January 16th, 2008
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(CNN) - The Republican presidential primary race has another winner. Mitt Romney won Michigan's GOP primary Tuesday night and now Romney and the rest of the GOP presidential field will continue their contest in South Carolina and Nevada.

The three leading Democrats debated one another Tuesday night in Las Vegas - less than a week before Nevada's caucuses.

In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, John Roberts speaks with Mitt Romney and Mary Snow reports on the Republican presidential race.

Roberts also sits down with Mark Halperin, book author and Senior Political Analyst for Time Magazine, to discuss the next stage of the White House race. Finally, Kiran Chetry speaks with former senator Fred Thompson.

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  1. THE REAL NUMBERS do the math !

    Total votes for Democratic party is 592,798

    Clinton 328, 151
    Uncommitted 236, 728
    Kunich 21,708
    Dodd 3,853
    Gravel 2,363
    TOTAL 592,798

    According to exit polls Obama got 73 percent of the African American uncommitted votes, that would total 172,811.44 votes for Obama

    Edwards would then receive the remaining 63,916.56

    Therefore the real percentage of the vote is THE FOLLOWING:

    Clinton 328,151.00 —— 55.0%
    Obama 172,811.44 —— 29.1%
    Edwards 63,916.56 —— 10.7%
    Kunich 21,708 ———- 4%
    Dodd 3853 ————1%
    Gravel 2363 ———– 0%

    Not only is Hillary a winner, she beats Obama by 26%.

    January 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Craig in Texas

    McCain’s chief ally in the state, Sen. Lindsey Graham, elaborated. "You don't need to tear anybody else down to get the votes for John McCain," he said, as the bus approached Mt. Pleasant, S.C. "That's the point. You can contrast your vote with theirs but you don't need to tear anybody else down to get the vote for John McCain."
    Less than 24 hours later, a biting McCain campaign mail piece attacking Mitt Romney arrived in South Carolina mail boxes.

    "Romney provided taxpayer-funded abortions. Romney signed legislation in 2006 that increased funding for taxpayer-subsidized abortions."

    Does John McCain really think Mitt supports killing innocent babies? I don’t think so….so why send out these postcards?

    Romney is so anti-abortion it hurts! He always has been and always will be. As Governor he did not change existing laws allowing abortions, but that does not make him pro-Choice. He just allowed people their own terrible choices under the existing law. He has not flipped, he has not flopped.

    January 16, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. jason smith

    What a surprise that Rangel of the House Ways and Means Committee would be angling for a job in a Clinton White House....what irony that Hillary doesn't have to defend from any sexist remarks because NO OTHER CANDIDATE HAS MADE ANY!!!!

    What a surprise she hasn't brought up the fact that, among higher-paying professional positions, women even outnumber men....only in lower traditionally male occupations, do, duh!!!, men outnumber women, like heavy labor, and among immigrant groups where machismo prevails....

    Of course, there is still a glass ceiling for minorities, and yes, conservatives would choose to kick out all immigrants despite the shock it would have to our economy, and the distinct effect of making life worse for the older white rich Americans who depend on this cheap labor, yet support these xenophobic policies

    What a shock Hillary can gloss over these important facts as well as any factual omissions in "universal health care" and support for Bush policies towards Iran, etc....and get away with ignoring the hypocrisy in her comments, and the disdain she has for anybody to bring up the falseness of her remarks, and that she can still act aghast that anybody would even try to defend themselves against her vicious infighting, shows what kind of politician she really is.....

    January 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. JohnS

    Do the math? This is simply a common sense issue that even a 5th grader in Japan can laugh at us for such a posting.

    So, we are to conclude that all those who voted for Hillary would ACTUALLY have voted for her if other MORE VIABLE candidates had campained and were placed on the ballot? We are also to conclude that all the votes of the Independents and recent converts of Republicans for Obama would have also voted for Hillary? We are also to conclude that this is the ACTUAL population of viable voters in Michigan?

    No wonder the US is still LOW in the world in the area of academics!!!!! I am, again, embarassed as a US citizen. NOT ONLY AM I EMBARASSED by the posting of this individual [see THE Real Numbers, Do the math], but I am SAD about the state of this nation.

    May God have mercy on us all! Go Bill, bring more young Interns to the White House. Indeed Hillary, keep waging war on the Republicans, they will soon spread the red carpet for you to change things in Washington. We all must really also have SHORT-TERM MEMORIES of the Clinton years. The Independents know BETTER!!!

    January 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. diane sallis,ms

    This country is bleeding jobs, the special interest are filling Hillary's pockets for the favors down the road. Bill Clinton gave us NAFTA. Bush lets the special interest right the bill he signs into law.

