March 11th, 2008
08:53 PM ET
7 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. Carrie Pa

    Hillary's racial tactics are shameful.

    March 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Andy

    Maybe if Rush had been more pro-active earlier, they wouldn't have such a weak, octagenerian candidate - one who is fond of "straight talk" but lines up behind George Bush to support waterboarding torture. Blech! I can see why Republicans would want to vote for someone else. Hillary, unfortunately, is a mean-spirited, cynical candidate who doesn't care about the future of her party. Looking at the exit polls, you can see that she consistently gets the votes of the over-60 crowd. If the Democratic party has a future, it's with Obama, who energizes the base rather than provoking fear among voters.

    March 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Huh?

    How can the race already be called for Obama, Hillary is up right now with only 7% of the vote counted??????????

    March 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Gabriel "Big Dawg" Dabolt

    All parties aside can I just see this important question posted?

    If Obama wins the nominee or the presidency doesn't that render affirmative action obsolete?

    March 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Judy

    The GOP is poised for Hillary so they can stir up all of her skeletons, old and new. If she were so honest, why can't she release her tax returns, her foundation records, and her First Lady archives.? Is it "soon" yet? And by the way if experience as First Lady counts toward the presidency then Laura Bush should run right now. She has done wonderful work in Burma and Afghanistan but the press hardly noticed. Don't liker he husband but like her. Obama in 2008!

    March 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Riiiight...

    It couldn't possibly be because on the two biggest issues – the economy and the war – that Obama has had his top advisors say "pay no attention to these political games." No no, people vote for Clinton or against Obama because of a CONSPIRACY! BY RUSH LIMBAUGH!!

    Yes Republicans, you can expect this independent to return the favor should Obama be the DNC candidate. I could think of no better of a win win situation then seeing Hillary vs. McCain in the GE.

    Isn't it time, after this failed administration, that we demand people who actually have a resume to be judged to be our Presidential choices!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    PS, If you can find it, read the article, "When backing Barack feels like joining a cult" by Margery Eagan, Boston Herald.

    March 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Becky in Indiana

    Any Republican that votes for Hillary Clinton in the Primaries wants McCain to win the presidency!!!

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

    Hillary Clinton's sinking, and she's prepared to take the whole Democratic party down with her. I'm terribly disappointed in her. I may vote for her in the general election, to keep a Bush III out of the White Hous, but I will cry while doing so. (And, yes, I am a feminist.)

    March 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Tower of Power

    It amazing to me that over 90% of Americans either don't know what is going on in the US or the world. I just spent 24 years defending this country and its constitution and laws. After the first Bush Jr. election made such a farce out of our system, our country was a laughing joke around the world for what idiots we are, hell just listen to Bush Jr talk, think that says enough on that. Or just read the Constitution then you will know the Supreme Court can not elect Presidents. Now to sit here watching and listening to the news stations like CNN makes me sick. Bush Jr's Presidency was base on pure political corruption as deep as it runs, now we have to watch one sided news casting at its finest in this election. And a redo vote again in Florida possibly. What the hell is going on and why are we letting it go on? Congrats to news stations like CNN if Obama gets elected because it will be you guys that get him elected with your one sided opinions to the idiot population of this country that goes with the flow. By abusing the freedom of speech Amendment for your own opinions instead of equal reporting for the American people to decide without being swayed by the media, hope it feels good to be part of back to back corrupt elections by throwing away what years and years of blood, sweet and tears have protected by people like me. The only thing that Obama would be known for if elected, would be to rival Bush Jr as the worst President ever in American history. Get a clue of what’s going on. At least I earned my right to post my opinion!

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

    annamica, OH.......Obama was drawing republican votes when there was still a close republican race going on and he was saying they were coming in droves but that he could cross that threshold......now 10-15% of the votes in texas and mississippi are from republicans because limbaugh instructed them to......he is right Hillary is the weaker opponent against McCain, she doesn't stand out from McCain and all the arguments she uses against Obama will be shot down by McCain....Experience-he's got more, Foreign Policy Experience- he far exceeds her.........the only thing that she may have against him is (depending on his VP pick) the economy...but the economy will start turning around before the fall and that will become a backburner issue again when compared to Iraq

    March 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. JC

    The DNC needs to be very careful about re-votes in Michigan and Florida. it's not all that hard for Republicans to switch their registration three months before any decision and vote for the weaker candidate.

