Senator Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton to become the Democratic presidential nominee after one of the longest and closest primaries in history. More than 35 million voters took part in this historic election, yet Obama only had a small margin over Clinton (in both delegates and the popular vote).
Here are a collection of maps highlighting how Obama won. These will no doubt be analyzed in great detail between now and the general election, with John McCain looking to take advantage of Obama’s geographic weaknesses that became apparent during the primary, such as Appalachia and the rural rust belt.
As of May 22nd, Barack Obama has 1,962 of the 2,025 delegates needed to win and only needs 63 more to be able to declare victory (this may change some after the DNC decides how to seat the Florida and Michigan delegates). Hillary Clinton trails by 187 delegates and does not appear to have any opportunities left to win the required number of delegates to win the nomination.
Senator Barack Obama appears to have clinched the Democratic presidential nomination with his 14 point win in the May 6th North Carolina primary and his narrow loss in Indiana.
* June 2008 June 1 – Puerto Rico
* June 3 – Montana, South Dakota
All eyes are on Pennsylvania as voters go to the polls to cast the first ballots in the Democratic presidential primary in nearly six weeks. News and Maps in the links below. Be sure to check back, as this page will be updated through out the day and night as more news breaks and election results come in.
– New York Times: Pennsylvania Primary Map
– 538: Pennsylvania Scorecard
– Washington Post: Pennsylvania Political Geography
– The Electoral Map: Pennsylvania Primary Predictions
– Cogitamus: More Pennsylvania Registration Maps
Hillary Clinton has long been considered a front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Here is a collection of maps and links covering Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Primary Campaign.
John McClain and Hillary Clinton Win the January 29th, 2008 Florida Presidential Primary.
John McCain defeated the other Republican presidential candidates to win the Florida primary and in the process knocked Rudy Giuliani out of the race. Giuliani staked his candidacy on winning Florida and his defeat there means that he will drop out of the race soon. The Republican race is now looking like a two way race between John McCain and Mitt Romney with Super Tuesday less than a week away.
The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida of it’s delegates and as a result the candidates did not campaign in the sate. Hillary Clinton, the winner of Florida, is lobbying to have Florida’s delegates reinstated.
News Coverage of the 2008 South Carolina Presidential Primary
John McCain wins January 19th Republican Presidential Primary in South Carolina: Eight years after his Presidential campaign imploded in South Carolina, John McCain wins the Republican presidential primary with 33% of the vote. McCain was followed by Huckabee (30%), Thompson (16%), Romney (15%), Paul (4%) and Giuliani (2%).
Barack Obama wins the January 26th Democratic Presidential Primary: In the bitter campaign charged with racial tension, won a commandinding victory with 55% of the vote. Clinton received 27% and Edwards 18%.
News Coverage of the January 15th, 2008 Michigan Presidential Primary
Republican Primary: Mitt Romney 39%. John McCain 30%. Mike Huckabee 16%. Ron Paul 6%. Fred Thompson 4%. Rudy Giuliani 3%.
Democratic Primary: Hillary Clinton 55% of vote. Uncommitted 40%. The Democratic National Committee stripped Michigan of it’s delegates for violating party rules and neither Barack Obama nor John Edwards contested the Michigan primary and did not appear on the ballot.