March 11th, 2008
08:53 PM ET
6 years ago

Exit Polls: Clinton draws Republican support

(CNN) - Are some of Mississippi's Republicans trying to cause mischief? Thirteen percent of the voters in today's Democratic primary identified themselves as Republican; they voted for Clinton, 78 percent to 22 percent. And 37 percent of the Democratic primary voters have a favorable opinion of John McCain; this group also went for Clinton, 62 percent to 37 percent.

Earlier this month, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh told listeners that since the Republican race was all but over, they should turn out for Clinton, because of his view that she would be a weaker fall opponent for presumptive GOP nominee John McCain - but there is no statistical evidence to indicate his instructions played any role in the Mississippi results.

–CNN's Paul Varian


Filed under: Exit Polls • Mississippi
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. no more republicans!

    This is a no brainer! Ofcourse that's why suddenly a bunch of republicans would vote in democratic polls!

    Too bad for them its too late :)

    March 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Robert B

    I can't wait until she spins this into: "Look! I'm getting Republican votes too! And no, you still can't see my tax returns...Weeeeeeeeeeee!"

    I think you get my drift...

    March 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Erin

    Typical GOP strategy. PA – Vote for OBAMA!!!!

    March 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Jay in Kansas

    "...So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation. A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him – use these powers wisely and as a last resort. And it is a vote that says clearly to Saddam Hussein – this is your last chance – disarm or be disarmed."

    -Hillary Clinton

    She supports the troops and has the experience to command them AND keep them from danger. just say no to super liberals. the true way to bring the country together is through MODERATE leadership. Thank you Clintons for your support of a moderate washington.

    March 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. True Democrat

    If this is true, it's a pretty pathetic commentary on the state of the republican party! It's also reflects poorly on Clinton who is increasingly the spoiler for the democrats this election.

    Let's wise up democrats and start giving Obama some landslide victories so we can get Clinton out of this race for good and take back the White House in November!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. interesting

    Didn't Obama ask Republicans and Independents to vote in the Democratic contest?

    Just curious who truly is the Republican Operative here.

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Amparo

    WONDERFUL!!! and be sure that every Hillary supporter will return the favor if obama is the democratic candidate.

    HILLARY OR MCCAIN

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Annamica, OH

    Spin it, spin it, spin it! They probably are trying to cause mischief, but you know, when Obama get's GOP votes its because "he is able to CROSSOVER". He is so loveable everyone wants him, isn't that right CNN!

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Pennsylvania for Obama

    To the DNC, you should make all of the future primaries in the elections from 2008 and beyond as OPEN ONLY FOR DEMOCRATS and INDEPENDENTS.

    Republicans should not be allowed to vote in a democratic race when they have no candidate to vote for on their side. It diminished the results and provides the "lesser candidate" the "weaker candidate" in the eyes of the republicans to gain votes and delegates. The vast majority of these voters identifiying themselves as republicans will vote for McCain in November. Why should we allow them to select the weaker opponent on our side Howard Dean?

    March 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. Annamica, OH

    Spin it, spin it, spin it! They probably are trying to cause mischief, but you know, when Obama get's GOP votes its because "he is able to CROSSOVER". He is so loveable everyone wants him, isn't that right CNN!

    What a laugh in the park this is. GOPs voting for Obama are crossing over so we can have a non-partisan America. Those voting for Hillary are sabotaging the DNC. Lmao CNN.

    March 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. Pennsylvania for Obama

    I know family members in Indiana who are republicans planning to vote for Hillary Clinton. They are NOT voting for her because they like her. They are going to vote for her because they do NOT want to face Obama and they know that Hillary will energize the republican base and make us (democrats) easier to defeat in November.

    If we (democrats) lose in November, it will be because of the Clintons.

    March 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. mark

    Cnn you are making too much of this. I think you have done a great job in making this election on race. I claimed to be the center of the news, but you are very left. Your news has dimished the historical proportion of this election. you have done a great job and you all ought to be proud of yourself.

    Hillary will win the monination because of you, and Hillary will lose the general election to McCain because of you. You have done a great job dividing the democrates and the nation.

    The Clintons were champions for blacks caused and now blacks have turned their back on them. Obama was made by white folks who voted for him in Iowa and New Hamp, now you have done a great service on killing that too.

    How do you guys sleep at night, knowing you have devided a nation that is badly in need forunity.
    How do you sleep at night knowing that nice bed and nice home you have is because other people are suffering.

    American is not a racist country......you folks at CNN are making it seemed as if thsi country is all about race, because your rating improve when talking about race.....Shame on you CNN......

