Posted: February 5, 2008 8:41 PM
Illinois Native Son Brings Home Victory; Clinton Takes Oklahoma, Tennessee
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is projected to win the Democratic nomination in Georgia and Illinois, while New York Senator Hillary Clinton will celebrate southern state wins, major networks are projecting.
“Clinton, seeking to become the first female president, countered in Oklahoma, Tennessee and then in Arkansas, where she was first lady for more than a decade,” the Associated Press reported.
“We’re very excited by our strong victories in Oklahoma and Tennessee,” Clinton campaign spokespeople said, according to the New Republic. “For months, the Obama campaign has been spinning that they have a monopoly on red states; tonight we showed that they don’t.”
Clinton, who was once Arkansas’s first lady, took home another victory in the southern state.
The Illinois senator headed into the Illinois vote with a 32 percent lead over Clinton, Reuters reported. The size of the victory could be important as the race for delegates becomes more important — the Land of Lincoln is set to award 153 delegates Tuesday.
Among those nine states whose polls closed at 8:00 pm EST., other races are thus far too close to call between the two Democratic contenders.
In Massachusetts, “the Clinton-Obama race split the Massachusetts Democratic establishment as well as voters,” the “Associated Press” reported.
Tight races are still being decided in Alabama, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Missouri.
“Overall, Clinton was winning only a slight edge among women and white voters, both groups that she had won handily in earlier contests, according to preliminary results from interviews with voters in 16 states leaving polling places. Obama was collecting the overwhelming majority of votes cast by blacks,” the AP reported.