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. Elaine in Kentucky

    You Hillary haters at CNN think you are going to influence this election. You are not nearly as smart as you think. At one time I had respect for CNN but you have caused me to loose it. Keep trying to stir up the race issue and keep trying to destroy Hillar's chances of becoming the nominee. This article should have been about issues not race. I am sure glad you can't tell me how to vote. Americans are smarter than you give us credit for. We see right through you. The media are the ones that want race issues brought up so they will have something to talk about. This was a rediculous article to begin with. I was proud of Hillary and Obama last night.

    January 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Mary, Michigan


    No, she got 55%–hardly anything worth bragging about since she was the only viable candidate on the ballot. 40% voted uncommitted. This was a total grass roots effort in the last week prior to the primary. Only 7% of registered Democrats bothered showing up to vote since it didn't count. We'll never know how the vote would have come out if the candidates were on the ballot and actually campaigned here.

    January 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. SunGod

    It is obnoxious to bring in race and color into Politics and Voting. But like India and other so called “Unenlightened” Countries our Country also seems to be no exception. It started with the elites like Oprah and Jesse. Now the Michigan feelers!

    Hillary will not like it but she would be a Beneficiary and not a looser!

    All the while the White and Hispanic and other public are prepared to ignore Race and Color and look at the Candidates based on their Credentials as Projected and Perceived by them. Now they will Re-think.

    Hitherto I used to think the Three Os are Oratory, Oprah and Obama. It looks as though we have to add another O.

    Sad indeed.

    January 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Gil - California

    "Jim January 16, 2008 6:08 am ET

    Let me get this straight …… If I don't vote for Obama …. I'm a Racist???"

    Jim, yes.

    And if you don't vote for Clinton you are a sexist...

    And if you don't vote for Edwards you are a racist-sexist...

    There is just no winning this year.

    January 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Robin

    Obama’s (he admitted in last night's debate) camp released memos that helped fan racist allegations against people he admits are not racist, then he lied about it. His excuse is that he can’t always control his staff. It’s one thing to have little control over your surrogates, such as Bob Johnson. It’s quite another to not have control over your own staff. How could someone be president with so little control over his office’s affairs? For the candidate of “unity” and “hope” to intentionally enable racial division is extremely disturbing, at minimum. When Hillary’s NH staff member mentioned Obama’s drug use, that person was dismissed immediately. Has Obama fired the staff members responsible for writing and circulating this 4-page memo? We need to know.

    January 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. julie

    It's quite interesting to see Anderson Cooper out there being all noncommittal with who he's for (oh it's the journalist integrity stamp) and then watching CNN basically play the race card.

    I'm going to quit watching because I want to see the candidates talk, not CNN give their "opinion".

    January 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Jr., California

    "I thought this was a Black/Brown debate"

    -Hillary Clinton in last night's debates. (actual quote)

    January 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Brooke, Philadelphia, PA

    "How'bout that debate last night. Hillary went so far off topic on just about everything she was even cut off once. And the look on her face! We dont need another president who feels entitled to force their opinion on others in the room…."

    Dude, what debate were you watching because she did no such thing.

    I'm done with CNN. Sorry Anderson, I love ya but until your network lets go of the Anti Clinton bias, I'm not watching. If I wanted to see Clinton Haters, I can watch FOX NEWS.

    I can just see what will happen this weekend, Hillary will be leading in either Nevada or SC with 99.9% of the precincts reporting and CNN will be waiting on that .1 percent before the call it.

    I should have known years ago I'd get sick with CNN when Christian Amanpour cut Ehud Barak off during his concession speech and Paula Zahn started spewing her Anti Israel crap. Not to mention Lou Dobbs being completely against immigrants. I'm done.

    January 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. wanda

    alot of angry white voters out there. CNN wirte one more negative comment about CLINTON and she's got the nomination.

    I hope we can look past Obama's color though just long enough to see what she can truely offer.

    January 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. JK

    Because she doesn't do the right thing as always we expect!

    January 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. raeanna

    1989-1993 George H. Bush
    1993-2001 William J Clinton
    2001-2009 George W. Bush
    Surely we have more talent than the Bushes and the Clintons amongst us.- why would Americans pick another Clinton?

    January 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Barbarossa

    I have been watching Obama's responses since Clinton tried to force the race card from him, but he has not taken the bait. In one of his responses to the fairy tale comments he used an anecdote of JFK taking us to the moon – and veered clear of any racial-ladened tones.
    It also seems that the media has been trying to blow this out of portion "What does Barack "the Black Man" Obama think about the racial insensitive comments". For whose camp they are trying to do this I guess we'll can only assume, but I do remember that ever since Clinton ran for the Senate the media was prepping the American people for her presidential run as well. I think somebody knows that any type of race card play will hurt Obama more than anyone else.

    Go Obama for trying to distance yourself from these tactics.

    January 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. ken

    The media will twist and turn things for people to think the way the want them to think. We are so much informed after Bush Administration!

    January 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Alice in Florida

    Hillary gets my vote no matter what!

    January 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Bonnie

    I don't understand why you think the polls are reliable indicators – do you just have to fill air time? Talking heads should have reliable information before talking!

    January 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Susan in Texas, In reference to Bush graduating from Yale and Obama from Harvard, I wouldn't brag about Bush graduating from Yale. Records indicate Bush had a "C" average and should have never been admitted into Yale, money got him there. That's why Bush has an "F" for failure now.

    January 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. diane sallis,ms

    Bill Clinton gave us NAFTA and no health care in the 90's and now we are bleeding jobs. Hillary takes every dime of special interest money she can get her hands on. Who do you think she will be working for?

    Edwards is NOT for sale. He will take down the for sale sign the Clintons and Bushes put up.

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

    Edwards/Obama in 08

    January 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. joe

    The real story of the Michigan primary is that Rummy got 337,000+ votes after millions of dollars and weeks campaigning, and Hillary got 328,000+ votes... That's huge! CNN, why isn't this a headline?

    January 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Larry

    Since when did everything have to be correct as to not hurt anyones feelings. I hate to tell people race is a detemining factor in this race. Obama has to do a better job in getting the white vote because 11% can not get him elected.

    January 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. K. Chicago

    Have you Dave lived in the 90-s??????
    The economy wasn't so bad like in recent yrs !!!!!
    People had more steady life then this days !!!!!!
    The weed wasn't growing on the neighbour's yard !!!!!!
    We never heard about racial issues !!!!! unltil now d/t Obama's case !!!!
    Future President can't escalate this tipe of issues !!!!!
    It is not needed, creates many problems and devides the Country !!!!!!
    The best candidate from all of listed, is Mrs Hillary Clinton !!!!!!!
    Experienced, strong in Congress and smart Lady !!!!!
    Good Luck!!!!!

    January 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Ray 4 Hillary!

    ***Greg, NY

    STOP!!! Its kinda sad that Obama supporters did not show up more to STOP Hillary then Right? And who is to say more Hillary supporters did not sure up themselfs. SPIN SPIN ALL YOU WANT. Hillary was the true winner last night!!

    January 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    I am a baby boomer and I will glad the day arrives when the color of ones skin does not matter, because right now, for me, it does not matter, two wits, what color someone is. Everyone is the same underneath their skin. We all bleed and that color is red. If we teach our children this same thing, they will not have this bias.

    I am getting sick of the media constantly fanning this flame. The important issues of this country are the same for everyone no matter what color they are.

    January 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. pearson

    These results are meaningless. Because the Democrats didn't campaign here and there was very little publicity, the only people who most likely voted were those who are very attuned to politics and/or who had strong opinions.

    January 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Frank Mayans

    This is the 2nd time CNN has put up this news. If you want more reliable source of news, news with FACTS – MSNBC...CNN is ANTI-Clinton and we all know this.

    January 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Susan Texas

    Sean, Oh yes!!!! I have a big problem with them taking away delegates and leaving Michigan voters without representation! Seems like I remeber something from history class, about taxation without representation, and this being in the constitution. Also seems to me that there was a king, that wanted to collect an unfair amount of taxes, OH YEA, THE WHOLE REVOLUNTIONARY WAR! The very reason that we became a country, must have slipped right by the 2 parties!

    January 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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