Clinton Has Formidable Leads in Both Ohio and Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over Barack Obama in Ohio and Pennsylvania, both crucial states in upcoming primaries, according to Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, February 14, 2008.

Both are delegate-rich states. Ohio will hold its primary on March 4, while Pennsylvania's is scheduled for April 22. Clinton was expected to win handily in those states and perhaps regain her lead in overall delegates.

The Quinnipiac poll also checked general-election sentiment in those two states, as well as Florida. It determined that clear Republican frontrunner John McCain holds a lead over both Clinton and Obama in Florida and Ohio, and is slightly behind Clinton in Pennsylvania.

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Civil Unions "Tabled" In New Mexico

By 9 a.m. the Senate gallery was full of up to 250 supporters and opponents of HB9, the Bill that would allow civil unions in New Mexico.  As usual, supporters far outnumbered opponents.

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Still No Result Out Of New Mexico

The counting of the 17,000 outstanding provisional ballots cast on Tuesday in New Mexico was supposed to have begun today but that process has been delayed by a recount of the 130,000 regular ballots cast.

It will be awhile before the last of the Super Tuesday states declares a winner. New Mexico Democratic Party officials announced Thursday that they will recount every ballot. Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama in the state by about 1,000 votes. [...]

But the Democrat-only contest was plagued by so many problems that the state party, along with the Clinton and Obama campaigns, agreed that only checking all ballots cast would insure an accurate result.

There's no estimate of when all the ballots will be counted and a final result announced. The original count gave Clinton a slight lead of just 1,100 votes before provisional ballots were counted.

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Waiting On the Civil Union Vote In New Mexico

I spent another four hours today waiting for the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss and vote on HB9, the Bill that would provide basic legal rights  through civil unions to unmarried couples in this state.

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New Mexico Results Thread

Here's a thread to follow the New Mexico results, which, as it's a caucus, should go to Obama. Looks like the Hispanic factor has made it even this competitive for Clinton.

New Mexico (38% reporting)

Barack Obama 26,120 (48 percent)
Hillary Clinton 25,747 (48 percent)

Update [2008-2-6 2:32:30 by Jerome Armstrong]:85 percent reporting. Obama 59,905, Clinton 59,000

Update [2008-2-6 3:10:58 by Jerome Armstrong]:"Obama 63,030, Clinton 62,802 with 95 percent reporting. And the number of provisionals is 6200."

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