Results Round-up

OK, before I head to bed, I wanted to break down what we have so far this incredible and crazy night.

Vermont (86% reporting):

Obama 60
Clinton 38

Rhode Island (98% reporting):

Clinton 58
Obama 40

Ohio (97% reporting):

Clinton 54
Obama 44

Texas (P) (98% reporting):

Clinton 51
Obama 48

And ready for this one...

Texas (C) (36% reporting) is too close to call:

Obama 52
Clinton 48

It's a cliche by now but Hillary Clinton did exactly what she needed to do. Congratulations, Senator.

And in other news, Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul survived their primary challenges today. This graf made me chuckle:

But in the end, [Paul challenger Chris] Peden fell short, allowing Paul to resume his presidential campaign, although Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., wrapped up the nomination with a sweep of wins in Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Paul's native Texas.

But in perhaps the most important primary news of the day, Rick Noriega, Democratic challenger to Bush hack TX GOP Senator John Cornyn, dispatched his primary challenger earning 51% of the vote. As Burnt Orange Report put it earlier tonight:


Go congratulate Noriega on officially becoming the Democratic nominee for Senate from Texas over at Act Blue.

Tags: Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, march 4th elections, ohio primary, Rick Noriega, Ron Paul, Texas primary (all tags)



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Is their any chance that Noriega can defeat Cornyn. He is a pathetic lapdog for Bush.People in Texas jump in.

by Safe at Home 2008-03-05 12:09AM | 0 recs
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Obama can't close the deal.

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-03-05 01:35AM | 0 recs

A close call, but a meaningful win. We avoid an expense-deflecting run-off and can concentrate on the general election in November.

Texans, is there really no solution to perennial candidate Gene Kelly?  For instance, if a Democratic President offered him a blue-ribbon job, would he take it, and stop spoiling elections in Texas?

by Christopher Walker 2008-03-05 02:40AM | 0 recs
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What the heck does "won more states" have anything to do with this? Your argument amounts to 'Kansas counts as much as New York and California"There are still 12 more contests to go, she can still very easily win the popular vote-especially if no states are unfairly disenfranchised.

by KyleSIU 2008-03-05 03:53AM | 0 recs
Al Gore won the pop vote in 2000, genius.
by VT COnQuest 2008-03-05 04:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore won the pop vote in 2000, genius.

And Clinton is winning the electoral vote-equivalent of the primary contest now.  So what...

by frankies 2008-03-05 07:24AM | 0 recs
Hillary McCainton hasn't one squat...
except the respect of the Repugnant-can't party and the NeoCons who's tactics she's now adopted in desperation. She's still behind in every category (delegates, pledged delegates, popular vote, adn very shortly, super delegates - 50 set to announce for Obama as a collective bloc) and the "healthy" double digit (15-20pt) margins she needed to win in BOTH Texas and Ohio never came. You can't get less of a double digit margin than 10 points which is what she got in Ohio. That's not healthy, it's anemic. In Texas, her 3pt win in the primary is laughable... but not as funny as the 12pt loss that she's taking in the same states' caucuses with only 39% reporting. Obama will easily have a 120+ delegate lead when they're done there. I'm seeing Obama's delegate lead upped to 96 already from the low 80's where it was less than 8 hours ago. - Hillary McCainton: "A bad EXPERIENCE with a SOLUTION to Democracy".
by VT COnQuest 2008-03-05 01:16PM | 0 recs
Hillary McCainton hasn't WON squat...
Just correcting my comments subject line above.
by VT COnQuest 2008-03-05 02:19PM | 0 recs
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Plus, don't forget the bloc of Super Delegates that are about to announce for him. He'll lead in SD's then too. - Hillary '08: "A bad EXPERIENCE and a SOLUTION to Democracy."
by VT COnQuest 2008-03-05 04:08AM | 0 recs
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It's a cliche by now but Hillary Clinton did exactly what she needed to do.

And what exactly is that? Massive pointspread wins in OH and TX to make a serious dent in Obama's delegate lead? Don't think so.

Chris at OpenLeft shows her net delegate gain currently at 15 pledged delegates with that number most likely to decrease when the results of the TX Caucas come in.

So no, she didn't do exactly what she needed to do. And the expectation that she could or would are ridiculous.

What she did accomplish was achieve the perception that somehow she's viable when in fact the delegate totals have changed very little. And ultimately, what she may have achieved is:

- guarantee a long, drawn-out nomination process where the two candidates continually damage each other as McCain builds his GE momentum.

- guarantee an ugly convention fight that will be toxic to the Democratic Party and possibly doom our chances in the GE.

Stop getting caught up in the MSM hype. It's all a matter of delegate counts.

by desertjedi 2008-03-05 05:49AM | 0 recs
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Thank you... for pointing out the obvious.  Clinton neede a blowout night, and she didn't do it.  She need to win every state from here on out by like 75%.  It's just not going to happen.  

by artvandelay 2008-03-05 05:59AM | 0 recs
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She did what she needed to do?  Dude, how many delegates did she gain on Obama last night?  C'mon.  She gets a day of good press and then Obama will announce that he raised $50 million in February.  And, then the reality sets in that Clinton needs to win 75% of every state here on out to have a shot.  

In a reality based community, this election has been over.  She can string it out, but she can't win it.

by artvandelay 2008-03-05 06:01AM | 0 recs
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I know this is a waste of time, as Todd is completely in the Clinton tank, but just two weeks ago people were saying she needed 20 point blowouts to make a dent in Obama's delegate win.

Now, she ends the night with either a slight gain or no gain at all havign spent two weeks bleeding support, and you have people saying that she "did what she needed to do." It's embarassing.

I will be so glad when this primary is over. It is getting to the point where I just want to leave the party.  

by Octavian82 2008-03-05 08:25AM | 0 recs


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