Exit Polls: Bad for Mitt

Exit Polls: Bad for Mitt

Exit Polls: Bad for Mitt

A campaign blog.
Jan. 29 2008 7:52 PM

Exit Polls: Bad for Mitt

Early exit polls ( Disclaimer: DO NOT BELIEVE!) show a few interesting trends:

Fox News has McCain trouncing Giuliani among Hispanics, 50 to 26. Romney, meanwhile, trails at 16 percent. So much for those ads featuring his Spanish-speaking son Craig.

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McCain also beats Romney among voters who listed the economy as the most important issue facing the country. (Nearly half of voters said it was, according to the AP.) McCain: 38. Romney: 34. Margin of error: +/- 4 percent. The economy is supposedly Romney’s biggest strength. That said, Romney is twice as popular as McCain among voters who list immigration as their top issue.

Florida is getting older, and McCain is benefiting. He beats Romney 40 to 31 among senior citizens. More than a third of voters in this primary are 65 or older, the AP reports .

About 43 percent of Republican voters said that Gov. Charlie Crist’s endorsement of McCain mattered to them. That sounds like a lot, given that most endorsements go completely unnoticed. Of those for whom it mattered, 51 percent voted for McCain, compared to 23 percent for Romney—naturally.