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. hillaryfan4mccain!!!

    Hillary, or McCain '08.

    May 6, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  2. Billy

    South Carolina's Republican primary was back in January..

    May 7, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  3. Andy from Alabama

    Sharon, I totally agree with you.

    It's Hillary, or McCain.

    The elitest of the party should not have tried to shove Obama down the throats of us blue collar, gun and god loving, undeucated, bitter democrat from middle America.

    Hillary, or McCain '08

    May 7, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  4. Cali

    Republican your guy play dirty politic if Rush Limbaugh want to play this
    politic why he didn't play when Democratic start so now is too late Rush.
    What's next you going to play? let just shut-up it not going to work at all.

    May 7, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  5. Doubting Thomas

    "All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that. "

    Reverend Hagee
    McCain 08?????

    May 7, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. the right nut

    As much as I hate McCain I will vote for him

    McCain/Rommny 08!!!!

    May 7, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. Rocky Balboa

    Hillary Clinton and John McCain are old politics and old news. We want to know the latest on Presidential presumptive Barack Obama – so get over it.

    May 7, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  8. Sandy Hunsaker

    CNN is so totally biased in favor of Obama, as they have been since early on in the Primaries, and it was never more apparent than tonight in all the reporting - such as almost seeing tears in Chelsea's eyes and defeat in Hillary's voice. I don't think we were watching the same speech. Come on, CNN, give Hillary a fair shake. Why are you so Pro-Obama?

    May 7, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  9. After further review,Texas

    Dont let the door hit you Sharon.The issues werent important to you in the first place.

    May 7, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. Montana is Obama Country

    Sharon and Alice- you must be the "uneducated" voters for Hillary..

    Yes.. We.. Can... in 2008

    May 7, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  11. Gobama

    If it is true what James Carville says about Hilary Clinton that she has cajones/balls then sweating them comes with such ownership. lol

    Well Hilary is surely sweating those little cajones right now in Indiana, while Barack is comfortably home and sharing his with Michelle. lol

    May 7, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  12. Eric Thornley

    Alice, how is your GED education coming along?

    May 7, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. the right nut

    Oops McCain/Romney 08!!!

    May 7, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  14. john

    I know several Republicans that won't vote for McCain. The truth is a lot of these votes Hillary is getting in rural areas will go for McCain even if she is the nominee. The media actually has been quite pro-Hillary for some time. You ladies really need to get a grip.

    May 7, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. pissed off

    Both DEM. people need to droup out because the DEM. party is done so split up that the DEM. will never get into the presidency for around 30 or 40 years they are fighting umonst each other and so confused that all they are doing is helping the GOP and making the GOP looking very good.

    May 7, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  16. An American in Canada



    May 7, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |

    This was the worst coverage I have ever listened to. It looks like CNN has offcially endorsed Obama. I thought some of you were going to cry when Hillary took the lead. Then you do an article asking if "Operation Chaos" worked. Who do you really think listens to Rush Limbaugh? CNN is becoming a real joke.

    May 7, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  18. Andrew

    I think it is a troubling sign for McCain. Those of us who are concerned about life issues such as the protection of the unborn, stopping the genocide in Darfur and preventing cloning of human embryos may not vote for McCain come November.

    May 7, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  19. Sure

    I would say it's pretty much common sense a lot of Republican's didn't vote in their respective primary because McCain is already their nominee, so what's the point? Don't worry, they will show up in the fall!

    May 7, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. J East Windsor, CT

    Based on the projected results on these two states, even in the unlikely event of Hillary winning ALL states remaining by an unlikely 60-40, she would need 72 PERCENT of the remaining supers to go her way to overtake Obama. I hope that now when once again and stronger than ever the writing's on the wall, the Clinton camp stops the negative attacks that only benefit the republicans. Given her campaign's track record, it's a bit more "dreaming" than hoping. Can't help but believe they perfer McCain just so that they can get a another crack on 2012. How sad and UNPATRIOTIC.

    J – "Educated" young hispanic for Obama

    May 7, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  21. D. Riley

    McCain's numbers are low because he IS the nominee and operation chaos is free to prop Hillary up in their effort to deliver an easily beatable candidate for him to run against in November. The funny part is.....she actually believes it's some huge menopausal, geriatric GED crowd giving her the wins in PA, Ohio and now possibly Indiana. Talk about dense!

    May 7, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  22. Karen in Ohio

    Foxnews called Clinton the winner of Indiana at 8:25pm on Tuesday. hahahaha...
    fair and balanced news report

    May 7, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Bubba

    Go bake some cookies before you blow out an artery.

    May 7, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  24. fred

    That's right. Huckabee is amazing 🙂

    And is anyone else out there sick of Hillary's "yes we will" and Obama's "yes we can"? Well, Hillary, NO YOU WON'T, and Obama, NO YOU CAN'T.

    And, yeah, even though I'm a conservative, I think Limbaugh's whole "operation chaos" is a dumb idea. Democrats should pick their nominee, not republicans. If this was always the case, then democrats would start picking the worst republican and republican's picking the worst democrat, and then we'd have the worst candidates facing each other in the election.

    May 7, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. mrsingh

    If people want to vote for McCain despite their pocketbooks, jobs and health, hey, do what you have to do. But I think it's much easier if you just jump off a cliff! See, the pain will be quick whereas 4 more years of McCain will be slow painful death.

    If Hillary were to be nominee, I would have no trouble voting for her because I'm a Democrat and support Democrats! Why can't you? Seems to me that people that hold some sort of bias can't transcend those feelings and forget about what their country needs!

    Look if it weren't for Lincoln, a Republican, this would not be possible: a black guy educated, born to white/black in USA, well qualified, intelligent, likeable would be running for President. You Republicans should also be as proud as I feel today!

    May 7, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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