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February 3rd, 2009
01:21 PM ET

They're registered Democrats, but they didn't support Obama

Most people in King County, Texas are registered Democrats, but 93.2 percent voted for Sen. John McCain.

Most people in King County, Texas are registered Democrats, but 93.2 percent voted for Sen. John McCain.
A small church in King County, Texas.

A small church in King County, Texas.

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

King County, Texas is a place for quail hunting, ranching, and beautiful countryside. It’s the kind of place where the residents know everyone in town–a place where people here feel so safe that they leave their homes and car doors unlocked.

It’s also where John McCain received the highest voter support in the country. 93.2 percent of King County voted for the Arizona senator and only 8 voters cast a ballot for Barack Obama. What’s most interesting is most people here are registered democrats.

Now that President Obama has taken over the reigns, we wanted to come to King County to find out how these voters feel about our new President.

At first, it was a challenge to get anyone to talk with us. We called ahead to let people know we were coming, but when we approached them people said they were simple people and had no desire to talk with us. Some people talked off camera about their concerns of having Barack Obama as their president. Others raised his religion as a concern still believing President Obama is a Muslim, but they weren’t comfortable going on camera.

Finally, we met people who were more than happy to talk and interview with us. We were told that county officials asked residents not to talk with us, but some decided they wanted to anyway. We talked with the principal of the county school. He told us he didn’t know any of the 8 voters who supported the president in November. Perhaps, he says, they’re keeping it quiet.

The main concern from most people was morality. They feel President Obama doesn’t share their beliefs about abortion and were much more comfortable with John McCain and Sarah Palin leading the country.

In a small church here, we met with a pastor, his wife and some of his congregation. The pastor says he encourages people to get over the election, embrace our new president and move forward. Some aren’t as ready as others to follow their pastor’s lead, but one church member says she’ll put her trust in God.

“Ultimately, God is in control, so he has a plan with Obama to be in there, so I’ll support God’s plan, and we’ll see what happens.”

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  1. MBJ

    Adam said:
    "February 3rd, 2009 6:32 pm ET

    "Its a small town, they have very limited resources(education). No real differing points of view, all of them think the same! No real surprise there!!!"

    Take a trip out there Adam, you may be surprised (and put your self righteousness in your pocket when you go.) You probably would accuse them of not having open minds, but it sounds as if yours is pretty narrowed down to a stereotyping state. You'll find some of the finest people in the world out there who just want to be left alone.
    West Texas has some of the most loyal dems in the nation, but when they smell a rat, they'll vote their consciences every time. Guns Up!

    February 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  2. Londa

    Believe me when I say, I am sure that 1/2 of them have always voted democrat, but could not ever pull the lever for a black man!

    Face it- racism is still alive. The bad thing is at one time you knew who did not like you because you were not the same color as them, can't say the same today!

    This election has brought out some true colors!

    February 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  3. lampe

    Gene: What is your thoughts about people, who are over the legal age of voting, who never cared enough about our Country, to cast one vote? Alot of them all of a sudden became Dems. this year. And alot of them are AA's. I am a AA women, who has always voted Dem. until this year. what gives you the right to call me stupid, or anything else? I didn't vote for Obama, simply because he did not come across to me as a Man with enough experience to deal with the many problems our Country has. Now, does that make me any less intelligent, or a RACIST?I think not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  4. darin

    Why is it that the biggest liberal democrats don’t feel like they need to pay their taxes? Are we their servants and they our kings? Why are they better than you and me?
    All we ever hear from the Democrats is we should pay more and they pay nothing.
    Maybe the democrats should pass a law that republicans should only pay taxes….

    February 3, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  5. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    I'm from Texas and I am not a hater. 😦
    peace~XO's (((hugs)))) and tail wags

    February 3, 2009 at 8:07 pm |
  6. Sue

    Just because not everyone supports Obama doesn't mean they are racist. A lot of people in King & surrounding counties are very educated. I find it appaling that most people that comment are the ones who are closed minded.

