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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Washington Caucus Results: Obama Wins by Huge Margin; Turnout Shatters Record

posted by on February 9 at 17:50 PM

Per Brad, CNN is calling Nebraska for Obama. And here in Washington, the state Democratic party is reporting a “record-shattering” turnout that could have been double the 100,000 people who turned out in 2004. Results are starting to come in here:

With 30-percent of precincts reporting, Obama has 7,094 delegates to Clinton’s 3,353 delegates.

UPDATE: With 37-percent reporting, Obama has 8,842 delegates to Clinton’s 4,178 delegates.

UPDATE: With 48-percent reporting, Obama has 11,107 delegates to Clinton’s 5,234 delegates. That’s 67-percent of delegates for Obama so far.

UPDATE: With 57-percent reporting, Obama has 13,524 delegates to Clinton’s 6,478 delegates. That’s 70-percent of delegates for Obama so far.

UPDATE: The dailies are calling it for Obama. And heck, we can do basic math. The Stranger calls it for Obama, too.

UPDATE: Kelly Steele of the state Democratic party calls with a telling factoid. In Seattle’s 36th Legislative District, turnout went from 7,502 in 2004 to 18,220 this year. That’s a more-than-doubling of turnout.

UPDATE: Here come the Republican results. They won’t mean a whole lot since McCain seems to have a nomination sewn up, but they’ll say something about our state. Results are coming in here.

With 16-percent of precincts reporting McCain is winning, but only barely—with Huckabee close behind and Paul still within striking distance.

UPDATE: The state Republicans aren’t updating their web site as often as promised. I’m going to dinner. Commenters, I leave this in your hands…

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Posted by Fonky | February 9, 2008 5:26 PM

That is hardly suprising. Seattle (or at least 21,000 people in it) were Wooed by Obama yesterday at the rally. It was amazing.

Posted by Aaron | February 9, 2008 5:27 PM

Seattle is clearly an Obamabomb. What's happening in Eastern WA, on the Peninsula?

Posted by Fnarf | February 9, 2008 5:31 PM

Here's the breakdown by juristiction:

I don't think the same counties are being counted (or more have been added) in the official total right now, but Obama has a slightly narrower but still significant lead in Adams, Asotin, and Benton counties, all SE Washington.

Posted by annie | February 9, 2008 5:33 PM

In my Belltown precinct, Obama had 39 votes to Hillary's 11.

Posted by Hilary (Obama fan) | February 9, 2008 5:38 PM

48% in, they're calling it for the O man.

Posted by stinkbug | February 9, 2008 5:43 PM


Well, here on the peninsula in Port Townsend the results were HEAVILY probama. Here's my photo comparison:



Posted by Fonky | February 9, 2008 5:44 PM

I predict we clone MN with 67% for Obama.

Posted by unPC | February 9, 2008 5:47 PM

How is ECB taking the loss? Guess having two powerful woman senators and a ex-governor backing you does not help you carry the state.

Posted by Cato | February 9, 2008 5:50 PM

Where was Clinton yesterday? I think the Obama rally energized and informed people about how to caucus which is probably why he is winning.

Posted by huh? | February 9, 2008 5:50 PM

Jesus H.! Are you telling me someone I voted for is actually winning, albeit locally?

Posted by Marko Constans | February 9, 2008 5:50 PM

#7 I grew up in Port Townsend -that looks fairly typical. How many Kucinich groupies were there?
(One of the Clinton supporters looks like someone I got into a vicious verbal match with at the Rose theater years ago when she showed up drunk and kept talking through the movie... ah memories of home town life)

Posted by gfrancie | February 9, 2008 5:52 PM

based on the jurisdictional results at the site annie linked to, the highest numbers for Clinton are 42 % in Yakima...So is that the old school farmers or their field hands?

Posted by gnossos | February 9, 2008 6:01 PM

At Campbell Elementary, where folks from Southernmost SE Seattle, Skyway and West Renton, there were 584 people throughout 14 precincts.

Obama 80.7%, Clinton 19.3%!

