Clinton And Obama: 24-State Wrap

Posted on February 6, 2008

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Super Tuesday was supposed to be the day Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination.

It didn’t happen.

Clinton held on to win California, the grand prize in Super Tuesday’s voting. She also scored key victories in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and won easily in New York and Arkansas.

But Barack Obama won more states, 14-8.

Obama showed strength throughout the country, winning in Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, Minnesota, and Colorado, in addition to a decisive 64% to 33% victory in Illinois, the state he represents in the U.S. Senate.

In the heart of the nation, Obama won cliffhangers after midnight in Missouri and New Mexico by one-percentage over Clinton, 49%-48% in both states.

Hillary Clinton maintains a thin lead in convention delegates, but Barack Obama is closing fast on the outside.

Let’s roll the numbers on the 17 primary states:

LATE RESULTS FROM WESTERN STATES

  • CALIFORNIA Clinton 52 % Obama, 42 %
  • ARIZONA Clinton 51 % – Obama, 42 %
  • NEW MEXICO Obama, 49 % – Clinton, 48 %

NORTHEASTERN STATES

  • NEW YORK Clinton, 57 % – Obama, 40 %
  • MASSACHUSETTS Clinton 56 % – Obama 41 % (Sen. Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama didn’t help in Kennedy’s own state. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino delivered for Clinton.)
  • CONNECTICUT Obama, 50 % – Clinton 47 %
  • NEW JERSEY Clinton, 54 % – Obama, 44 %
THE SOUTH
  • GEORGIA Obama 66 % – Clinton, 31 %
  • ALABAMA Obama, 56 % – Clinton, 42 %
  • TENNESSEE Clinton, 54 % – Obama, 41 %
  • ARKANSAS Clinton, 69 % – Obama, 27 %

THE HEARTLAND

  • ILLINOIS Obama, 64 % – Clinton, 33 %
  • MISSOURI Obama, 49 % – Clinton, 48 % (with 99% of the vote counted)
  • KANSAS Obama, 74 % – Clinton, 26 %
  • OKLAHOMA Clinton, 55 % – Obama, 31 %
  • UTAH Obama, 56 %, Clinton, 40 %
  • IDAHO Obama, 80 % – Clinton, 16 %

THE CAUCUS STATES

  • MINNESOTA Obama 67% – Clinton, 32 %
  • NORTH DAKOTA Obama 61 % – Clinton 37 %
  • MONTANA (Republican caucus only, Democrats vote later)
  • COLORADO Obama, 67 % – Clinton, 32 %
  • DELAWARE Obama, 53 % – Clinton, 42 %
  • ALASKA Obama, 72 % – Clinton, 27 %
  • WEST VIRGINIA (Republican convention only, Democrats vote later)

Before Super Tuesday, the candidates had been tied at two, with Obama winning the Iowa caucuses and the South Carolina primary, and Clinton winning the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses.

The Associated Press reported Clinton with 845 convention delegates after Super Tuesday, and Obama with 765 delegates. A candidate would need 2,025 delegates to clinch the nomination.

Next week at this time, we’ll know the results of the Feb. 12 primaries in Maryland, Virginia and D.C., the so-called Potomac Primary.

CNBC, CNN, and the Web sites of The Washington Post and The New York Times were among the sources for this report.

– Bernie Hayden

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