    How much more can this country take of these two families?

    John Edwards in not for sale. He OWES no favors to the specail interest.

    How long will this country keep voting agaist it's own interest?

    Edwards/Obama in 08

    January 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. *Light*

    [THE REAL NUMBERS do the math!] it is quite obvious that you are truly BAD at math and also not fully comprehending what happened in Michigan.

    your "math stats" cannot reflect TRUE stats. the reason being is because certain democrats were not on the ballot at all and because of this, MANY ppl did not go out and vote. with that being said we will never know the TRUE stats of what the outcome would have been if ALL democrats were on the ballot and they had campaigned there diligently. we will NEVER know.

    not only this, but some ppl who wanted to vote for Obama or whomever crossed over and voted Republican because they did not have a choice. so now this also throws a wrench in the mathematical equations because, again, you cannot get TRUE stats on how it all ended up because you do not know how many ppl who supported Obama or Edwards or whomever crossed over and went republican.

    and finally, and this is what i find hillarious, is that you say:

    "According to exit polls Obama got 73 percent of the African American uncommitted votes, that would total 172,811.44 votes for Obama"

    you only tally 172,811.44 votes for Obama. you are assuming that ONLY black ppl voted for Obama!! that is so ridiculous. you are ignoring white ppl, asian, arab, hispanic or native americans who could have possibly voted for Obama and who mmade it clear that they would have voted for him. we know for sure that many white ppl do support Obama. so somehow you are purposely not counting white votes.

    again, we do NOT know what the true stats are. we do not know how many crossed over and went republican, we do not know how many independents that would have voted for Obama crossed over to republicans. we do not know how many ppl did not vote. we do not know how many ppl who would have voted for Obama or Edwards cast their vote for hillary since she was the only one on the ballot. we do not know how many white ppl or other ethnicites voted for Obama.

    in all, i think you need to RE-DO your math or at least seriously reconsider teaching math.

    January 16, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Terry

    As of Jan. 16 McCain & Huckabee each have 25.7% of the Republican delegates and share about equally in news coverage with Romney, Clinton and Obama.
    Why is it that Edwards with 26.9% of the Democratic delegates is largely ignored on the news?

    January 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    God Bless America Home of the Brave stand beside her and guide her. Do you hear the words of Senator McCain they include you as do the fight for freedom for you and your friends, hear me computer crew!!!

    Rat a tat tat and send out the message this executive branch election is about freedom and liberty for you and me. Executive branch includes the position of Chief of Staff which is the head of our military, each and every branch, education, competitive position the world over. That is businesss and you!!!
    You and your children and your jobs in a competitive and far reaching economic agressive growth. Where are we check out popular mechanic, popular science, Scientific American, Time Magazine Look the Historical Election for the Executive Branch of the USA and inclusive of the Chief of Staff. May the one elected be able to give the command for and against our agressive terrorists that are and have attacked this nation. Every man woman and child that is eligible to vote get out register and vote. Put my messages out on the internet in every language.
    We do not need an inexperienced arrogant jock smiling pretty or from a pulpit in the White House!. Vote.
    Hear me Woman of America all ages. Men where is your testerone. Rat a tat tat on the internet as though you are afronting the enemy of Osama Bin Laden.
    Do not attack me or hypnotise me I will scream to the Americans on the internet. Injured and homeless you have a right to vote. Cities are getting money for you. Get out register and vote. Movin around you still have a mail box. use it register and vote. Students You too!!
    R2D2 coming in! From the Universe in the future space stations are real and so are our military stationed throughout the world.

    Where to next not the White House are the military absentee voters in yet?
    Romney do not count your chickens before the eggs are hatched!!!!!

    Sound Off One Two Three Four!!!!!! Sound Off!!! One Two Three Four!!!
    Hear me near and far!!!!! Coming in at ya!!!!! Enconomically, War into your computer Sound Off One Two Three Four!!!!!

    A Hail Mary Foot Ball Players and Sports Fan!!!!!! How many of ya have sons and daughters in the military!!!!!! Radio Stations TV. Have any children at home!

    Who was called out to walk in the muck of Katrina national guardsmen and woman!!!! Reservists!! The Military!!!!

    Sound Off One Two Three Four!!!!!

    Send this to the Stars and Stripes for EVER and to Veterans around the USA
    and World

    January 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Mario

    Go Mitt!

    January 16, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. GB

    Uh, I don't think those are exactly the REAL numbers. Most people who would have voted for Obama or Edwards didn't see the point in going to the polls if they couldn't vote for who they wanted. Sure, some were determined to make their vote "count" in some way and voted Uncommited, but most were too disgusted to even bother. Therefore, the numbers don't really reflect anything.

