February 6th, 2008
01:26 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton claims California win in tight race

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/05/super.dems/art.polling.place.gi.jpg caption="Voters walk in and out of a polling place in Savannah, Georgia, on Tuesday."] (CNN) - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton claimed the biggest prize of Super Tuesday's Democratic primaries with a win in California, CNN projected, while Sen. Barack Obama rode high in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.

Clinton took a strong early lead in California, with exit polls finding extensive support for the former first lady from women, Latino voters and blue-collar Democrats concerned about the economy. A total of 441 Democratic delegates will be chosen from the state, divided proportionally under party rules.

More than four-fifths of the 2,025 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination were at stake in contests across 24 states and American Samoa, but neither candidate appeared to land a knockout blow.

California - where 441 Democratic delegates will be chosen - was the biggest prize of the night, and exit polls indicated a close race between Clinton and Obama there. As polls closed on the West Coast, Clinton congratulated Obama and said the campaign would go on.

Clinton, the former first lady, was forecast to win her home state and neighboring New Jersey - as well as Massachusetts, where the state's two senators and governor had endorsed Obama.

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  1. Dave

    To learn more about Barack Obama, there is a book "Should Barack Obama Be President" Go to Advanced Google Book and type in the exact phrase and full view. Go the the right of the page and type in Obama and click on the page to read.

    Hillary 08

    February 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Rochon

    OBAMA represents the best of America. That said, Hillary is better than any republican competing but she's no Obama, a single man that has inspired the spirit of America. Who has woke the disenfranchised, and given a voice and hope to the least of us. Now I too can be proud to be an AMERICAN. My voice is being heard. Common sense folk, just plain old common sense. The real question is: Is America ready to be great, ready to grow up, ready to embrace the courage needed to CHANGE. We have a shot. Love you too Hillary, but we NEED a leader that can not only legislate but lead by example

    February 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. California Independent

    Summary of CNN pundits.......

    CNN states CA (especially CA), NY and NJ would be very important.

    Polls show Clinton in the lead. CNN states they won't be important.

    Polls show Obama in the lead. CNN states they will be important.

    Clinton takes all three by a strong margins (CA 51 to 42, NJ 54 to 44 and NY 58 to 40). You know the rest of the story.... CNN pundits state they don't matter anymore. sigh.

    It seems people still don't understand the absentee process. I picked mine up on Friday and turned it in Monday. When they quoted stats of 'absentee', it is the number of those who have requested them, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with when they are turned in. If you go by exit polls, you are getting the people who haven't realized the benefit of avoiding traffic and lines.

    February 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Rogina M Campbell

    "SAY IT IS SO..."
    ...whether or not we realize the impact of real women's ultimate and guaranteed rights under our constitution seems to be something other campaigners' cannot figure on...with a total of 582 delegated votes for the H. Clinton campaign going into the March 4th difinityive primary, I would gather to say we win (advancement)!...for the four star points OBooma; oops Obama made a few minutes ago, Hillary is formidable, well-respected, named recognition, and well-known fighting frontrunner/opponent/component in opposition to the Obama campaign is really rhetorical, don't they (Oboomas) think so...when in retrospect the H. Clinton campaigners want qualitative seasoned ingredients to go along with the upper-cuts, here's case in point for the electorate/when Bush -vs- Gore retreated to the Supreme Court and why not utilize a repub's strategy, because as quiet as it is kept, they would utilize the Dem's in a heart-beat!...Hillary's Health care package is of great comparison...say it is so...........................RMC {[Saint Louis, Missouri; The Louie]}...

    February 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Hillary is not the best in all aspects. Somebody who is claiming to be more experienced, and that she is the best among the two Democratic candidates, could not even sell her own ideas to the electorate.

    Everybody is praising her for winning majority of the votes in California; which I think is not something she should boast of as she could not even use such chance to knock out Senator Obama.

    Hillary won California because of the votes from Asians and Latinos. She won their votes because of racial biasness. One thing that we don't have to forget is that these same people can vote for a republican presidential candidate in the situation when the competition is between Hillary and a caucasian.

    February 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Hawk,Texas

    What do you get when you add 0 and 0? nothing .that is what you get when you get Obama and Oprah. nothing.

    February 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. J.C.T.


    February 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. James

    The latest polls showed Obama slamming Clinton in CA – NOT happening.

    Do the math as there are still a great number of delegates not given out yet (about 600). Also overall actual votes were in Clinton's favor.

    Wait till all delegates are distributed as I do not think it will be so close delegate wise after all is said and done

    February 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Brenda

    Democrats we need to wake up. Hillary cannot win McCain in the November election. If that is the decision, then it is another term with the republicans. Think America! I will vote Republican if Hillary is the nominee.

    February 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Geri

    Michelle, AL You took the words right out of my mouth. Now if we could get Clinton to bring up these facts every time she gives a speech it would slow down the rhetoric on his "I didn't vote for the war".

    February 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Christine tman

    CNN is sick with biasness towards Obama..."The best political team" is a disgrace to true and objective reporting. They refuse to challenge Obama on anything....

    February 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Bob

    How can Hillary claim to want to change things when she said she will use her 35 years of "Old Washington" experience?

    She makes no sense !!

    February 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Geri, CA

    Chris, FYI the people of California who voted early with absentee ballots did so because they knew exactly who they preferred. None of Obama's steamroller type campaigning, side by side with his high profile endorsers, would change their minds. In fact his over-the-top, overpower-the-voters-with-slogans-and-noise campaign strategy disgusted a majority of California voters. We were looking for a candidate with vision to get our nation back on track and the specifics on how to do it. You are deluding yourself if you think California Democratic voters would be stupid enough to pick an inexperienced, unqualified candidate as their nominee.

    February 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Dr. Feelgood (In MA)

    Hey Rochon, when you say that we NEED a leader that can not only legislate, but lead by example, are you referring to Obama? Should the rest of our elected representatives show up to votes and call "present" instead of yes or no? Should our kids go to school to show up, but not take their tests? Should our armed services show up for battle without any weapons? I agree that our President should lead by example. Prove that he/she is capable by what they have done, not what they say.

    February 6, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Robert

    One thing is clear from Super Tuesday is that Obama is more electable, he won more red states that usually goes republican where Hilary won blue states that usually vote democratic anyway. Let’s not forget we elect the president by the Electoral College, not by popular vote.

    February 6, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Rebecca - CA

    Hey A LITTLE SAD??? WHAT DID YOU SAY??$%^ You did n't make any sense. Are you saying that Ari Fleischer just "said" he would love to run against Hillary.... in order get the Dems to support Obama.... in order for the Dems to have a weaker candidate....in order for the Repubs to win in Nov???? Wow that's a lot of spin!!! LOL

    ROCHON: I agree with you. True "leaders" do not have to work so hard at it, they lead by example, and are "respected" as a result.

    February 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Colleen

    According to your news site (as of 12:25 P.M. Pacific time) Clinton has 811 delegates and 8,692,825 popular votes, while Obama has 720 delegates 8,017,228. If my math is correct that makes 91delegates and 675,597 more votes for Clinton. At this point in time, Obama may have won more states but he did not win the most delegates or popular votes. Please report that....

    Go Hillary!

    February 6, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Carib-girl

    The only reason Hillary wants to get back in the white house is for revenge. Hillary doesn't care about american people that much as she portray to claim. It seems that she and her husband made a pact from day one. The DRAMA will surly begin right after she is sworn in. wait america DRAMA I say YES DRAMA AMERICA just love DRAMA. welcome to HillaryHood.

