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Clinton Prevails In New Mexico

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Friday, February 15, 2008

SUPER-LONG TUESDAY

Clinton Prevails In New Mexico

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was declared the winner of New Mexico's Democratic caucuses, a Feb. 5 state that took its time tallying the results, due in part to turnout that was far higher than expected.

The victory was a boost for the New York senator, who has lost eight contests in a row to Sen. Barack Obama since their Super Tuesday split decision. Clinton had little to say publicly after those defeats. But the statement from her campaign declaring victory in New Mexico was released yesterday just as the state Democratic party announced the final results.

The outcome was not surprising: Clinton led narrowly in New Mexico when all precincts were reported on election night and wound up winning 27 of the state's 33 counties, according to her campaign, along with 14 of the state's 26 delegates. She beat Obama by 1,709 votes, slightly higher than her 1,123-vote margin on election night.

-- Shailagh Murray


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