March 4th, 2008
11:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Texas Democrats report complaints over caucuses

(CNN) - Following a Clinton campaign call alleging irregularities in the Texas Democratic caucuses, a state party representative told CNN that voters had been registering similar complaints with the party Tuesday evening.

“It is important to understand when you see a turnout in these numbers you are going to witness some problems, and the Texas Democratic Party has taken all the steps it can to make sure the process is run as smoothly as possible,” said Hector Nieto, the state party’s communications director. “We understand that there are voters across the state that have concerns, and we urge them to contact the call center.”

Nieto said the Texas Democratic Party had established a call center with 200 phone lines that was staffed by lawyers to “address any concerns.”

Nieto was unable to provide a time when the results of the caucuses would be made public. At stake in Tuesday evening’s party-run caucuses were 67 delegates. Earlier in the day, 126 delegates were on the line in the state-run primary.

- CNN's Mark Preston and Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Texas
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Disgusted

    How dumb can some voters be? Hillary Clinton can not be trusted. Her diviseness will cost the Democrats the general election. Get ready for President McCain.

    March 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |

    Hillary, has gotten back into this democratic race by playing and winning ugly and dirty. I once said I would vote for her if she beat Obama fairly. But now, if she wins the Democratic primary, my husband, some of my family, and I will vote for McCain in the presidential election, and we are DEMOCRATS. She is not a uniter, she is a divider! Obama treated her with respect, because he is a gentleman. But now, all gloves should be off in the Obama camp. She should be treated as merely an opponent, and not a lady.

    March 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. nick

    way to go Hilliary!!!! Obama's speech tonight it more of the same. BORING....

    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. 4 Clinton

    I hope Clinton wins TX! Congrats on winning the other states HC!

    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Reality check #1

    Get over it Obama supporters, SHE won and will win Texas! Expierence and ability matter more than slick speeches. Obama is once again yelling , yes we can, change, yes we can, change, duh,duh, duh. Guess Edwards WILL endorse Hillary now, she won over whelmingly his voters, the union people.

    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |

    Obama will win because people love him. If you missed his
    inspiring speech tonight, i want you all to know it is the best.
    Obama, Michelle and those two beautiful girls deserve the
    White House.I think they are a great family with a father that
    has Presidential Stature.


    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. Rudy

    Hillary will win all the biggoted rural and ignorant South, West and nothern Counties,,. There is tremendous racism in Texas against Blacks and Latinos.

    March 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. Treasurer of the Wolf Blitzer Fan Club

    Here's a question I would like answered on the air:
    I see that that the vote count in Texas is 50% for Clinton and 48 for Obama. Who's receiving the remaining 2%? Mike Gravel's officially still in the race (cnn NEVER mentions him, by the way). If Gravel's receiving that 2%, those are votes that would likely go to Obama if he left the race, enough to possible put Obama in the lead. I think many Americans wonder about this issue. Where's that remaining 2%????

    March 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. hillary 08:

    OBAMA'S speech sounds lammmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeee.
    blah blah....
    he is just making what Hillary and McCain say and fluffing it up with his jibberish.

    GO away Obama. you bore me

    March 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  10. Dawn

    Congratulations Barack for winning Vermont!!!!!

    Obama 08

    March 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Kimberly

    besides which, the guy blinks like a reptile ... icky!

    March 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. Jacob

    We should get rid of these caucuses and just use primaries which are far more democratic. Doesn't even voice deserve to be heard in our republic? Caucuses do not allow this and we should scrap them in the interest of the people.

    March 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. Black Man For Hillary

    Yep, it's a shame. Especially when a man that has nothing going for him except his skin color can get this close to the presidency.

    Voting race is a disgrace to MLK and all he stood for.

    Hillary '08

    March 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. Hill for President!

    Gosh, here we go with Obama's lofty fluff again....

    Are people really inspired by this?

    When will he talk facts, when will he get closer to what's real, instead of these poor speeches that are poor attempts at sounding like Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Listen to Hillary! She's grounded. She's the REAL CHANGE, the kind that requires action, NOT rhetoric.

    ***Right, Obama, there's no emptiness in the people's cry for help...there's EMPTINESS in YOU, there's emptiness in your speeches, in your plagiarzed words. This is about YOU, not the American people.***

    Stop trying to force people to think that Hillary thinks that the American people's trials and tribulations are trivial or empty...IT IS YOOOUUU who is EMPTY. Stop tricking people! This campaigning, or running your cult actually, is getting really old, really fast.

    March 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. Jenny

    Who win Primary, who should win Caucus in TX.

    If Hillary wins Primary and loses caucus, which means there is fraud in caucus.......

    Let us see what will happen!

    Go Hillary 2008!!! We are proud of you tonight!!!!!!!!!!!! We are proud you are a leader we can trust!

    This is not absolutely we are the first proud! Not like Michelle!

    Go Hillary!

    March 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. Disgusted

    Mary, ladies wear skirts.

    March 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |


    March 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. Laird Bishop

    Voting in my precint ran two hours after the polls closed, and our caucus did not get underway until 9:00. I was tired from standing so long, and my wife had to leave before the caucus to get my daughter in bed. I think I have as much right to complain as anybody about the caucus, but I will not. Myself and my fellow Obama supporters stood in the same line as the Clinton supporters, so I don't see where she gets off complaining about caucuses. Is she admitting that her supporters are less likely to weather any adversity on behalf of their candidate? Personally, I think the discussion signifies the great devide in this campaign: Clinton supporters want to put someone in the white house who will work hard for them so they can sit back and soak in the improvements for the next four years. Obama supporters are willing to step up to the plate and unite behind their candidate and work together with him for the next four years to change the status quo in politics and make this country better.

    March 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. Santiago

    Wolf take a look at the numbers in Hidalgo County in Texas, waoooo!!!

    March 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  20. otto

    while i stood in line to caucus i heard several people laughing and bragging that they were not checking names off to see if people caucusing had voted that day. i even heard one lady call a friend and tell them to come caucus .
    the whole ordeal was very confusing at precinct 1294 in tarrant county. i told an election employee of what i had heard, the told me they would check every name with a log of voters for the day.
    I don't see how 3 election workers are going to check several hundred names hand written on paper lists against master voting lists in a few hours.

    March 5, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  21. Chaz

    I love how all you guys get on here and write about crap you dont even know what you're talking about. Or give this crazy statemeant. HILLARY 08 ? MAYBE.....Obama 08 ? I really dont care anymore

    March 5, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  22. Hilary 2008

    Wake up Obama cry babies...he says the same thing over & over...change...change...change...hope...hope..hope...well maybe he should start making his own changes, before he tries to do America's for them.

    Go Hilary!!!!

    March 5, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  23. Freddy

    The Mexicans win Texas for Hillary. What is this country comming to?

    March 5, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  24. Anonymous

    If Hillary wins the nomination I am voting for McCain.

    March 5, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Grif

    Caucuses or is that carcase, or an empty skin. True Blue? Or, maybe it's Red...,

    Fill the voide, and make a difference....

    March 5, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
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