    Obama is the man to unite

    February 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. observer#1

    The Stars have shown in California by voting for Hillary. You can put Oprah (who should be ashambed of herself) old school Ted Kennedy, Michelle Obama (crying "It's our turn" which by the way, what does that mean, Michelle?) and Kermit the Frog on stage but when it comes down to it no one is going to tell us how to vote. Had the media treated Obama the same way they have treated Hillary he would be finished today. They have handed him some sort of star status that has helped carry him through. Alot of people vote for him not based on issues but instead as a dubbed rock star. That don't get the job done. Hillary is running on issues and having to defend everything she says or does. Stars are fads, real politicans like Hillary are what we need in office. Obama is too stuck on the same speeches over and over and his lack of expierence shows when ask questions on issues.My vote is for Hillary, Obama is too unseasoned once you look beyond star status.

    February 6, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Susan - NY

    Is Hil going to cry again when someone asks her how she's doing it? Give me a break! Just think, another 4 years of lies, thieves, hidden agenda's and scandal! Yippee! There is no change there at all and don't expect to get any if you vote for her!!!

    When are people going to wake-up! She used NY to become Senator, and is using the women of out nation with her crocidile tears and fake promises! She and her husband used this country and are still doing it!

    Someone has to stop them, and I hope that Barack Obama, with God's grace, is able to get the message across through speech after speech, state after state, that our Country cannot afford another 4 years of Clintonism. I am tired of Hillary, who has really done nothing for NY except take a lot of photo opt – spout she has 32 years of experience and cares. What a load of crap! She thinks a smile here and there, a wave, some hob-knobbing as former first lady of US and Arkansas qualifies her to be President.

    When I see her really work and not steal from NY's, and the US, along with her Traitor husband, (see her husband's latest scandals) then maybe she can claim to change this country. Right now she is just as bad as the current Republican in office. At least we all know he is a wolf in sheep's clothing! She is a snake - who will poison and retailiate once elected and split this country further!

    February 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Ratgurl

    A significant number of people in California have been disenfranchised by the recent Primary elections by only being able to cast “provisional” ballots, which (if my information is correct) are not actually counted. This happened to a friend of mine who drove me to the registrar of voters because my polling place was not open at 7am when I arrived there to vote (that's a different story). He figured as long as he was taking me to the registrar, he’d cast his ballot there as well. It was not until he checked his ballot receipt the next day that he noticed, in tiny letters, the word “provisional” printed on it. They did not notify him that if he voted at the registrar’s office instead of his polling place that his vote would be provisional, and thus not counted.

    In addition to this first-hand experience, I am hearing stories about college students – a very large percentage of them – having to vote provisionally due to some error with the registrar’s office. It is imperative in this day and age that our civil liberties not be trampled on and that our votes, ALL of our votes, are counted legitimately and properly. That is, after all, what being American is about. Those people who took the time out of their day to contribute what they rightfully can and should to the betterment of this nation should not be denied their voice. If you have the resources, I beg you to please investigate these events, and expose any possible fraud that may have been perpetrated on these voters.

    February 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Ratgurl


    Your logic is frightening. Oprah should have backed Hillary because she's a woman? I don't know about you, but I'm voting for the person that to me seems most capable of changing the current politics of this country, not the person with whom I can identify with the most. Think about what you're voting for!!!!

    February 6, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. sairefgm

    HillBilly Clinton and HIllary have not figured it out yet that she(he) are running against the American people. That is why Obama does not run out of money. DUH!

    When they figure it out it will be too late. Then HillBilly Clinton is going to tell HIllary to drop out before they go bankrupt. DOUBLE DUH!

    February 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. MIwatch

    Vote for Obama you will get the Change: the face and color. But He and Bush will just act the same way with no reality fact support his' change movement. Isn't it Bush say that our economy is in good shape? what is going on with the unemployment rate, foreclosure, poor get poorer and rich get richer? Why these getting worse? Because he give back the money to the rich, where the poor needs the money more than those rich guys. No more talking about good, and cheering the people but no fact/act to work it out. Obama, show me the money, don't ask me to show you the money!

    February 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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