Exit polls show that Latinos, Asian Americans, and women give Hillary Clinton a decisive victory in California over Barack Obama

If you look at the MSNBC exit polls from the California Democratic primary, it shows a sharp racial and gender divide.

It’s apparent that there was a huge gender gap as women came out in large numbers for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. Clinton beat Obama among women 59%-34%. White women were heavily tilted toward Hillary Clinton (55%-34%) whereas white men heavily favored Barack Obama (52%-34%).

This is what CNN said about how Hillary Clinton won California:

(CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton can thank Latino and Asian voters for her projected victory in California. Early exit polls indicate that Sen. Barack Obama carried white voters in California because of his overwhelming support among white men. White women, as in other states, more often supported Clinton. Black voters overwhelmingly favored Obama but Asian voters, whose numbers are comparable to blacks, went overwhelmingly for Clinton. The deciding factor may have been Latinos, who make up roughly 30 percent of California’s Democratic vote. They went for Clinton by a two-to-one margin.”

If you look at the white vote, it was surprisingly even with Clinton with 45% and Obama with 42%. As expected though, the black vote went overwhelmingly for Obama 78% to 19%. However, unlike in southern states where the black vote made up 45%-55% of the total Democratic primary electorate, the black vote only made up 6% of the total Democratic primary electorate in California. What made the difference for Clinton’s big victory in California was that she crushed Obama with the Latino vote which she won handily 69% to 29%. Latinos made up 29% of the Democratic primary electorate in California. The other group that put Clinton over the top was Asian Americans. Asian Americans made up 8% of the Democratic primary electorate in California and Clinton clobbered Obama among Asian American voters by an overwhelming margin of 75% to 23%. (I wonder how much 80-20’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the California Democratic primary influenced Clinton’s 52% advantage over Obama in the Asian American vote?)



  1. Super Tuesday. It was a big win for Hillary Clinton, and a big win for Asian American Pacific Islanders.

    By Super Tuesday, the majority of Asian American Pacific Islanders in America had the opportunity to cast their vote for the next President of the United States.

    With that end goal in mind …. electing Hillary Clinton 44th President of the United States, AAPIs for Hillary galvanized the AAPI Vote for Hillary Clinton in Nevada, and AAPIs for Hillary set their sights on delivering four big Super Tuesday wins: California, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.

    And we won: NV. CA. NJ. NY. MA.

    California was Super Tuesday’s biggest prize.

    In California, 75% of AAPIs, 69% of Hispanics, and the majority of Women and Whites, delivered California’s Vote for Hillary Clinton for President.

    As one of the Southern California Co-Chairs of AAPIs for Hillary, and a Member of the Women for Hillary Leadership Council, I’m thrilled that 75% of California’s Asian American Pacific Islander Democrats/Independents delivered, by a 3:1 ratio, Hillary Clinton for President.

    Hillary Clinton is the #1 Choice of AAPIs.


    Of all the presidential candidates, Hillary has the respect of the AAPI community because she has a proven track record championing the issues AAPIs care about: quality education, the economy, job creation, universal health coverage/access, quality of life: housing/jobs/transportation/environmental balance, immigration policy, and constitutional rights (human rights, civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, etc.).

    Of all the presidential candidates, Hillary has the largest percentage of AAPIs on her political staff. Her top policy advisor is Neera Tanden, an attorney of Indian-American descent.

    Of all the presidential candidates, Hillary has the largest number of endorsements from nationally renown AAPI elected officials, including former Governor Gary Locke* (WA), Governor of Tagiola Tulafono (America Samoa), US Senator Daniel Inouye (HI) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA).

    Of all the presidential candidates, Hillary stands head and shoulders above the rest with the endorsements of California’s top AAPI electeds: Former Secretary of State March Fong Eu*, State Controller John Chiang, Board of Equalization Chair Judy Chu, Assemblymember Mike Eng, Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Assemblymember Mary Hayashi, Assemblymember Fiona Ma and Assemblymember Alberto Torrico; City/County Officials Hon. Henry Chang (Oakland), Hon. Clara Chu (San Francisco), Hon. Albert Huang (San Gabriel), Hon. David Lau (Monterey Park), Hon. Otto Lee (Sunnyvale), Hon. Laura Lee (Cerritos), Hon. Evan Low (Campbell), Hon. Polly Low (Rosemead), Hon. Suja Lowenthal (Long Beach), Hon. Henry Manayan* (Milpitas), Hon. Madison Nguyen (San Jose), Hon. Jean Quan (Oakland), Hon. Phil Ting (Oakland), Hon. Kris Wang (Cupertino), Hon. Judy Wong (Temple City), and Hon. Anthony Wong (Monterey Park), and Education Leaders Hon. Edwin Chau (Montebello), Hon. Victor King (Glendale), Hon. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam (Garden Grove), Hon. Mark Pulido (Cerritos), Hon. Anna Song (Santa Clara), and Hon. Tony Vang (Fresno).

    Of all the presidential candidates, Hillary has the largest and most diverse national organization of Asian American Pacific Islanders for Hillary, which includes community leaders of Cambodian-American, Chinese-American, Filipino-American, Hmong-American, Indian-American, Japanese-American, Korean-American, Middle Eastern-American, Pacific Islander, Samoan American, Taiwanese-American, Thai-American and Vietnamese-American descent.

    Hillary’s Super Tuesday Victory in California is a tribute to the leadership of Irene Bueno, the National Consultant to AAPIs for Hillary, and the network of AAPIs for Hillary nationally, and in California, who worked together to deliver 75% of California’s AAPI Vote for Hillary Clinton for President.

    We couldn’t have achieved Hillary’s California win without AAPIs for Hillary Co-Chairs Raj Anand, Alice Bulos, Hon. John Chiang, Hon. Judy Chu, Hon. Mike Eng, Hon. Mary Hayashi, Hon. Otto Lee, Hon. Suja Lowenthal, Hon. Fiona Ma, Charmaine Manansala, Hon. Henry Manayan, Hon. Doris Matsui, Hon. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam, Elena Ong, Jim Park, Mona Pasquil, Dang Pham, Julie Soo, Trung Ta, Keith Umemoto, and Alicia Wang by writing op-eds, being surrogate speakers, reaching out to AAPI Voters at Hillary rallies and AAPI debates, participating as AAPI Voices Across America, conducting Merchant Walks and “In-Language” GOTV in AAPI communities throughout California, in Cerritos, Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, Fresno, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Little Saigon, Milpitas, Monterey Park, Montebello, Oakland, Thaitown, San Francisco, San Jose, Silicon Valley and Temple City for California’s Super Tuesday win.

    We couldn’t have achieved Hillary’s California win without AAPIs for Hillary Leaders and Super Volunteers Junelle Cavero, Trung Dang, Sandy Hoa Dang, Jonathan Geaga, Joselyn Geaga Rosenthal, Sumi Haru, Emma Hilario, Melissa Hilario, Ellen Huang, Mani Kang, Hon. Laura Lee, Ricky Lee, Guila Maramba, Ferial Masry, Greg Matsunami, Nalini Natarajan, John Phi, Hon. Mark Pulido, Mony Sing, Hoa Tran, Ken Trumkul and Pei Wang.

    Today, AAPIs throughout America are celebrating Lunar New Year with Super Tuesday wins!

    We open up the Lunar New Year poised to win Washington and Hawaii for Hillary, and poised to empower AAPI voters throughout California. After all, California’s AAPIs account for nearly 40% of America’s AAPI Vote. In 2004, two-thirds of California’s 1.1 million AAPI voters voted for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Election, and our goal is to register and empower 2.5 million California AAPIs who will be eligible to vote for Hillary Clinton for President in November, 2008.

    Together, we are Team California. Together, we delivered California’s vote for Hillary: 75% of AAPI voters, 69% of Latino voters, the majority of White Women and White voters, and a significant number of Native American, African-American, young, middle aged, elderly, youth, and LGBT voters.

    Thank you all for achieving this victory!

    Onward to victory in November, 2008 and beyond!

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