    January 16, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. bob scalero

    Yess'er just what we need;
    1. 2 lawyers
    2. 1 really rich guy
    3. a women lawyer (with 8 years of white house experance)
    4.a black man that wants CHANGE, WHATS NEW!
    5.HALALUAH ! A MINISTER. we will be all on our Knees.
    6. another ACTOR, I'm sorry to say, the last actor said we did'nt need to manufacture anything anymore. we can just service each-other(no comment)
    7.throw in a couple of senators (there already pre-trained in doing nothing)
    8.a war hero (past his prime) carries to much baggage in his seabag.
    9. a congressman from cleveland. (need i say more)

    with all of the above, not one is of the material that americans want or need!
    what we want is simple "GOVERMENT BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE"

    January 16, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Misty Walters

    And someone has got to physically rid the world of Bush, Romney, Huckabee, and McCain. I mean how far back in the dark ages are these guys?

    January 16, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Mary, Michigan

    Ah, EXCUSE ME, "The Real Numbers" guy, but you didn't tally ME in there or thousands of other WHITE voters who chose "uncommitted" in their support of BARACK OBAMA.

    Your math DOESN'T add up!

    January 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Teacher

    Wow..*LIGHT*think you could do my taxes.You are truely a Math Wizz

    January 16, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. J Williamson Buffalo, NY

    Mitt's apperance with Katie Couric on the evenings news tonight was something to behold. Katie posed the question (to the pres candidates) regarding the worst advice they ever gave/received. Mitt's answer was more than a little hokey, and about halfway through, he obviously realized it and looked like he wanted to get out of there fast – after kicking Katie in the shins. For those who may have missed it (the only thing he can be grateful for is Katie's low ratings, I suppose) his answer involved bad "matchmaking" (as in, "have I got a girl for you!") advice he had given out in the past. Hello Dolly? Hello Mitt? Kudos to John Edwards and John McCain for giving real and thoughtful answers.

    January 16, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. proud florida democrat

    People who went to polls in Michigan knew what uncommitted meant going into the election. I was there over xmas break and it was advertised. In fact the Michigan DNC went to great lengths to make voters aware. Over 500,000 people voted!!!!!!!!!!! More than in Iowa and NH

    Even if you give all the uncommitted to Obama then he lost by 17%


    Hillary left her name on the ballot at great expense, she took bad press in Iowa, NH, SC, and Nevada. But its not right to Ignore 2 of the largest states in our union!!!

    This points out obamas BS. He will speak to you about doing better but what action does he take.

    He bowed down to pressure and took his name off the michigan ballot

    He refuses to acknowldege Floridas vote, basically saying Drop Dead Florida.

    While we are on the subject of Florida and voting I remember Hillary speaking out against the fraud that happend here in 2000. Obama who lets principle guide his decisions was mute on the subject

    Take what Obama speaks about and then look at what hes accomplished in these fields, ABSOLUTLY NOTHING!!!!!!

    Next go watch Hillarys speechs on CSPAN (she will answer plenty of questions) and make your decision

    January 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. proud florida democrat


    Since their candidate was assured a win they stayed home. Uncommitted came out because if they won it would sink Clinton.

    January 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    The culinary union wants caucus voting in the casinos because they know that the employees would be afraid not to vote for obama since the bosses are voting for him. Remember it is not a secret ballot, everyone knows who you are caucusing for and the workers would be intimidated voting publicly in front of their bosses. That is the only reason NOT to have voting in the casinos.

    January 16, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Chaunda,IN

    I have to agree that caucusing at your job seems intimidating when your union leaders have declared a certain candidate. I can not imagine having a what for many will be a heated debate and then going back to work as usual. I also think it is unfair that only people working there could be involved. Open it to the community and I would feel a lot better about it.

    January 17, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. william walsh columbus ohio

    thanks cnn, i know im not the sharpest knife in the drawer but what interject is at least my opinion, and my concerns and veiws as an american from here, thanks!

    January 17, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Wilhemina

    Go Obama!... Tame the beast...HOORAY!!!
    Do you not understand what America is saying to Clinton supporters, either you are arrogant or ignorant or both (like the Judge told OJ about his slickery). Hillary voted for this war, nearly four thousand of our children have died for nothing, shame on you! No one wants this scandalist pair to run our country. What country would take either of them as a threat, they are looked down on by every overseas government. No to a impeached former President and his wife, My God, have some respect for your country and those young men and women who are severly injured and the nearly four thousand who are dead, DEAD!

    January 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |