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. Judy

    I don't get it! Why are women so quick to sell other women out. Have we as women sunk so low that we can't imagine ever having a viable candidate (a women) without a man proping her up? If Hillary was not marry to Bill her name would not be on the ticket at all! None of the male candidates are running based on the wives (remember McCain's spouse???) What is going on with us women.

    Hillary put up $5 million of her own money- how could she possibly understand what a person who makes less than 50,000 go through on a day to day basis. Be real!

    Wake up people you are voting for Bill Clinton not Hillary, just admit it.

    February 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Anna Sacramento, Ca

    You all should just stop this nonsense, when did democrats or even independents become so vicious, I thought the republicans had the market on political bashing, come November we will need to come together if we do not want more of what we have now. We can all have opinions and we all have a vote. I am happy to see that so many are FINALLY engaged, and hope that the ones commenting here are not people who just sat back for the past eight years . Hillary or Obama is better than Mc Cain or worse Huckabee and if this does not stop that is who we will have in the White House one of those canidates. I will be quite pleased if ANY democrat wins the White House!

    February 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. WH DC

    Individual voting in a primary works best because it's not public. Also, only registered democrats and registered republicans should vote in their respective primaries. Undecided or independent voters should either produce a candidate or wait until the General Election in November. Caucuses can easily pursuade some people to follow the crowd without reason.

    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Nikhil, Florida




    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Reality Check

    Hillary can't even unite the Democratic party, much less bring this country back together after 8 years of the bush divide.

    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Avenue C

    Go Senator Clinton. Substance over FLUFF, and a can of worms about to get opened at any moment!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Independent in DC

    Doesn't change the delegate count.

    February 14, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Theresa

    I'm not African American but if I were I'd consider switching parties in large numbers if I were them if Barak Obama doesn't get the nomination. After all, Hillary and Bill have made it clear to my ears that she's written them off. They vote in huge numbers and can gain influence and a respectful ear I'm sure from the Republican party. They've switched parties before and now doesn't look like a bad time to me at all for them to consider switching with Senator McClain as the nominee. I'm sure that he would consider them valid during this upcoming race even if Senator Clinton and husband don't. I knew the Dems would find a way to blow what looked like a gift campaign.

    February 14, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Obamian

    So, what!!! this is an effort trying to steal obama"s big MO!!! Mission unaccomplished!!! we the people want change, "CHANGE" the people have spoken so Deal with it!!

    February 14, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Francis Poka

    I think the red states that Sen. Obama won don't really count. Hillary will win OH, PA and PA and seal the nomination,

    February 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Church Lady

    Well, isn't that special......

    February 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Trading Wine for Beer

    You guys are all idiots CNN (and those of you who are bashing Hillary for this "caucus win")...

    New Mexico was a primary, not a caucus... Hence "counting ballots". Duh!

    So, no, I do not believe Hillary will be eating her words about caucuses.

    February 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Kat

    She isn't going to win Ohio. Obama is going to win that state. Who wants to see her husband Bill back in the Oral Office again?

    February 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Greta From New Hampshire

    Thank you NEW MEXICO!! Thank you to all the people who took the time to make sure all the votes were counted correctly. I just wish the above comments would stay positive and comment only on the issues that matter for this country. If these people could only focus on making a difference positively, instead of vicious name calling and being hurtful to others.


    February 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. brenda

    these people can't be democrats. I have never heard such hate from one of us. Reserve this for republicans. We will need as all this to go against them . don't you remember what they did to John Kerry?

    February 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. krister

    R in SF:

    Obama won by 689 votes in Maine, not by 300. More importantly, he won by a margin of 19%.

    February 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Gavin



    We are tired of speeches and litany, WE NEED YOU FOR THE FIXES THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS.

    One win in the soon-to-come STRING

    Yes We WILL !!!
    Hillary 08

    February 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. California Voter

    Both McCain and Clinton made the same comments regarding caucuses. Personally, I would do away with them. There's too much room for hankie pankie and usually the numbers that vote are about 10 percent of the registered voters. Folks, not many people are making decisions for a lot the the voters in those states. Did you watch the caucus voting in Nevada at the casinos? You had a room with union bosses watching you vote. If that is not intimidation, I don't know what is.
    I think Obama's campaign played the caucus states with great mastery. And yes, caucuses are for activists.

    With that said I congratulate Hillary on her win in New Mexico, particularly since it is a caucus state and that's been Obama's bread and butter.

    February 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Obamacan

    Finally...it is about time she won....somthing. lol

    February 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. O8

    She does not care about small states, or caucas Hellloo
    and what is this 1 % margin?>??

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

    waooo that is a big win????? mmmm
    who is writing this articles?

    and also there are three or four people here who write in the blog _ they are the same 3 or 4 cheering for Billary Dynasty but under several nick names.. mmm one has to wonder is thigs going on with the votes as well..............

    February 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Peter Obama08!

    Hillary I prefer you don't tear each other apart now, it won't help you. Obama need you in his quest for the whitehouse. Even though you have no more to offer the country, you surely can play a part in his cabinet as vice or other position.
    As for me, I see the race coming to an end, please join Obama . Hillary knew the guy is very good, but because she needs the presidency despirately she wants to go negative.
    Please don't because it will hurt you and hurt the party.
    Be a wise lady!!!

    February 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Susie

    Congratulations to the winning candidate. Substance will prevail.
    Clinton '08

    February 14, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Michael

    1% victory in New Mexico? Not looking good for her in Texas.

    February 14, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Ruth

    Folks are really reckless with their words....
    I wish Hillery the best of luck in her campaign,
    I hope it turn's out just as she planned!!!


    February 14, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. Fran

    The Clinton machine grossly underestimated Barack Obama. They thought Hillary's nomination was going to be a cake walk. What they failed to realize was the fact that Obama was a community organizer in Chicago and he has organized one hell of a campaign that has the Clintons back on their heels. Hillary keeps saying that Obama's speaches won't put food on your table nor gas in your car. Well has any of her speeches put any food on anyone's table or gas in their car? If she has 35 years of experience just what has she accomplished in those 35 years? If she has 35 years of experience and the country is in the mess that it is in her 35 years of experience has helped create this mess. No more Clintons. All they do is use you until they get what they want and then they have no more use for you.

    February 14, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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