February 9th, 2008
10:56 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton raises $10 million since Super Tuesday

Sen. Clinton's campaign says that its cash crunch has been relieved by recent donations.
Sen. Clinton's campaign says that its cash crunch has been relieved by recent donations.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton raised over $10 million from 100,000 donors since the February 5 Super Tuesday contests, her campaign announced Saturday, as Democratic voters in three states and the Virgin Islands weighed in on the presidential race.

In a conference call earlier this week, Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe suggested that reports the New York senator had decided to loan herself $5 million in January were the chief reason for the recent fundraising boost, saying many donors had been unaware the campaign was facing a cash crunch.

He also said Clinton’s entire staff was receiving their full salaries, following reports some senior staffers had voluntarily offered to forgo pay for a month.

After the cash influx, the campaign began to air television ads in Nebraska and Washington State, which votes tonight, and Maine, where voters weigh in tomorrow.

UPDATE: Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a Saturday statement that the Illinois senator's campaign had raised more in the month of February than the Clinton campaign had, though he did not reveal the exact amount.

He added that more than 350,000 donors had contributed to the Obama campaign so far this year.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
February 9th, 2008
10:54 PM ET
7 years ago

CNN projects Huckabee to win Louisiana Republican primary

(CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will win the Louisiana Republican primary, according to CNN projections.

With 98 percent of the vote counted, Huckebee garnered 44 percent to Arizona Sen. John McCain's 42 percent. CNN bases its projections on actual results and exit polls in areas where Huckabee is expected to do well.

But Huckabee won't get any convention delegates out of his win, according to CNN projections. Twenty delegates were at stake in Saturday's primary, but none will be allocated if no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote.

With both Huckabee and GOP frontrunner McCain falling short of the 50 percent mark, the 20 delegates will be allocated at next Saturday's Louisiana state GOP convention.


Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee
February 9th, 2008
10:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Wilder: Bill Clinton not forgiven for South Carolina salvo

Doug Wilder is backing Sen. Barack Obama.
Doug Wilder is backing Sen. Barack Obama.

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) – Doug Wilder, the nation’s first black governor and a prominent backer of Barack Obama, told reporters Saturday that Bill Clinton has not yet atoned for his attacks on the Illinois senator during the South Carolina primary.

“Barack Obama is not a fairy tale,” Wilder, now the mayor of Richmond, said before the state’s annual Jefferson Jackson dinner, where Clinton and Obama were set to speak later in the evening. “He is real, the real deal as some would say. He is not just a good speaker. Jesse Jackson is Jesse Jackson. Barack Obama is Barack Obama.”

Wilder remains an influential voice among African-Americans in Virginia and throughout the South. He appeared at a press conference before the fundraiser with Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, also an Obama supporter, and former Gov. Mark Warner, who is now running for Senate.

Wilder pointed to Obama’s overwhelming victory among black voters in the Georgia primary as evidence others shared his lingering resentment over the former president's remarks. “It’s not just me feeling that, any number of people feel that.”

“Talking on radio shows and talk shows, people are asking the very question you ask,” he said. “A time has come and a time goes. Mr. President has had his time.”

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Candidate Barack Obama • Virginia
February 9th, 2008
10:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Huckabee to speak at Falwell's church

Huckabee will speak at Thomas Road Baptist Church on Sunday.
Huckabee will speak at Thomas Road Baptist Church on Sunday.

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) - If it's Sunday in a primary state, it must be time to meet Mike Huckabee at your local church.

But the place of worship Huckabee is visiting tomorrow isn't just any old Baptist church.

His just-released schedule lists a 10:55 a.m. speaking appearance at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. Observers of the American evangelical movement will recognize the venue as the once-obscure 35-member congregation founded in 1956 by Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Before his death last May, Falwell transformed Thomas Road into a thriving megachurch and the cornerstone of his influential network of Christian conservatives, headquartered in Lynchburg.

Though John McCain and Falwell made public amends in 2006 after McCain had famously labeled him and Pat Robertson "agents of intolerance," Falwell's family members have not endorsed any Republican presidential hopeful. (Falwell's son Jonathan said he had spoken to McCain on the phone in recent days, but was not ready to endorse him.)

Though McCain remains the favorite to win the Virginia primary on Tuesday, Huckabee, the ordained Baptist preacher, will get a symbolic boost out of the appearance and is likely to get the sort of warm reception that has greeted him in pulpits around the country during his underdog presidential bid. An estimated one-third of Virginia primary voters call themselves evangelical Christians, according to the Washington Post.

Huckabee will also speak at a church in the Richmond suburbs late Sunday.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Virginia
February 9th, 2008
10:08 PM ET
7 years ago

CNN projects Obama wins Louisiana Democratic primary

Track the Louisiana Democratic primary results county-by-county by clicking here: Louisiana.


Filed under: Louisiana
February 9th, 2008
10:01 PM ET
February 9th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Turnout surges among Washington State Democrats

SEATTLE (CNN) - The Washington State Democratic Party is estimating turnout in the state this year was double what they saw in 2004.

One legislative district in N. Seattle saw a 150 percent increase in turnout over 2004, from 7,529 to 18,220. A district official told CNN that "this is the bluest part of America. If you want to know what blue looks like, we're it."

At one caucus Saturday, there was a festive feel. The vote took place in an elementary school filled with more than a thousand caucus-goers, some of whom brought their children to watch. On one side of the gym, teenagers sold muffins and brownies. An announcer on the public address system welcomed people, saying "this is democracy in action".

The caucus site organizer welcomed everyone by calling on them to end "the tragic and immoral war" and saying "we're all angry over the damage George Bush and Dick Cheney have done to our country." She asked those who were attending a caucus for the first time to raise their hands – that category included more than half the room.

The state party attributes high turnout to the Democratic desire to take back the White House, and sense that their voices can actually make a difference in this tight race.

Voters seemed to be locked in to their final choices – in the several caucuses we attended, we did not observe anyone switch sides. If they came in for Clinton or Obama, they stuck with their pick.

–CNN’s Jessica Yellin and Carey Bodenheimer


Filed under: Washington
February 9th, 2008
08:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Exit polls: Katrina victims more likely to back Obama

Sen. Obama enjoyed a bowl of gumbo -- with hot sauce-- in New Orleans Thursday.
Sen. Obama enjoyed a bowl of gumbo - with hot sauce– in New Orleans Thursday.

(CNN) - The more likely a Louisiana Democratic presidential primary voter was to have been affected by Hurricane Katrina, the more likely they were to support Democrat Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.

Among the 15 percent of voters who had been affected by the storm and said they had yet to recover, Obama had a 58 to 39 percent edge over Clinton. The 28 percent of voters who had been affected, but had since recovered, supported Obama by a slightly smaller margin, 54 to 43 percent. And the 55 percent who had not been affected at all by Hurricane Katrina supported Obama by the narrowest margin, 51 to 48 percent.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Exit Polls • Louisiana
February 9th, 2008
08:39 PM ET
7 years ago

CNN projects Obama wins Washington State

Track the Washington State Democratic caucus results county-by-county by clicking here: Washington.


Filed under: Washington
February 9th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Huckabee: 'It's called an election'

CNN
Watch Huckabee discuss his Kansas win with Wolf Blitzer.

(CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reiterated Saturday night that he will remain in the race for the Republican nomination until someone obtains the 1,191 delegates needed to become the GOP’s presidential nominee.

“People don’t want to be told who their president’s going to be,” Huckabee said when asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to explain his win in the GOP’s caucuses in Kansas Saturday. “And, in the Republican Party, people want to make a choice. They don’t want somebody else making that decision for them,” he added.

“There’s something going on out there, it’s called an election,” Huckabee said. The GOP underdog also told Blitzer that competition is a core principle of the Republican Party.

Related video: Analysis: Huckabee's Kansas win

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


Filed under: Kansas • Mike Huckabee
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