February 5th, 2008
09:39 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton campaign trumpets wins in red state

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pointing to her victories in the Republican-heavy states of Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma as proof she can win in areas far from the coasts. “With these first two victories, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated that she can compete and win in red states,” read a Tuesday night campaign statement.

The Obama campaign has pointed to its major endorsement haul from Democratic elected officials in majority-Republican states.

Sen. Clinton spent many years as Arkansas’ first lady. Tennessee allows Democrats, Republicans and Independents to vote in its Democratic primary, but according to CNN’s exit poll, Obama actually scored marginally higher than Clinton among independents who chose to vote in the Tennessee primary (CNN did not poll Republican voters in the Democratic primary).

Oklahoma, for its part, has a “closed” Democratic primary, meaning that only registered Democrats can vote; so there’s no way to know what choice Oklahoma’s registered Republicans would make.

- CNN Political Producer Alan Isenberg

Filed under: Arkansas • Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Oklahoma • Tennessee
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. umcanes800@yahoo.com

    To Russel: Obama is NOT winning that many southern states! The only ones he's winning are those with the largest black representation in the country! Lets be honest here...neither of these candidates will win a single state south of Virginia. We're going to have another republican president (as ridiculous as it sounds), because the only democrat who could have carried even a handful of southern states in a general election is John Edwards. The only chance Obama or Clinton have is that maybe the media will turn its back on McCain the way it did Edwards which is highly unlikey! It has been proven time and time again (Gore, Kerry, etc.) that democrats CAN'T win if they can't pick up a few southern states. Gore could win a general election, Edwards could have won a general election, but Clinton and Obama cannot! Even CNN polls are showing Clinton and Obama tied with McCain in bipartisan polls. And this is before the Republican political machine has even had a real chance to take a crack at them!

    February 5, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. qing

    History will prove that American's enthusiasm goes too far again. I predict if Obama gets elected, he won't be much better than Bush. Look forward to next four years...

    He does not have much public service experiences nor he seems care about obtaining them but believes himself is an ever brilliant person who can run the country without learning! I've never voted for Republicans. I guess I may change if Obama wins.

    February 5, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. rightnow

    oooooops, jennyp i meant.......sorry Felicia........


    February 5, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. ha

    qing, obama does have public service. he was a community organizer, turning down a prestigious Supreme Court clerkship to do so. as a Harvard Law grad, there's no doubt he would have had some plum offers. he also has more years of elected office than clinton. look it up. and fyi, don't give the flak about clinton being first lady. that's not substantial nor significant public "service", nor should it count as "experience". in fact, the more i think about it, the more i realize that the candidate running on fluff is clinton. she's not bill, so i don't understand why she keeps touting his accomplishments yet there is very little about what SHE actually did in the senate.

    February 5, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. moaaz in NM

    I"m a New Mexico high school student and i happen to know a lot more about the politics of America than most of you people and i can tell you the only reason hillary clinton is getting votes is because people believe she will be the next bill clinton, and because hispanics don't like obama. come on people she stole obama's platform of change and proceeded to cry twice in public, COME ON! thats not presidential, CLINTON IS OLD NEWS. THIS IS THE NEW AMERICA, OBAMA'S AMERICA. I GUARANTEE YOU HILLARY CANNOT WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION!

    February 5, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. Pablo Lopez, Jr.

    All of the pundits and experts were calling the end for one or the other candidate. Super Tuesday has proved them wrong. How can you call the race over after Iowa or New Hampshire when over half of the delegates still hadn't been voted on. Look at Huccabee. After being told that he was helping Mccain by staying in, he has won almost as many states as Mccain and Romney. His only problem is that a lot of states were winner take all. And look at Clinton and Obama. They are neck and neck. Nothing has been solved. We in Texas will probably have a say in who gets the nomination. Either way, we can't go wrong!

    February 5, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Randall in Austin

    Ari Fleicher just said it best a few minutes ago – the Repugs are praying for a Hillary win. They know they can win against her because the national anti-Clinton sentiment among Republicans is very strong. Regardless of whether you agree with that or not, that is something to consider. She will drive Republicans to the polls. Frank Luntz even said that he can find no way to campaign against Obama. Wake up people, our future is at stake here. Vote Obama!

    February 6, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  8. Lawyer2B

    Hillary dominated Super Tuesday, and the egg on the faces of the CNN pundits is starting to set in.

    Perhaps I'm mistaken, but isn't the media supposed to be unbiased? Did CNN get the memo that their job is to report the news, not use every opportunity (including Hillary WINNING) to bash the Clintons and try to make Obama the second coming of Spider Man?

    Don't worry...Obama will save us...he doesn't say how but he will...

    Uh that's why Obama lost tonight. America doesn't need Obama's hope, we need Clinton's help.

    February 6, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  9. Mike timmons

    Didn't Hillary grow up in illinois? It must hurt to lose your home state. Or is that Arkansas? New York? Oh no, she is the epitome of the Washington D.C. Democrat. The ones who refused to impeach Bush, and put helped put Mukasey the torture excuser in the AG seat.

    February 6, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  10. Lawyer2B

    Didn't Obama grow up in Hawaii? Or was that Kansas...

    Nevermind, those aren't major battleground states either and Hillary won all those.

    February 6, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
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