May 6th, 2008
06:04 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: Clinton losing African-American support

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Exit polls suggest Barack Obama is doing well in Indiana and North Carolina among African Americans."]
(CNN) - Clinton's support among African-American voters appears to be dropping, according to new exit polls from both states.

In Indiana where African-Americans made up 14 percent of the voters, Obama won 92 percent of that demographic while Clinton only got 8 percent. That compares to 13 percent of the African-American vote Clinton won in Ohio and the 10 percent she received in Pennsylvania two weeks ago.

Clinton's African-American support was even less in North Carolina. There Obama received 91 percent while the New York senator only received 6 percent. (Related video: Clinton and the black vote)

Compared another southern state, the state of Georgia which voted on Super Tuesday, Clinton got 11 percent of the African American vote.

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  1. Cherokee

    Forgive me for reminding all, Obama is both black and whte. I do know where the true racism lie. Oh, by the way, "It's a Fairy Tail," Jessie Jackson won South Carolina.

    I, too, am Cherokee.

    May 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Say its not so!!

    Gee what a shocker – Hillary is losing the African American vote. Obama from the very beginning has been getting the black vote. And they call white people racist, what a joke.

    I would say Geradline Ferro might have hit on something with her comment hey. Oh but excuse me, she was also called a racist, and then so was Bill Clinton. By golly we white, poor folks are just plain all racists.

    May 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Doug in Ontario Canada

    Don't you voters worry , the democratic party will do what ever it takes i.e. letting Michigan and Florida in on the action , changing rules, whatever, to make sure Bill is running , oops I mean Hillary is nominated . Hillary talks about getting a rid of Wright if he was her pastor, well there is a lot of women that would of dumped Bill if he was their husband.

    May 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Venus

    You got that right!

    Go Obama!

    May 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Dusacre

    I am not an African American but I have to say this: Clinton has Rev. Wright, a gift that keeps on giving. It is only fair that the rest of African-Americans support Obama.

    May 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Ruth

    I am a woman..was happy for Hillary when she threw in her name for the Presidency..but have lost faith in her...SO ready for change!

    May 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. rich

    There is a qualitative difference between voting FOR something vs voting AGAINST. This is also why republicans voting against Obama is so saddening.

    May 6, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    I wonder, where was this outcry for the A/A vote before Barack . Now the African Americans are being called racist for voting primarily for a black & white man.

    Where's the outcry for the catholics who vote primarily for Clinton, or the white people that vote primarily for Clinton.

    Barack is questioned about "closing the deal" with the white blue collar workers. Why not question Hillary why can't she "close the deal" with African Americans.

    The democratic party has taken for granted the African American vote for over 60 years. Maybe we should stop criticizing them and think that just maybe they like Barack better. After all Hillary has been linked to so many lies it's ridiculous!

    May 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. SPH

    Hillary may win the nomination, but without black support and young voters (who will certainly not vote for her), she cannot win the White House. Hillary Clinton will be remembered as the woman who handed the presidency to John McCain. Her behavior is nothing short of disgusting! It took the Bush presidency for me to forget just how awful the Clintons really are! Yuck!

    May 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. b black

    OBAMA 08.

    May 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Mimi

    Not surprising. Oddly enough, Obama claims this is not about race. Then why are we measuring polls by race? Why is it that so much of his vote is African-American? I tell you why..because racism is a big part of this country and blacks themselves cannot let go of the past. They teach their kids to focus on their history instead of focusing on living color blind. HIstory is supposed to be just the past. Now it's their time to shine. Who cares whether or not he's really capable or not.

    May 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. bob in L.A.

    Without sounding like a racist- did anyone really think that once Sen Obama started to show signs that he could win, that he would not get the African American vote? These two canddiates admit to almost the exact same platform and ideas. So that being said, it would seem natural for a given group to support the person they closest related with.
    If a person in this same positon, with t e same credentials and platform were up against Hillary and happened to be Hispanic, with the same chance of winning, these number would be the same among that canddiates Hispanic voters

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. zina

    The reason why is simple. It's not because we, people of color, are racists. It's because we finally woke up and realized that the Clintons have been using us for YEARS. Being from Mississippi, I understand the stump speech on the back of the pick up truck that says "I'm like you, and he's not" argument.

    We have been voting for caucasion candidates for years, and no one complained, but because we happen to support a black candidate, we are racists? Give me a break!

    Many of us are college educated and can make a selection based on policy, and not race!


    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. b black


    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Lucy

    The blacks have been voting for white folks all their lives.
    stop with the race nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. ek

    Well, about 95% of African American also said "OJ" was innocent. Brilliant, GENIUSES!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. ejc

    And I am sure that is NOT because of race....

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Cathy V.

    Wow, what a surprise!

    As my dear black friend P. Clark says: "We are taught from a young age ... we are black FIRST."

    May 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. tell the truth

    Should be a 100% balck and 100% white.

    Go Obama

    May 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Jim from CA

    As an african american, I am ashamed of all these people who vote for Obama, simply because he looks like them. This is pure racism and very unamerican. May be they should start their own party, the black liberation party or something like that. It is a sad day in America, a land where many of us have the greatest opportunity to be what ever we want, even aspire to be a president. However, Obama has strategically injected race into this campaign as long as it benefits him. To accuse the Clintons of racism is so wrong that I really get mad.

    May 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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