Michigan Exit Polls: Hillary Clinton alienating black voters, one state at a time


According to exit polls taken today, more than two thirds of African American voters voted against Hillary Clinton and for the Uncommitted slate in the Michigan Primary.

Category % Total Clinton Dodd Gravel Kucinich Unc.
White 72 63 0 1 5 31
Black 23 30 1 0 0 68

The Michigan Democratic Party moved its presidential primary up into the pre-window period, which was only to include four states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. As a result, Michigan was stripped of all of its convention delegates and its primary tonight is nothing more than a non-binding beauty contest which will not count toward deciding the Democratic nomination for President.

After being stripped of its delegates, all major candidates removed their names from the Michigan ballot and only Hillary Clinton and a few also rans remained. Her 56% showing tonight is nothing short of anemic. Fewer than a third of African American Democrats voted for her. When its all said and done, I believe that fewer than a quarter of African American Democrats nationwide will pull the lever for the Borg Queen of American Politics despite her heavy investment in securing high profile black endorsements.

30 thoughts on “Michigan Exit Polls: Hillary Clinton alienating black voters, one state at a time

  1. “Michigan was stripped of all of its convention delegates and its primary tonight is nothing more than a non-binding beauty contest which will not count toward deciding the Democratic nomination for President.”

    This is about some BS…nothing like being disenfrachised right out the gate. But I went and voted anyway, for Kucinich whose name was still on there. I thought about getting a Republican ballot and voting against Romney, but the thought of voting for any of those monkey asses made me dry heave.

    If “Uncommitted” was explicitly labeled as “Anyone but Hillary” it probably would have gotten my vote.

  2. ajspearman

    Just some stuff to think about.

    Bill Clinton did not have a civil rights bill in his state.
    -100,000 more black men went to prison under Bill Clinton than under Ronald Regan.
    -BC passed that 1997 crime bill that expanded the death penalty.
    -When he ran for president in “92, he did his Sister Souljah bit when he executed Ricky Ray Rector, a brain-damaged black kid.

    -Alex AKA Captain Turnip Patch

  3. Even if you’re not a Barack Obama supporter, if you’re an African-American, you still had to back up and think “If that’s how the Clintons really feel about African-Americans by attacking Obama in this way; even if Obama’s not my guy, I’m still not voting for this heifer.”

    I can say all of the African-Americans in DC are watching that development with sharp eyes, because if they weren’t in Obama’s camp, the Borg Queen’s actions pushed them into Obama’s camp for now.

    We ain’t stupid and she needs to leave the Big Dog at home, because he’s hurting her campaign….wait a damned minute! Maybe the Big Dog is subconsciously paying back the Borg Queen for all those times she busted his balls and he turned to other women… 😉

    Sometimes, you can’t make this shyt up.

  4. Rick

    i just read a troubling article in today’s (Jan 16) wall street journal opinion section. the article questioned black people’s intelligence for the reaction to the Hillary/MLK event. I immediately, I must admit, assumed that a white person wrote it. But when I did an internet search, turns out it was a black man. I was shocked because it was so hateful.

    I regret not having my own website, or media company, or whatever, to push back on their own battle field.

    (But I did decide to pursue a continuing education certificate in web design this spring, so stay tuned).

  5. Rick

    Article title: Hillary and MLK
    Wall Street Journal
    January 16, 2008; Page A12

    John McWhorter is a weekly columnist for the New York Sun and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute

  6. McWhorter?


    All you had to tell us is that it was McWhorter.

    He never gives up a chance to insult and talk ABOUT Black people TO White people.


  7. OT, but I can’t let it go…

    Ron Walters, Dwayne Wickham and George Curry can’t get on and be commentators…but,

    WTF is Stephen A. Smith from ESPN doing on HARDBALL?


  8. Denise

    Rikyrah: Co-sign! OTOH, heavy-hitters like Dr. Walters and the staff at Black Agenda Report are getting some much deserved exposure via the Bill Moyers show on PBS.

    TPJ: Sista, I hear you. As we know, at the end of the day, SELF-INTEREST trumps race and gender all day long. “Strange bedfellows”, anyone?

    Anyhoo, I’m glad to know the Dems have agreed to dial back on that foolishness. Time to move on.

  9. Rikyrah:

    They’re trotting out Screaming A. Smith for the same reason anyone’s listening to John McWhorter or Shelby Steele:

    “Softball” wants a House Nigger to bust Obama on TV along with Bob Johnson. Like we’d listen to a brotha who dates women known as “Superhead”.

    Denise, thanks for the props – Obama might not be my guy, but the Borg Queen just sealed the deal with her actions; I’m not voting for that heifer.

  10. Serendipity

    Kiss and make up time.

    Bob Johnson’s apology to Sen. Barack Obama, from CNN.

    “Dear Barack,

    I’m writing to apologize to you and your family personally for the un-called-for comments I made at a recent Clinton event. In my zeal to support Senator Clinton, I made some very inappropriate remarks for which I am truly sorry. I hope that you will accept this apology. Good luck on the campaign trail.

    Warm regards,

    Bob Johnson”

  11. Rick

    “He never gives up a chance to insult and talk ABOUT Black people TO White people.” — rikyrah

    I also take this as evidence that white supremacy would STILL exist, if white people did NOT exist.

    But you are right, rikyrah. Moldred (aka McWhorter)did not come to Camelot talking this nonsense. He spoke his venom from the safety of the Caucus Mountains. Perhaps he is aware that we have not come that far from an Age of Chivalry where a young black gentleman (or lady), defending the honor of his (or her) people, is beyond tossing his wack a$$ up.

    I’d like to think if he had the manhood to speak to anyone he dismissed as un-intelligent yesterday in his article face to face — a South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, a Bob Herbert, the “countless black bloggers”, and regular day-to-day black people who found Hillary’s recent comments offensive — he’d realize how Mis-Educated of a Negro he really is.

  12. Rick

    **Major Clarification**

    “I also take this as evidence that [the idea of] white supremacy would STILL exist, if white people did NOT exist.”

    but hopefully everyone knew what I intended 🙂

  13. Both the Edwards and Obama campaigns made efforts to get people out to vote uncommitted. I’m sure that the Clinton team wanted to make sure that people voted as well. I’m just wondering how many people who voted Hillary really knew that the primary wasn’t going to earn any delegates at the convention.

  14. Rick

    so much for the cease fire

    January 18, 2008, 12:07 am
    Obama, Clinton’s Latest Spat
    Amy Chozick reports from Santa Barbara, Calif.
    -wsj blog

    After a surprisingly civil Democratic debate Tuesday night, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are at it again.

    A Spanish-language radio ad airing in Nevada and paid for by one of Obama’s labor allies calls Clinton “shameful” and says she “does not respect our people.”

    The ad, produced by the textile and hotel workers’ union UNITE-HERE, aired the ad in response to a lawsuit filed by Clinton supporters that failed to shut down the special caucus sites on the Las Vegas strip, where most of the union members would go to vote.

    “Hillary Clinton should not allow her friends to attack our people’s right to vote this Saturday. This is unforgivable; there’s no respect,” the ad says. “Sen. Obama is defending our right to vote. Sen. Obama wants our votes. He respects our votes, our community our people… Vote for a president who respects us.”

    In response the Clinton campaign called a press conference with Dolores Huerta, an iconic Hispanic labor leader and Clinton supporter. She suggested the ad was prompted by Obama’s lack of Hispanic support.

    “It’s pathetic and it’s sad and it’s unfortunate that they have to stoop so low,” Ms. Huerta said, adding that in all her years of organizing Latino workers she never met Obama.

    Winning the Hispanic vote is a huge part of the Clinton campaign’s strategy to win in Nevada on Saturday and California on Feb. 5. The campaign has attracted many high-level Hispanic endorsers including former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.

    Over the past two days in Nevada and Southern California, Clinton has appeared at events with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera.

    The ad also managed to enrage candidate John Edwards. In Iowa, Obama came down hard on the Edwards campaign for accepting negative advertising from so-called 527s or non-profit groups that seek to influence elections.

    “He loudly and repeatedly attacked independent ads by unions in Iowa as the product of special interests. But when a different outside group starts running ads on his behalf in Nevada, there’s not a peep from him or his campaign,” said deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince.

    “Obama believes, and has said clearly, that campaigns should fund themselves and discourages supporters from spending outside the campaign,” an Obama spokesman said.

  15. Rick, that “truce” didn’t last long. That union the Borg Queen tried to keep out of the caucus is the Culinary Union and they have endorsed Obama.

    While I can sit by and eat popcorn, drink Mai-tais and watch the ReThugs implode, this latest move by the Borg Queen smells like she’s trying to disenfranchise Latinos, who probably going to vote for Obama. She couldn’t send them into his camp fast enough with this shyt.

  16. TPJ,

    What just made this so obvious is that the entire Democratic Party of Nevada spent MONTHS working out the caucus situation. It wasn’t like someone woke up one morning and said, ‘SURPRISE’ – you’re going to have caucus sites at Casinos on one of the busiest weekends in Vegas. It was all worked out. THAT is why folks are pissed about that lawsuit. it was like being suckerpunched.

  17. Rick

    TPJ and Rikyrah,
    I’m so hoping Obama can pull this thing off today in Nevada. Separately, I’m a little surprised the lawsuit didn’t get more press coverage. It was so shady.

  18. Rick

    NY Times said it best…

    “Workers on the Las Vegas Strip can vote in the casinos. This is a boon to the powerful Culinary Workers Union, which supports Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton blew up at a television reporter over the unfairness of it all. (The former president appears to be on a schedule of one meltdown per state.)” NY Times

  19. Rick

    re: leaving las vegas

    ok, I took a nice lil nap and just woke up. WTF just happened???

    * Did the Culinary Workers Union not show up for Obama? Did half the workers really support Hillary despite her efforts to disenfranchise them? Did Bill Clinton really accuse the Obama campaign of voter intimidation? Did Obama really speak well of Reagen??

    No, I refuse to believe any of the above just happened. I just refuse to believe it.

  20. Rick

    looks like women, latinos, older voters went with Hillary in Nevada.

    blacks (80%), younger voters (under 30) went with Obama.

  21. He said that Reagan changed the vocabulary of politics, and with the creation of Reagan Democrats, he was able to roll over the opposition and get his way. BUT, that vocabulary has been played out and it’s time to turn to another page. I felt it was a warning that they could choose someone who could get a wide swath to covern, and thus, use that to roll over the opposition, as opposed to someone who will, if they win, get 50%+1, and we know where that’s gotten us.

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