    February 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  7. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Cindy said
    "It is funny though that poor Gary was once again shut out by a community! The poor man always gets the door shut in his face! LOL I’m glad though that some people talked to him seeing that he is the nicest person at CNN!"

    Well Cindy just keep right on 'Brown Nosing' CNN in the hope you might get some support for your Moronic Republican and Christian Fundamentalist Dogma. The Bottom line Cindy is that the last election unequivically proved that Main Stream America has INTELLIGENCE and INTEGRITY unlike the myopic and shallow Red Neck and neo-conChristian Fundamnetalist MINORITY that still supports conservative Republican/ Rush Limbaugh/Sarah Palinisms. America is indeed chaniging Cindy open up your mind and get with it. You and people like you are becoming more and more;ike extict dinosours every day. As a group you have heavily contributed to the near destruction of this nation as a SECULAR Demoncracy dedicated to be a broker for peace and stability in this world.

    February 3, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  8. adam

    Its a small town, they have very limited resources(education). No real differing points of view, all of them think the same! No real surprise there!!!

    February 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  9. Dallas

    People in Texas are just haters. Come on Texas people are the only ones in the nation who like both Bush's. People have to just face the all the statistics, and see that Obama is in charge for the best. Obama is the best for this job today. Americans have to be ready 2009 is the start of a new change.

    February 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  10. Stacy

    You keep posting about this story, but then never air it. What gives?

    February 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  11. Carl Williams

    There is a fine line between prying in personal business of the people and getting news coverage. People have every right to vote for who they want and for whatever reason. The statistics spoke for itself that 93.2 percent of people voted for John McCain. While it's irrelevant at this point why registered Democrats voted Republicans, there is a history in the south that is scarred and hard to get rid of. Southerners has been divided on racial lines for years and may never go away.

    February 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  12. Jamie

    Oh enough with the Dixiecrats already. IF they don't like Obama, let them finally admit to being Republicrats and go away.

    February 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  13. Annie Kate

    Doesn't look like many of the voters from that county have changed their minds. Whether they have or not, we need to move forward from the election and deal with the problems today and not with who people voted for last November.

    February 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  14. Char59 Texas

    I live in Texas and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why the people in King County ,Texas voted for John McCain. Look at the demographics!

    February 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  15. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Bloggers: This has been posted twice on the 360 blog but not aired. It must be because they were saving it for tonight's program with Anderson's interview with Pres. Obama.
    It is so embarrassing as a Texan, I was hoping it would not air.
    But alas, tonight! Oh , well.

    February 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  16. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    AM I DREAMING????? THIS ARTICLE APPEARED HERE LAST WEEK.

    CNN HAS NOTHING NEWSWORTHY TO REPORT?

    February 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  17. Josh Coker

    I'm not surprised at this story,they all probably watched Glenn Beck,Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh at the local church on a regular basis instead of paying close attention to bible text. I belong to a Free Will Baptist church and I heard all the Republican garbage and I considered not attending the church any longer but it's not GOD's fault that Republicans are idiots. These folks can vote the way they want to but keep an open mind and stop watching and listening to people like Sean Hannity and his fellow straight jacket buddies so that they may vote accurrately.

    February 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  18. CV, CA

    This is absurbed. Our economy is in turmoil and they're worried about thier values. They should be worrying about thier savings and job security. As important as values are, it's not going to get us out of this economic mess.

    February 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  19. c,ca

    The people that live in this town are the type of people that fall into the Republican trap of scare tactics. The rumor that Obama is a Muslim – he's different – he's wierd – he's Black. He's one of those A-rabs from Eye-Raq coming to get you. But we'll save you from THEM.

    The Repubs still haven't realized that the "them" they are fighting against is actually "us" – the American public. Sorry Republicans, but this nation is a melting pot: all races, all colors, all religions, all sexual preferences, and pro-choice.

    The people in this town have every right to vote for whomever they choose. But if the Repubs ever want to make a comeback, and appeal to a wider audience, they need to step out of the McCarthy era and into 2009.

