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
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  1. Vince Sample

    The people here who say the Obama Campaign "played the race card" are simply making it up. Never happened. But Hillary's people including her husband have been trying to be subtle in a campaign to discredit him and paint him as not competent or ready for the Job of President. And in so doing this have also tried to inject 'race' to call into question with people in the democratic party of whether he can win by putting RACE in the forefront – something he tried NOT TO DO.

    Hillary is bought and paid for. Any candidate who does a fund raiser with MILTARY CONTACTORS while promoting 'CHANGE' is a obvious fraud. I like the Clinton's ( Bill Mostly ) But from NAFTA to Rawada, their time was NOT PERFECT.

    January 16, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Tony, Tulsa, OK

    Hillary was wonderful in last night's MSNBC debate. She proved that she actually cares about minority issues. Hopefully the insidious race card that the media has been trying to play, trying to paint the Clintons as racist, will be put away now.

    January 16, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Van Buren

    African American's are waking up to the grim fact that Hillary Clinton will bring more of the same if she is elected. She is a great person, but the bottom line is she brings old school politics with her wherever she goes. This will not work for African Americans. Obama will tell it like it is; something that Black America and all of America needs if it is ever going to move forward. Black America needs a president that will look them straight in the eye and say "this is the problem", without worrying about being called a racist or Uncle Tom. A leader should never be affraid to tell anyone what the problem is and how to solve it. Even if the leader takes heat for it. Hillary just will not do that. Old school politics forbids it. She has too many Washington hands she has to feed. It just won't work.

    January 16, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Peter Theoharis

    After last night's debate I am voting for substance and content.
    Obama fumbled and Edwards mumbled.
    That is what we have now in the White House. Fumblers and mumblers.

    I am voting for Hillary and none other.

    Peter Theoharis

    January 16, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Sylvia

    CNN has become FoxNews!!!!

    January 16, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Captain America

    Well they also voted for Mitt Romney, so who says they know what they're doing?

    January 16, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Truethis

    So if Biden, Richardson, Obama, Gavel Dodd, Obama, Edward, Kurcinich decided not to add their name on ballot for Michgan then why Hillary didn't do the same? Wouldn't it have been different? Maybe if the Democratic nominees would have campaign in MI do you actually think that Clinton would've had the 55%? So basically it didn't count so CNN what's you point?

    CNN..........STOP THIS........Please provide us true issues.

    January 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Ralph

    I just went to tucc.org, Obama's church. It does not seem to be very accepting of other races in this church, especially whites. The church mission seems to hold the African continent, its peoples and culture in higher regard than the United States of America which as we know consists of many different races, religions, and cultures. I thought we were a diverse country and that diversity was important, not just for one race. Kind of scary for a presidential candidate to be so narrow minded. That's just my opinion. I may not have all the facts on this church. I was a little distracted by the huge outline of the African Continent on the home page. I do find the red gold and green color coordination to be very pleasing to the eye however.

    January 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Hillarylover

    Monroe January 16, 2008 6:38 am ET

    And you claim race isnt a factor for obama supporters…We ALL knew this was how it would be from now on. This will be a race on race until the end sadly. Senator Clinton was outstanding and very Presidential in the NV debate last night. Once again obama fumbles through his sentences when he doesnt have a "inspirational speech" written for him, its very obvious, this guy doesnt have one original thought…If black voters want to support a candidate based on skin color then white voters will do the same and vote for Clinton or Edwards. Obama has lost.

    I feel that Monroe has a point. I hear it from the circles I have contact with. I also agree with Monroe on the debate. Clinton did an awesome job. That is how she won my sister over. Obama bombs on the debates. He can talk the talk but that is how far he goes. I am not supporting Clinton because she is a woman. Through that doesnt hurt. I support her because she is the best. I am not about the jeopardize our country and vote for someone I didn't think could do the job. Think about what your vote means. To you and to this country.

    January 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Mike, Fort Washington, MD

    I guess blacks are not supposed to vote for Obama because it may offend the southern white dems who won't vote for a Black man anyway! As a Black man, I am fed-up with the Democrats taking my vote for granted. Just because a very few black business men got their foot in the door when Bill was president means nothing to the majority blacks in this country. I am going to vote for Obama because he is black, YES, because I have no other choice.

    January 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. rabblerouser

    Look, Hillary is clearly the most experienced candidate, but Obama brings many things to this election too. If people would vote reasonably we could get a ticket of Hillary/Obama; he'd get the experience he needs and lets face it folks, he needs experience and this would be a great ticket to defeat the republicans. After Bush pretty much destroying our country in 7 years we need the democrats in.

    Can't anyone see how the media is creating the rift between Hillary and Obama? He didn't say anything about the Clintons' remarks – it was other people (like Al Sharpton) whose words and distortions the media then seized upon. Can't anyone see who's really controlling this election? It's the media. And everyone – even Hillary and Obama then fall for it. Why can't the media just report the facts and stop with their predictions and polls and their take on everything.

    January 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Idahosa winnipeg, CA

    CNN has always been a supporter of Hillary campaign right from the word go. Take a look at most of the political analyst (not CNN staffs) they air. Most of them have either worked for Bill Clinton or Hillary or both and they openly express their support for Hillary without any apology.

    When CNN come out with exit polls like this, it is usually in favor of the Clinton camp cos they saw it work in NH and hope the same will happen in SC. Get this CNN, those of us in the Obama camp are not going to rest until the voters start casting their vote and the result shows we are victorious.

    Am always happy to hear Jack talk these days, cos he is now an Obama supporter. Finally, he has seen the light and he could be very infectious too. I hope that good quality of his would win us more supporters in the CNN camp. 🙂

    January 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Robert Bell



    January 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. A. From Orlando

    Exit polls are meaningless however, the media isn't and unfortunately they are attacking Hillary with one-sided comments. People of all races vote color instead of issues. If you rally the white vote, repubicans win overwhelmingly. I will vote for Hillary and I'm an african american married black female, who supports Hillary and what she stands for.

    If anyone believes the Clintons are racist then they are mis-informed or for lack of a better word stupid.

    January 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. H. Man

    Bananaman won't win in November.
    Hillary won't win in November.
    Huckleberry won't win in November.
    Romaney won't win in November.
    Gewliani won't win in November.

    I'm running out of candidates to vote for.
    I guess I'll write-in myself.
    What a waste of time and money.

    January 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. No to the past

    I will support anyone the Democrats nominate other than HRC. We do not need a continuation of the kind of politics that has divided this nation for the past sixteen years. Say no to the past! Vote Obama or Edwards, but send the Clintons into retirement along with the Bushes.

    January 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Just out of the cotton patch...

    I can't believe Clinton people are bashing CNN (Clinton News Network). Very funny.

    January 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    As usual you Clinton sheep are spewing the Clinton propaganda with the same tired 90's mantra filled with excuses and its someone else's fault.

    I'll write this slow so you "supporters" can understand, race was brought up by the Clinton machine – Shaheen, Kerrey and Cuomo etc, etc and fairy tale type remarks by her "husband" Bill and all were intentional. FACT.

    Obama tried to not get drawn into the fray, but when he did finally speak up, the Queen then became the speaker for "her" campaign and PURPOSELY and TACTFULLY mentioned MLK and then used the worn out, "he misquoted us" or is "twisting our words" and laughably "he is bringing race into the campaign". FACT.

    Along with her campaigns STATED STRATEGY to soften her image and appeal to women by bringing out the previously off limits Mom and Daughter in NON-SPEAKING "ROLES" and along with tears and smears, poof, she wins NH. FACT.

    She expected the whites across the country along with ALL women to vote for her in droves, but look at the numbers in Michigan folks; she lost the white MALE vote as well.

    Who else could get THOUSANDS of people to go out and not vote for someone in bad weather, but to vote AGAINST someone?

