March 4th, 2008
10:41 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Some troubling results for McCain

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(CNN) - John McCain clinched the Republican nomination tonight with big wins in Texas and Ohio.

But looking at the exit polls out of Texas - a state McCain must carry in the general election to win the presidency - trouble remains for the Arizona senator.

Despite the fact McCain is certain to carry his party's banner in the general election, he only narrowly carried Texas conservatives over Huckabee (48-40 percent). They made up more than two-thirds of all Texas Republican voters, and it is imperative they show up to vote for McCain in November. Also, McCain only managed to tie Huckabee among late deciders, another indication many Republicans aren't ready to rally behind McCain.

Another troubling statistic: More Texas Republican voters said they were looking for a candidate that shares their values over any other quality - and those voters picked Huckabee by 25 points over McCain (57-32 percent).

Translation: McCain captured his party's nomination tonight, but he still has a lot of work ahead of him to convince the base he's their guy.

Related: Watch McCain speak to supporters about being the Republican nominee

–CNN's Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. James p

    You are all very wrong, If Hillary looses Latinos, womens and secured Democaratic men, Asians will be voting for McCain, but watch out if Hillary should win.....Goodbye McCain!!!

    The republicans have been saying yes they want to trun against Hillary..Do you honestly think the Republicans are being honest in saying" yes we would prefer Hillary..easy win" Please! hello! Give us a break! Shaking in thier boots they are! because it just might happen!

    Thanks Ohio and in a few Thanks Texas!

    March 4, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. Gene

    All i can say is. OBAMA! Why would we want Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton? Our oils will go up further, and we will still be in love with bin ladin. Cant you see they all have ties together? Bring in Obama. And who cares about his last and middle name. That means crap. Republican John M......he always sounds like he is reading from a darn book. I want someone who talks normal for once. Unlike Bush's, Clinton's, and John M.

    March 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Bruce

    OK. If you vote for a party vice a candidate..keep going because you are not concerned with the issues anyway. If you believe that Obama or Clinton will change anything – keep going because you haven't even considered what they promised us before.

    Obama and Clinton and the other DNC politicians promised everyone changes during the last election and the Democratic Party was given control of both houses of Congress. Hmmmm.. has everyone forgotten the first 100 days promises? I don't see how you can really expect change from either since their recent track record proves that they both forget about these promises once the election is over.

    It is certain that neither feels obligated to us once the elections are in. It is also certain that a Democratic House, Senate, and Whitehouse will result in little discussion on the merits of an issue and a lot of increased government spending as the pork barrel continues. Elect them and be ready break out your checkbook to pay the taxes.

    So John McCain will get my vote. If you are not a DNC cheerleader, you might want to consider him as well.

    March 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  4. Hillary For Ohio NOT Obama!

    Obama your ALL Talk and No Action!!!!!

    Hillary was the Big Winner Tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  5. John

    It is nice that such a good person as is John McCain can win, but his chances of winning the presidency are very slim due to his age. Father time shows no mercy to anybody. I wish he would step down, but there is little hope of that.

    March 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. Anona Mouse

    The Honorable Senator McCain, is a Military Hero and Former POW is currently the ONLY Qualified candidate running for this nation's highest office.

    Too bad the Right-winged Republicans are too dense and dim witted to realize this and support him.

    Senator McCain has support from both sides of the Congressional Isle and can bring this country together!

    Vote For John McCain 🙂

    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. R.I.

    McCain shouldn't worry too much because if the Dems are not careful, there will be a huge exodus to McCain. That is, if Bill and Hillary Clinton play their dirty game to get her nominated.

    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. Teresa

    Mccain has no problems, he is gonna get all Barak's supporters if Hillary wins.

    AfricanAmericans for John Mccain

    March 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. K. Farmer

    I will only vote for McCain in the general election if he puts Ron Paul as vice president. Otherwise, I'd rather vote democrat.

    March 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. Jeff R

    As a Republican in Virginia, I voted for Obama, not because I want him as president, but to cast a vote against Hillary. The Republican nominee is already set, so why waste a vote on him. In Nov I will vote republican again. I figure this is why it appears so many Republicans are voting for Obama, they aren't trading sides, they're voting against Hillary. I believe this is happening all over America. I hope Obama isn't counting on all these Republican votes he's been receiving come November.

    March 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Tom C.

    Remember all that vote Dem. These changes they keep talking about are going to hit you in the wallet. That is the only change they can promise you.

    March 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. Ken Smith

    You ever notice how most liberals that you see posting on the net are all college age children. Funny thing is that when they get away from daddy's visa and there ipods and xbox's and actually get jobs and get married and have children that they start to think about life more differently and become conservative? Isnt that interesting?

    Whoever wrote this mccain article is a moron. The only problem Mccain has is the fact that millions of TV addicted zombies are eating up the whole media bias towards Obama. I have heard SO many people ramble on about how they want "change". I'm sorry folks but almost EVERY single candidate that has ever run for president has made that same claim. The only difference is that you believe it and quote it because its the line the media fed you! Obama will give you "change" and thats what you want isnt it? PLease!

    Go back to sleep amerika.

    March 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  13. Jed in Texas

    Huck for Vice President and dont forget to sign up the kids for the big Draft day.

    March 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  14. Mary - Independent

    McCain may respresent the Republican party, but he sure can't run the Country! Think about it – this man is elderly and he follows the Bush administration – so who really wants more of this?

    March 5, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  15. thomas pridemore west lafayette indiana

    I am 43 years old and have always voted republican but tonight is the end of the road i will not support mccain i am ashamed of this man and his tired old ways. Yes i no my vote is not important, but when you add up my vote with everyone else who takes the same stand mccain does have trouble.

    March 5, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  16. K Fergus

    McCain and Ron Paul – interesting ticket. They could really keep things rocking!! I bet McCain doesn't have the guts to pick Ron Paul!

    March 5, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
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