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. Audrey D.

    What about women voters in Michigan, what do the exit polls show about their support of Clinton?

    January 15, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  2. Jeffrey

    And the bashing continues.....

    No one appreciates negative campaigning. It just hardens the positions of those who oppose you.

    January 15, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. Boca

    Here in Washtenaw county, Michigan, we hands down rejected senator Clinton as the Democratic party nominee. The exit polls confirm that what gave Hillary the win over "uncommited" in Michigan are white, over 48 citizens. This may be a solid base for Hillary, but as this primary continues to unfold, it is becoming clear that Hillary is a polarizing figure like none the Democratic party has seen in a while.

    It is not only the case that democratic voters see Obama and Edwards as viable and competent candidates, but that they refuse to accept senator Clinton as the nominee. If she gets this nomination, it is very possible, based on what has been demonstrated during this primary, that her polarizing effect inside the democratic party will carry over to the general election where centrist candidates such as McCain and Bloomberg can take many democratic votes away from Hillary.

    January 15, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |

    ahhahahah hillary campaign is claiming victory in MI by being the only one on the ballot!

    ugh what a travesty!

    January 15, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. Luther Campbell

    Here we go again with the polls. It should be borne in mind that the Michigan democratic primary was meaningless. It is highly possible that black people who feel antipathy against Ms. Clinton were more likely to come out and express that view.

    I find it hard to believe that, after supporting the Clintons for years, the black community is suddently going to en masse turn against Hillary. If that is indeed the case it would be disheartening to see how fickle the black community is.

    January 15, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. Jay

    What is really troubling is that Clinton won over 60% of the white vote. And many African American politicians in Detroit were pushing the uncommited.

    January 15, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Robyn

    WE NEED OBAMA in the white house!!

    The younger generation is voting for a CHANGE. They are inspired by OBAMA's message and these people are the ones who will vote in future elections.

    He has a vision, new ideas and will bring diverse, brilliant and progressive people into the White House and Washington.

    NEW SCHOOL POLITICS in '08!!!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT 2008!!!!!!

    January 15, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. francisco

    Here we go again, the media trying to finish with hillary's career, Cnn has united with MSNBC, Newsweek to go against one great woman. I hope they come to their senses and stop this media fuzz. At the end Hillary will overcome cnn and msnbc and she will be elected the new president of this country. Then we will see how cnn and msnbc react to that.

    January 15, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. mavis dandridge

    Mrs. Clinton will not be getting my vote. I'm a Black woman who does not like her. Her attitude seems to be that she deserves to be president by virtue of her having endured Bill Clinton. She thinks she's entitled. I think she's a closet racist.

    January 15, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. minati

    Why hasn't the media picked upon the nasty statement made by Michelle Obama regarding "if you can't run your own house you certainly can't run a white house"

    Her statements need to be analyzed and well documented across the media. Yes they sem to have a free ride.

    January 15, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. Gonzalo

    It is funny that so many people are swept up in the Obama illusion. His "world experience" consisted of playing with future Muslim terrorists when he was a child. Then upon reaching adulthood, he dabbled in the fine art of drug use and even in his own words mentioned that he was on the way to becoming a "junkie". Now you have a man who has no real experience in life (except using a crack pipe) who is being blindly followed by the countless number of sheep who vote for him. It is unfortunate that a man who has no real skills and absolutely no world experience is so close to being put in the White House. The rest of the world is laughing loudly at America as I speak. You may have your dream, but I fear the reality you will create.

    And don't assume either, that I am a Hillary supporter. On the contrary, I disagree with many of her policies. But when the future of the country that I love dearly is jeopordized by the ignorance of the masses...well, I would pick ANY of the candidates over Obama.

    January 15, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. isaac

    well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i hope she can she what happened in michigan. without obama and edward. a lot of people did not vote for her,all along i think she is fake, was fake and will always be fake. she won nh because the woman voters felt sorry for her,and voted for her. that all.

    January 15, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. Vincent

    Clinton appears to be in trouble... she barely overcame NOBODY. Anyone can beat nobody; the fact that she hardly won an UNCONTESTED election is grim for her indeed. It's like barely beating a punching bag in a boxing match...

    January 16, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. For Authenticity & Real Ability

    Barack Obama! Dirty Politics from the Clinton Machine and Media Cronies don't sway those who have done their HW! We support you and we appreciate a real person running for President! Thank you! YES WE CAN!