    Dean needs to limit the voting to Democrats who registered before February.

    March 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Grif

    And so she should! When one man and the majority of the Black Caucus like borack Obama , think they are big enough to divide the Democratic Party, and a Country. Then the Party dilutes and disappears into oblivion. To me has an outsider.. "The Democratic ??

    Is in it's last Hurrah....
    An all , "Black Democratic Party", Going nowhere..... I wish you well Borack!!

    You wanna Bet???

    March 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Devon Garrett

    HILLARY AND HER HARD CORE SUPPORTERS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. THEY ARE LOSING AND WILL IN THE END LOSE BUT THEY WOULD RATHER TAKE THE PARTY DOWN WITH THEM THEN HAVE OBAMA WIN THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY ALSO ENDORSED JOHN MCCAIN OVER OBAMA AND THATS EVEN SADDER. CLINTON WOULD RATHER CHANGE THIS INTO A RACIAL ISSUE THEN ANYTHING AND I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR THE CLINTONS AND I USE TO LOVE THEM BUT ITS OVER. SHE NEEDS TO GET OUT AND GET A LIFE AND AS FOR FERRARO SHE NEEDS TO NOT SPEAK EVER AGAIN IN HER LIFE ABOUT ANYTHING BECAUSE THAT HAS GOT TO BE THE DUMBEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD (LIKE WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISRESPECTED IN THIS NATION MORE THAN BLACKS) GIVE ME A BREAK. HILLARY SHOULD NOT EVEN BE REELECTED TO THE SENATE AS A DEMOCRAT AFTER THIS AND SHE NEEDS TO SWITCH TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOWWWWWWWWW. OBAMA HAS RUN A VERY RESPECTFUL CAMPAIGN AND I WOULD BE HONORED TO HAVE HIM AS PRESIDENT OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY.

    March 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. edmond

    hopfully the democrats wont be that foolish to pick hillary,if that happens ,i will love if mccain can elect a qualified well known african american for vp,that will be game over,he will win latino and african american votes big time

    March 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Jon - NY

    Obama getting Republican votes was not an issue because it wasn't as favorable for him as it is for Hillary apparently in Mississippi. 75% for Hillary and they make up 13% of the democratic vote? yeah not shady at all.

    March 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. ray

    The leaders of florida & michigan should be arrested and locked up for tampering with the elections for their own personal gain. They new the penalty for moving up the primary's and now they want to screw with the election they must think the crises this country is in is a joke who the hell do they think they are.This was nothing but a tactical plan to control the election outcome. Kinda smells like a clinton trick going on here.

    March 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. Mark, Vancouver WA

    Of course Republicans are going to vote for Hillary – their nominee has already been decided, so now they want to pick the easiest person to run against, and they know the Hillary Clinton is so polarizing and despised by so many people that she will not win in the general election. This should prove to Democrats that the only electable nominee is Obama!

    March 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. Mario

    I think Chris Matthews has a crush on Obama!

    March 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. bruce

    My Family lives In Texas and told me many of their Republican friends voted for Hillary to mess with the race. She probably lost the primary if you counted only the Dems.

    March 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. ObamaGirl

    another thing...the media needs to STOP highlighting this racial thing, it's only doing more harm and divideing our party...i believe the media is with Clinton, they'r the ones who started it.

    March 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. aware

    Barack has said he can deliver blacks in the general, and he has the unmitigated gaul to criticize Farrero?

    Barack will never be president of the USA because his arrogant, premature run has revealed his ego driven and power hungry character!

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 or McCain! :)

    March 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  23. Andrea

    Note to you idiots.....there have been other African Americans that have run for President...Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Alan Keyes, Shirley Chisolm, but yet somehow we've had ALL WHITE MALE PRESIDENTS.

    Is amazing how that happened, but of course it had nothing to do with racism....

    March 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. James

    The only reason Bush got elected was because of the stage that Bill set...now Hillary is doing the same thing in shorter fashion. Whether in the short run or long rung...the best way to elect a republican is to elect a Clinton. But be careful Republican...you might just get what you wish for.

    March 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. It is Simple, Really

    I believe a nation gets the very leader it deserves.
    If Sen Clinton wins the Dem primaries, the party will simply be sent into Presidential Purgatory for yet another 8 years.

    March 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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