January 15th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Potentially troubling news for Clinton in Michigan 'win'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton faced a grim statistic in Michigan tonight, despite her primary "win" there: results revealed that she may have reason to worry about her grasp on the African-American vote.

The Michigan primary vote was essentially meaningless: the national party stripped the state of its delegates because it held its contest too early in the election season, and Clinton was the only major Democratic contender whose name appeared on the ballot.

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  1. Hope in Detroit and I am white

    Come on Obama you rock.

    January 15, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Becky

    You know, I kind of think that CNN really wants Hussein to win. I don't. His family is in Kenya...once he is nominated, the terrorist are going to figure this out and then what. What happens when they take his family and behead them???? Is he going to go all tits up and drop the ball? I would rather have a president that doesn't have family living in a situation that would put me at risk. I like me more than that!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just call me selfish, I will answer.

    January 15, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. Bean Counter, Motor City, MI

    Obama and the other Dems didn't care about Michigan. Why the heck would anybody in this state ever consider voting for them?

    Watching the election results I am so ticked at Barack, Fred and Rudy.

    Props to Mitt, John, Ron, Mike and even Dennis for coming to Michigan!

    January 15, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. Sean, Detroit, MI

    haha nice win, Hillary. Tomorrow I should go into an elementary school classroom and celebrate my "Tallest Person" victory

    January 15, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. shaun

    I guess your race politics didn't work out to well for you hillary... Did it..

    January 15, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. Elizabeth

    Character. I think what we have seen in the last 8 years is that character will drive decisions and bad character leads to bad decisions from bad motives and lack of integrity. I encourage the American public to really try to see through what the candidates are really saying and not just with their words and of course, who they surround themselves with.
    "Who you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    May the best candidate win!

    January 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. shamous mc

    What about the American Indian voter?
    Or the Chinese immigrant voter?
    What about the white black or the yellow whites?

    Division. We'll never unite as a people as long as we continue to subdivide ourselves.

    January 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. SecondSage

    Advice to Clinton, Keep to the truce.

    Your uncle tom cronies will only hurt you. Despite the lie Rangel sputed, Obama never injected race as an issue. he has run a clean campaign. This is what is attracting black voters (and white if I'm not mistaken).

    Myself, I'm a young independent. I was neutral but your venom after Iowa pushes me toward Obama, Robert Johnson and Charles Rangel hurt you tremendously in my eyes.

    I don't speak for all black people. But this black voter was swayed for the following reason. Obama is about the people, all people. He's not running as a black candidate.

    Obama also has the right to defend himself when attacked. He's saving it for the republicans, he has the big picture in mind. Elephants shall not return to Pennsylvania Avenue. He's making the whole campaign bigger than him, the reason he's getting mass support.

    So Hillary, please save the venom for republicans.

    January 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. Alex, st paul MN

    we never worry about poll, since when we start worring bout it? Sometime i really wonder what your job is a major news network? to report the news or to stirr negative poletics? get over it ....the American people will make the decsion eventually right?

    January 15, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. yoyo

    Hillary is a cheater

    January 15, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. Carl

    Go, South Carolina – you are not alone! Look out West, where Elected Democratic officials like McCaskill consider her "fatal" for the ticket. The down-ticket harm Hillary would do as a uniter of the GOP will be putting a stop to the steady progress red states have made towards the Democratic party. IF HRC would be the nominee, she might actually lose this, as her support in her own party has a definite ceiling, she has virtually NO cross-over appeal, and limited support for independents. IF she would be able to eke out a 50.1% win, and even if she "were ready to lead from day 1", the other side will be "fired up and ready to go". Hillary for president, Obama for America! Please show the Clintons that the divisive politics should come to an end – she is hurting the party and the country, We are sick of all this, and deserve better. No more games.....

    January 15, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  12. Donne

    Black people did not reject Clinton because of race but because she was a divider , She was never a uniter.

    Clinton have ruled for her safe boasting 35 years , I belive its high time she goes on retirement..

    Its wrong and just another blunder to give a ticket to somebody who had misused it before..

    If Clinton mistakenly win the nomination, she will fail the generstion because even her democrats will vote for the other party or chose not to vote at all.

    Infact she is desperate.

    America needs a strong hand like Obama. YES WE CAN;YES WE CAN; YES WE CAN

    January 15, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    I found it interesting that the "uncommited voters" came close to overcoming the Hillary media machine. I think the intelligent folks will in the end pick Obama. He is alot more sincere about overhauling govt.

    Smart people for Obama!

    January 15, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Biggdawg

    Thank goodness Hillary didn't lose to "uncommitted". Otherwise who knows how the media would have spun this so-called meaningless primary. IT IS MEANINGLESS. Those of you who say it isn't, please note that most would say Hillary won in a landslide, garnering nearly 60% of the vote.

    So the other side of the equation one could say Obama and his cohorts ticked off a lot of whites by shamelessly and unwarrantedly playing the race card, which means that he and Edwards couldn't even garner 40% of the vote between them. But CNN chooses to highlight the race angle. Good. That only works against Obama.

    This from an African-American. Keep fanning the flames of racial divisiveness CNN.

    And on that "time to start a race war in the Democratic Party note, CNN: what was the percentage breakdown of the white vote?

    January 15, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Roger

    So Hillary Clinton's name was the only name on the ballot, and voters were either forced to pick her, or choose "undecided"?

    Isn't that what the Soviet Union used to do with its elections?

    January 15, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. William Gainesville, FL

    I had a good feeling this would happen. African American voters can see through all the tricks and games in this campaign – that Barack Obama is the true candidate who understands the problems Americans face and who has proposed the best solutions to those problems.

    OBAMA 08!

    January 15, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. Todd

    Wow! that's not good. This is going to be an interesting 2 weeks. Bill can pull her through!

    January 15, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. Adjetey

    She shot herself in the foot by making those complicated racial comments. "Becareful what you wish for."

    January 15, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    You guys will never stop talking trash about Hillary

    January 15, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  20. Ron

    Any one who doesn't believe that Obama is going to take the majority of the black vote hasn't been paying attention to race politics in the country.

    January 15, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. r k martin, New York, NY

    once edwards leaves the campaign, Billary will be far, far behind.

    The anti-Billary movement is far too large to overcome, much less the loss of support from the AfAm community.

    OBAMA 08! Time for a fresh vision

    January 15, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  22. Tom, Boston Ma

    Tom Isenberg, is this one of the spins you were told to keep tooting by Karl Rove? you are shameless. you will stop at nothing....

    January 15, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Josh, Chicago, Il

    If that's so, many people can't think for themselves, regardless of what colour they are. The whole "race" thing was unnecessary, and told a lie on Hillary Clinton; if you're going to attack someone, at least have some truth to it.

    January 15, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  24. sue

    Oh no.

    She was the ONLY major democrat on the ballot and still 70% of Michigan's African Americans didn't vote for her.

    Not good. A little blow back from playing racial politics?

    January 15, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  25. Jen, New York, NY

    The tides have turned. Damage done and no way to reverse it. Would be interesting to see how SC votes.

    January 15, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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