May 7th, 2008
05:38 AM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Did 'Operation Chaos' succeed in Indiana?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Limbaugh’s ‘Operation Chaos’ plan was to have republican voters temporarily cross over to vote in the Democratic primary for Hillary Clinton."]
(CNN) - How big of an impact did Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Operation Chaos’ have in Indiana? Did GOP voters really cross over to create havoc in the Democratic primary by voting for Hillary Clinton, as he’d asked his listeners to do?

Roughly one in ten of the state’s Democratic primary voters were Republican - and that group did vote for Hillary Clinton, 53 to 47 percent over Barack Obama. But hold on: registered Democrats, who made up two-thirds of Tuesday’s primary voters, gave roughly the same edge to Clinton, 53 to 45 percent. Only Independents - who made up about a quarter of the electorate - voted for Obama, 53 to 47 percent.

For whatever reason, self-identified conservative voters did overwhelmingly support Clinton – two out of three cast their votes for the New York senator.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Ernest


    May 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. judy

    becasue they have the common sense to vote for hillary.

    May 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. karen from va

    Yes. I beleive that Operation Chaos is the key to Clinton's success in Texas, PA and Indiana.

    May 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. mama coo

    Why is it when Obama gets Republican votes it's because he's so wonderful but when Senator Clinton does it's because of Rush Limbaugh? How does one determine that votes for Hillary are just because Rush told them to vote but votes for Obam are because he's so wonderful. Just curious

    May 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. laura

    Why has CNN not projected Hillary as winner in Indiana with 42% of precincts reporting and a solid 12 point lead since the beginning? Why is Indiana still too close to call? All while CNN projects Obama the winner in NC with ZERO percent reporting. I have one guess: more face time for a flattering pic of Obama and Obama's name in lights, then you'll past up something unflattering of Hilary and say she's "barely hanging in there after a tight race – and she probably only won because of a practical joke by Rush Limbaugh."

    i have never been so disappointed in the media as i am by CNN's coverage of the democratic primary. This used to be my go-to source for non-biased reporting... no more.

    May 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. votingtruth

    Because she is most aligned with the republican agenda.

    May 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Reggie

    Judy –
    What is "becasue". You are obviously one of the uneducated Clinton voters.

    May 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. CA Chris

    You're telling us that another media-created distraction was meaningless? Really? Wow, go figure.

    May 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. The truth

    LONG ago the GOP decided to get Hillary knocked out of the race. Operation Chaos is to continue the in-fighting. Seems to be working just fine!!!!

    McCain '08!!!

    May 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Hillary has serious issues

    And Hillary will count every one as her "popular" vote, even though she's the Republican's dream candidate. Some middle of the road swing Rep/Dem women and older voters are Hillary only, then McCain. The growing anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-corporate handouts, will all fall in line with Obama, given the chance, because he respresents those values and that voice with authenticity.

    May 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Ron

    Typical fear of losing office to a Democrat to try to elect the weakest canidate. The one with the most baggage, one who has discounted the African Americans.

    Go Obama / Edwards 08

    May 6, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. NatT

    Obama will not survive a general election as the nominee... Not because of his race, but because he is all over the map when it comes to the issues.

    That's the part so many of his supporters fail to understand .

    May 6, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Terry Bernier

    John King....just said on CNN that they are conservative....stating that they couldn't call Indiana because it was too early in the race...(with 44% of the votes in), yet they called North Carolina in favor of Barack Obama, when there was 0% of the votes in. When will this one sided media stop favoring just Senator Obama?

    May 6, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. jason pawlik

    What the heck happend? I went to vote for Rev Wright and he wasn't on the ballot. Did he drop out? I can't believe this!

    May 6, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Susan

    Hillbilly lost because her message does not resonate, period. She is losing in states won, pledged delegates, popular vote, and soon to be superdelegates. What else is there left? Go home Clinton!!

    Go Obama!!!

    May 6, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. Kenneth M.

    Hillary took a hardy stomping in NC. Some say it was a smack down, others call it a spanking. I predict the same in Indy. If not a whooping, perhaps he can just squeek by.

    May 6, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Mufaddal


    May 6, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. CJ in FL

    Stop whining Dems. I know several Democrats who registered as Republicans just to vote for McCain. Democrat operatives have been doing (and advocating) this strategy for years!

    This faux outrage is getting old. Maybe if people were outraged about the seediness of politics all of the time, instead of just when their horse gets hurt, we could clean things up. Until then, this is the bed America has made for itself.

    May 6, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Tennessee Lefty

    "For whatever reason, self-identified conservative voters did overwhelmingly support Clinton." Well, the reason is clear and you touched on it: Clinton is a hard-right corporatist that panders to the lowest common denominator, so the right-wingers take her as not only a second choice to McBush, but they'd rather face off against her in the GE. Looks like Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" paid off...too bad it won't matter in the end when Obama is the nominee.

    Limbaugh should be locked up for treason.

    May 6, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Dr. J

    I think it worked for those people who can not think for themselves.

    Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Fischer

    We know that the republicans are the ones voting for Hillary Clinton. I heard one on radio last night who stated clearly that she is a Republican but was going to vote in the primaries for Clinton.

    Why are they so afraid of Obama being the nominee. He is unstoppable. Though slightly hurt by Rev Wright, he is still winnig by a huge margin in NC.

    Obama 08'

    May 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. gman

    you give Rush Limbaugh too much credit.

    May 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. JC

    That is true. The only reason why Hillary is still in it (not winning, and will not win, though) is because the republicans want Hillary to get the nom because they know they can beat her. But she won't get it and the republicans are hoping to destroy our party. Hillary is only helping the republicans by furthering this process knowing there is no way that she could possibly win.

    May 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. a middle aged white woman in SF

    I totally agree with karen from va – Clinton took PA, Texas & now Indiana due to operation chaos. The reason Operation Chaos even exists is that the Republicans want Hillary to run so badly because they feel they can beat her easily. Obama scares them. They know they will lose.

    May 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Carol

    Wow – even with 49% of the precints reporting in Indiana, CNN will still not call the race for Clinton, while 1% of the precints reporting in North Carolina has given Obama a victory. Will CNN even try to veil its blatant bias toward Obama? It's a little sick – and I have no vested interest in these races, as I'm a Republican.

    May 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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