    From now and on! I will be watching FOXNEWS AND MSNBC.....
    Cnn shame on you! CNN shame on you.

    Iam an Obama/Bill Clinton supporter.

    March 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Annamica, OH

    Spin it, spin it, spin it! They probably are trying to cause mischief, but you know, when Obama get's GOP votes its because "he is able to CROSSOVER". He is so loveable everyone wants him, isn't that right CNN!

    What a laugh in the park this is. GOPs voting for Obama are crossing over so we can have a non-partisan America. Those voting for Hillary are sabotaging the DNC. Lmao CNN.

    Hillary 08

    March 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. Jay

    So If Obama gets Republicans to vote for him then its because he cane get votes from the other party, But Hillary does it and you call foul??? Here comes the violin.

    March 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    Republicans hate the Clintons! That being said, they do not want to run against Barack Obama. Rush Limbaugh put it out there, republicans should vote for Hillary Clinton. Why do you think that is? Because the republicans are trying to keep Hillary in so the democrates continue to make fools of themselves.

    The republicans are scared of Barack Obama and rightfully so because he can and will unite this country, maybe even the world!

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. CeeJay

    Why is it that cross party voting is allowed when the other Party's candidate has already been selected? How was this loophole created?

    March 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. catmom

    Why is it when Clinton gets support from Republicans it is written in a way to suggest there is something wrong with those crossovers. However, Obama getting Republican votes, he is seen as being able to unite.

    I am still trying to find out exactly what Hillary and/or Bill Clinton have said that is considered so racist. Can someone please respond?

    March 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. John D

    Jay in Kansas–two points.

    1) Your comment has nothing to do with the story at hand.

    2) If "moderate" leadership means casting a vote to go to war purely because you want to look tough as a Democratic woman running for president a few years later, then I say screw moderation. Give me someone with sound judgment and honest intentions who won't play politics with lives.

    OBAMA '08

    March 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Clilntonite

    People are smart they would vote for Clinton..

    African Americans are voting for their skin color and have totally backstabbed the Clintons..

    Obama is done in the general..Thank God! He will lose in the general no doubt..This is a great relief for the South and for America.

    Clinton 08!

    March 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. G from the ATL

    Hillary can not win mathmatically or with a degree of fairness at this point. Her tactics are going to hand McBush the keys to the Whitehouse if she keeps it up . There are more important issues at stake. Supreme court noninations, war, ecomony , World respect and the list goes on. She should concede and allow the Dems to fight the real threat . A continuation of the past 8 years.

    March 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. Obama won TX

    No brainer!!!! Who would want Hillary to be president after watching her campaign.....

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Jay

    The Republicans business is finished. Now they are free to meddle in Democrat affairs. They want nothing more than to face Hillary...she's much easier to defeat than Obama. She is a built in "get out the vote" campaign for Republicans in November.

    If Michigan and Florida revote, Republicans will be monkeying up that works too. And its all kosher!

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Reality check #1

    Could it be that the Republicans are trying to even the score? Blacks are voting for Obama 90%, not on issues or leadership. You think Americans don't get it? We're sick of the media playing up to Obama, so afraid to even say his middle name without being called a racist then seeing blacks are turning out in record numbers for no other reason other than the color of his skin.

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. tomdavie

    Remember the start of this election cycle?

    You know , when Clinton was the heavy favorite?

    You know, when all the 'independents' and republicans were voting overwhemlingly for Obama?

    You know, when CNN could not say enough about Obamas ability to reach over to republicans and 'independents' ?

    That VOTE had nothing to do with these people trying to take clinton down. No sir. Its because Obama is so GREAT.

    But now, with obama in the lead, and Republicans voting the other way to screw up the process further, NOW YOU DECIDE TO TALK ABOUT IT????

    I have said this 1000 times. Mark my words. You people in the media are going to PAY HEAVILY FOR YOUR UTTERLY BIASED REPORTINIG .

    You are going to get ROASTED for trying to brainwash peoples votes .

    I hope you guys think this STUNT is worth it. You are going to pay a heavy price for what you have done in this primary cycle.

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Chris Blask

    Yes, Jay.

    I'm right of Center Indipendent. Voted Rep. for years. I am for Obama.

    Read the numbers, listen to the radio, do anything close to research.

    Clinton has a Republican surge – now.

    This is not *support*, this is a mockery of Conservative values.

    I am ashamed of my conservative counterparts who insult the Founding Fathers by mocking elections.

    -chris

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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