January 16th, 2008
10:51 AM ET
12 years ago

Potentially troubling news for Clinton in Michigan 'win'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/15/art.clintonmichigan.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton won less than a quarter of support from black voters."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton faced a grim statistic in Michigan Tuesday night, 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.

Even so, roughly 70 percent of Michigan’s African-American voters - a group that makes up a quarter of Michigan’s Democratic electorate - did not cast their votes for Clinton, choosing the “uncommitted” option instead. Yet these voters weren’t uncommitted at all: in fact, according to CNN exit polls, they overwhelmingly favored Barack Obama, whose name did not appear on the ballot.

Had Obama’s name been on the Michigan ballot, CNN exit polls show that he would have won an overwhelming 73 percent of the African-American vote, in contrast to 22 percent who say they would have voted for Clinton under those circumstances. If South Carolina’s large African-American community votes as Michigan’s, Hillary may not be feeling much ‘southern hospitality’ in that state.

Related: Blacks, youngest voters choose 'uncommitted' over Clinton

- CNN Political Producer Alan Isenberg

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (738 Responses)
  1. ejorourke buffalo,ny

    I am wondering why obama and edwards werent on the ballot and hillary was?
    I guess they felt it was meaningless,well Hillary didnt, she still gave the people of MI their say. it shows me she is in it for the people, and that nobody is meaningless. People black and white should realize this is about bringing this great nation back to prominence and respect , not about getting the first woman or first african American in office, electing a president because of gender or skin color will make worse(if possible) what "W" has done. and as for cnn, not quite sure what thier agenda is , but it is clearly pointed towards getting Obama elected.
    neutral reporting of the news is what they should try

    January 16, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Jaye

    Let's get this straight: Americans are notorious for letting themselves be misled. Look what happened to us in 2000 and 2004. Now it's a great orator who hasn't done a thing of substance against someone who started working for the common good the day she graduated from law school. Anyone can talk – just a certain few can act.

    January 16, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Wallace Brown

    When Martin Luther King was fighting for justice for black Americans some of our own black folks were telling him not to rock the boat and that change would eventually come. Fortunately, for Blacks and for ALL Americans, Reverend King did not listen. He knew the time was NOW. This absurdity in the black community and other communities about Obama should wait his turn is the most denigrating, condescending racism I've ever heard. Our time is NOW. We are not just rocking the boat, America, we are rocking the vote!!!! My grandfather marched with Martin and campaigned for Bobby Kennedy. Our time is NOW. It would be a disgrace to vote for a person who will divide us all – Hillary Clinton, instead of a man with a vision, a man with hope, and a man Dr. King would enthusiastically endorse – Barack Obama. On the upcoming celebration of the birth of Dr. King honor his memory and all that he stood for and vote for Barack Obama. There's no better way to honor Dr. King.

    January 16, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Jim Pare

    I believe the same thing will happen in Florida. I am registered demacrat that has voted in every election since 1968. This will be the first one I will skip due to The Demacratic National commitee disenfranchising the Florida electorate. They obviously think we need them more than they need us. That's a big mistake.

    January 16, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. CL

    I think Hillary would love to transform the country into a system where her name was the only one on the ballot.

    January 16, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Riteaidbob

    Nick Wrote: "January 16, 2008 6:17 am ET

    CNN, stop doing the anti-Clinton campaign …!!!!!!!!!

    You have pretty much lost my respect …."

    Yeah You need to run a PRO-Clinton campaign!!!!

    That's what the real biased liberal pro democrat MSM is SUPPOSE to do!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Sharon

    The writer of this article made an incorrect statement. He said that if you voted uncommitted you were voting for Obama. If you voted uncommitted that meant that you were voting for John Edwards or Obama. We have a lot of Edwards people in this state, so don't throw all those uncommitted votes to Obama. Give Edwards his votes too.

    January 16, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Zach

    CNN keeps bringing Roland Martin as a neutral commentator, however, it is quite clear from his every statement that he is an Obama backer. CNN should balance its coverage of the presidential race.

    January 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Illinois Indie Democrat

    In reading the comments posted on here, I am sad to say that the damage that this race/gender debate has brought is growing more and more, and it hearts my heart to see that people are not looking beyond gender or race. I posted on a previously blog that the damage this issue will cause will result in a republican winning the White House, and that the dems would lose a 3rd presidential election cycle in a row. I think that those who view Obama so negatively should really get to know the man before you cast judgment on his debating/oratory skills. I am very careful of what I say when I talk in public, and sometimes I fumble at words because I want to make sure I THINK BEFORE I SPEAK!!!!. Obama wants to make sure he convey's his message clearly, and for those who has a beef against someone who fumbles with words, I should tell you no one is perfect so we need to get off our self righteous horses and come back down to reality. For those who view Clinton in a negative way I think you should also try to get to know her. She is in a bubble with her aides ALL AROUND HER that are telling her to be this shrill person that she is not. Hillary is a very warm and geninue person, and she is someone that is very likable (just like Obama). I have met before of them before in person, and I am sadden to see that this contest has gone the way it has. My hope is that both sides Clinton's camp and Obama's camp can come together and try to unify against the Republicans. My prediction will be that one can not survive without the other, and that Clinton and Obama will have no other choice but to become a ticket in the fall. If they want this party to become divided like the comments on this blog, they will come together as a ticket for the sake of the party.

