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. robert

    To all the obama lover that keep chanting YES WE CAN like they're in a cult. You have to realize YES SHE HAS. She's delivers on action. Empty promises, speeches and Hope doesn't put food on the table, gas in the tank or pay bills. Like President Fillmore said It's not uncommon for people to confuse Change with Progress. I have no doubt that Obama can bring change, But it won't be progress.

    February 14, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Samantha McCaskill

    CNN where's the big headline for Clinton winning New Mexico. If Obama had won, I'm sure it would be a big deal to the media. She is going to continue winning and she is here to stay!
    Hillary '08

    Atlanta, GA

    February 14, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. liz florida

    Obama move over! here comes Hillary. I am sick of Obamarama with his high school rallys and his long windy sermons. He says nothing of substance. If you want a preident that you can just feel good about then keep GW, wasn't he sold as the down to earth guy just like us that you can sit down and have a beer with? see where thay got us.


    February 14, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    go clinton stop obama

    February 14, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. Nancy in WA

    There were some states that Obama won that were very close. He won Alaska what a joke 400 people voted. Idaho less than 20,000 and there were quite a few more with less than 50,000 total votes for both. If Obama would have won NM all his supporters including the media would have chalked another up for him. It doesn't matter how close she won and that is the bottom line.

    February 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Don C.

    Allmost all race are close .....so what the BIG deal? I'm voting Hillary Clinton.

    Independent Voter...8)

    February 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. diane fouch

    Hillary is the only candidate that can fix the mess the republicans have created.Go Hillary

    February 14, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Michael

    Also, he probably hasn't congratulated her yet because it is Valentines Day and he is probably with his wife. I noticed they took the day off from campaigning.

    February 14, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Jon Cruz

    Ah, what a surprise! We have a story about a statewide victory by Senator Clinton, but here on Obama News Network, the front-page link is to a story about a single superdelegate changing his allegiance to the media-favored candidate. Shocker!

    February 14, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Congrats Hillary. I said it before and I will say it again. Two excellent candidates. Make your decision based on whose policies you like the most and who you think will be able to execute their policies. Stop bashing Obama, stop bashing Hillary. Let this play out and let the people vote. Go Democrats!

    February 14, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |

    its very nice to hear that hillary has won new mexico. because if it wasnt for msnbc
    on televison always talking about how much of a bully
    the clintons are when they start pointing out how week obama
    is on specifics and making it a race issue. hillary would have been
    way ahead in this election race. now its got me and many hispanics
    in the tri-state ct /pa/ ny /nj talking about how if obama wins we won't
    vote which is something that we all have great pride in doing since
    we became democrats if he (obama) can't be spoken about he should not be runing for PRESIDENT. just because the media fell in love with

    February 14, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    The world is watching to see the democracy that America wants everyone wants to have.

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

    I wonder how much Bill paid New Mexico to conveniently announce Hillary had finally won something after losing to Obama eight times in a row. Oh well, New Mexico is old news. Plus its a caucus, so in Hillary's words, I guess it doesn't matter.

    February 14, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Don, Rochester, NY

    She actually has two more delegates from this state, most of you are saying one. And Hillary never said caucuses don't count, she merely stated the fact that they are undemocratic in nature, which is true. State wins don't matter, this is a delegate race and although it is nice for a candidate to say they "won a state," in the end it means nothing. Just wait for the upcoming states...Hillary is gaining percentage points in ALL of them in the polls! I think the empty message of hope and change is wearing thin for those of us who are smart enough to know that you have to have concrete knowledge of the issues and be willing to work hard in order to make positive change happen! GO HILLARY!!!

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

    Your rock! LatinoNation.

    Hillary will WIN IT ALL.

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

    YEH! FOR HILLARY!!!! She is the most qualified in this lineup! I know her and her record. I fear what Obama will do to our country.
    He scares me. He sticks his nose so high up in the air that
    He HAS to look DOWN on EVERYONE............even YOU! This concerns me. Just look at all of his photos and videos. He is almost always in a stuck up posture. remember the debates. Am I the only one that sees this?

    February 14, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Lynne Kieper

    Apparently there are more intelligent people in New Mexico than I had originally thought. They chose the candidate with a plan over the one with the dream. We can't afford to elect someone just because they are good at reading speeches; you might note, Hillary, like her husband, can speak intelligently and fervently without tele-prompters and cue cards. Obama's speeches are recited and read. My first choice was Joe Biden, because he didn't need props and scripts to make a point. He spoke from the heart, and left me with the feeling that there was no "politicking" in what he said, in fact, some faulted him for being too candid. We need more of this in our public figures. We are tired of being conned and lied to. We need someone who can speak the truth without having to read it from a prepared script.

    February 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |

    I have to say that I just truly do not get the Obama supporters. He talks about "change" but he really doesn't say what he intends to change or how. He is severly lacking in experience and his campaign seems to thrive on attacking Hillary than talking about what he intends to do but not how he is going to do it. I believe that Hillary Clinton has held her head up high even when being publicaly humiliated, she has shown that she is as tough as nails. Obama sites times when she changes her political position as being a sign of weakness. You know what, I think that it shows a willingness to acknowledge that maybe there is a better than she first thought and is not afraid to say so. I will vote republican before I vote for Obama because I think that he is the worst choice possible

    February 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. mizjiggs

    Give the american public a break; (using one of Bill's lines) we all know what this is about; politics as usual ; what Obama speaks of when he means CHANGE. . . this is NOT a win for Hillary; 48% to 49%; ii does not even make sense since ; yet it took 9 days to get the results. I really think Obama won this Caucus . . . remember Hillary does not believe in Caucuses . . . Obama is on a roll; ironic this announcement came out today . . . YES WE CAN.

    February 14, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. stan pitts pa

    she needs to disclose her tax returns! where did she get the 5 million to loan her campaign? why not release your tax returns now, why is she waiting to do so after the election, whats she got to hide?

    February 14, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Jen, Gainesville

    Winning by 1% is next to being meaningless. I guess this is the best news one can get about Hillary right now.

    February 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. gerry

    to all you obama lovers media included are you trying to show your ignorance ever time you nblog or are ye really ignorant cant ye mindless fools see that he is just a preecher that the repulican party want to go against because he has no substance.get a life he is no saviour how sade is your life no one is going to make your life better but yourself. the clintons are respected by the rest of the world and at the moment usa is a laughing stock. wasters vote for obama because their easly led

    February 14, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. Geri

    I live in a caucus state & I certainly wish they'd go for a primary. Iowa will never do that because it has to be 1st in the nation. This last one was a joke. Bitter cold night, held at 6:30 and confusion galore. The people who work 2nd shift couldn't partake. As for you Obama supporters ...you know where you can go. You are such nasty people and your "leader" is such a good Gof fearing person and a presacher on the campaign trail.

    February 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. bernie

    how many large states has obama won ?he won all the states that will be won by republicans in the the fall.he has had a free ride but i think he will have to explain his record instead of just preaching.just remember the ninty's when we had a safe and prosperous county.

    February 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    "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."

    Huh? I spent nearly 40 years in radio and television news and can tell you that most "commentators" do NOT have degrees in journalism...where did you get that idea? News people have all sorts of degrees and some (like Peter Jennings) never went to college.

    And almost everybody in the news business remembers Barack Obama's spellbinding speech at the 2004 Democratic convention.

    February 14, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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