February 14th, 2008
05:16 PM ET
10 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. Republicrat

    Good to see a state highly organized and with its business in order... nawt!

    February 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. mb

    She "won" 49-48. Oh yes, it was a whuppin'.

    February 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Franky

    Alright Hillary, you won this one. You deserve it, you deserve it.

    February 14, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. DJ

    yeah, but it doesn't really count because its a small state and a caucus, right Hillary?

    February 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. catina

    please tell me why you all brushing this off she won but if hope man had one it would have been celebrated.

    February 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Leah DiMarco, TX

    With numbers that close they will SPILT the delegates.
    Since it was part of the Super Tuesday votes it won't bring much momentum for the Clinton team.

    We are Fired Up and Ready to Go down here in Texas!

    Obama '08/'12

    February 14, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. The Good Old 90's

    Hillary won by only 1,709 votes after weeks of counting to sort thru voting irregularities in New Mexico.

    That, and all the recent losses, just isn't a very good sign for Hillary. If the DNC goes against their own rules on Florida and Michigan or uses superdelegates to coronate Hillary their nominee, she can't win against McCain.

    Some of McCain's weapons will be the very history of the good old 90's that allowed terrorists threats to go unanswered until 9/11. During the 90's while Bill was in office these things made history:
    The 1993 World Trade Center bombing
    The 1995 Tokyo subway Sarin attack
    The 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing
    The 1996 Summer Olympics Bombing
    The 1996 & 1998 Osama Bin Laden Declared War on America
    The 1998 East African bombings
    The 1999 FALN terrorist pardons by Clinton (bombed NYC in 1982)
    The 2000 USS Cole bombing
    The 2000 Millennium bombing plot

    What confidence does that give you for our future security?

    February 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Offbeatrock

    It was Hillary who said just two days ago that caucus votes are managed by activists and do not represent popular vote, basically rubbishing Obama's caucus victories. Today, after her victory in New Mexico Caucus, we see her thanking New Mexico for their votes and support.

    How is New Mexico any different from rest of the caucuses. I am getting a little tired of Hillary's spin and distortion of facts. As Obama has said, people say just about anything to get elected.

    Is this the leadership we want ?

    February 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Virginia voter

    YES! Great to hear. Especially with all these negative articles, such as "Is Hillary's campaign eroding?" Gimme a break. Hillary is alilve and kickin and is the best democratic candidate for our country!

    February 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Beans

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ....so what? Old news? She won by a few votes...gonna take more than that to beat our man Barack!

    February 14, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Andrew Flockhart

    Let Michigan and Florida have a new caucas/primary date and let the people vote again. or split the delagate in half for Clinton and Obama. What not to do is let Clinton say she won and she gets them. If that happens I will not only vote for McCain I will donate time, money and whatever any little voice I have to defeat Hillary Clinton. And will never vote Democrat again untill the Clintons and their ilk have been driven from office. Although, that may not be much of a threat because if the thief of votes by Clinton would insure her general election defeat and the loss of a golden Democratic opportunity would cause the Clinton's and their Quislings to be given the metiforically equivalent of being tarred and feather and run out of town on a rail. Potentially causing a total split of the party.

    February 14, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Jerry

    congrats hillary. but 48% for obama. looks like he's cutting into the latino vote!
    obama o8

    February 14, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Fem from Knoxville, TN

    Wao!!! this is good news for Hillary, at least some activists and non democratic elements in the party are also voting for her.

    February 14, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. DEE COLE

    if I am not mistaken, JFK lost the popular vote in "49 and won
    the electoral vote...
    also, is it true that during a debate of both parties, that Obama
    did not place his hand over his heart when all others did during
    the national anthem? And he wants to lead a country he can't
    show respect for?

    February 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. melody, Snohomish, wa


    February 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Jackson White

    Excellent Hillary! I know the media, especially Obama's surrogate journalists will water down this important victory.

    February 14, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Friend from NJ

    Now,let's see...do you think that Hillary Clinton will dismiss this CAUCUSES State now that she won it?...
    "Caucuses don't represent the Electorate"...right?

    February 14, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Concerned Voter


    Now bring on Wisconsin, Texas and Ohio.

    February 14, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Stacy

    Congratulations to Sen. Clinton for a close and well-fought race. Unfortunately, this is too little, too late. The rest of the states see they can vote for Obama and vote for integrity, transparent government and working together to solve problems.

    February 14, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Reality

    The lead-in should be changed to "Barely Wins" or "Nominally Wins"

    February 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Hillary said that caucuses were for "activists". She eats her own words in New Mexico.

    What a two-faced politician

    February 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. NO to osama obama

    obama is going down

    February 14, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Charles Odiase

    Hillary will lose.

    February 14, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Liz in CA

    Who at CNN decided that 49 to 48 percentage is a "WIN" for Clinton? Talk about a technical win....and it certainly doesn't help her in her delegate count. And besides, doesn't she dislike caucus state decisions as not real? OBAMA 08!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. James ( Independent )

    Lisa ...........LOL..........She will be singing a different tune today , because she won. But the delegate count split , so it doesn't change anything. Plus the superdelegates are starting to jump ship now , and going to Obama.

    About 3 more weeks , and Clinton is done.

    February 14, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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