his support.

    That's what I said all along.....Ann Coulter is really really a man!! Don't let her fool you peeps.

    March 4, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  13. Ray Rheaume

    Limbaugh is hoping for the impossible...that the democrats DON'T win the general election.

    The polls show Obama can take McCain and Hillary can give him a tough fight.
    Common sense makes it claer that continuing the Bush policies isn't goig to win anyone brownie points in November.

    March 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  14. Alex

    The Clinton group are not just negative they are desperate. They will hurt the party and somebody has to tell them to focus on issues than the guy. They are pathetic. They have lost focus.

    March 5, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  15. LATSMANAN PONNUSAMY

    If Obama, an Afro American, wins the Presidential Elections in November, 2008 that will be testament to all that America affirms and stands for in the eyes of the world.

    March 5, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  16. Musa

    check it out baby

    March 5, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
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