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. juan

    Go Obama you got my vote!!!! I'm on the ground in Texas now tell my people about you!!! See you in Texas

    February 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Roy DeWitt

    Why does the media hate Hillary Clinton? Obama steals her ideas for the economy, etc., alters them slightly, and claims they are his. Does the media ever call him on this? No! Obama owes most of his wins to independent voters, not democrats. Does the media examine this and offer that many of those independents lean republican and only voted against Hillary, not for Obama. No! They have spent more than one year attacking Mrs. Clinton. In spite of the FACT that she alone creates plans to save the economy, health care, medicare, foreign policy, the media ignores this talent. Even when her ideas are obviously stolen by Obama, the media reports that the two candidates have similar plans. When did the press become as corrupt as our government?

    February 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |

    Just as I predicted days ago on this very same site.

    Why else would slimy Bill Clinton all of a sudden feel so compelled to go watch the SuperBowl with Richardson?

    Does Florida 2000 come to mind anyone?


    America has turned into one of those countries we have always scolded for holding unfair elections that cheat the people out of their votes.


    And, shame on CNN for holding my comments.

    February 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. chemoztlan

    Hillary all the way!
    I think it's time Barack went into specifics so people really knew what he really inspires in people....

    February 14, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. KMAN

    Something you Hillary supporters should consider ... she will never carry Independents and has no chance of drawing over a significant number of Republicans in a general election. You seem to forget that Rebublicans by and large hate her and Bill ... and far too many loyal Democrats are simply sick and tired of the Clintons. NY State you keep her along with her earmarks totaling over a 1/4 billion dollars!

    February 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. ROCCO


    February 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Sparkle, MO

    Smells fishy, but congrats to HRC (she needed it)

    OBAMA 2008!!!!

    February 14, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Anna

    C wrote:

    " Please try harder to offer objective reporting! "

    I cannot agree more. CNN was so busy bashing Hillary that they and other central media did not even explain the reason behind moving Fla primary. Dems. of other states have no clue. Here it is:

    The DNC rule "not to schedule a primary before February 5″ was not violated because of Florida democrats but rather, because the REPUBLICAN legislature tacked the earlier primary date on a bill that provided for paper ballots in Florida that had to be supported by democrats (a previous experience proved the need of a paper trail). So the democrats were unable to stop the movement of the primary to an earlier date. To now punish the democrats by not counting their delegates is an outrage! Obama ran lots of cable TV ads in Florida. If anything, that should be a reason to count the primary votes! Florida democrats feel disenfranchised and insulted by the DNC. They worked hard for this election and the democrats had a record turnout. The individual voters should not be punished for the State's decision. No caucus, no splitting even, no re-voting! Count the voice of Florida democrats!

    February 14, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. jimdon

    some how i feel as if someone is looking over my shoulder and when i make a comment someone doe'snt care for i get censured,,,or im always being moderated and can never find my post's,,,,i have made dozen's of post's in these blogs but never seem to get posted,hhmmm
    i'll see what happens with this one,and if i feel censured,there will be no more post's from me,,we will see.......jimdon,,st, petersburg,,florida

    February 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. NM Transplant

    New Mexico's democratic primary is called a caucus but is not handled like a caucus. People check ballot boxes, just like a regular election.

    February 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Dorian

    Boy, right now you Obama supporters are sure living in a fool's paradise. Hillary never said caucuses don't count, never! She said she hadn't expected to win in most caucus states because caucuses are dominated by activists, which her supporters are not. Also, while you are all minimizing her win in New Mexico because it was by a slim margin, don't forget how Obama "cleaned up" by getting the majority of the 500 or so votes cast in Alaska, and in the much bigger state of Missouri, he squeaked out a won by only 5000 votes ( a mere drop in the bucket compared to the overall number of votes cast in the state). And, while you are high-fiving each other about how many more states your boy has won, don't forget that Hillary won Florida by a huge margin and Michigan by a substantial percentage. All you star-stricken Obama-ites just might be celebrating too soon.

    February 14, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Marcia Seattle WA

    Go Hillary!!!!!!! Eat that Obama.......The man of all talk, but can he walk the talk........He sure can make speeches but no real facts to back the words.....remember words are free.....

    February 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Diane C. Bonacci

    Hang in there, Hillary. I know you will win!

    February 14, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. Rosemarie

    Why do people HATE (that is a very strong word and what has she done to these haters)

    She is a brilliant woman, to still be standing after the Garbage CNN and everyone has thrown at her is quite remarkable. At least she tells us what she is going to do, not like Sen.Obama, yes we can!
    Yes WE and I emphasise it again WE, meaning you and I, not him and the government.

    Try giving the lady and chance and make it a fair fight. By the way, what is Sen.Kerry doing endorsing Sen.Obama, oh wait now, didn't he also vote for the #114 Joint Resolution on Iraq!!!

    How pure are you now Mr. Obama, being endorsed by a man who voted for the same resolution that Hillary did.......someone needs to bring this up on National Television, then ask Sen.Obama the same question, come on Hillary supporters, lets get something going!

    February 14, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. Deann

    In New Mexico if a winner is Obama, Not Clinton, the media will be in favor and report THEIR NEWS totally different, They MUST CLAIM and Making BIG TALK by saying that: Obama is another VICTORY AGAIN, but look at today's news, the media has not mention too much, their interest is clear, because they try to avoid that news for Hillary will deliver to the public.

    February 14, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. 31 yr Old Voter

    They said the delegates were already awarded. HA geez looks like the HRC campaigners are pretending to be like OBAMAMANICS!!!!


    February 14, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. Big Easy

    You Obama fanatics are deaf dumb and blind. Your votes are so important for all of us, please read and inform yourselves before you vote for Obama. Don't let the media bias against Clinton mislead you.

    Hillary will win Texas, Ohio and PA!

    February 14, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. charlotte

    49% to 48%.....she really blew him away... Hillary's "experience" scares me, talk about caving in to special interests.......it will be more of the same... let's move on! Obama's "lack of experience" means he does not owe as many favors and can make his own decisions. So far, his own personal life decisions seem pretty solid to me.

    February 14, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. YoungVoteForHillary

    No downplaying a victory! Young voters love Hillary!

    February 14, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Hunter McCandless

    I can't wait till March 4th!! My favorite movie is being released to DVD and Hillary will run out of excuses. Hil, say hello to Rudy from a former NY'er when you go hang with him to study how bluffing to win one state of 50 doesn't work.

    February 14, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. 08

    go obama!!! cant believe u came so close in NM.

    February 14, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. Judy

    Does anyone remember when Bill Clinton ran? He said "CHANGE" he said such some experiences are good and some are bad but you need more than experience you need vision. WOW! It's amazing how we are now see Hillary say experience. LOL!!!

    February 14, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. BUKKY

    Its a caucus... and we all know those activists dont matter... LOL

    February 14, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. jose

    since i used to live in texas , i know a lot of texans that will VOTE FOR HILLARY THEY ALWAYS VOTE FOR A SMART PERSON AND IN THIS RACE THE SMAT ONE IS HILLARY CLINTON


    February 14, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Jacob Pittman

    Why vote in Nov if I vote is not going to count any how? Because of the super delagets.

    February 14, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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