May 6th, 2008
11:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Troubling sign for McCain?

McCain is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

McCain is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

(CNN) - The action is clearly on the Democratic side, but Republicans also held primaries in Indiana and North Carolina Tuesday.

Despite being his party's presumptive nominee for nearly three months, roughly a quarter of Republicans in North Carolina and Indiana showed up to vote against the Arizona senator.

With nearly all precincts reporting, McCain won 74 percent of the vote in North Carolina. Mike Huckabee, who dropped out of the race two months ago, scored 12 percent. Ron Paul, who never quite officially ended his White House bid, registered 7 percent, and Mitt Romney got 5 percents.

The story was only slightly better for McCain in Indiana. There he scored 77 percent of the vote, while Huckabee registered 12 percent, and Paul garnered 7 percent. Nearly 5 percent of North Carolina voters said they did not have a preference.

McCain faced similar results in the Pennsylvania primary two weeks ago - the first contest after Huckabee officially dropped out of the race. There the party's presumptive presidential nominee won only 73 percent of the vote.

Is this a troubling sign for McCain, who has long faced resistance from the conservative wing of his party?

Not likely.

Then-Gov. George W. Bush faced similar results, though slightly better, in these three states long after he was the clear nominee in 2000. In North Carolina, he won 78 percent of the vote, in Indiana he got 81 percent, and in Pennsylvania he won 73 percent of the vote.

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Veronica Pennsylvania

    Some Americans will never vote for and African Ameircan for president. They look for any excuses. legitimate or not.

    May 7, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  2. Scot

    Alice......Why wouldn't you ever vote for Obama? Are you prejudiced?

    And why is it that a great many of the Hillary supporters feel a need to shout in all caps? That's very rude.

    May 7, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |


    May 7, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  4. bama

    no matter what you two people say or think . Obama will be the first black President

    May 7, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  5. CNN why are you not posting my comments???

    Why are people saying Obama is dividing the Party because over 90% of blacks are voting for him ......... y'all are forgetting blacks voters made up abut 15% in both NC & IN .. so he is getting lots over white voters too ....

    thats the reason he is winning he is a uniter ......... of both whites & blacks ... Clinton & her supporters are playing the race card as an excuse .. for their loss ....

    Hilary & Pres. Clinton two renowned candidates in the democratic party .. cannot beat an inexperienced senator Obama ... who is unelectable now ..... ??

    May 7, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. Jordan

    PLEASE REPORT ON AIR: NWI.COM IS REPORTING THAT THE CURRENT 28% OF RESULTS FROM LAKE COUNTY THAT "158 precincts out of 561 are reporting." which is made up of "Half of Gary, half of Merrillville and portion of Munster"

    May 7, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  7. josh good NYC

    A large number of these Republicans will vote for McCain in November.

    May 7, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  8. Chris in Va.

    Yes Sharon and Alice, go ahead and vote for Mc Cain. You certainly have "experience" supporting a loser.

    May 7, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  9. Buck Burris

    Obama will be the next president. I look for Clinton to drop out tomorrow after Robert Byrd endorses Obama!
    But how is the Lake count coming along?

    May 7, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Sandy

    It doesn't matter that McCain only pulled 77%. If Hillary loses he will gain the support of hundreds of thousands of her supporters. McCain will be the next President if Hillary loses the nomination.

    May 7, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  11. Tanya Kujath

    Maybe bush can help McCain steal the election for the republican party this year, too?

    May 7, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  12. heather

    I think anything is possible this year for these candidates. I dont think mccain is in trouble if obama gets the win. I personally am voting Hilary and if she doesnt win I will vote Mccain. I have quite a few friends doing the same thing. Where we come from no one likes Obama. Hes not for the little guy. I feel more in touch with Mccain then with Obama. I hope the superdelegates think that over. I have read this plan on so many blogs so I am definitly no alone! GO HILARY!

    May 7, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  13. Richard

    This has to be a news item the bigwigs saved as "filler" they could use as a story.

    1) It makes no difference, as stated in the article
    2) It's happened before to other candidates who've won, as stated in the article
    2) Not one person on either side of the political fence cares. So 23% of the repubs had a bit of last minute fun/politcal statement making. Does anyone among the strategists think that they'll really cross the fence in the real election? The democrats aren't going to bank on it, so why is CNN?

    This whole article is just an ugly waste of space.

    May 7, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  14. tkp

    I smell fear in the Republicans and the Clinton camp. Even Rush has caused the spirit of fear to fall on a lot of Replublicans because he is not only afraid Obama will win the nomination but that he will also become the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR ALL PEOPLE.

    May 7, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  15. Can't wait

    I cant wait until the media starts talking about Rod Parsley and John Hagee .... John McCain's pastor and spiritual leader.

    May 7, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. lime

    I dont know why Mccain would be troubled. After Hillary is out I, along with several million other Hillary supporters will be in his corner. I am even considering a White dems for Mccain bumper sticker. I could never vote for Obama. Ps I am a lifelong democrat who even voted for Mondale.

    May 7, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |

    That's something, so many of his own don't want him, that says alot.

    May 7, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  18. mrsingh

    It doesn't matter who wins Indiana. Really both Obama and Hillary creamed McCain! Add up both their votes and Democrats win! If Hillary wins that's great, if Obama wins Yahoo!! The big states Hillary won, notice, Obama also won by big margins against McCain. It's all those little states that Obama is winning that has put him ahead. The loyal Democrats who voted for Hillary in the big states will vote for Obama if not then they were never Democrats to begin with or have some other issues.

    May 7, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  19. George

    John McCain has nothing to worry about. My party just made the horrible mistake of giving Obama the edge to the nomination. Should be an easy ride for McCain vs. Dukakis – I mean Obama.

    May 7, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  20. douadavid, PA

    Obama supporters are blind like those cnn talikng head. 2008 is for Hillary or John Mcain only.

    May 7, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
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