Posted by Old Campaign Hack | February 9, 2008 6:01 PM

handy county map

the NYT always has great election graphics.

Posted by chris | February 9, 2008 6:03 PM

Permission to gloat granted.
Glad you are using it.

Posted by unPC | February 9, 2008 6:06 PM

the new york times article on the win has a great photo of obama courting the dirty hippy demographic over in maine. It is very difficult for me to imagine any of the other candidates in that photo other than him.

Posted by john | February 9, 2008 6:06 PM

Hey Sven - how's that crow tasting?

Posted by Willis | February 9, 2008 6:08 PM

Anyone watching the news networks right now? Notice that the only network carrying Clinton's live speech in Virginia in its entirety is...MSNBC.

Hmm, that's interesting. I wonder if anything has happened recently that would cause MSNBC to feel somehow indebted to Senator Clinton. Oh right! They made an inappropriate comment about her daughter.

I guess this is their way of making up?

Posted by Justin | February 9, 2008 6:09 PM

Um... Tunrourt?

Posted by Actual Size | February 9, 2008 6:10 PM

Perhaps, but they've been carrying live speeches of several candidates lately.
I would agree that MSNBC;s Mr. Shuster saying Hillary was "pimping out" Chelsea was gross and also showed animus and bias.

Imagine if they said that about Michelle Obama. That the Obama campaign was pimping her out.

If that had happened, MSNBC would have street protests in front of their studios and the Shuster dude would've been fired by now.

Posted by unPC | February 9, 2008 6:14 PM

Remember folks, these don't represent the official state delegation vote ratios, which won't be decided until we have the county, and later state conventions, where I think Clinton will eke out a slightly larger proportional vote; I'll call it approximately 3:1.

Based on what I saw today, I'm going to predict the final state delegation to the Democratic National Convention will be 71 for Obama, 26 for Clinton, including superdelegates.

Posted by COMTE | February 9, 2008 6:14 PM

In my sunset hill (ballard) precinct, Obama had 52 votes to Clinton's 11 (!).

Posted by Earinc | February 9, 2008 6:17 PM

@19, Obama speaks there later I believe. I'm sure msnbc will show that as well.

Posted by stinkbug | February 9, 2008 6:17 PM

Yakima county is the closest (maybe due to large Hispanic population?), with Obama - 56%, Clinton - 44%.

Wonder what the GOP count is.

Posted by Mr Yuck | February 9, 2008 6:20 PM

@13: No, those are Hispanics, I would guess. Josh's prediction (and mine) was wrong.

Posted by annie | February 9, 2008 6:20 PM

CNN has two women from LA. who are hijacking the talk to complain about how neither candidate has a good plan to rebuild NOLA.
It's 41% Clinton 39% Obama in La. according to the CNN pie chart.
No one's calling it yet.

Weird, you'd think Obama would be way ahead.

Posted by unPC | February 9, 2008 6:21 PM

OK now O. 40% C. 39% with few votes counted.

Posted by unPC | February 9, 2008 6:22 PM

@9,18 - be civil now, no gloating. Don't behave like ECB.

Posted by tsm | February 9, 2008 6:24 PM

Pacific County is reporting 88% Clinton, what the hell happened there?

Posted by Fake Fnarf | February 9, 2008 6:25 PM

@30: Per this link, Pacific Co was only 40% for Clinton:

Posted by Fitz | February 9, 2008 6:30 PM

You had to know, when a recent Clinton rally drew a few thousand people, and the Obama rally not only packed in 17,000 people but had 3000 people outside who wanted to but couldn't get in, that WA was going to side with Obama in a landslide.

The delegate breakdown, however, has me confused: I thought WA got 80 national delegates and 17 superdelegates. So do those tens of thousands of 'delegates' get used to proportionally determine how those 80 caucus-powered delegates get broken down?

Posted by Gomez | February 9, 2008 6:32 PM

This is a lack of education in progress. If I hear one more person say "he's believable," I will throw up. He is full of lies and has no real plan for health care or withdrawal from Iraq. I don't see him being a pillar of strength for this country at all. Lame. president.

