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. Ron

    I want to ask all of you...what is the nike logo? JUST DO IT. No, it is not JUST SAY IT (as Obama does). Hillary is far more substantive, qualified, and professional to be a president. If republicans see that, bravo.

    HILARY '08 OBAMA '16

    March 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Brian -Lawrence, KS

    Hillary will be the one to beat the Republicans. If she can get this percent over Obama, there is no way that he can expect to steal votes from McCain.

    Clinton 08

    March 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. mark

    If Clinton was winning the African American vote, it would not be about skin color..hog wash people.
    Blam Bill Clinton for his remarks in S.C. If he had kept his mouth shut his wife would have never lost the heavy support from African Americans.

    March 11, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Konstantin, Switzerland

    As a European, thanks to GWB and his former secretary of defence we became on average older and as a consequence wiser, it is interesting to follow how important (in some states) racial background still is. I just cannot understand how the US voters do still make a difference about skin colour. Does this say something about the politiical program about the integritiy of a person? My answer is clearly No. I just wanted to say, make your choice on rational criterias.

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

    A vote for Obama is a vote for disaster. He has good intentions I dont deny that, but he just does not have what it takes to make a good president. We listened before when the democrats promised change.. yeah look how that turned out. obama will destroy our reputation as a nation and realize to late that "oh crap i cannot do all the things I promised cause plans NEVER go as thought out." I trust him to be president as much as i trust a ten year old. Experience DOES matter cause experience keeps the nation from crashing down when you realize to late you have NO FRIKKEN CLUE WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

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

    The Superdelegates should be looking at this Republican vote. Clearly, Republicans think Obama will be the stronger candidate in the General Election. Superdelegates get off your butt and close this thing down before the Democratic Party is destroyed. Do you want another Republican administration? Get real and take some repsonsibility. The Clintons have never cared for anyone but themselves. They've killed the Democratic Party twice already (with the disasterous Health Care bill that Hillary stuffed down the throats of Congress resulting in Republican Congresses in the 90s) and the philander Bill who couldn't keep his pants zipped. Are you waiting to see them do it again? This is on your shoulders Superdelegates.

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

    Why don't we let cnn pick our next president. O wait we already have. Come on people use your own brain. Hillary 08

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

    I guess the obimicans truely do want to be in hiding.
    obama will not win the general election against mccain, only hillary can.
    He needs the latino support in order to win. He can't win over the latinos, he can't win big states, and it seems he only wins in states that democrats generally don't win in.
    So, who do you think mccain wants to run against when mccain has support of hispanics and obama doesn'?

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

    Ha, Ha, Ha!!!! This is hillarious!! It was OK when Repubs were voting for Obama. Who, by the way, would no longer even be in this race if it weren't for them. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, the Obama supporters, as always when things don't go their way, are crying foul. Let me guess, it's also racist, isn't it? Like everything else. You make me sick to my stomach! Stop whining and let this race go on, you hypocrites!!!!!

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

    I guess what I find if it is true is that the Repubs came out and voted for Hillary?

    They usually came out and vote for him.....gee I wonder why that is? Considering that the first exit poll said that she got 72% of the white vote and he got 82% of the black at least that is what CNN said earlier tonight.

    As far as the Clinton campaign is concern and dropping out, it isn't over till the fat lady sings. If Obama supporters are so adamant about that, well that just shows they or him don't like a challenge.

    March 11, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. bob

    anything for good tv..right cnn?

    however, if obama wins i will vote for mccain....

    obama is too new and all about ego and arrogance

    March 11, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. John

    Republicans voting for Obama before they had a nominee is MUCH different than them voting for Clinton after a nominee was chosen...

    But Clinton supporters are all morons anyway. I mean, if that red phone ad ended with McCain picking up the phone they would be LIVID, but since it was Hillary fear mongering, it was OK!

    March 11, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Julie

    Seriously CNN- you're so BIASED! When Obama gets Republican votes, he is bipartisan, when Hillary does, they're being strategic. You have to be kidding me!

    March 11, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. ever

    when you are not fighting it is easy to bet on the fight the longer it goes the more fun it is ,the village is burning i hope hillary is listening?
    lets america wise up lets give obama some landslide because in the end the party will suffer! stop all these fighting u 2

    March 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Abdirazak Ali

    What is fair is fair. Feraaro was right saying " blacks are voting for Obamo because he is black. CNNN is sexis because Hillary won more Republican votes and Indepedent in Mississipi and CNN suggested that because Rush Lush, conservtive radio told the republicans to vote for weak candidate, Hillary. CNN are campaigning and promoting Obama just because he is man.
    I am black but i have to be fair

    March 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. SVGCali

    If Obama losses the nomination he should run as an independent so that Clinton can't win anyway. I used to be a fan of the Clintons, until Hillary got involved in politics. She knows the majority of Americans don't want her as president. So maybe she wants to take the ship down with her meaning the Democratic Party. When McCain wins the election for the presidency, it will be the Clintons fault. Maybe then they'll move out of the country since theyll never win another election again.

    March 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Illinois voter

    Why does this have to be considered mischief? Ann Colter made it clear to her listeners that she would rather have Clinton as president over Obama.

    Obama has more than benefited from the anti-Hillary vote up until this point. Consider this the anti-Barack vote.

    Clinton or McCain '08

    March 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. paul alleyne

    This election cycle is turning out to be a humdinger. I did a calculation on the pledged delegates, awarding all delegates to the candidates who who the state. Not surprisingly, Hillary came out on top by almost 200 delegates. It may be something worth discussing for the future.

    March 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. Turn The Red States Blue

    Democrats need to wise up. Enough Clinton bashing.

    Just remember if Obama wins the nomination, he WILL need the Clinton supporters to beat McCain. Watch your nasty comments or you may turn off some voters from joining Obama.

    March 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. Rodney

    I love how no one wants to speak of the racism against Hillary Clinton clearly exhibited by the african-american voters. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!! Somehow I just don't think that this is what MLK had in mind.

    March 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Robby

    Has everybody forgot where Pennsylvania is, next to Ohio,which is next to Indiana, which is north of Kentucky. Us white voting dems will vote for Hillary.

    March 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. Moore Jeanette

    CNN was my favorite news station but now I will never watch them because they hate Hillary and are in love with Obama. Why don't you at CNN give her a fair chance.

    March 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. squee

    It's Nader who really concerns me. He's going to sobatage the election AGAIN. Did the Republicans put him up to it?

    March 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Whyputaname

    Iowa and all of the other Red States came out and voted for Obama, so is he going to depend on those states in the general?

    You people have a tendency to forget, or the whole thing is just your excuse to the 72% maybe more white voteing for her.

    March 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Javy

    ALL Hillary supporters if Obama wins McCain is our boy......

    Hillary or McCain-

    March 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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