March 11th, 2008
08:53 PM ET
10 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. Annamica, OH

    catmom: CNN, and all those other Obama supporters who spin this, are bigots! They have double-standard written all over them.

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Judy

    Clinton win = President McCain.

    It's that simple.

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. simmy

    The democratic party needs to do something about this! typical of the repubs to try to manipulate the votes so the weaker candidate>>Hillary can go up against Mccain!....and they'r gonna keep doing it unless something is done!

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Monique

    I just want to see CNN Retract their Projection – wouldn't that be funny? SNL – ARE YOU WATCHING?

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. deep_eye

    Figured it out yet? Still hazy? Let me break it down for the imbecile Clintonistas who think that the Republicans really want to face Obama in the fall and that's why Billary is the better choice. These outcomes prove something that I have noticed (and heard from Republicans), for months. Many, MANY Republicans are voting for Billary because they know that McCain will obliterate her – not so with Obama. If she gets the nomination, do you really believe they will still be voting for her in November?!?! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA......joke is on you

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. ClintonSTRONG!!

    Latinos for Hillary or McCain!

    She won 65% to 32% of Texas Latino Votes.

    Fight HIllary Fight!

    Mississippi will be Red in the general

    Hillary 08

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Gary for HILL

    As expected, Obama will win MISSISSIPPI, majority of the voters are black.

    Anyway, let us go to PA with 158 delegates!!! This is the true race!!!! Fair & equal, more diverse!

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Darren

    78% is not a crossover, its a strategy
    please keep in mind shes a clinton while u drown on ur own denial...

    March 11, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Tim

    Even Republican votes, wouldn't be enough for Hillary to catch up. However, it could be enough to cause a tie and result in a brokered convention at the Democrat National Convention. That would split the party in half like Hillary wants, and could cause McCain to beat Obama. But no doubt about it, McCain would definetly beat Hillary.

    March 11, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Christian, Tampa FL

    The Republican party is obviously very dishonorable. I used to think that the dishonor was primarily in elected leaders, but it obviously extends to the voters as well.

    March 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Henry

    Again, another proof that Hillary is still there just because Rush Limbaugh and his republican friends vote for her, thinking that this will help her winning the nomination and then also help her loose in november. Hillary won Ohio just because republicans voted for her, she won't win in november if she's the nominee, the independents are gonna vote for McCain and the republicans are gonna gather behind him, that's the only thing that can happen if she's the nominee, that's clear...

    March 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. Monique

    CatMom – They have said nothing that was racist – neither did Obama – it just looks like someone is trying to turn this into race – how unfair is that? Play nice people – we are the ones that will be voting for you!

    March 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. LQ Rochester MN

    Jay in Kansas – that is a great quote, a true quote. But now she says she didn't know she was voting for war in Iraq!!! She says now she didn't mean to vote for war!!! So please, you can't use that as proof of her abilities!

    Please tell me how she has the experience to command them AND keep them from danger?

    She also voted against the ban on cluster bombs – those bombs that kids find by the roadside in Iraq and Afghanistan and end up blowing themselves up – or at least losing a limb. Nice touch. Great decision by someone who claims she has always worked for women and children.

    I support the troops too – I want them home alive in one piece. We had no business in Iraq – if we had stayed in Afghanistan instead of pulling troops over into Iraq, maybe bin Laden would be killed by now; maybe al-Qaeda would be gone. Instead we have nearly 4000 killed Americans, hundreds of thousands injured, families broken apart, God knows how many innocent Iraqi women and children killed, homeless, and trillions of dollars in debt.

    They just announced Obama won in Mississippi.

    YES!!!! 315 more days of Bush and then Obama!! YES WE CAN!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. vicki $$$$$$$$

    Obama is winning dispite all of the dirty rotten tricks

    Imagine how well Obama could be doing if the media didn't campaign for Hillary every day they scared all the voters before Texas and Ohio
    by runnining the Obama in traditional clothing , the guy that introduced McCain,,, and Hillary Claim that he is not ready Over 50 percent of A,erican think his is way is her apoin the only one the news covers AAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL day and AAAAAAAAalllll night for about A week Every 1`5 minutes the media ran one of these stories shame on you the party could have been united by now. If you all had not run these stories over and over agian Having gossip was more important then the democratic party And you all sit there and laugh Oh is'nt this so much fun

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Sarah Smith

    If H. REVOLTING Clintblick were a MAN!

