March 4th, 2008
09:12 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Whites in Texas v. Ohio

(CNN) – It’s interesting to take a look at the white vote in both Texas and Ohio. Clinton only holds a 1 point lead among these voters in Texas, but in Ohio her advantage is much stronger - she's beating Obama among whites there by 23 points, 61 percent to 38 percent.

Why the disparity? I suspect it has to do with the economy. It’s a larger issue for Ohio voters than those in Texas, and Clinton has a stronger advantage among those worried about the economy in Ohio than those in Texas. Her closing ads in Ohio largely focused on her ability to deal with the economy, and she sharply criticized Obama for an advisor's comment to a Canadian official about NAFTA - a key issue among many of the state's working class whites.

Related: CNN Political Researcher Alan Silverleib analyzes Ohio exit polls

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Ohio • Texas
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. daniel1970

    This is the important result of today:
    Hillary won Ohio and she won Florida, two swing states that will be crucial in November!
    Hillarly won New York and California, the biggest prizes in November!

    Hillary is the Candidate that can beat McCain in November and bring the change to this country that so many Democrats long for!

    Go, Hillary, go!

    March 4, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Maggieb

    Boy this election must really be Fixed. The news reported winners a Minute after polls closed. Not even waiting for numbers? Makes one wonder is they have an Inside track.

    GUESS THE FIX WAS IN

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Debbi

    Black man voting for Hillaryyou are a wise man indeed and quite right that MLK and civil rights would want to you vote for the best and not by race. I hope Hillary wins, becasue she Is the most qualified to lead the country. Mr Obama needs to learn the ropes as VP and then can pick up the Presidency by which time he will be fully capable to be president unless we find out that there are personal issues.

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. CHARLES

    OHIO VOTERS RELAXED, NO MAINSTREAM MEDIA WILL OUTRIGHT
    ACCUSE YOU OF RACISM, YOU ALL KNOW YOUR STATE AND ITS
    HISTORY.AS A CHILD I REMEMBER SEEING WHITES IN TREES
    THROWING BRICKS AT MARTIN LUTHER KING ON TV, THAT HAPPENED IN OHIO. NOTHING THAT HAPPENS IN OHIO AS RELATED TO A BLACK MAN WOULD SURPRISE ME.THOUGH IT IS NOT NECCESSARY FOR THIS WRITER TO LABEL ANYONE TO UNDERSTAND OHIO MAY JUST NEED MORE TIME FOR CHANGE,
    MAYBE ANOTHER 40 YEARS !

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. RONALD COLEMAN

    NOW I SEE HOW OHIO LOST ALL THE JOBS THEY ONCE HAD. NO COMMON SENSE. WAIT TIL ANOTHER 4 YEARS AND MAYBE YALL WILL WAKEUP!

    March 4, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. luvusa

    Way to go, Ohio!! You have restored my faith in American voters!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. luvusa

    Anything that doesn't go Obama's way is called racist! It's past time for that to end. Go Ohio!!

    March 4, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  8. Mike in NYC

    Mel, you got part, but not all, of what I was saying.

    It's not about competition for jobs and the difference an "education" can make.

    It's about crime, illegitimacy, substance abuse, kids that can't/won't try in school and pull the school system down with them.

    These occur at much higher rates in black populations than white ones, and the white populations foot most of the bill.

    (If the moderator lets this post through, I'll have to give them a great deal of credit. These are not easy things to face.)

    March 4, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. joanna

    O'bama???? a roll of the dice, Michelle ? a " proud" racist comment.!

    If Hillary has won in Ohio....it proves Ohioans a very, very smart people and that O'bama supporters are not as well educated as they like to portray themselves.

    March 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. SECOND AMERICAN

    To the " first american " – I agree with you for everything you said except one: President Clinton does not sound any better than Prez Obama to me and to lot of other peaple !!! and this is what the " CHANGE " is about !!!. Be in better touch with the REALITY !!!

    March 4, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. Tim

    There has to ba problem in reporting votes in Texas. The raw votes and the percentages of vote in do not add up. Houston has nearly 200,000 votes in but records only one seventh voting. Houston can't have 1.4 million Democratic votes. It had less than 500,000 ifor Kerry in 2004. What is the problem and why don't your analysts notice it?

    March 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  12. Joe

    Only in the mind of a career politician like Hillary Clinton could losing a nearly 20-pt lead to win a close election be viewed as a victory.

    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. Mari

    Two of the best candidates, ever, two brilliant minds and two great patriots!!!!!!!

    Let's agree to put our differences aside and support the Democratic ticket in November 2008. Racism does not have a place in the Democratic Party.

    Please, let's stop the ugliness.

    Don't play into the hands of those that want to see infighting and division in the Democratic Party.

    VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET IN NOV 2008!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  14. Hillary For Ohio NOT Obama!

    Ohio Voters got Hillary! not Obama!!!!!

    Hillary 08

    March 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. Jed in Texas

    Obama chewed his foot off like a muckrat in a trap with the NAFTA lie.

    March 5, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  16. CP

    Wow. So, apparently my comment was deemed "not appropriate" by the powers that be. No censorship on CNN, eh?

    March 5, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  17. TerryD

    You analysis how white people voted in your article. I would suggest

    a better analysis' would be how black people are overwhelming voting

    for Barack H.Obama...

    Clinton is not even getting 30 percent of that voting block. I would

    suggest the Africian-Americans know more about Hillary Clinton then

    they do about Obama.

    So why have they withdrawn support for her?

    March 5, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
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