Posted by Kate | February 9, 2008 6:33 PM

Sort of and mainly, yes.

The delegates we chose today go to the legislative district caucus in April, inother counties they go straight to a county convention, then there is a state demo. convention and THAT"S WHERE the 80 pledged delegates chosen thru the caucus process actually get picked.

Soooo....if someone drops out or if any of these delegates just don't show up...the results will be skewed.

But basically the answer is yes.

If you don't like this system, join the Democratic party and lobby the State Central Committee to stop using caucuses. Ditto and vice versa if you like the chaotic caucus process.

Posted by unPC | February 9, 2008 6:36 PM

@32/Gomez, there are other Party conventions (county, state) that whittle down all those *precinct* delegates down to the state delegates.

Posted by stinkbug | February 9, 2008 6:37 PM


re: fake polite/passive agressive gloating--
Very nice.

Posted by unPC | February 9, 2008 6:39 PM

hey Eli, although it's not as important, how about also mentioning the Rep. caucus results.

with 16% reporting, it looks like it's 27% mccain, 26% huckabee, 21% paul, and 17% romney. There's some party unity!

Posted by stinkbug | February 9, 2008 6:43 PM


Hey Sven - how's that crow tasting?

Nummy, thanks.

Posted by Big Sven | February 9, 2008 6:45 PM

@36 - I was quite sincere. Now if only you'd stop with the sour grapes. I just want to see the Democrats get behind a nominee and be done with it, now that McCain is going to start moving.

Posted by tsm | February 9, 2008 6:48 PM

Not to throw a wrench in the works, but it seems a bit weird for callin' it for obama, when we two more tiers of caucuses to go through. Apparently delegates can "change their minds" regardless of the consensus of the group, at the next round and I just want to point that out. In my group people got delegates who were really into the candidate, and brought out the point of changed mind and stuff. Not trying to be a buzzkill. It's awesome that so many people wanted the big O. Um, never mind. At any rate, I just want the shit to stay accurate and not understand if, for some reason we end up sending more Clinton delegates to Denver the Obama delegates. I want to keep my eyes open and understand the process. 'Cause it is a wee bit crazy. Can't stand the damn electoral college, long for first past the post!

Posted by stone | February 9, 2008 6:56 PM

Massive statewide and local turnout.

Massive Obama margins pretty much everywhere.

It's not that Clinton voters didn't show up - it's that a lot of people who never vote or haven't did. And they were mostly for Obama.

GOP turnout - not good - tell Rossi he's not got a chance in heck.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 9, 2008 7:04 PM

@39 - i think mccain may have to back track a bit after today - mike "i majored in miracles" huckabee (and i think some of those wacko evangelical colleges actually let you do that) has won kansas, is leading louisiana, and is neck and neck here.

Posted by john | February 9, 2008 7:07 PM

OK, so the NY Times map is showing only one pro-Clinton county and a few undecided. KING5 just reported Obama is winning in every county in the state.

As an ardent Obama supporter, I am just flabbergasted, overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of this support. The results today restore my faith in Seattle and the state of Washington. Next up: restoring my faith in the United States of America.

Oh, and it's remarkable how out of touch our two senators are. If I may quote one CJ from the "north of the Ship Canal" thread:

P.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell both endorsed Clinton but clearly are not representing the will of the people of Washington State. Consider writing to them that they should switch their superdelegate vote to Obama and that if they don't, we'll vote them out of office. (Also write to Gov Gregoire and thank her for getting it right.)

I have to say, the Gregoire Obama endorsement may have done even more for Gregoire than Obama. I know she's just gained a huge chunk of credibility in my book.

Posted by cressona | February 9, 2008 7:08 PM

Thank God Americans are FINALLY getting involved. We're beginning to look like a 3rd world-nation where 98% of the citizens turn out to vote! Keep it up.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | February 9, 2008 7:17 PM

Young folk are fu*king this country’s future right in the pooter. Obama sounds a lot like Osama to me, and by God I will not have some Muslim sully the house were Ronald Reagan took his tea. It is hard for me to imagine some caramel colored fella stealing the white house after 7 years of American glory in the middle East. We are finally making the right kind of progress over in the sanded lands, and Washington State slaps our glorified victory right in the loins. Clinton is the right kind of liberal, but you can not see that can you.

