January 29th, 2008
09:04 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit polls: McCain, Romney split absentee ballots

(CNN) - Nearly a third of Florida’s Republican primary voters weighed in via early voting or absentee ballot, according to exit polls.

Mitt Romney – who has advertised more heavily in the state than any other candidate, and had a well-funded system in place to reach the early voters and absentees – had been expected to make a particularly good showing among that group. John McCain who began advertising in the state much later and who ran far fewer ads than Romney - had not been expected to do as well.

But Romney and McCain are tied for the lead among those voters in exit polls Tuesday, at 31 percent each. They are also tied among all voters who made their decision in the last week, at 36 percent each.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Exit Polls • Florida
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. RealityKing

    Many of which are nothern migrant retirees that are still voting in their home states too..

    January 29, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. chris

    It has nothing to do with holding people accountable. McCain is not embraced by the conservative right, because he's a moderate on domestic issues and has very little knowledge about the economy, and apparently no interest in discussing it. I'm not a Republican by any stretch, but I can certainly understand why they don't like the guy.

    January 29, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Pita Sablon

    Please stop saying FLORIDA does not count for the democrats. We are a very political state. Clinton won the state and has every right to act victorious. We do not need political ads to tell us how to vote.

    January 29, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. george thomas,dalton,ga

    I don't believe in early or absentee voteing.It needs to be every body goes the same day to vote regardless.Also every vote should count.

    January 29, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Laney in orlando

    Liberals like Ted Kennedy , John Kerry , Al Gore endorsement of Obama is a victory for Hillary. She doesn't need liberal losers to endorse her. She won in Florida without them. Most of them are just envious of Hillary because they can't get to the White House. Obama's victory in South Carolina was from predominantly Blacks who don't even know who they want in a candidate. Shame on these women who support Obama over Hillary. they are so stupid and confused. I haven't heard one specific thing from Obama, yet this neophyte wants to be President. He can only deliver prepared speeches, can't even answer Katie Couric's qustions like the other candidates.

    January 29, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. G Martin

    Huckabee needs to get out of the race. All he is doing is sucking up true conservative votes that should being going to Romney. He needs to put aside his personal differences with Romey and realize that. He is not a viable condidate, he never has been. He got a big head after his "sheep" in Iowa wore their religion on their sleave to vote down a Mormon. Republicans need to wake up and relaize that if they continue on this path we will be voting between two liberals come October. Wake up conservatives! Wake Up!

    January 29, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Amanda

    I really resent the comments that the "talking heads" are making in regards to the Democratic vote in Florida not having any value. So, what are you telling the people of Florida, that they are a joke? And repeating the comments from the Obama camp, that it is a joke.
    There was also a Hispanic commentator earlier saying the the Hispanics will not change who we will support because of the Kennedy endorsement. Not a chance!

    January 29, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Jo, ATL GA

    Oh brother where is Guilliani!!!!

    He forgot to run against GOP .... he was running again Hillary.... Oppss wrong party.


    January 29, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Daniel

    How the heck did CNN do "exit polls" on absentee voters? Didn't those people vote by mail, like three weeks ago?

    January 29, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. Charles


    You can say all you want about how "valid" Florida votes are, but the truth is you guys have been making national elections a JOKE for many years. The fact that so many voters 60+ voted for McCain, makes me sick. The older set cares nothing about this country, they voted for McCain because they were upset about the fuss made over his age. Fact is, he's not incompetent to be President because he's too old, he simply incompetent, period. He's been running in every Primary since I can remember. He's trying to win by eventual default. It won't work though. If you look at exit polls, the only voters who said that McCain would be their second choice for President were Romney voters. Huckabee and Guilianni voters said that Romney was their second choice. Once Huckabee and Guilianni are out, Romney will pick up their votes, and McCain will be relegated back to where he belongs...whatever retirement home he is considering. He should be thinking about retiring from the Senate, not running for President.

    January 29, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Godsavemefromyourfollowers, San Antonio, TX

    Only someone who is been suffering from amnesia for the past seven years would vote for a neoCON!

    January 29, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. Arthur Clemens

    In answer to Charles who commented that "older people don't care about their country", I resent that very much. We, the "older people" are much more patriotic and care for their country than the younger set!!!!!!

    January 29, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Hocabsurdumst

    Well Pita, you may not need ads to tell you how to vote, but you could use a couple to tell you what the Florida counts for at present: nothing, zilch, nada. There are rumors of a court battle about seating your state's delegation, but I doubt they'll be counted unless they make absolutely no difference. The convention regulations are quite strict on this point.
    The same goes for Amanda. Florida's not the joke, th Florida Democratic Party is. They tried to bully the National Party and got what was coming to them. It's that simple.

    January 29, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Aaron Haskin

    The race really is to close and I am a Romney supporter and I think you will see that once super Tuesday comes around and more states get involved you will see Romney on top. All this hoopla about the retirement state is just that hoopla. 60 year old people worry about themselves and social security and the fact is I am 29 and I probaly wont have it for myself because we wont have a guy in office to worry about it. McCain would be my second choice if I really had to choose between him and Hilary. And yes that would be considered by default in my book. Now if its Obama vs McCain well then I just will have a tough decison. So that shows you I am very pro Romney and I wont wavier from that. VOTE ROMNEY

    January 29, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. charles

    CNN forgets about the large military base that McCain has here in Florida. I'm willing to bet that helped his absentee tally.

    January 29, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. Gene

    I'm with you Aaron...VOTE ROMNEY!! Florida is hoopla. I don't think a person has to win Florida to win the Presidency. There's different dynamics now. Someone commented there are a lot of illegals in Florida and if that is true, you can bet they voted illegally too. So half the votes counted are probably illegal! They would go against Romney and bingo!, hello McCain! It's a farce! I have been a Romney Supporter from the start and that will never change. For being a virtually unknown, he has a very impressive showing in the vote count. If he doesn't win in '08, he will be a force to reckon with the next time around if he runs. But he WILL WIN in '08!!!


    January 30, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |