February 12th, 2008
06:46 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit Polls: African-American turnout

(CNN) - Early exit polls indicate the African-American turnout in Virginia and Maryland is about the same as it was in the 2004 Democratic primaries.

According to early exit polls, African-Americans made up 29 percent of voters in the Virginia Democratic primary and 37 percent in the Maryland Democratic primary.

In 2004, African-Americans made up 33 percent of the Virginia Democratic electorate and 35 percent of Maryland's.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Exit Polls
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. T Jones

    CN #1 fan, if by crisis you mean that she was strong while her husband and our then president, cheated on her repeatedly...then heck by that argument half the women in America should run for president! Cut it out touting all of this so called experience...Billary is so steeped in scandal that it's sickening! Madame Scandal step aside!

    February 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Dave. San Diego, CA

    She didn't show up to vote against warrantless wiretapping because she wants to reserve that for her administration. Obama showed up to vote against it so he can RESTORE the Constitution.

    February 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. dave post

    What's the use of waisting time going to vote. Everyone knows who is going to win and by how much before the polls even close. Takes all the fun out of watching the votes come in. Go Hillery!!!

    February 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. sawsharee

    You all keep saying that Obama voted against the war. Get your facts straight. He gave a speech against the war in 2002. He wasn't even elected to the senate yet when the first vote for the war was held. When he actually got to the senate, every single vote was for the war. Talk about flip flopping. First he was against the war, then he was for the war and now that he is running for president he is once again against the war.

    February 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Alecki

    Super delegates are not stupid. If they project that Hillary is the best candidate, that's way are government is set up.

    It looks like Hillary will win. Let's support her, black or white.

    February 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Renee in NY.

    Go Obama!!!! A new era of politics emerging before our very eyes.

    February 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. GW


    February 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. art

    if my vote in mi primary than why should i vot in nov.

    February 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. Alecki

    Obama has no history about running a country, the economy or has any experience with international policies.

    I don't know about you, but if I had to hire someone to run my company I certainly wouldn't hire an intern.

    This isn't a horse race. It's a serious election.

    Forget Oprah's opinion. Forget Snoop Dog. Forget the Obama Girl!

    Please stop thinking Obama will change the country. Maybe 10 years from now.

    Please vote experience. Not black or white.

    Go Hillary......Go girl!!!!!!!!!!11

    February 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Sharon in Washington,DC

    I'm a 50 something year old woman- and I 'm voting for Obama! The time is Right and that time is NOW!! This primary is NOT about race or gender, it's about who can represent ALL people and connect to ALL people regardless of race, age, or gender. It's 2008, we know racism is ALIVE and well, but let's focus on our country and what 's best for it's people. AND OBAMA is what's best for AMERICA!!

    I agree with the young lady Crystal " Obama is winning and it's very frustrating. Obama has also one the whitest states in America (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, etc.) Is it the black vote that is helping him out there too?" No, how could it be there are only 3 African Americans total in those states!! LOL

    U go Crystal !!! Educate the rest of these Obama haters!!

    February 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Corey

    Go OBAMA!!

    February 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Alecki

    For Hillary Voters:

    Hillary won Super Tuesday
    Hillary has more Super Delegates

    Don't worry...this is the lull before the storm.

    You go girl!

    February 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. Alecki

    2025 is the number ....

    February 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Odds get Even

    Barack just went ahead in total delegates! Wooohooo!!!
    1170 to 1168

    The tide has turned....
    Obama 08'

    February 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Alecki

    Do you really want Obama.
    Think about it.

    February 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. JOHN


    February 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. JOHN


    February 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. JOHN


    February 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. E

    Early in the process when the media polled African Americans most of us gave
    our opinion based on name recognition not being familiar with the skinny State
    Senator from Illinois. Fortunately I live in his district and was familiar with him.
    I voted for him based on my belief that he is the best choice. I do not always agree
    with all of his positions but I have great respect for him. He's is bright, hardworking
    and makes sound decisions. One of the most important decisions he has to make
    is to surround himself with an informed and solid staff that gives sound
    advise. He will listen. You will be in good hands.

    February 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Gil Brown

    Two observations regarding this experience thing. 1. Experience is not the most important quality one should look for when trying to choose a leader. For example, G. Bush would now have 8 years direct experience...so what. 2. There are hundreds if not thousands of people who have more "experience" in the dealings of Washington or running things both in the public and private sector.

    Hillary didn't vote for the war because she lacked experience. Nor because she was in favor of it. She voted because she lacked the courage to stand up to the political pressure being applied by the Bush gang.

    But most importantly, what experience are you talking about when it comes to Mrs. Hillary. She only been a Senator for a short time. I don't think being first lady should carry a whole lot of weight.

    Obama represents that kind of leader that comes along every once in awhile. All you have to do is take a look at him and listen to your heart...the choice is clear...the same old thing or a real chance for change. Hillary may win or lose the nomination...Obama can only win.

    February 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  21. Geri

    To all of you Obama supporters HE DID NOT vote against the war. He hadn't been elected to the senate yet. The other thing is the vote about Iran...he didn't stop campaigning to go back and vote. He's not God and he certainly isn't perfect.

    February 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. AMW

    Expreience is not a prerequisite for executive leadership.

    February 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Doug

    To the poster above....

    The Democratic National Committee decided to penalize Michigan and Florida's democratic party officials because they tried to take advantage of the system and move their primaries ahead of super Tuesday. Prior to the race starting, all sides and all states knew that Michigan and Florida had their delegates stripped for defying the national committee.

    Should the voters have input in those states? Yes.

    It is the fault of the democratic leadership in those two states who decided to try to "pull one" on the national committee. It is not Obama's fault. It is not Edward's fault.

    Should the results that have occurred count in MI and FL? No. Why not?
    1) They were forbidden from having their primary before Super Tuesday and you should not reward people for breaking the rules.

    2) Candidates did not campaign in MI or FL. Therefore, candidates with better known names (the Clintons) should do better. Just look at Guiliani's poll numbers before candidates campaigned in Florida. Prior to the campaigns Guiliani led in the Florida polls due to name recognition and the more they heard from the candidates, their choice changed.

    3) Obama was not listed on the ballot in Michigan, so there is no way to determine how many delegates he will get.

    4) Many voters who thought their vote did not count in Florida and Michigan did not go to the polls on election day because they felts their vote was not going to count. This is not fair to these people.

    February 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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