    Only the most divisive person in this country based on the lone fact that people loathe her not because of gender or race, but previous and current actions. FACT.

    She brought race and gender in, nobody else started this, not FOX news, not CNN, not MEN, SHE DID. FACT.

    Prepare to hear that this will be spun that men are sexist against her and blacks are now bigoted against her and strategy #3 will take effect. FACT.

    I applaud CNN and others for reporting the FACTS and for the Michigan voters who have HAD ENOUGH of the CLINTON and BUSH BS.

    January 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Mer in MI

    You Clinton supporters who discount what happened here in Michigan – just wait! The Clinton Machine will have their way, be it hook or by crook (no pun intended here). It is OK as long as it is not YOUR voice that is stifled. As long as YOUR voice agrees with them – you will be left alone.
    But as soon as you attempt to express your differing opinion – WATCH OUT! Our "free" country is being taken over by socialists who want to take your voice, take your money, and take your property rights. It's too bad you cannot see it.

    MI no longer matters. One down, forty-nine to go.

    January 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Mike, Fort Washington, MD

    What minority issues has Hillary solved? This is all hype. She will have less Black cabinet members than Bush. It took the republicans to appoint the first black Secretary of State not the Dems. And make know mistake about it, If blacks waste their vote on Hillary, we will be moving backwards not forward.
    OBAMA = moving forward.

    January 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. jessi

    Cnn just trying to keep the flames burning. Don't fall for it guys.

    January 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. therealist

    This is a calculated move by the Clintonians. They know they can win the dem nomination with just the white vote. Racial division helps them in this case. But watch them walk on eggs to keep from turning off black voters for the National election. Can you say black VP??

    January 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. Jen, Gainesville, FL

    Is this surprising? The pundits and some campaigns have been consistently underestimating the aggregate intelligence of American people, especially African Americans. Fear (whether using Al Queta or the word "fairy tale") and tear do not work.

    January 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |

    CNN Haba!!!! This shows how biased you are. How can you suggest that Michigan result is bad news for Hillary and how can you suggest that the uncommitted votes were for Obama and that he would have won? That analysis is wrong and no reasonable person will buy that. It is a shame that the media has chosen to decide for the voters who they should vote for by shooting out all this poll numbers which has been proven wrong over and over again in these primaries. The media dislike of Hillary clearly shows. I am not a Hillary supporter but there is no way Obama is going to win the nomination especially after playing the race card like he did recently and it back-fired on him and he then decided to stop the racial fights yesterday. He only tried to stop the fight because he found out that this was going to hurt him so much. Obama has been enjoying the White votes more than he is the Black votes and the moment he played that race card he turned the white people off and even if the entire blacks vote for him, which is most unlikely, he will in no way win. He is the one that actually has troubling news to worry about and not Hillary as you suggested.

    HUCKABEE is the most likely candidate in the Republican arena to win the nomination and the media is doing the same thing to him by pushing McCain over him knowing that McCain can not win in the General elections. First the media tried to push Rudy Giuliani on the voters for almost one year and when that attempt failed and Huckabee surged up, the media did not like that and they started all their bashing and they are still doing that. So the same thing the media is doing to Hillary, they are doing to Huckabee. The media keep giving Obama all this free coverage by showing his photos on the front page and putting him on the news headlines all the time and barely talks about other candidates and when they do, it is negative like we saw in this case with Hillary.

    I have read most of these blogs and almost everyone is saying the same thing, and that is, they don’t agree with your analysis of the Michigan votes.

    Try not to take sides or you will turn off your viewers and by the way, I am a Black Woman.

    January 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Tommy Plasha

    Are the Democrats going to be stupid enough "again" to turn over the White House to the republicans as they have done the last two elections: No. 1 – Not vote for Obama because they are racist or No. 2 – Not vote for Hillary because they do not like her. The Democrats need to get together 100% and back their nominee regardless of who that may be!

    January 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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