Posted: May 20, 2008 11:22 PM
Obama Projected to Win Oregon Primary
Sen. Barack Obama, rebounding from two losses in a row, appeared headed to a victory in Oregon’s Democratic primary, just hours after his campaign claimed a majority of the delegates awarded in primaries and caucuses.
His rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, carried Kentucky earlier in the evening as the two continued to battle back and forth for the Democratic nomination.
“Now some may see the millions upon millions of votes cast for each of us as evidence that our party is divided,” Obama said in a speech from Des Moines earlier in the evening. “I see it as evidence that we have never been more united in efforts to take this country in a new direction.”
The first round of results came in just after 8 p.m. PT, or 11 p.m. ET. Oregon has a vote-by-mail process where voters send their ballots by mail and are not required to enter a voting booth. Because of this, there are no exit polls that networks usually use to project the winner.
Telephone interviews conducted by the Associated Press shed some light on Oregon’s voters, finding the working-class white vote — a demographic that normally favors Clinton — was split evenly between the two candidates. The same survey also showed that Clinton only won among voters over 65 years old and those earning less than $30,000 a year.
Earlier in the evening, Clinton captured a decisive victory in Kentucky as expected and said that her campaign would continue on to Montana, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico.