January 29th, 2008
09:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: Crist endorsement plays key role

(CNN) - It's not surprising Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is standing directly behind John McCain as the Arizona senator delivers his victory speech. Exit polls show Crist's last-minute endorsement of McCain may have been crucial to his victory.

Over 40 percent of primary voters indicated Crist's decision to back McCain had an effect on their vote. Because those voters went to McCain overwhelmingly, the governor's endorsement clearly played a key role in McCain's win over Mitt Romney.

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Exit Polls • Florida
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Charles

    I LOVE CNN!!!

    January 29, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. Ann

    Well I guess the candidates with high percentages of Hispanic vote in their state are bowing to amnesty. Crist and Martinez both endorsed McCain, not because they agree with him on every issue but they know they need the Hispanic vote. They realize that if they have a president that is for amnesty then it won’t have to be a big issue for them either. What is sad is that so many Republicans have been fooled into thinking this isn’t a big deal, and they can overlook this. Continuous illegal immigration will ruin our country. We will call John McCain out on this, and for deliberately lying and misleading Americans about Mitt Romney.

    January 29, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. joe

    hillary will win florida in november

    January 29, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  4. Mark, Minneapolis, MN

    Congratulations to McCain and Gov. Crist. McCain does seem to do very well among gay Republicans. Did Senator Graham attend the victory rally as well?

    January 30, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  5. Sensible Cape Coral, FL 33900


    Crist and Martinez endorsed McCain not because they needed the Hispanic vote to WIN but to PICK the hundreds of acres of rotting fruit and vegetables in our fields. I went to a store where they were charging for 79 cents for ONE LEMON . And this in the Citrus State. Get real, kiddo!

    January 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. ne,pa

    The Cubans pushed McCain over.....
    Wake up America!

    January 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Garrett

    How much do you want to bet that McCain (in typical Washington politician fashion) promised Crist the VP spot on his ticket if Crist endorsed McCain? If McCain beats Romney (which is more than likely), it will be because McCain is the quinticential, corrupt Washington politician.

    January 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. joanna

    If "roll of the dice" wins the democratic nomination, I'll vote for whomever the Reps. choose, preferably McCain.

    January 30, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |