February 5th, 2008
09:39 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton campaign trumpets wins in red state

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pointing to her victories in the Republican-heavy states of Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma as proof she can win in areas far from the coasts. “With these first two victories, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated that she can compete and win in red states,” read a Tuesday night campaign statement.

The Obama campaign has pointed to its major endorsement haul from Democratic elected officials in majority-Republican states.

Sen. Clinton spent many years as Arkansas’ first lady. Tennessee allows Democrats, Republicans and Independents to vote in its Democratic primary, but according to CNN’s exit poll, Obama actually scored marginally higher than Clinton among independents who chose to vote in the Tennessee primary (CNN did not poll Republican voters in the Democratic primary).

Oklahoma, for its part, has a “closed” Democratic primary, meaning that only registered Democrats can vote; so there’s no way to know what choice Oklahoma’s registered Republicans would make.

– CNN Political Producer Alan Isenberg


Filed under: Arkansas • Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Oklahoma • Tennessee
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. chris

    its nice to hear about clinton victories, but to be realistic, she probably won't win the states in a general election

    February 5, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Canadian Cate

    Didn't CNN say that whoever wins Missouri – is a good indication as it's the "bell weather" state for predicting President's – hmmm wonder if they will FLIP FLOP or not mention that once Hillary wins Missouri!

    February 5, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Honkintodashin

    Hillary owes too many people favors..... she cant even do what she wants.

    February 5, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. NORVEF

    CONGRATS TO SEN. CLINTON , BUT I AM FOR OBAMA!

    AND IF SHE GET THE TO WIN THE DEM. NOMINATION I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN.

    February 5, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. DemFan

    Trumping Wins already? The night is not over. Delegates, Delagates, Delagates.

    February 5, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Ron

    Dem for 40 years if Obama wins nom will vote Rep

    February 5, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. John Smith

    Indeed, Kerry won most of these states. But let us wait and see when the Republicans begin to turn their attention to the Clintons!!!

    It is even my understanding that the Republicans are sending WOMEN out there to VOTE for Hillary!!

    Does any DEM really believe that any REPUBLICAN voting fot Hillary TODAY will vote for her in the nationl? Keep on DREAMING Dems!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Republican

    Welcome to the Liberal States of America.

    February 5, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Russell

    Umm...Obama is winning just as many southern states.

    February 5, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. BOB

    LOL..EXCELLENT POINT CANADIAN CATE..

    YES CNN SAID WHOEVER WINS MISSOURI IS A GOOD PREDICTION FOR

    PRESIDENT

    LETS SEE IF CNN FLIP FLOPS

    HILLARY 08 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BRING ON THE FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Jim J (Giants Fan!!!)

    There was so much talk about antcipated turn-out being well above average but no reporting on national levels (albiet not all but...)

    February 5, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Justin

    Ok. They are red states, but they are not REPUBLICANS VOTING IN THOSE RED STATES THEY ARE DEMOCRATS... Just because she wins a DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY... DOES NOT MEAN SHE CAN WIN A REPUBLICAN PARTY WHEN REPUBLICANS ACTUALLY VOTE IN A GENERAL ELECTION.........

    February 5, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I knew the voters would see the front runner. Experience is the key and the word change is just an idea, Hillary can handle the opposition, so let's give credit to Sen. HIllary. Go HIllary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. beno

    uh..... helo? she won a democratic primary. how in the world can that be construed to mean she can compete with republicans there? she has not a chance.

    February 5, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. ThomasKennedy

    Hillary! Hillary Hillary!

    Hey, but the night is still young people.

    February 5, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. dax23

    She will eat, chew and spit out the republicans.....inspite of everything people have to say abt Bill!

    February 5, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Pat

    HRC takes EAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. alto

    Kennedy, Kerry and Patrick might want to polish their resumes. Not only did they choose the wrong candidate, it's their timing that people won't forget.

    Yea Clinton!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. Brandy, NJ

    Finally a positive blog for Hillary.

    Clinton today.
    Obama tomorrow.
    Think ahead dems.

    The internal organs of the nation need fixed; healthcare, education, social security, infrastructure, poverty-poor-homeless, etc. Fixing our own country is top priority.

    Unless you are changing out all of congress – the people who actually introduce legislation and who actually vote on legislation. Then Obama will not be helpful. It takes a politican to fight politicians. There will be a lot of fights when trying to repair the many of the issues in the US.

    Obama has a lot of inspirational rhetoric. But he is too freshman to have an understanding of the nations issues and what options are available to him to fix it. If he doesn't have that first had information – it makes him a powerless president. Hillary – as much as you might like to hate her – she has the fight to use the bully pullpit to make things happen in congress.

    Obama backed down quickly from strong legislation that he drafted and then took money from those same people he was attempting to regulate. He's just too freshman to go up against washington powers and special interests.

    You can have 16 years of dems. Or 4-8 years of dems. Hillary today. Obama tomorrow. Think ahead dems. A more educated and knowledgable Obama in eight years after Clinton takes 8 years to fix major issues.

    February 5, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. manny

    Senator Hillary Clinton, has the experience, and the back-up of her husband Bill Clinton, she was two terms in the White House, as the first lady, she is an excellent attorney, senator and she wants to have a big change in the direction of our countrty, no more republicans, enough with the BUSH MAFIA.

    I hope she wins the elections, we need to give the chance to a woman, to prove her political experience.

    February 5, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Pat

    LATINOS FOR HILLARY

    February 5, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Martin

    Of course Hillary is going to win the Red States votes, she might as well be a Republican anyway.

    February 5, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. goofus

    alto got it right, if HRC win the nomination theres going to be a lot of democrats polishing up their resumes. All the down ticket dem's are shaking in their boots.

    February 5, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. BOB

    OBAMA AND ROMNEY

    MONEY DOESNT BUY VOTES!!!!

    GO HILLARY 08 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Jim J (Giants Fan!!!)

    1000 total people voted in west virginia.. is that a JOKE

    February 5, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
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