Posted by Big Sven's Dad | February 9, 2008 7:53 PM

Turnout is a big story here. The 37th district, which was over 80% for Obama, had a huge increase in turnout. More than 4 times that of 2004.

Posted by Gidge | February 9, 2008 7:56 PM


Gregoire made the right call and so did Greg Nichols. AND, they were really good on camera and gave nice big bang speeches at the rally.

Gregoire is playing to her base. Right call - and can we say the words coat tail?

Maybe long COAT TAIL --- for the Nov Dem races across all sectors. Much work to be done and money to be donated.

Posted by Adam | February 9, 2008 7:59 PM

Fuckabee is gonna win Washington, and Ron Motherfucking Paul is polling over 20%. Beautiful!

CNN (which has by far the best maps on TV) says that the only county Clinton is carrying is Douglas County, a county which has a lovely Miss but hardly any people.

Obama carries the Virgin Islands, too. Big night for him. Clinton is in trouble.

Posted by Fnarf | February 9, 2008 8:05 PM

Obama took my precinct 80 percent to 20 percent.

But here's news we can all be happy about.
Huckabee won Kansas and has vowed to stay in the race. Meanwhile the CPAC endorsed Romney in a straw poll

Huckabee Wins Kansas, Vows To Stay In Race

Romney Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Posted by wile_e_quixote | February 9, 2008 8:09 PM

Of course @45 is not my dad. My dad is an aging old school hippy in Georgia who has never bothered to learn to type, much less to master the internets.

He wrote a really passionate letter to Gore back in the summer pleading him to run. When Gore didn't, my Dad kind of tuned out of the race. My stepmother loves Hillary but of course Georgia went big for Obama.

My mom, who has advanced pancreatic cancer, loves Hillary but of course Minnesota went big for Obama.

I want to really congratulate the Obama supporters. You have come out in droves in all the states I care about. Your candidate seems well on the way to winning the nomination, and while I continue to believe that Hillary is both a better choice for President and more able to win, if you youngsters show up in the general election your man will be the next President.

Posted by Big Sven | February 9, 2008 8:50 PM

Just wanted to give a big hug to the one person in Garfield county who came out to caucus and vote for Obama.

Garfield County, WA -- By Attrition, the most Obama Supporting County (by percentage) in America!

Posted by mackro mackro | February 9, 2008 9:20 PM

Silly New York times says in this article that Obama got 57% of the caucus vote in Washington. How does one make them fix that?

Posted by poltroon | February 9, 2008 9:41 PM

and I just want to say that Big Sven is a class act. Slog is a much better place with is presence.

Posted by gnossos | February 9, 2008 10:31 PM

*his -- damn it. Or maybe I was just channeling my inner cockney.

Posted by gnossos | February 9, 2008 10:33 PM

Oh Big Sven, why do you have to be so magnanimous in defeat. You take all the fun out of being a winner. I have an affinity for old hippies like your dad. My apologies for being so rough on you for the last few months, even if you deserved most of the time. Good luck on your low carb diet.

Posted by Not Big Sven’s Father | February 9, 2008 11:22 PM

gnossos@53, thanks.

NBSF@55, I will try to be more dogmatic on the next big issue (RTID II?) and thus more fun to kick. ;-)

Posted by Big Sven | February 10, 2008 4:13 AM

Just to play devils advocate, when was the last time Washington went for the winner in the general? I'm just saying...

"Here come the Republican results. They won’t mean a whole lot since ..."
I suspect they will mean a whole lot, if the Republicans were united the Democrats would have little chance, but if they stay fractured Obama may have fair chance. Though I wonder about a McCain/Huckabee ticket, one might imagine it would lose more independents than it would gain wingnuts, but you never really know until the supreme court stops the recounts..

Posted by Epimetheus | February 10, 2008 4:39 AM


No NIGGY-NOGGY'S for me!!!

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