May 6th, 2008
11:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Troubling sign for McCain?

McCain is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

McCain is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

(CNN) - The action is clearly on the Democratic side, but Republicans also held primaries in Indiana and North Carolina Tuesday.

Despite being his party's presumptive nominee for nearly three months, roughly a quarter of Republicans in North Carolina and Indiana showed up to vote against the Arizona senator.

With nearly all precincts reporting, McCain won 74 percent of the vote in North Carolina. Mike Huckabee, who dropped out of the race two months ago, scored 12 percent. Ron Paul, who never quite officially ended his White House bid, registered 7 percent, and Mitt Romney got 5 percents.

The story was only slightly better for McCain in Indiana. There he scored 77 percent of the vote, while Huckabee registered 12 percent, and Paul garnered 7 percent. Nearly 5 percent of North Carolina voters said they did not have a preference.

McCain faced similar results in the Pennsylvania primary two weeks ago - the first contest after Huckabee officially dropped out of the race. There the party's presumptive presidential nominee won only 73 percent of the vote.

Is this a troubling sign for McCain, who has long faced resistance from the conservative wing of his party?

Not likely.

Then-Gov. George W. Bush faced similar results, though slightly better, in these three states long after he was the clear nominee in 2000. In North Carolina, he won 78 percent of the vote, in Indiana he got 81 percent, and in Pennsylvania he won 73 percent of the vote.

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. And So

    We dont really care but thanks for your great work CNN. I gotta have John King's Magic Board.

    May 6, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. mitchell

    he can't win in november without the full support of his party's base.hahahahah!

    May 6, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. jason

    they stopped taking comments on the "operation chaos" article, so i'll just say this here:

    It speaks volumes for the "moral highground" of the conservative side. As if it were ever something unclear, any republican who voted for hillary because of the suggestions of Rush is cheating the system. No longer can any one of them claim moral superiority over prisioners – let alone the rest of the country.

    May 6, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. proud SC resident

    Actually, the primary was in NORTH Carolina. North and South Carolina are, in fact, 2 separate states.

    May 6, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |

    i guess no one cares. But i'm smelling some corruptions in Indiana. are they trying to pull a Bush move in Florida? Why haven't they report the last county votes. thats Obama territory with only 4points hillaer lead. WHAT IS REALYY CRACULATING?

    May 6, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Frank Gallagher

    Rush would like to belive it is, but in reality, repulbicans are leaving the GOP.......

    May 6, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. scott

    Indiana was suppose to be Won at first by Obama. looks like he didnt. but we wont know because we have to what for the High black area. I have never noticed the diffrence in races but I know do, and I think its a very sad thing to america what this canadate has done by bringing out the far from UNity .

    May 6, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. sharon

    Don't worry McCain if Hiliary losses the democratic nomination you can get some of her supporters as we rally around you. Hiliary women for McCain

    May 6, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. JC

    Not really. If Chaos effect did take effect, many Republicans voted for Hillary in the Dem primary. This just goes to tell you what a big loss Hillary suffered tonight if you subtract the Republican votes from her votes. Americans are very tired of negative campaign. We want solutions for our problems. I hope the two gentlemen can campaign against each other with Independents based on ideas and issues. We have suffered long and hard under the Clintons' negative division of our nation and race.

    May 6, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Who cares about the republican primaries, they are already decided. What I am wondering is why the Lake county officials are trying to steal the Indiana primary from Senator Obama. I am sure they are discarding as much Obama votes as possible right now to allow Hillary Clinton to go on. That is probably why the Clintons are confident they are going to do fine there, the officials are working for them, yet another Florida ?

    May 6, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Will

    Wow. This is news, CNN.

    May 6, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. Thore

    As a current disenfranchised resident of MI, I know that Hillary Clinton and her campaign has vigorously fought for the states of FL and MI to be counted. Not just today or yesterday or the week or month before that, but she has fought for our states ever since our election took place. Why try to paint Hillary as a dishonest person. I wish I had a dime for everytime CNN has said dishonest and Hillary in the same sentence. The DNC did not follow their own rules when they discounted our votes, period. I've been saying this for months. Obama chose to take his name off the ballot in MI, WHY? And why did Obama advertise in Florida and leave his name on the ballot? Very simple questions that should be addressed.

    May 6, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  13. JC

    What is troubling for Senator McCain is that Obama won and he is a lot more electable than Hillary.

    May 6, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. Amy in Iowa

    He hears the Obama train coming. YES WE CAN!

    May 6, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. BajaMundo

    Hillary has it right on the economy; Obama copies most of her comments. McCain has it right on national defense. Somehow it seems that you might get one good candidate from all three–I believe it is Hillary, who is running the moderate road–not left wing or right wing. Most all of us are moderate, decent human beings who need common sense in the White House–not ideologues.

    May 6, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    McCain can't win against any Democrat. Now or Never. He doesn't have a clue about the economy and never will. He reads what they
    write for him to say on the teleprompter. I think there are two teleprompters now, because he looks to one side and then another.

    May 6, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  17. Fran Martin

    Preliminary media polls show the race between McCain and either of the Democrats favoring the dems. The margins or victory, however, are not significant, but those numbers are starting to look very, very conservative. Either Obama or Clinton will score a landslide against McCooCoo when all the chips are on the line.

    May 6, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Unshrub

    McCain's troubles haven't even started yet. Wait until he has a real opponent.

    May 6, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. Sharon Minnesota

    Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line. Don't kid youselves, the Republicans will vote for their nominee in November come hell or high water.

    It's only the Democrats that jump all over the place, like me when I vote for McCain over Obama.

    May 6, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |


    May 6, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    I think Obama just won Indiana!!!!! Check it out!!! Poor Hillary and
    Bill and Chelsea. Maybe they can move to Dubai or Columbia.

    May 6, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  22. Eric Rasmussen

    Ms. Kepchar says she will never vote for Obama. She she have a problem with tone?

    May 6, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  23. Conservative Against McCain

    I am glad to see Republicans are standing their ground. I cannot support McCain because of his past votes and viewpoints. McCain would be a great Independent candidate, but not a good Republican candidate. If he expects my vote in November, I'd need to see Mitt Romney as his VP.

    May 6, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  24. douadavid, PA

    I did not see any talking head 's comment about why Nobaba won all the black Vote? I am sure that he is fake and play the race card. He will never win a state without black population. Shame on you Nobama. 2008 is for my Queen Hillary Clinton.

    May 6, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  25. Western Voter

    The Clintonistas are pathetic. "I did not have sex with THAT woman" becomes "if you count Florida and Michigan and subtract the caucus states Hillary almost wins and we can argue she is more electable than the guy who is winning."

    Hillary: EXIT

    May 6, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
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