February 14th, 2008
05:16 PM ET
15 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)

Filed under: New Mexico
soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. apolinar mtnez

    go hillary 100% obama you going down

    February 14, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. LatinoNation

    we are Obama 100%, FOR tHE NEX PRESIDENT OF USA.

    February 14, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. yolanda alvarez

    Don't mess with TEXAS........ go Hillary !!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. Angela

    Viva Clinton Viva I'm not a obamican I'm a Hillaryite go Woman Go and win the Presidency you will!!!! Viva Viva

    February 14, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. D.

    Texas, Ohio, vote for Hillary Please1

    February 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Nyron Cameron

    show some love guys to the 1st lady.... stop hating way to go Hillary..All the people who are talking about Obama win, win, he's willing the small states.we all know that Algore won more votes than Bush but the deligates was what gave him the presidency so guys don't watch that.

    Hillary has one the major states lets name them...NY, NH, MA,CA , AR,NJ and thats what counts , now she will win TX & PA for sure , however ; she is not stupid she will call Obama to run as VP..If he say no good luck to him.. Both of them are unstoppable.. Unite to win, divided to fall.

    February 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Newton, Chicago, IL

    Hillary wins New Mexico!

    ...and loses several superdelegates...

    February 14, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. maxine

    Hillary people, remember it is a caucus and it doesn't count or matter, I believe that is what the Clintons have said when Obama won caucuses. Too bad.....

    February 14, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Wise electorate

    Hilary camp should reject the victory in New Mexico.

    "Because caucus do not matter. Its is undemocratic as only party activist participate"


    February 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Jim

    March 4th – Go Hillary

    Hillary '08 The real change!

    February 14, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. juan

    Correction sir Electorial Votes not deligates!!!!!!!!! delegates.

    February 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Marie

    To Obama's supporter.
    Whatch out for what you are looking for. You may just get it.
    Hillary is best. She gets my vote. Go Hillary! President 08

    February 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Sparkle, MO

    Interesting how many posters would like to vote for Hillary simply because she is a woman. And then there are the fake Democrats who would vote for someone like McCain if HRC is not the nominee. How childish can you get? People with this mentality should have their vote stripped from them, but alas this is the good ole U.S. of A.

    February 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Jim

    New Mexico was a Primary not a caucus.

    February 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Holly, Kansas City, MO

    Oh boy! Clinton wins! (Finally...)

    Their counting took so long that it almost seems irrelevant now.

    February 14, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. Deann

    I would project that, if democratic has paying the race vs. gender, the next president should belong to republican; the history has told us the fact...

    democratic party should stop this, to look at a candidate qualification, should review that person's history, background, the experience, as a human, they need nine months to proceed then to grow up, nothing can jump up without taken this step, if not, it must fail, it is fairy tale.

    February 14, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. Oscar Carter

    If people are really for change, please consider Mr. Obama over Ms. Clinton. It is so clear to me being for change that Mr. Obama is the right choice.

    And this idea that he does not have the experience, I know from experience that experience is overrated. (please excuse the pun)

    Oscar Carter

    February 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. James

    Trading beer for wine – good for you – you got the message posted – I tried 5 times and CNN blew all 5 away.

    February 14, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. Independent

    Is CNN trying to to pull another Florida for Hillary? Why is this news? Didn't everyone know the NM race was 49-48 and the delegates divided almost evenly? Is this super tuesday win supposedly reported a week later supposed to somehow slow Obama's momentum and help Hillary's image? Who at CNN makes these decisions? Has it really gotten this bad? Wow!

    February 14, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. Gaby

    That slight win in NM means less for HIllary, and still a greater return for Obama.

    Go OBAMA

    February 14, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. true democrat

    if a caucuses do not matter, why are you obamites so happy? listen, obama needs to win blue state to win a presidency, and you need to be a true dem to see, change is progressive and difficult, not popular and dream filled. c'mon democrates, we have everything on the line, let momma fix things, sonny has a lot to learn yet.

    February 14, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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