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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  1. Darryl from Arlington Texas

    Wow, the power of the Clinton.

    Boy this is sad day for New Mexico

    February 14, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. rich

    Did everyone get a load of that tool windbag from new mexico who took forever to announce the results? Geez that's enough for anyone to switch parties....and I'm a life long Dem!

    February 14, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Brian

    Wow I can't believe CNN even reported this, this site is so up Obama's butt. Fair media coverage is out the door apparently. And the funny thing is that all these so-called commentators have their degrees in journalism, not government, political science, or history. What the heck do they know? They had probably never even heard of Barack Obama 4 months ago.

    February 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. BETH

    YES! NEXT UP TEXAS AND PENN AND OHIO! PARAYING FOR YOU! DONATING TO YOU! CALLING THE DNC AND DFA TO SEAT THE VOTERS THAT TOOK THE TIME TO VOTE FOR YOU! I LOVE YOU.

    February 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Hans Sisneros

    Much to my dismay, I suggest the whole thing be recounted because I am sure many dead and illegal people voted while the legals got denied their chance to vote.

    February 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. An Agnostic Democrat

    Wow! She needs more of a split than that to make up any ground she's lost since then.

    February 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Larry

    I love that CNN relegates this news to a ticker. If Obama won NH, I'm sure you'd see it on the front page "Prolonged count results in OBAMA WIN".

    The polls coming out of PA and OH have Clinton currently ahead by a comfortable margin, and while CNN is not the only outlet that appears to be keeping quiet on the matter, it's nonetheless quite unfortunate.

    I really just have to wonder what's on the mind of those deciding what's "news" nowaday. Because the more I follow this race, the more I feel that what the people get a chance to hear is so filtered and distorted (or ignored) that we're not actually being informed, but rather manipulated.

    And THIS is coming from someone who likes Obama a great deal.

    February 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Joseph

    Hillary Clinton ambition of being president will lead to so much lying and cheating. They stole that vote for her just one thing to governor Richardson you are done you finish. Neither you nor your son will ever be governor again in New Mexico. It's so obvious that Hillary Clinton is ready to do anything including inviting governors and senators over for a super bowl just to talk about how to manipulate people and votes. Hillary Clinton and Bill are not trusworthy, not any diffferent than Bush. They don't deserve to be in the White House for another 4 years so they can continue to ship jobs overseas and trash the white house over and over again it is so disgraceful shame on New Mexico and governor Richardson.

    February 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Observer, Jacksonville, FL

    CNN, this is nothing new! You had already counted New Mexico as a win for Hillary Clinton on February 5th. You had reported that Hillary had won 9 states (which included New Mexico). Please report on something new, like the more recent Obama wins and increasing momentum.

    February 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Suzanne

    HILLARY CLINTON ALL THE WAY!!! SHE'S NOT OUT OF THE RACE YET FOR ALL YOU REPORTERS THAT SEEM TO THINK THIS IS THE END OF HER CAMPAIGN...HOPEFULLY THE REST OF THE STATES THAT ARE LEFT WILL WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS MAN THAT THE NEWS MEDIA HAS PUT ON SOME KIND OF PEDESTAL...SUCH AS WHY DOESN'T HE WANT TO DEBATE HILLARY????? DOESN'T THAT SEND SOME KIND OF RED FLAG UP...BECAUSE IT DOES ME...I WANT TO WHY DON'T YOU?? WHAT'S HE SCARED OF?????

    February 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Jon

    this caucus was hamstrung by potential voter fraud and definite voter disenfranchisement. Thousands of voters left after waiting in line for upwards to 3 hours because the NM Dem Party did not have enough polling locations and ballots. In one large town, Rio Grande, they had ONE polling location.

    Moreover, in Rio Ariba County, apparently the ballot boxes stayed over night , unlocked, in the home of one of Clinton's biggest supporters, a State Senator. Rio Ariba County is notorious for voter fraud throughout the years – some officials are apparently under indictment right now.

    February 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Maksym

    Not to overestimate the victory, she won only 2 extra delegates, and the last time I checked, this was not a significant number.

    Obama, 08.

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. TrueDemocrat

    I know CNN and the Republicans would rather have an all-out fight. However, be it Hillary or Obama, Democrats will rally behind whoever wins.

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. C

    I see once gain, that any positive new for Hillary becomes a small blurb, downplayed by "oh, but she only won one more delegate" unlike all of senator Obama's wins (and the banner that appears with his picture at the top of the screen when he does...)
    Please try harder to offer objective reporting!

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. LL from NC

    I would love to see Bill Richardson endorse Hillary. He certainly knows that experience DOES matter in the highest office. It does not come with training wheels.

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. M.E.M FROM KANSAS CITY

    A day late a dollar short.We will take our delegates Thank You. OBAMA 08

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Matt Scott

    Yeah but they have a small population and it was a caucus so they don't matter...oh wait Hillary won so never mind.

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Fareed

    Clinton wins New Mexico; are you sure?

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Obi

    why is this even news? 9 days to count ballots?!?! whats so important about NM anyway that they had to count and recount votes?!?!
    and it only made a difference of 2 delegates between them. but what irked me the most was the guy annoucing it, took like 10 mins plugging nonsense instead of telling us what we were there to hear.

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. kab

    Congratulations Hillary..is not that what you want
    Now stop being so negative and harm the party...you can do anything to win....

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. ralph tyler

    Some people who have visited me in Santa Fe over the years didn't know that New Mexico was in the USA. I'm not so sure myself, sometimes.

    February 14, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Al

    Woot!!! GO HILLARY!

    Thank you New Mexico! Now Gov. Richardson should add this story as to why he should endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton :)

    February 14, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. SB

    LOL that is such a crock...

    Two words-

    Bill Richardson.

    February 14, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Trevor

    Wake up American look an see what is going on in NM- if you spend a night and watch the superball game with the Leader of the State your wife could win the election...!
    Look for more of the Clintons... they will stop at nothing to win!

    February 14, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Dee

    Hey....this state suddenly gonna count for Hillary...remember caucus are run by activists.....But New Mexico is different coz Hillary won...what a sore loser she is!!!

    February 14, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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