March 11th, 2008
08:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit Polls: Economy top issue for Mississippi Democrats

(CNN) - Voters in Mississippi identified the economy as the number one concern Tuesday.

According to early CNN exit poll estimates, 56 percent of voters said the troubled economy was the biggest issue in deciding their vote. Fifty-four percent of those Mississippi residents cast their ballot for Sen. Barack Obama, 45 percent for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Iraq and health care also registered as top issues for voters. Twenty-one percent thought the war in Iraq was the most critical issue facing the country, while another 21 percent felt that fixing nation's health care system was their number one concern.

–CNN's Emily Sherman

Filed under: Exit Polls • Mississippi
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. troy

    Hillary is engaging in a scorched earth policy. She knows she won't win the nomination, so she is sabatouging the November election for Obama and the democrats. She's allowing her lackeys (Ferraro) to divide the democrats by race, and she's already hinted the McCain would be a better candidate than Obama.

    Her belief is that if she doesn't win, Obama won't either. This just shows that she is willing to destroy the democratic party if she doesn't get elected.


    March 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. DMesker

    You guys make such a big deal over the % of black vs white voters in each state you should be ashamed. As you steer the American public to how wrong it is for Ferraro to point out the same. I think it's time we stop hearing about the obvious. We the public know she's a woman and we know he is not. We know he is black and she is not. Give each of us as voters the credit we deserve to vote the issues (aside from gender and race) WE Just want a candidate to meet our needs. E.T. with the right platform...could get our vote at this point.

    March 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Marie K

    I like how CNN is downplaying Obama's win. Clinton is downplaying the last two wins like they are nothing. Obama goes to TX and Ohio and boosts his support. HIlary could have dont the same. She isn't concerned with the back vote...

    March 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. george jetson

    Can we really have a president who looks like Steve Erkel? Come on, Obama is the only candidate more dorky looking than Bush.

    March 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Malcolm

    No, the democratic party need to unite under the most electable canidate. And that is Barack Obama~ Who will surely recapture the white house into democratic hands...Over Senator John McCain..that the real choice.

    March 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. HM

    Worried about the economy and voted for Obama? Go figure. It is scary when people are willing to vote for a neophye like Obama. I will never vote a candidate who is winning on the basis of speech. I never hope I am hoping Hillary will run as independent.

    March 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Neutral

    All he (Obama) has to ask is. "Are we better off as a country today as we were 8 years ago?" McCain will be toast. Iraq war cost, gas prices, inflation, Haliburton, etc.......... A continuation of that, I think not.
    Only Hillary can rally that base.

    March 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. mbase

    Why is the media even concentrating on what the Clinton campaign is trying to focus on? During the Vermont, Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas primaries, it is now known the Obama won more delegates during those contests. Clinton is trying to use misdirection to focus on anything but the delegates. Back when Clinton had more delegates (after Super Tuesday) they were saying its "about the delegates, not the states". Now its about the states, not the delegates. Obama is little by little pulling away, and he is not just winning African-Amerian votes, you cannot win with just the votes of African-Amerians. According to CNN, before Mississippi Barack is ahead by 124 delegates, after Mississippi it will be even more. If Clinton wins PA, she will likely only have a small gain in delegates, Obama will then win more southern and western states. She cannot catch up in delegates.

    March 11, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. dannE

    Marianne: The Michigan and Florida delegates are not included in the 2025 delgates needed to win, from my understanding.

    March 11, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Walt - NJ

    Even in this blog someone states 'why not count florida and mich'... because they went against the party! if the states weren't so selfrightous they would've been counted. Why didn't the voters speak up then? Months ago? Only thing I can come up with is ignorance... and if they didn't know their vote wasn't going to count why should we allow it now. Why vote at all if it wouldn't have counted? He wasn't even on the ballot in Mich and people are saying let it count. Edwards and Obama stood by their word, Clinton on the other hand... well she only won 60% alone.

    March 11, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Eric

    That person claiming to be Obama#1 is obviously a Hillary supporter.

    March 11, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. K. Blair

    My comment was made at 5:38 pacific time in reaction to CNN deciding Obama had won Mississippi before ANY results were in yet. Outrageous.

    March 11, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. Karen G

    Where is the vote count tonight, there has always been a vote count so we can see how the votes are adding up. Where are they, and Peterson 8:20 pm .Please learn to spell.

    March 11, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Diddy

    Talk about some double standards on the Powers issue,,aunt Hill is down right dirty,,,

    As for Obama, keep on winning!!! that;s what I'm talking about,,Change we can believe in,,,,Yes we can all the way, through and through,,Go Barack!!!

    OBAMA '08

    March 11, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Gabby

    Goes to show you can't call some people stupid. They tend to frown upon that and turn away from you.. right Clinton? When is that woman going to give it up and do what is right by the party and maybe spend a little of her time and try and repair it. No I don't mean a joint ticket. Obama you are making a mistake if you put that woman on your ticket.

    Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. Malcolm

    No, rules are the rules. The democrats need to unite under the most electable canidate. And that is Barack Obama~ Who is already winning by over 100 delegates, and is favored in national polls over Senator John McCain. The last thing we need is a quarter of the democrats voting for McCain because of a disgusting ending to this nomination.

    March 11, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Independent

    So tierd of hearing that Obama won because of the black vote in Mississippi.

    How did he recently win states like Wisconsin or Vermont? Don't hear much coverage or explanation on that.

    March 11, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. keith Franklin, Tn

    The governor of Mississippi....the Katrina warming up as a VP for the GOP and has never got "IT" that the poor people there are hurting.

    Mississippi.....last in everything

    March 11, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Phyl


    March 11, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. oppotunist

    Let's just admit it already that we like both Barrack and hillary and that an Obama/Clinton will best benifit the democratic party and lead us to a victory. They both have just have to stop with the negativity and try more to unite the party.

    March 11, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. mark Texas

    I find it interesting that it is clear here in Texas we support Sen. Clinton, yet Obama comes out on top. Some people like myself can't get to the caucus. I think all caucuses should be illegal. They don't represent the people as a whole. here in Texas your vote counts twice which is very unfair! When will america and Texas WAKE UP! this isn't a race on who is best fit for the job... its WHO IS BLACK!

    March 11, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. hjlk

    What ? economy is No.1 issue.

    No. Let's face the real world. It is the race. They are all African Americans voting by the color of their skin..

    March 11, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. JB

    If I can remember my US History correctly, THIS COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON "DREAMS" AND "WORDS" OF A BETER TOMMOROW.

    So far I have heard only one candidate echo the founding principles of this great nation......Obama08.

    March 11, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Young Rep

    Obama doesn't know anything about the economy so if it's the number one issue wouldn't they vote for someone who knows the most about it? Why does it seem Obama supporters are so unrational and willing to put down Clinton supporters or McCain supporters. I find Obama supporters to be the least knowledgeable about the issues compared to Clinton and McCain supporters...IMHO

    March 11, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. Sara

    I find it funny how Obama said the below about the people that were hit by Katrina. He did not even come down here to see it for himself.
    The Clintons did…I went and saw them. Speak about what you know about….not about what you hear about.
    Columbus is a long 6 hours from Biloxi…..I know I live here.

    Obama on Monday vowed that the "failed policies of the last 7 years" — including Hurricane Katrina — will be over next year.

    "If we're spending $12 billion a month in Iraq, we can spend some of that money right here in the United States of America, rebuilding roads and bridges and hospitals and schools and putting people back to work all across Mississippi, rebuilding the Gulf Coast, rebuilding after the storm — that work is not yet done," he said in Columbus

    March 11, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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