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. Rick

    When Republicans support Obama, it means they are supporting him and if they support Hillary they are playing game.
    Good Luck Hypocrites.

    Vote Hillary

    March 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Clofitas

    Clilntonite

    You prove ignorance is BLISS.

    March 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Ana

    Maybe they are just trying to stop Obama because they prefer Clinton or McCain as president.

    March 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Alex

    The girl in the 3am ad grew up and made her choice. Grow up, America, and vote for Obama.

    March 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Mike in NYC

    Interesting that the Repubs who crossed lines to vote in the Democrat primary voted in parallel with the overall racial divide - roughly three quarters for Clinton, one for Obama.

    To Chris Bask - you're a "right of center independent" who's voting for one of the most liberal members of the Senate?

    Admit it - you're voting for him because of his race. Sad.

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. Chelsea

    She'll have fun spinning this in her favor...My father , a ver, very right-wing conservative hates the Clintons, he lives next door to Mississippi in south Louisiana, there is currently a right wing movement in the deep south to help Hill get the nomination because the republicans know the can beat HRC in the general and they know they CAN"T beat Obama........she'll change her voice yet again now though and say that she gets the nonpartisan vote now ,as much as Barak, this woman is completely delusional!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Democrate

    Why is it when black americans voted overwhelmly for Bill Clinton (democrate) it was not a race issue? But when they vote for Obama it a race issue?

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Ochoano

    Tomdavie.
    Your rooster is not so great. He is an opportunist with celebrity status. Made in the American Idol Media. For a minute, take away all the celebrity status and you have nothing. Can you wonder, I mean look closely. He is got the mainstrain media, the Internet, BET, VH1, MTV, Hollywood, The Democrat Left, The rich liberals, the Clintons' haters, the African American Population, the gun owners, the union leaders, the printing newspapers, the paparazzies, etc and your future, madamme President continues to beat him up where it counts.

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. prakash chand for HILLARY

    CNN your projections are wrong, you BIAS media.

    CNN Obamas darling.

    Just watch Hillary will be the President.

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. John Sandy

    Thank you CNN for a job well done covering the primaries. I could not help but contribute to the Clinton/Obama dream ticket. I personally think the idea is an "insult" to Senator Obama, and all his supporters. This little trickster by the Clintons is pathetic to say the least. It shows desperation by the Clintons, and quite frankly tends to diminish how much people had loved the Clintons. If the Clintons are genuiene they should propose an Obama/Clinton dream ticket because evn though Senator Clinton won some states quite recently, she is still trailing Senator Obama. So for now her rightful place is the "SECOND" position. Some of these Clinton tactics are hurting Senator Clinton. I wonder when she'll realize that the American voters are not as dumb as she thinks they are.

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

    Obama is winning because of BLACK VOTERS. They do not care if Obama can lead this country or not as long Obama has the same color as they are. Obama's voters are the one playing racist on this nomination. If Obama wins the democrat nomination. I hope he get crush by McCain in November because Americans will not put this country to someone who will put this country in more dangers. As what Samatha Power said " Obama has no plan how to handle the economy and the Iraq war. The black voters are playing deaf. They are so hubgry just like their candidate to take over the White House. Isn't that a shame how we elect our president? The whole world is watching and probably laughing at us.

    March 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. changing times

    In response to Gerri Ferraro. She knows exactly what she's doing and they definitely released all this at this time to attract the white voters who hate a black man is leading this campaign.

    Pennsylvania has a large white blue collar "southern" type mentality and may identify with now Ferraro playing the "victim"

    HIllary is shrewd and brilliant and it may work. After all isn't this what Hitler did to the whites against the Jews. Hillary is very, very dangerous!

    She's tapping into what's ugly and shameful in all of us instead of trying to bring out the good and help us take back our government for the people

    March 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. Eric, Michigan

    It is ovious that the Republicans are trying to "fix" the race. They know that they have a better chance to win the presidency with Clinton as the democratic nomination over Senator Obama. He unites america, while she divides us.
    Senator Obama, "There is not a conservative america, a liberal america, there is the United States of America".
    He can win he presidency and the republicans know it.

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

    Catmom-
    Bill suggested that the reason Obama won South Carolina is because he is black (i.e. white folks won't vote for him because he is black).
    Hillary's response when asked if he is Muslim (pause then "Christian as far as I know") implying well, maybe he could be Muslim – a false rumor spread by the ultra-right wing that she played into just a bit.
    Geraldine Ferraro from Hillary's campaign says he's only in it because he is black. When her campaign is criticized for this she calls it an attack and doesn't acknowledge that it is an inappropriate comment.
    I don't think people would call the Clinton's racist or anything but they continue to subtley bring race into the picture which is totally wrong. It's extremely divisive. These suggestions and little insensitive comments that can piss off the African American population, along with many others who understand their meaning, then get angry and the clueless on Hillary's side say "that wasn't so bad" but they are white and cant read the writing on the wall.
    BTW – Republicans genuinely voting for Hillary, puhleeeeze. Not in a million years.

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

    Hillary Clinton plans on being Mccains V.P so that doesnt surprise me.

    March 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. ONLY IN AMERICA

    AMAZING TO ME HOW REPUBLICANS CAN MANIPULATE THE RACE AND GET AWAY WITH IT. ALSO PEOPLE ARE CRITICIZING THAT BLACKS VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY FOR OBAMA. WELL, WHITE VOTED FOR HILLARY AS IN OHIO AND R. ISLAND. WHEN THERE WAS NO BLACK CANDIDATE, BLACKS HAD TO VOTE FOR WHOEVER THE CANDIDATE WAS. IS THAT FAIR??? BLACKS ARE VOTING BECAUSE THEIR IS A VIABLE CANDIDATE WHO HAPPENS TO BE BLACK. NOT ALL BLACKS ARE VOTING FOR OBAMA BUT YET ANY WHO DO ARE ONLY DOING SO BECAUSETHEY ARE BLACK??? WHY IS HILLARY GETTING WHITE VOTES??? . FACE IT... THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT WANT A BLACK PRESIDENT!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Robby Lyon

    I am a registered Republican. However I am a devoted Clinton supporter. I believe that she is the right person for the job for this time in American history. If Obama becomes the democratic nominee I will vote for McCain. My reason for this is because I believe that Obama is not ready to be president. He has good speeches, but so far that is it. He is compared to JFK. Unfortunately, JFK was unable to complete his term. The question is that if he did would he be remembered as being a good president or just a good speaker?

    Robby
    Kenai, Alaska

    March 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. darren

    Like we didn't see this coming. The GOP knows that McCain doesn't have a chance against Obama.

    Obama '08

    March 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. karen

    Duh.....
    Republicans voting for Obama are voting for Obama.
    Republicans voting for Hillary are voting for McCain.

    I think she's unelectable. I bet Rove is just waiting to nail her on Paul v. Clinton if she gets the nomination. The Republicans in Mississippi are laughing up their sleeves!

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

    It is true nation wide, we will vote republican before obama. Indiana!!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. commoner

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

    And the repubs need to stop meddling with free and fair elections.

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

    The only reason Republicans would vote for Hillary is because they are scared to face Obama in the general election. Hillary is much easier for McCain to beat. GO BARACK OBAMA!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Race is playing a big part in this demicratic fight for the parties nomination and as we go into Pensylvania, Michigan and Florida it is going to show even more.
    90% of African Americans are voting for Obama, and more and more white men and woman along with Hispanics are moving towards and voting for Hillary.
    It is disgusting but that is the direction I see with each contest and nobody will discuss it. It is as if it is a taboo subject.
    It is reality

    March 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. Sonali

    What is up with declaring the result before a single vote is counted? Do you get a prize for naming the winner first?

    And I can't believe Americans have such short memory. This about CLinton saying McCain has life time of experience . Does anyone remember Obama praising Reagan????

    March 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. firefitzgerald

    this is nonesense-clinbton and her campaign have split the party and they are now accepting lended help from repuke spoilers.is this someone we want for our future commander in chief? why wouldnt she release her 2006 tax returns; why the double standards?

    March 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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