January 15th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
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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. Jay

    Why make this into a race war?? I will vote for either candidate because I believe in the Democratic Party. Its understandable that black people might want a black president. That would be an incredible sign of racial progress. But I will support either Clinton or Obama as the nominee. (Not Edwards–he's a communist)

    January 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. Robert Bell

    The Democratic National Party will have a "change of heart" just before the National Convention and decide to count the Michigan and Florida primaries, if that means swaying the nomination towards Hillary.

    The entire process has been fixed from the beginning. Howard Dean and the party hacks are all pro-Hillary, and hence she has most of the super-delegates.

    And just by chance, she did not take her name off the Michigan and Florida primary ballots.

    This is a very calculated move that will make the Al Gore 2000 Florida fiasco look amateurish by comparison.

    Go Hillary '08 – best candidate money can buy!

    January 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. David

    I'm sorry, was Hillary ever projected to win the black vote over Obama? More important, why is CNN still fanning the flames of race, even though the candidates are moving on? This is a pathetic headline.

    January 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Jackson

    After years of working for civil rights, if black voters turn from Hillary Clinton, it will be because of racial-bias on their part ... and nothing to do with her. She has worked very hard for all people and has never wavered on civil rights issues. I don't believe that black voters will do this by and large throughout the country.

    January 15, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. David

    Why does the media keep trying to make this a primary race about the color of the skin. Each one is as qualified as the other. They should be voted on for their character and integrity. Each voter should decide who can do more and make this a better country to live in for all the people. If Obama was to get elected or Clinton I would hope it would be because the reasons given and not becuse the color of their skin or the sex of the person.

    January 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  6. Eric

    But you seem to forget that in 1988 Jesse Jackson won the Michigan Democratic primary with 55% of the vote so African Americans have historically done well in that state. There was also a major push by Obama supporters to vote for uncommitted.

    January 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. A. Harrison, Atlanta Georgia

    CNN please let this go....are you not aware that MEDIA can influence the masses...especially the ones that don't rely on their own thinking.....SHEESH!!

    January 15, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. Mary Chandler

    Barack Obama won tonight and Chis Matthews is way off. Hillary is not presidential sounding. She knows alot of stuff but she can't get it done. Barack can get results becasuse he can work the system in a diplomatic manner. America needs him.

    January 15, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Charles T, VA

    This is what hillary wanted so that she can split the white voters to go for her and black to Obama to win because she knows some black will feel offended about their remarks. Good job Hillary and good luck to America if she wins. I am not a fool and will still vote for Obama period and hope the white vote will remain confident on Obama.

    Hillary your plan will backfire because now Obama will win a landslide because the last thing we need as Americans in this election is a racial divide.

    January 15, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  10. Celina B

    What % of whites and Latinos were voting for Clinton and Obama? why only report on AA? This is the kind of politics thats pundits are pushing, and the American people are rejecting, coming together, for a common purpose.

    January 15, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. Friends don’t let friends post drunk

    Why is it that the only ethnic grouping that these polls consistently assess is the ‘black’ vote?

    Occasionally, the Hispanic vote is evaluated as well. However, I have never (ever) seen an evaluation of the ‘white vote’.

    This kind of ethnic based assessment only serves to reinforce racism and stereotyping.

    The ‘black vote’ is a very divisive and insulting terminology suggestive of a monolithic, monotonous group that can only act as a single entity, lacking of the ability to think and perform as individuals? This fallacious notion must be thoroughly and forcibly rejected.

    Otherwise, please offer commentary on the ‘white vote’ as well.


    January 15, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  12. EW

    Your story is very deceptive. You should have written that 70% of the African American voters who voted in the primary favored "uncommitted." CNN never misses an opportunity to post a story that presents a negative representation of Hillary Clinton. Why is that? CNN readers might begin to wonder whether you are truly reporting the news or trying to influence public opinion.

    January 15, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. Jason

    Blacks refusing to vote for anyone other than a black candidate? There's a shock.

    January 15, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  14. JohnS

    Did anyone listen to Chis Matthews this evening? Boy, I almost threw up because of his active support and "politicing" for Clinton. I used to admire and watch this guy for years. Today, I quit. I guess it is because he received a "kiss" from Hillary recently.

    January 15, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. Celina B

    What % of whites and Latinos were voting for Clinton and Obama? why only report on AA? This is the kind of politics thats pundits are pushing, and the American people are rejecting, coming together, for a common purpose.

    January 15, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  16. Roland

    A major victory for the Democratic Party tonight! A strong showing for 'uncommited' and a win for Mitt Romney!!!

    January 15, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. Grace Smith, Charlton, SC

    People are seeing Hillary for what she truly is.

    If she so fiercely attempted to defend remarks that she INDEED made, why can't she apologize for her vote to authorize the war in Iraq, with the same energy?

    I'm white and voting for Obama. If I were black and Obama was not in the race, I would vote for Edwards. There's no way the Clintons deserve a single black vote. Actually, I think the Clinton owe blacks and hispanics so much that she should've dropped out and endorsed Obama or Richardson, or not run at all.

    January 15, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I think people should not twist things around and focus on what is on hand not what they think or what others believe what was said. Lets get off the train and start being independent on our decisions, and not follow the negative.

    January 15, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  19. Chris, Orlando FL

    To: Hillary
    Compiments of: The Obama Smear Machine

    January 15, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. bob

    the clintons have shown how low they will go (again) here's "hoping" obama is the nation's secong black president

    January 15, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  21. Lex

    I'm gad Clinton is now aware that she isn't guaranteed the black vote just because "some" black people are fond of her husband. She needs to stop acting as if she has already won the nomination. She HAS NOT! Her campaign tricks and dirty politics are not flying over the heads of Americans. Oh and by the way Tim Russert, Chris Mathews, and the rest of the political commentators and hosts SUCK AT THEIR JOBS! They are totally favoring Hillary. It really is making me sick! How much more obvious can you be? START REPORTING THE FACTS. FACTS FACTS FACTS AND ONLY THE FACTS! Stop trying to influence people with subtle plugs for a "certain" candidate. Stop saying Barack has attacked HIllary, b/c he has not, stop saying hillary has the most experience b/c she DOES NOT, and stop bringing on horrible guests who are completely biased! Why don't you ever say Hillary takes a lot of money from lobbyists & PACS, why not report the fact that Barack has held more government positions than Hillary? Doesn't he deserve equal treatment or are you gunning for the Clintons to win this by any means necessary? MSNBC, CNN, and most news stations ARE A JOKE! STOP FEEDING and being the driving force behind false issues. STAY ON TASK AND GIVE THE PUBLIC THE REAL CHANCE TO SEE WHO EACH CANDIDATE IS!

    January 15, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |


    January 15, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. Wayne / Wentzville, MO

    Basically, it was Hillary's tone of voice regarding her comments about LBJ and the late MLK-Jr. Well all I can say is that one reaps what they sow! Whatever happened to the crying politician from New Hampshire?

    I was never fooled, but unfortunately there are many who were fooled. Fooled enough to give her their votes. And by the way, it was Barack's camp that initiated a truce between the two candidates. So again, we're seeing real leadership in Barack! He's the real deal by far!

    January 15, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  24. Jay

    CNN how about reporting that Sen Clinton would have won by double digits if Sen Obama was on ballot too. So Please stop giving negative spin to any news concerned with Clinton.A news channel should be impartial rather than biased.

    January 15, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  25. John

    The real question is are they voting for him because he is black or because he is the best candidate. I would suggest that many are voting for him because he is black based on the wide difference in voting percentage. If it was based on records seeing that the other two candidates are very qualified the numbers should be closer.

    I sure hope this is not the case because it would be a sad statement coming from many people in the black community.

    January 15, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
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