February 14th, 2008
05:16 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton wins New Mexico Democratic caucuses

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton has won the February 5 Democratic presidential caucuses in New Mexico, the state party chairman announced Thursday after a count delayed by a large number of provisional ballots.

Clinton, the senator from New York and former first lady, edged out Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois by about 2,000 votes out of the nearly 150,000 cast, New Mexico Democratic Chairman Brian Colon announced nine days after the contest.

The final tally was given as 73,105, or about 49 percent, for Clinton and 71,396, or 48 percent, for Obama.

"With these two Democratic candidates, we had in New Mexico the largest voter turnout in decades," Colon said.

New Mexico is the last of two dozen states that held primaries or caucuses on "Super Tuesday" to complete its count. Colon said the results were delayed as election officials sorted through 17,000 provisional ballots cast during the contest to determine which ones were valid.

Provisional ballots were cast by people whose names did not appear on lists of eligible voters. More than 200 volunteers slogged through the stack of ballots, about half of which were eventually certified, Colon said.

(updated 6 p.m. ET with additional information)


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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Alex from NYC

    73,000 to 71,000, good run for each candidate. Looks like they will each game the same # of delegates.

    February 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. OBAMA4EVER

    it's a caucus...remember according to her and slick willie...caucuses don't count

    February 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Puck

    Wow. Close one. Enjoy your delegate.

    February 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. LatinoNation

    It is about time my gosh!! thats another in Hillarys corner :)

    February 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. justin

    this doesn't count remember? it's a caucus.

    February 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Jean in California

    Big deal, that's old news and the delegate counts get split evenly anyway.

    February 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. SlapStick, Florida

    As long as it took them. Are they sure that they understood their expectations. What perfect timing (rolling eyes). Who paid someone off? 9 days. This just does not sound right and then ballot boxes were at some of the officials houses.

    February 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. indepependat voter

    Finally some momentum for clinton....that said if this is as good as it gets for her as far as celbrating shes in trouble

    February 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Jen, NYC, NY

    Nine days late makes NM irrelevant.

    February 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Jerry Tsai

    And historians will note it was the last Presidential contest that Senator Clinton ever won...

    February 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. carlo

    Let's see her berate New Mexico's caucus goers, and say what they don't represent.

    February 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Dan, NJ

    Thought the Clintons said caucuses don't matter?

    February 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. jg

    Thankfully caucuses don't really represent the true electorate.
    ...

    February 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Mary

    And why don't we have blaring headlines stating that she did. oh wait.... she's not obama
    and why don't we have a headline that she is stealing Obama's base .. Caucus goers??

    oh right.... OBAMA

    silly me and here I thought you reported the news.
    Hey wait on another news channel they are showing Obama going to a hanna montana concert. now that's news

    February 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. BobW

    Wow! She netted 1 whole delegate! I bet she spins into the winning the Presidency. Oh, but wait...it was a caucus state so does it really count?

    February 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. AD in CA

    1709 votes?? Wow...cutting close! Can anyone explain to me how they divy up the delegates on a close race like this? What's the precentage? I'll be checking back. Thanks.

    February 14, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Jules

    Well, since she thinks these are all just activists and not a true reflection of the electorate, I guess it won't mean much to her. Obama's supporters appreciate your support New Mexico, even when we come in second! Thank you!

    February 14, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. kris from Co

    Way to go Hillary!!!! Another purple state in your column:)

    February 14, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Dave, Milwaukee WI

    Will Hillary remain consistent and not mention this? She has repeatedly downplayed caucuses since she thinks only "activists" attend these things.

    February 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. tomdavie

    Congrats to Senator Clinton. I am highly amazed that you were allowed to win any Caucucs's at all.

    February 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Marcelo

    As a newly minted New Mexican, I'm so glad Obama faired so well here in New Mexico. This state was expected to be Hillary's and the fact that Obama was able to come within 1800 votes, is a great accomplishment. I would like to see NM to increase our efficiency in counting the votes. =)

    February 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. grace

    correct me if i'm wrong: since clinton won, that means there are no "activists" in new mexico and it has now been elevated to a state worthy of her highness.

    February 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. AJ, IL

    After a week of waiting, this caucus result is immaterial, because they will split the delegates with such a close margin. This result may give the Hillary camp a small "emotional" boost. Now Hillary has 11wins to Obama's 23 wins!

    Obama in 08!

    February 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. jude

    i cannot believe the autheticity of that result. is it because the momentum is now for Obama and they released the result now in a bid to slow him down. this has no significance. Obama will still win Texas, Ohio and the rest of the states to hold contest.

    i will not vote for Hillary clinton if she wins democrat nominee

    Obama"08

    February 14, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Vikki, Tennessee

    Way to go New Mexico!

    HILLARY '08!!!!

    February 14, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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