2008 Clinton Wins Kentucky; Obama Wins Oregon and Claims a Majority of Delegates
posted by May 20 at 19:50 PMon
Thus sayeth the exit polls.
More from ABC:
Nearly half of Kentucky Democratic voters say they would not support him in a November election against John McCain, similar to the result in West Virginia.
And here are the clickable exits, courtesy of CNN. Read ‘em and weep/cheer.
Clinton is set to speak at 5:30 p.m. and results from Oregon are expected to come in at 8 p.m.
5:10 p.m. Clinton is speaking now in Louisville, and you can watch it here.
5:30 p.m. Well, the Clinton speech was very similar to the one she gave after her victory in West Virginia. She began, however, with some kind words about Senator Ted Kennedy:
He’s been with us for our fights, and we’re with him now in his.
And she gave no sign of dropping out any time soon. She even seemed to suggest that she might not drop out after the last primary on June 3 if the question of what to do about Florida and Michigan isn’t resolved by then.
“I’m more determined than ever to see that every vote is cast and every ballot is counted,” she said. “After all this country has been through these past seven years, we have to get this right. We have to select a nominee who is best positioned to win in November.”
She also promised to campaign for the Democratic nominee no matter what, and to help the party come together. But, in case anyone had missed it, she reiterated her plan to fight on:
This continues to be a tough fight, and I have fought it the only way I know how. With determination, and by never giving up and never giving in… I’m going to keep making our case until we have a nominee, whoever she may be.
5:40 Meanwhile, the Obama campaign just announced that it raised more than $31 million last month. The average contribution was $91 and more than 200,000 new donors were added.
6:00 Clinton’s lead in Kentucky, by the way, has her about 35 points ahead of Obama.
7:50 I left and went to Town Hall for a reception with Arianna Huffington, thinking that if I returned to my computer by 8 p.m. I wouldn’t miss anything. Looks like I missed Obama’s speech in Iowa—delivered before the polls were closed in Oregon?!?
In any case:
Many of you have been disappointed by politics and politicians more times than you can count. You’ve seen promises broken and good ideas drown in the sea of influence, and point-scoring, and petty bickering that has consumed Washington. And you’ve been told over and over and over again to be cynical, and doubtful, and even fearful about the possibility that things can ever be different.
And yet, in spite of all the doubt and disappointment – or perhaps because of it – you came out on a cold winter’s night in numbers that this country has never seen, and you stood for change. And because you did, a few more stood up. And then a few thousand stood up. And then a few million stood up. And tonight, in the fullness of spring, with the help of those who stood up from Portland to Louisville, we have returned to Iowa with a majority of delegates elected by the American people, and you have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
The road here has been long, and that is partly because we’ve traveled it with one of the most formidable candidates to ever run for this office. In her thirty-five years of public service, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has never given up on her fight for the American people, and tonight I congratulate her on her victory in Kentucky. We have had our disagreements during this campaign, but we all admire her courage, her commitment and her perseverance. No matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and yours will come of age.
Some may see the millions upon millions of votes cast for each of us as evidence that our party is divided, but I see it as proof that we have never been more energized and united in our desire to take this country in a new direction. More than anything, we need this unity and this energy in the months to come, because while our primary has been long and hard-fought, the hardest and most important part of our journey still lies ahead.
8:05 p.m. Oregon is called for Obama just after the polls close. While you’re waiting for the finally tally, read his speech from Iowa earlier this evening. It’s excerpted above, but read the whole thing—it provides another example of the power of his oratory (and of his mind-meld with his speech writers), and it also sets up his frame for the general election. Which is the same frame he’s used to great effect so far: change versus more of the same.
8:20 p.m. Or, watch the speech instead of reading it:
8:30 p.m. And, for the sake of fairness (and a point of contrast), here’s Clinton’s speech tonight in Kentucky: