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Hillary Clinton came very close to winning the Democratic presidential nomination on her first try in 2008. Polling throughout much of 2007 showed her with a considerable lead over her rivals. But her aura of invincibility was destroyed by a loss to Barack Obama in the lead-off caucuses in Iowa. Clinton rebounded with a victory in the New Hampshire primary the following week, but her candidacy never regained the sense of inevitability that it once had. Throughout the rest of the primary season, Obama and Clinton battled on virtually even terms. Clinton carried most of he biggest prizes, including California, Texas (the primary portion), New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But Obama secured the nomination by dominating the caucus states and running well in the competition for “superdelegates,” the large cadre of party and elected officials who have been automatic delegates to recent Democratic conventions. Altogether, Obama won primaries or caucuses in 30 states, Clinton in 21. (Texas held both a primary and caucus, with Obama carrying the latter and Clinton the former.) The dramatic, long-running Clinton-Obama contest was a huge success at the ballot box, drawing an all-time record for either party of nearly 37 million primary voters. Both Obama and Clinton drew more than 17 million votes apiece.

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Source: The Rhodes–Cook Letter, May 2015

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2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Winners

2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Winners

Document Outline
2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Winners

 
Document Citation
Cook, R. (2015). Hillary clinton’s nearly successful 2008 presidential run. Retrieved from http://library.cqpress.com/
Document ID: rcookltr-1527-97803-2707759
Document URL: http://library.cqpress.com/elections/rcookltr-1527-97803-2707759