February 8th, 2012
05:05 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain blames turnout (not Romney) for Tuesday results

(CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain downplayed Tuesday's election results and placed the blame for Mitt Romney's losses on low voter turnout.

"I think this really was very small numbers of people that turned out and I respect their views, but I don't believe they are representative of the broad majority of Republican voters," McCain said Wednesday in an interview set to run on CNN's "John King USA." "I really believe that when you have 1% of the registered voters turning out that that's not a very good indicator."

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Romney lost Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, all which experienced lower voter turnout than in 2008, to rival candidate Rick Santorum.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and Romney supporter, said voters in the three states did not feel they would have a "significant direct impact" on the race of the White House.

Although the Arizona senator said endorsements probably matter "zip," he is still hopeful Romney will do well on Super Tuesday, when Arizona, along with nine other states, holds early contests.

"It's never easy nor should it be easy, and I think he'll be a much better candidate against President Obama once he emerges victorious," McCain told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Mitt Romney • Republicans • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    Sorry Senator but the low turnout is due to the choices they have. Face the facts more people are starting to dislike Romney, you know kinda like YOU did 4 years ago remember?

    February 8, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. john

    he is pathetic

    February 8, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. supajake

    People i know u all have opinions but look what obama did for us now compare him to romney or santorum. one of those 2 will probably win and will do a way better job! So what we should all be doing is getting rid of obama so lets all band together and kick obama out of office

    February 8, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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