    He'd have been sideline so long ago..

    no one would remember!

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Kevin M

    I sure the Limbaugh Republicans would love to see this race go on and see Hillary as the Democratic Nominee. Hillary could single handedly unify the republican party. It must be fun to watch Hillary thowing the kitchen sink. We desperately need the politics of unity that Obama brings. It's time to move beyond the politics of division.

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. no more republicans!

    Dear catmom,

    it's because the republicans were voting for Obama BEFORE McCain secured the nomination! Now that they have a nominee, they're trying to get Clinton niminated so that the GOP wins in Nov.

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. becky

    Has CNN decided to support Clinton? There has been a different (even though subtle, although not so subtle) presentation tonight. I have to wonder if this isn't to lessen Obama's huge victory tonight.
    For instance – You did not use the usual "minutes to election center" as you have for all of the other election nights. Also, you did not begin election central with a "projection" as you have done previously even though it was apparent you knew who won. And now, as I watch, you won't even show percentages as you have in all of the other election night coverages.

    It certainly puts a bitter taste in my mouth. It sure looks as if you don't want to give Obama much coverage. I look to you to be fairly honest, but things have sure changed.

    Oh, by the way, I'm white and 59 years old. Let's report that there are older Americans that are not ready for "more the same".

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

    Simple, catmom.

    Obama didn't get Rush Limbaugh's endorsement. Obama picked up Republican votes on merit, not mischief.

    March 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Celt West

    Okay !LET'S NOT LET RUSH LIMABAUGH manipulate us! Beware of Clinton Republicans they are not the same as Obama Republicans OBAMA should Maintain the high road..Did Clinton get the Post Katrina vote? I doubt it...I will vote for her if the choose her but anyway I am an OBAMA SUpporter!

    March 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Black Man

    @ catmom,

    I am a black man and I can tell you that Blacks are MORE racist than whites. Majority of blacks will not admit it. But it is the truth. Just check the result in Alabama 9 to 1 for Obama.

    Obama is going to change America by dividing America on a racial line.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. John

    Jay as a Hillary Supportor, you just proved the ignorance of her supportors!!!

    For your information, Saddam Hussein isn't in power anymore! He isn't even alive! He was sentenced to death and hanged!

    Ofcourse, leave it to a Hillary Supportor to have no clue about what's really going on in the world or politics.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA


    Good point. I would also like to know what Obama says that so many people think he would be a change agent. I guess if you say "Change" enough, people believe it.

    This reminds me of the sheep in George Orwell's "1984":
    "Four legs good, two legs ba-a-a-a-d!"

    I challenge any Obama supporter to tell me 1 thing he would change, that sets him apart from the rest of the field. One specific thing.

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

    catmom March 11th, 2008 9:01 pm ET

    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?

    The Clintons are very savy politically. You will never (except for Bill's fairy tale line) hear them say something in public that is racist. However, they do not have a problem having their surrogates say it.

    Do some research and see what you find out. Google "Hillary Clinton is a racist". I hope you have a lot of time because the search results will be huge.

    March 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. beartare42

    "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."

    What nonsense. Everyone knows that the mediator out of all of them is Obama.

    This is really easy to read, especially with the call from people like Rush Limbaugh for Republicans to vote for Hillary. The GOP obviously sees Hillary as the easier target to beat for the actual election.

    "Why is it when Clinton gets support from Republicans it is written in a way to suggest there is something wrong with those crossovers."

    For the reason I just described, a sudden influx of republican voters for Hillary is a pretty clear sign (although I will admit I could be wrong) that Republicans think they will be able to beat Hillary more soundly than Barack.

    March 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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