    January 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Eli Levi (CA)

    To Rene in D.C.

    I agree 100% with your comments! Thanks.

    Hillary's campaign handlers don't have a clue, do they!

    Look, I've been a registered Democrat for 35 years, voted every election for the Dem
    and we've had some real big time losers, I held my nose and voted. But NOT this time!

    I don't agree with McCain on a number of issues, but I'm willing to vote for what's best for this country. I never thought I would cross party lines, but this year I may not have a choice.

    If only Al Gore would run.

    January 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Ann

    I was a Hillary supporter, and I watched the New Hamshire debate. I am a white female of Hillary's age, but when she said what she said about Martin Luther King Jr. and President Johnson is made me sick. Why? Because if Hillary is anything she is smart and she new exactly the response that she would get by doing it. She played the race card. I will not vote for her. She is willing to destroy the party and the country in order to win.

    January 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Eeeeer!?

    Wow... you guys at CNN are really trying to hammer this 'spin' home!
    This story is up twice (two times) on the ticker!

    January 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Riverdog

    New word: 'PLUNDITRY' Definition – Excess punditry. What a political pundit does when he wants to sound important and plunders data to dig up a controversial finding that contradicts the outcome of a poll.

    This article is the epitome of 'plunditry'. Hillary got 56% of the total vote, and yet, this guy finds bad news for her in the exit polls? This is why pollsters and pundits are the big losers in this campaign. It doesn't really matter how its done... when someone gets 56% of the total vote, it is a good thing.

    January 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. sly

    CNN may appear Anti-Hillary, with this reporting, but in fact it is evident that this group is PRO Hillary, because they know that by trying to stir up "racial polictics" which doesn't exist, which Obama deliberately stayed away from, they'll cause white voters to turn away from Obama. This is already happening and so their work is almost done!

    January 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Wen

    Democratic party need a leader like Hillary Clinton. Every vote counts!

    How the party could try to completely ignore the votes from Michigan, punishing? Who give them the rights? The votes are meaningless??? Are you trying to push the people in Michigan to vote for Republican?

    Shame on you CNN, you lose my respect because of your bias.

    January 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Hidden

    Double Standards?

    Obama gets away with going to a racist church, ethics and drug background and he never is put to the hard questions. Even though this is all true, it doesn't matter folks, whites are the only racists.....Goodbye USA.....

    I really hurt for my child....

    January 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. regvoter

    I would change parties before voting for Hillary.

    January 16, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. JJ in NY

    Anybody who thinks CNN is anti-Hillary is a idiot.

    January 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. crappy journalism

    I guess you perceived this non-story as so important that you repeated the post, headlines and content, from yesterday. Oh, and thanks again for the predicted Obama win in New Hampshire.

    My advice - try being a little more subtle. You are almost able to claim the "fair and balanced" label.

    January 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. charlotte

    Obama was not born in Africa, it is true of most of the black people. True their ancesters were, mine were from several different countries, like Ireland,England and yes native americans. Does that make me an Irish,English, Indian-American?

    January 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Jayjay

    This is a non-issue, and I don't believe this poll. Haven't we already learned that these political polls aren't worth the airtime they receive? It's just another opportunity for the media to do a little more Hillary-bashing. Any ordinary person should be able to figure this one out!

    January 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. LJF

    It's a real shame and scary to think that soooo many people will vote for Obama because he's half black instead of the issues at hand. American Puppets.

    January 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Seriously

    Those who are Obama's fans, SHUT UP and explain NOW why he comes from a racist church?

    Would this be allowed if he were whites?

    You can't answer can you?

    January 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. JoR


    You need a waiver that states, "for entertainment purposes only." Who is giving you the directive for the anti-Clinton campaign?

    January 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |

    What's the matter CNN moderators?
    Are You afraid of my challenge question to Obama supporters?

    You don't want them to know the truth about his core value system because it would damage your media darling?

    I posted several times and you won't place it with the postings!
    Why don't you give fair time and real reporting, not just about the above ridiculously biased article but also to the challenge I proposed to Obama supporters. It seems to me you want to keep them as dumb and blind as you are!

    Challenge your readers–have them research Obama's church on the computer in any search engine. He claims it as his core. Why not let them see, then, what is his core?

    Are you afraid they'll read the About Us page on the site and realize that the man you have been helping topush for Prersident is actually attending and vowing an allegiance to a totally racist chuch? Do it people. Google it and read the about us page because CNN won't tell you the truth.

    January 16, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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