    February 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  20. Kristen-University Park, PA

    Honestly the election is over. People have a right to vote for who they want and for what ever reasons they want. Obama is who we have so lets move on already.

    February 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  21. Terry

    Well maybe their just voters...independent thinkers.... I've voted for people in both parties...and I think I'm a registered democrat. However, I am too wise to have politicians as heroes...see I am never disappointed when they fall flat on their faces...I just don't vote from them again.

    February 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  22. christine

    It would serve the republicans well to know that we the people do not forget that the did not have a solution for eight years. This attempt to block our president is appauling. We will not forget that it was these self-serving actions that got us here in the first place.
    We also will not forget in 4 or 8 years from now that they also prolonged urgently needed progress for media talking points.

    February 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  23. lampe

    CNN; I think you are missing the point here. your vote is your vote, and we should not have to answer to anyone for that. Why, haven't you gone to places, where alot of Americans never before felt the need to vote? What is the difference? There was millions of people over the legal age of voting,that never cared enough about our Country to vote before. Why, not go to them and ask them why, they never voted? Why, only question people who did not vote for Obama?

    February 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  24. jim Fallbrook CA

    I guess there are some registered democrats who like me noticed that our socialist president Barack Hussein Obama was a corrupt candidate. Good for them.

    February 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  25. christine

    It would serve the republican well to know that we the people do not forget that they did not have a solution for eight years. This attempt to block our president is appauling. We will not forget that it was these self-serving actions that got us here in the first place.

    February 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  26. Teresa, OH

    It is nobody's business who anyone or any town votes for and it certainly isn't CNN's business. If it is: I want a list of all CNN staffers and who they voted for this past November.

    Why did CNN think it was their business to track this story down and the people?

    February 3, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  27. Lanny

    That's what you call democracy. You have to respect those people and their opinion.

    February 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  28. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    This is an old post---are things that desperate?

    February 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  29. Carl Williams

    I can understand why people would have reservations about voting for someone that don’t share same religious values. The people of Kings County must have a serious obsession in thinking Obama is Muslim. The rumor has been discredited time and time again. If anyone would know the truth, the news media (specifically Fox News) would have broadcasted it and made it plain and clear. The notion that a person of Muslim descent are all bad is scary for a nation that is a melting pot of many cultures. The people in Kings County need to visit other areas of the US to see that we are many and of different backgrounds. When I see percentages of a democratic county voting another way, I can't help but think that they have problems with his skin color. If econonomically you vote Democrat, then why would a overwhelming number of people vote Republican. To say they don't like his position on abortion is absurd. There have been many Presidents prior to this election that were for abortion so what is this any different. It is understood all over the US that southern states have lingering prejudice behavior. It's no surprise to me that majority of the southern states voted Republican overwhelmingly. Some things never change.

    February 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  30. DAMAJUSTA

    As part of the recovery plan the president should make a TAX amnesty. This will allow every body who owes taxes to go back and pay it without any penalty or legal action agaist them. I'm sure we will get a lot of money.

    February 3, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  31. Carl Williams

    I can understand why people would have reservations about voting for someone that don't share same religious values. The people of Kings County must have a serious obsession in thinking Obama is Muslim. The rumor has been discredited time and time again. If anyone would know the truth, the news media (specifically Fox News) would have broadcasted it and made it plain and clear. The notion that a person of Muslim descent are all bad is scary for a nation that is a melting pot of many cultures. The people in Kings County need to visit other areas of the US to see that we are many and of different backgrounds.

    February 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  32. Cindy

    UMM...am I mistaken or haven't we seen this post before..just askin! LOL

    A lot of people disagree with Obama about his moral choices...even on the Dem side. He does lean way far to the left on those issues. So it doesn't shock me that some dems decided not to vote for him because of that.

    It is funny though that poor Gary was once again shut out by a community! The poor man always gets the door shut in his face! LOL I'm glad though that some people talked to him seeing that he is the nicest person at CNN!

    Cindy..Ga.

    February 3, 2009 at 1:29 pm |