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« on: February 10, 2008, 10:06:23 pm »

Obama wins Maine caucuses, CNN projects

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With a Maine win, Obama sweeps weekend's presidential contests

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(CNN) -- Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will win Sunday's Democratic caucuses in Maine, sweeping the weekend's presidential contests, CNN projects.




Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, speaks during a rally Saturday, in Bangor, Maine.

 With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Obama was leading Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York 59 percent to 40 percent. At stake are 24 delegates to August's Democratic national convention in Denver.

Obama's projected victory follows wins in Saturday's Louisiana primary and Democratic caucuses in Nebraska, Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Those contests gave him a lead over Clinton in pledged delegates to the convention, but Clinton still held a narrow edge over Obama when "superdelegates" -- elected officials and party leaders -- are included in the tally.  Watch Obama talk about how he can beat McCain

The last caucuses were expected to wrap up by 8 p.m. in Maine, most of which was under winter storm warnings or snow advisories Sunday afternoon.

After Saturday's results and a split decision in last week's "Super Tuesday" contests, Clinton shook up her campaign Sunday by replacing campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with a longtime adviser Maggie Williams, her campaign announced Sunday.

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Advisers also sought to lower expectations for this month's remaining Democratic contests, which are expected to favor Obama, to focus on a larger cache of delegates up for grabs in March.

"Although the next several states that hold nominating contests this month are more favorable to the Obama campaign, we will continue to compete in them and hope to secure as many delegates as we can before the race turns to Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania," read a statement from Clinton's campaign.

Those states have high concentrations of voters who have been strong Clinton supporters -- Latinos in Texas, and blue-collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. But Joe Trippi, an adviser to former Democratic contender John Edwards, said Sunday Obama had "a full head of steam" after Saturday's wins and was poised to win this week's "Potomac Primaries" in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia.

"It's hard to see a win for Sen. Clinton into March, into Ohio and Texas, which I think was what they're counting on," Trippi told CBS' "Face the Nation." "But even that's in jeopardy, I think, as Obama builds some momentum here." E-mail to a friend

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2008, 10:14:56 pm »

Record turnount in Maine today, which is particulary impressive since they had to brave a big snowstorm!  Turnout is up everywhere - for the Democrats, that is!
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Feb. 10, 2008, 10:03PM
Obama celebrates his Maine victory

By GLENN ADAMS
Associated Press

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Follow the campaign, start a discussion and more AUGUSTA, Maine Barack Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton in Maine presidential caucuses Sunday, grabbing a majority of delegates as the state's Democrats overlooked the snowy weather and turned out in heavy numbers for municipal gatherings.

Democrats in 420 Maine towns and cities were deciding how the state's 24 delegates will be allotted at the party's national convention in August. Despite the weather, turnout was "incredible," party executive director Arden Manning said.

With 95 percent of the participating precincts reporting, Obama led in state delegates elected over Clinton, 2,079 to 1,396, with 18 uncommitted.

Obama exulted in his recent victories in Maine and elsewhere, telling a crowd of 18,000 Sunday evening in Virginia Beach, Va., that "we have won on the Atlantic Coast, we have won on the Gulf Coast, we have won on the Pacific Coast" and places in between.

Obama won 15 of Maine's delegates to the national convention and Clinton won nine. In the overall race for the nomination, Clinton leads with 1,136, including separately chosen party and elected officials known as superdelegates. Obama has 1,108.

The voting came a day after Obama and Clinton made personal appeals here, and after Obama picked up wins in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington.

Organizers had expected heavy participation at the caucuses, but snow was falling and gusting winds hit as many of the gatherings were scheduled.

The weather didn't appear to have hurt turnout. Caucuses started late in Bangor and several other locations across the state because so many people showed up that they were lined up outside the doors.

In Maine's largest city, Democrats carrying "Obama" and "Hillary" signs waited to get into the citywide caucus at Portland High School in separate lines that snaked nearly three city blocks in opposite directions.

Colin Johnson, an Obama supporter in Portland, said the Illinois senator is not a typical politician. "I'm convinced he's a once-in-a-generation leader," he said.

"He's young and energetic and Washington and the White House could benefit from some fresh air," said Joe Lewis, another Obama supporter.

But Tony Donovan said Obama can use some more seasoning. Donovan was supporting Clinton because she, like him, was a baby boomer who shared similar values and because she has the experience and the team to lead in Washington.

"Obama's a great guy. He'll be great in eight years," Donovan said. "He doesn't have the experience in the Senate. He doesn't have the experience in Washington. He's not ready."

A line waited to get into Augusta's caucus as Gov. John Baldacci, a Clinton supporter, addressed the crowd of a couple hundred at the city's Cony High School. Asked why he decided to wait in line to participate, John Brandt said, "Getting rid of Republicans, once and for all."

Though Maine's national delegate count is small, Clinton and Obama, along with surrogates, came to the state Saturday as their campaigns drew tighter after Super Tuesday.

Thousands of people packed the Bangor Auditorium to hear Obama on Saturday and hundreds more who weren't allowed inside greeted him as he arrived. People also were stopped at the door as Clinton held a town hall-style gathering nearby at the University of Maine at Orono. She later stopped in Lewiston.

Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, and husband, Bill, also visited, while Obama supporter Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts campaigned in two cities in the days before the vote.

Both campaigns hit Maine heavily with radio and TV advertising, and voters' homes were being called with pre-taped messages in support of both candidates. On Sunday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, visited Maine caucuses on Obama's behalf.

On Clinton's side, Baldacci, Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern and New York Rep. Gregory Meeks campaigned.

The high level of excitement across the state contrasted with earlier expectations that the post-Super Tuesday timing of the caucuses would dampen voter interest.

A competitive GOP race a week earlier also helped to enliven interest in the Maine Republicans' nonbinding caucuses, which were won by Mitt Romney. He dropped out of the race last week, making it likely that Arizona Sen. John McCain would become the GOP nominee.

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Feb. 10, 2008, 2:39PM
Democrats brave wintry weather for Maine caucuses


By GLENN ADAMS
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Follow the campaign, start a discussion and more AUGUSTA, Maine Maine Democrats faced snow and bitter winds as they headed to municipal caucuses Sunday to declare whether they favor Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama as their party's presidential nominee.

Democrats in 420 Maine cities and towns were deciding how the state's 24 delegates will be allotted at the party's national convention in August.

The voting came a day after both Obama and Clinton made personal appeals here, and after Illinois Sen. Obama won contests in Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington state and the Virgin Islands.

Organizers expected heavy participation at the caucuses, but up to 8 inches of snow was forecast, along with Arctic cold, when many of the gatherings were scheduled. Even so, the Democrats started the day with more than 4,000 absentee ballots in hand.

Arden Manning, the party's executive director, said the weather wouldn't hurt turnout.

"We live in Maine, we deal with snow all the time," he said. "I can't imagine snow's going to keep people at home and keep them from having their voices heard."

Though Maine's delegate count is small, Clinton and Obama, along with surrogates, came to the state as their campaigns drew tighter after Super Tuesday.

Thousands of people packed the Bangor Auditorium to hear Obama on Saturday and hundreds more who weren't allowed inside greeted him as he arrived. People also were stopped at the door as Clinton held a town hall-style gathering about 10 miles away at the University of Maine at Orono. She later campaigned in Lewiston.

Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, and her husband, former President Clinton, also visited while Obama supporter Sen. Edward Kennedy, of Massachusetts, stumped in two Maine cities in the days before the vote.

A competitive GOP race a week earlier also helped enliven interest in the Maine Republicans nonbinding caucuses, which were won by Mitt Romney. He dropped out of the race last week, making it likely that Arizona Sen. John McCain would become the GOP nominee.

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