November 5th, 2008
01:29 AM ET
12 years ago

Exit Polls: Latino voters tip balance

(CNN) - According to exit poll results released thus far, Latino voters voted for Barack Obama over John McCain by a more than a 2-1 margin nationally: 66 percent to 31 percent. The proportion voting for the Democratic candidate is up sharply from 2004, when 55 percent of Latino voters supported John Kerry and 44 percent voted for President Bush.

Latinos are responsible for Obama's victory in New Mexico and contributed strongly to his margins in Nevada and Colorado. In New Mexico, Latinos constituted 41 percent of the electorate and voted for Obama by a 69 percent to 30 percent margin; white voters in New Mexico supported McCain 56 percent to 42 percent.

In Colorado, Latinos comprised 13% of the electorate and broke for Obama 64% to 34% while white voters split evenly. In Nevada, Latinos comprised 16 percent of the electorate and supported Obama 78 percent to 20 percent. Fifty-one percent of Nevada's white voters went for McCain.


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  1. Proud American

    Heck yes we did!!

    November 5, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  2. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IBill Richardson will be Secretary of State-we will pay you back....

    November 5, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  3. lynn

    Freaking awesome!!! God Bless the United States of America!!

    November 5, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  4. james callahan

    RE; HISPANIC VOTE:

    ha ha... the chickens came home to roost.

    The republicans have been beating up on the Mexicans in America for years.

    November 5, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  5. patricia millar

    america decided good im happy obama won i guess its time for change im so excited

    November 5, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  6. Hombre

    Buenas dias. 1st comment here!

    November 5, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  7. Anonymous

    story

    November 5, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  8. black texan

    I never liked mexicans because I felt that most of them did not like blacks but I'm sorry for that and I do appreciate all the Mexicans and Latinos who voted for Obama. He would not have made it with out you all.

    Here's love from the Disable army vet

    November 5, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  9. Mike

    Just makes me wonder just how many of those Latinos were legally in this country. I would bet then more then half are illegal and should not have even been able to vote. That could have made a big difference in those states Obama won???

    November 5, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  10. good

    I think Latino voters are the best gauge of reality. They vote their pocketbook. They're not voting race and they're not voting demagoguery as offered by Sara Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

    November 5, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. kws

    It's a travesty that so many illegal aliens are being allowed to vote in US elections. 🙁

    November 5, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  12. Texas

    Thanks be to our Latino friends. This night is a new beginning to all Americans. President Obama will provide leadership to our country and to the world. Tonight history was made and I and so grateful to have contribute a small part to that history. Even though President Obama did not win Texas he is now President to all Americans. May God bless and watch over the First Family. Thanks CNN for great election coverage.

    November 5, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  13. James Feagans

    President elect Obama should at the very least call Ron Paul
    and Ralph Nader in order to build a root system in Washington.

    November 5, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  14. Karen

    That doesn't surprise me. Race was a huge factor in this election, whether people admit it or not. The good news is, it helped Obama rather than hurt him.

    November 5, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  15. THANKUSA

    yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  16. dave

    Thank you my fellow latino's for finally opening your eyes

    November 5, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  17. G.I. Joe

    A sleepy giant has awaken ?

    November 5, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  18. CLINTON

    OBAMA NOW HAS THE PRESIDENCY, THE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE & THE SENATE, HE HAS BEEN GIVEN GREAT POWER

    I REALLY HOPE HE USES ALL THIS POWER FOR COMMON GOOD, THE GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY AND PEACE IN THE REST OF THE WORLD

    November 5, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  19. Jaye

    Please call North Carolina and Indiana for Obama......please!

    November 5, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  20. Ifigeño

    Next time, a Latino for the White House!!!

    hahahahahahaha

    November 5, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  21. Jaye

    This election everybody played a huge part!
    God Bless the USA!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  22. Jorge -- CA

    SI SE PUEDE!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    November 5, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  23. lbh

    McCain should look hard at his inexcusable choice of Sarah Palin. Many of us could have given McCain a vote – right up until he chose a cynical, nasty, unquaified, evil personality as his partner.

    November 5, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  24. Javi

    VIVA!!! – President Obama! I'm glad New Mexico and Colorado Latinos shifted the vote for REAL change. Congratulations President Obama!

    November 5, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  25. Harold

    The pitch:

    1) You vote for me.

    2) I give you somebody else's money.

    3) rinse and repeat

    November 5, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
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