    January 16, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. Mart from Chicago

    Owhh COME ON CNN...the more I read these tickers and news, the more I believe that your affiliations and employees are pro-Obama or Hillary-Haters... Why dont you, CNN, just endorse someone, so that way we know for real if these are biased news/tickers or not. At least get a group of people who are pro-Clinton to write some of the news/tickers so that we can read from both sides of the story. CNN always say MI is unimportant, Hillary wins but the numbers are unimportant to be analyze, that doesnt mean anything CNN says... but only 22% black voters vote for Clinton, and its the big talk of the day and more bad speculations from CNN. I read CNN everyday and I used to find that they are unbiased and good in their newsmaking... very well informed and I come here to read all kind of news.. But please, if you want to be biased, endorse someone and let the people know where CNN as a whole stand. It can be hard for someone in the newsroom to be unbiased, but at least get people who's pro-Clinton to write too, so I can read something that is not demeaning and harsh towards Hillary everytime I read or watch CNN. Coz believe me if all the news CNN has to offer doesnt stop being negative about Hillary and pro Obama all the time, I be the first one out and will look for other companies to get the news..

    January 16, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  16. Surge

    It’s cool to give Obama a free pass. The media simply doesn’t hold him to the same standard; they don’t pound away at him like they do Hillary. They’ve been on her for months while his follies go unnoticed. His dear-in-the-headlights response during the last debate when Gibson called him on his claim that he instituted lobbyist reform – when all he did was allow lobbyist gifts to lawmakers as long as they were standing up and not sitting down – was priceless and not a single mainstream media outlet picked up on yet they continued to slam Hillary on anything and everything. I think this is in part due to the fear of being accused of racism for holding Obama to the same standard as Hillary. It’s really liberal white guilt at play here and Obama, like the typical cynical politician that he is, is exploiting it very cleverly.

    If it’s not ok that the white woman is a calculating gender-baiting politician then it shouldn’t be ok that the black man is a calculating race-baiting politician either. Otherwise, it’s not truly equality you’re after.

    It's also interesting to read all the poor grammar, spelling, punctuation, delivery & grasp of the issues and modern history of the Obama supporters. As a supporter of the only truly qualified person on the ticket I have to say I find it comforting and hysterical. As an American and fellow vote caster, I find it disturbing.

    January 16, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. Nando

    GO MICHIGAN way to GO!!!!!!!!!!!Thats how you say no to STATUS QUO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08,12

    And Hillary if you really think Barak is going to co-sponsor that bill with you , I have some Lots on the Moon I can sell you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. ForHillary

    CNN:: You guys are so biased.!!

    Even when she wins you somehow make it a point to trash her

    January 16, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  19. Marvin, Dallas, TX


    I don’t think you get it. If Hillary cannot win by a landslide and she is pretty much the ONLY candidate on the ballot. That is Not a Win in any regards.

    On top of that after her deliberate attempt to put Race into the Campaigns, Hillary then losses 70 % of the Black vote to a nameless faceless uncommitted.

    Face it Hillary just CANNOT keep her head out of that Republican Play Book. We do like that about her as it is continuing to prove to be her undoing.

    January 16, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. fran

    I am an African America, I think we have forgotten all the Clintons did for the blacks. If a race card is in the issue we better count the Clintons out because they have been helping us ever befor the running for election. For any of us to say the are playing a race card that would be too mean to say. If ever Obama wins Democrat party He better wait for Republican because I have not seen/heard him saying what his plans will be. The problem is not talking the talk, it's doing the job

    January 16, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. Nalla

    Forget black or white or latino or Asian, humans vote for Obama and robots vote for Hillary.

    Human beings for Obama !

    Obama is once-in-a-lifetime-candidate, I am just happy to be born in the same era.

    January 16, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. Kathy

    James Brown (Independent) got it right, this shows just how unelectable Hillary is. How will Democrats ever expect to regain the White House if they nominate someone who gets 55% of the Democratic vote when she's basically uncontested?? The Republicans will bury her.

    January 16, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. robert fuller

    since there is some doubt whether the michigan delegates will eventually be seated at the convention, wouldn't the make party officials a bit of potential king-maker? couldn't they decide to seat delegates or not seat them them based on their own preferences as to who should have the nomination?

    January 16, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. CE

    Registered Democrat here, however if it comes down to a choice between Hillary and Romney, I would choose Romney.

    January 16, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  25. Titus

    Time to face the music

    January 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
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