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Title: Obama wins Nebraska, Washington
Post by: Monique Faulkner on February 09, 2008, 08:31:30 pm
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Obama to take two more states, CNN projects

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NEW: Obama beats Clinton in Washington, Nebraska, CNN projects

Huckabee beats McCain in Kansas

Five states and three U.S. territories hold contests this weekend

Several delegate-rich states could help Democratic and Republican candidates

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama will win the Democratic caucuses in Washington state and Nebraska, CNN projects.


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Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will win the Nebraska caucuses, CNN projects.

 1 of 3  In Nebraska, Obama led rival Hillary Clinton 68-32 percent, with 85 percent of precincts reporting.

He held a similar edge in Washington, where he was ahead 67-32 percent with 66 percent of precincts reporting.

Obama has done well in caucus states like Iowa because he has been able to generate enthusiastic crowds and volunteers. He also picked up the endorsement of Washington's governor, Christine Gregoire, on Friday.

Earlier, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee scored a resounding win over rival John McCain in the Kansas Republican caucuses.

Huckabee has also done well in caucuses like Iowa, where his grass-roots efforts and conservative activists are more likely to have greater influence.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Huckabee had 60 percent of the vote, compared with 24 percent for McCain and 11 percent for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Huckabee won all 36 of the delegates at stake.

Saturday's Republican contests in Kansas, Louisiana and Washington could predict whether the party will line up behind McCain as its candidate or provide Huckabee with an opportunity to zing the presumptive nominee.

"People across America are gravitating toward our campaign and realizing that there is still a choice. And that's what we've said all along, that this race is far from being over," Huckabee said after the results came in.  Watch what Huckabee says about the results

Kansas marked the first contest without former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who suspended his campaign Thursday.

The results of the caucuses could indicate that the Republican party is not entirely ready to line up behind McCain, the Arizona senator who has had several rifts with conservatives.  See state-by-state results

Huckabee faces a daunting challenge. McCain has a significant lead in the delegate count after Super Tuesday. Huckabee has 217 delegates to McCain's 714, according to CNN calculations.

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"I know the pundits, and I know what they say: The math doesn't work out," Huckabee said Saturday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. "Well, I didn't major in math, I majored in miracles. And I still believe in those, too."

A senior McCain adviser said they were not surprised by the results in Kansas.

"There are more caucus states we will probably lose, but our campaign is focusing on a transition from front-runner to nominee," he said.

Huckabee scored wins in the Southern states of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and his native Arkansas on Super Tuesday, and social conservatives in Louisiana might mobilize behind him and send a message to McCain.

Huckabee pulled off a stunning win in the Iowa caucuses, the product of a grass-roots movement, and both Kansas and Washington are caucus states.

Huckabee said Saturday that the $250,000 his campaign had raised online in 24 hours was a sign of the health of his presidential effort.

Louisiana, still suffering from Hurricane Katrina, could be a key political state this year -- something not lost on both Democratic campaigns as they drum up last-minute votes.

"If you look at Louisiana the last two elections, if we'd gone the other way in either election, George Bush wouldn't be president," said Clancy Dubos, a columnist with the Gambit Weekly -- an alternative newspaper in the state.

For Louisianans, their choice in a candidate will be based not only on national issues, but also on the local issue of rebuilding after the hurricane.

Voters in New Orleans are especially desperate to hear the candidates' plans for a city still on the brink and a state in desperate need.

"People are concerned with coastal restoration and flood protection," said political analyst Jeff Croueree. "One disappointing thing about this race is these issues have been pretty much forgotten."

"The candidates are talking about Iraq and health care, but recovery and rebuilding the Gulf Coast is off the radar screen, and I think a lot of people in Louisiana are disappointed by that," Croueree added.

Louisiana is among several contests being held this weekend.

At stake are 182 Democratic delegates and 92 Republican delegates.

The large African-American population in Louisiana could also provide Obama a win. African-Americans played a huge role in his wins in South Carolina two weeks ago and in Alabama and Georgia on Super Tuesday. Black voters made up 46 percent of Democratic voters in the 2004 Louisiana primary. Watch the Democratic candidates campaign

On the Republican side, Huckabee was in Kansas on Friday. He attended rallies in Olathe, Wichita, Topeka and Garden City.

McCain, meanwhile, held a national security roundtable in Norfolk, Virginia, and later traveled to Wichita, Kansas. Afterward, it was off to Seattle.

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Title: Re: Obama wins Nebraska, Washington
Post by: Monique Faulkner on February 09, 2008, 08:34:17 pm
Here is a list of states and territories holding contests this weekend:

February 9

Guam Republican caucuses

Delegates: 6 unpledged delegates at stake

Kansas Republican caucuses

Participation: Closed (registered Republicans only)

Delegates: 36 pledged delegates at stake

Louisiana Republican and Democratic primaries

Republican participation: Closed primary

Delegates: 20 pledged delegates possibly at stake

Democratic participation: Closed primary

Delegates: 56 pledged delegates at stake

Nebraska Democratic caucuses

Participation: Closed. Any voter can, however, register as a Democrat at the caucus.

Delegates: 24 pledged delegates at stake

Virgin Islands Republican caucuses

Delegates: 6 unpledged delegates at stake

Washington State Democratic, Republican caucuses

Democratic participation: Open caucuses, in which any voter can participate, but must declare that he or she is a Democrat.

Delegates: 78 pledged delegates at stake.

The February 19 Washington State primary is a nonbinding beauty contest for Democrats.

Republican participation: Open, so any voter can participate, but must sign a declaration indicating that he or she is a member of the Republican Party and has or will not participate in the 2008 precinct caucus or convention system of any other party.

Delegates: 18 pledged delegates at stake.

Northern Mariana Islands Republican caucuses

Delegates: 6 unpledged delegates at stake.

February 10

Maine Democratic caucuses

Participation: Democrats hold closed primaries. New voters, as well as voters not registered in a political party, may register as Democrats at the caucus.


Republicans and Green Party members must become registered Democrats by January 26 in order to participate in the Democratic caucus.

Delegates: 24 pledged delegates at stake. E-mail to a friend

CNN's Sean Callebs and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.



Title: Re: Obama wins Nebraska, Washington
Post by: Monique Faulkner on February 09, 2008, 08:38:22 pm
Still waiting for results from Louisiana, which so far show a slight lead for Obama after 1% counted.


Title: Re: Obama wins Nebraska, Washington
Post by: Monique Faulkner on February 09, 2008, 09:19:44 pm
Louisiana just called for Barack Obama, more details later.


Title: Re: Obama wins Nebraska, Washington
Post by: Monique Faulkner on February 09, 2008, 09:21:21 pm
Virgin Islands also just called for Barack Obama.