February 5th, 2008
09:39 PM ET
10 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. Judy

    Go Hillary.

    February 5, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Brandy, NJ

    To say that you would not support a democratic candidate, if you are a democrat, if your first choice candidate does not get the nomination, and to go as far as to say that you would just vote republican MEANS THAT YOU WEREN'T A DEMOCRAT TO BEGIN WITH.

    Clinton today.
    Obama tomorrow.
    Think ahead dems.

    If my first choice candidate does not get the nomination I will certainly support Obama.

    I believe in financially supporting the education system, end the war and bringing home our brave troops, supporting and renovating the healthcare system, upholding roe v. wade, not having a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

    These core beliefs, and others, are apart of the democratic party. Just because your first choice candidate does not get the nomination is not a reason to abandon the party.

    Use your heads.

    February 5, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Obama's kumbaya rhetoric will not get it done at the end of the day. You can say you want "change" and "hope" all you want, but politics is not a game of tiddlywinks. Obama has had very VERY weak opponents prior to the presidential campaign, and to be brutally honest, I don't think he has the survival skills Washington will require (the skills change depending on which end of Pennsylvania Avenue you are on...and Senate survival is NOT in the same league as Presidential survival). His Senate record puts him to the left of Harry Reid, regardless of how he and David Axelrod spin it. McCain BEGGED him to be part of the Gang of 14 (which was an expression of the bipartisanship he says he can do), but Obama said "no thanks". Who's the REAL bipartisan....hmm, I'm thinking McCAIN and not the stuffed suit from Hyde Park.

    February 5, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Dana

    Just because Obama has been a senator for 4 years does not make him presidential material. That's like the guy that read a book on flying and then tried to fly a plane.

    February 5, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Mary

    Obama is a hyped-up Oprah blow-up. Clinton has mettle. And in answer to the question, does race trump gender or does gender trump race – it's gender – these males just can't give up the control, can they? You go girl – Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. m. chan

    As a Canadian watching your political process and your lopsided coverage of the candidates, it seems profoundly discouraging to see uneven commenting reflected by your analysts and commentators.

    Watching objectively from north of the border, many of my friends, business colleagues and family cannot believe that when presented with the opportunity to elect a leader who is as capable, competent, accountable for her actions, as exceedingly smart and accomplished, and as extremely effective, strong and steadfast as Hilary Clinton, your country could possibly want to encourage the "flavour of the year" candidate named Barack Obama.

    I hope before the end of Super Tuesday and beyond, that your democratic delegates and your country as a whole vote for the SMART CHANGE and vote for Hilary Clinton.

    If your country wants to allow your citizens to have Universal healthcare – where no one has to go bankrupt trying to save their children, spouses, family or themselves from sickness by getting the medical care they deserve – then America needs to vote for Hillary Clinton. If your country wants vote for someone who can achieve thoughtful change that will lead to a better, more prosperous tomorrow and will want to focus on keeping your homeland safe and successful, you need to vote for Hillary Clinton.

    And if your country wants to vote for a nice guy who is backed by Actors and ex-candidates who ran for presidency but never got elected (managing to loose to Gorge W Bush twice), then you will get what you deserve with be staying in a state of deficit and danger if you Barack Obama. Can America afford to allow your country to be Barack's testing ground to see how effective he can be?

    We up north will cross our fingers and have some hope and faith that most Americans will wake up and smell the reality that is you country and elect the person best suited to fix your broken America.

    February 5, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. just the facts

    CBS is putting on the unbias show. Democrates will unite and drive the BUSH gaurd out.. McCain had zero economic plan, nor does he have a plan to balance the budget in this country. The war will work its way out in safe conclusion, non issue. Internal concerns are the real issue.

    February 5, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. Carol

    CNN just cannot give Hillary the kudos she deserves. She is winning with real campaigning. I'm not voting for her because she is white, I am voting for her because she is brillianttttttt!

    February 5, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. James Recto

    It's been pretty quite out there. I don't hear too much from CLINTON haters.
    That's a sign that Democracy is actually working NOW! I see a FLIP FLOP from OBAMA supporters here very soon! GO HILLARY and RESTORE OUR AMERICAN DREAMS THAT WAS STOLEN AWAY FROM US BY THE REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION!

    February 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Vic

    Someone mentions that Hillary will owe a lot of people with her win tonight. One thing's for sure - and it's a rah! rah! - she doesn't owe Teddy Kennedy and the others who followed him around. To be sure, the Kennedy legacy has slipped somewhat with daughter Caroline's endorsements and stumpings. But we'll never forget John F. Kennedy, who we think would have abhored his progeny running around cheering one particular Democratic candidate over others. He would have been true first to his party above all, whether it was represented by Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

    So it's on to the next primaries with lots of luck and best wishes for Hillary Clinton for President.

    February 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Abe

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!

    shes doing great tonight

    Perhaps Obama is not drawing as many republicans as he said

    February 5, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. irma

    John Smith; none of the data supports your statement. In fact it is the opposite, the Republicans (id as independents) are voting for Obama. Remember, he's the uniter of apparently Republicans.

    February 5, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. jeff

    is time on obama's side? a campaign with so much fluff is susceptible to time my friend, and he has a lot of fluff in his promulgations.

    He is snooty partly because he knows he is playing fast and loose with inspirational phraseology.

    February 5, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Mike

    The mail vote appears to be breaking strongly for Obama in ND, ID, CO, KS, UT, etc. Schneider needs to look at this closer.

    February 5, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    uhh...I think that race, religion, gender, are all stupid reasons for choosing or not choosing a candidate.. for the record, many candidates that were thought to be weak candidates became pretty good presidents. (Harry Truman was thought to be weak (""inexperienced") but I think he did a pretty good job, especially considering he was the President after FDR, those are some big shoes to fill.) Having said all that, we should all keep in mind, that the candidate that wins, usually doesn't do all the things they planned to do anyways. Your lucky if they even suggest it to the congress so that they can say "at least I tried".

    February 5, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  16. Mark

    Yea, I won the state where my philandering husband was a long-time Governor and a few neighbors!!!! What a role model for young women!

    Gag me.

    This thing is far from over.

    February 5, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. PennSpeak

    To Brandy NJ

    I am a Dem for 40 years. If I were a Republican, I wouldn't have voted for Bush the 2nd time around. As we all know, he is both an awful individual and an awful President.

    In other words, irregardless of my party affiliation, I try to vote the right individual for the job. For me it's not Obama, but yes I'm still a Dem, so...Go Hillary and Go away Obama !!!

    And if Obama wins...then Go McCain, or Go Romney, or Go Huckabee!

    February 5, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  18. jennyp

    I just left the caucus in LaPlata County in Durango, Colorado, and I am a Obama supporter. So far we are sweeping the county, in some precincts taking all the delegates, in some taking 90%. If that is the way it is across the state, I bet Obama will take Colorado too!

    February 5, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Felicia

    WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. This is shaping up to be a very exciting race. We are making history. Either Democratic candidate I think would make a better President than any of the republician candidates.

    February 5, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. ha

    so someone mentioned that the reason clinton won those states is because of "campaigning". really? i live in a red state (that went to obama by a heavy margin, btw) and i received NO phone calls from her campaign. she had one tired old commercial on tv. she didn't make any trips here. on the flip side, obama came here at least twice in the past two months, had volunteers who called at least three times, and put a variety of commercials (granted, he had the support of two prominent politicians here, so it was a good mix-up). the bottom line: clinton only cares about the big states or the states comprised of groups that tend to favor her. obama has a good plan, to treat all of America with at least some dignity. i feel clinton has taken a lazy approach and only campaigns in places where she can win, but once she realizes that she doesn't have an advantage, she doesn't fight for it. obama has come from behind pretty much everywhere and he fought for it. he didn't have the luxury of having states that had established support from previous elections like hillary did. and he utilized the college students who were absolutely dedicated to the cause. it was AMAZING.

    February 5, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Benjamin

    Hillary can destroy any Republican candidate. All she has to do is point out the last 8 years...

    ...and if that fails, loop a tape of McCain singing "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran."

    February 5, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. umcanes800@yahoo.com

    So...because Hillary beat another democrat in a democratic primary she will win a republican state? Was no one supposed to win? Turns out 1+1 DOES equal 4 1/2. I'm not an Obama fan, but I think this might be the stupidest thing a camp has said yet

    February 5, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  23. An Arkie

    Arkansas heavy Republican? WHAT? Since when... geez you produce one Republican into the national arena.. one.. and wham tarnished forever.

    February 5, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. Mr. T

    Obama is cleaning the red states: Georga, Alabama, Kansas, Utah, Colorado and North Dakota.

    Clinton: OK and Arkansas

    February 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. rightnow

    ........umm, i think Felicia needs to go back to Math 101.......
    seems the fluff has hit the proverbial FAN!!!!.......way to go Hillary!!!!

    February 5, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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