Primary Coverage Through Tuesday Night

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

From the Associated Press | 10:55 p.m.

Obama says Clinton's wins don't change his lead in the delegate
count

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Barack Obama says even if rival Hillary Rodham Clinton has had a good night, he's on his way to winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton broke Obama's winning streak Tuesday. But he says he still leads in the count of delegates who will decide the nomination.

Speaking to supporters in front of the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, Obama said, "We can stand up with confidence and clarity.

He said, "We are on our way to winning this nomination."

Going into Tuesday's voting, Obama had won 11 straight victories.

He won Vermont Tuesday before losing Rhode Island to Clinton. She also declared victory in Ohio, and they were still awaiting results from Texas.



From the Associated Press | 10:46 p.m.

Lawsuit threat over Democratic caucuses in Texas

(AP) - The Texas caucuses could land in court.

Aides to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton say they'll consider mounting a legal challenge to the caucus results.

The Clinton backers cited "hundreds of complaints" of mischief allegedly caused by the Barack Obama campaign at caucus sites across Texas.

Clinton Texas director Ace Smith and campaign lawyer Lyn Utrecht cited evidence that Obama supporters illegally obtained caucus packets in several precincts.

Under caucus rules, the person with the packet is placed in charge of the caucus.

Clinton backers also say Obama supporters had locked Clinton voters out of several caucuses.

Clinton aides pushed back on the notion that they were challenging the caucus process because they believed the outcome would benefit Obama.

Obama's campaign lawyer Bob Bauer phoned into a news conference to complain about the Clinton campaign's persistent criticism of caucuses.



From the Associated Press: | 10:41 p.m.

Texas voter turnout overwhelms polling and caucus sites

UNDATED (AP) - Texans turned out in overwhelming numbers for the primaries.

The overflow crowds resulted in long lines at polling places, shortages of paper ballots in some precincts and thousands of people at post election caucuses.

Some precincts in Houston remained open after 10 p.m. to accommodate long lines of waiting voters.

Similar scenes were reported elsewhere in the state, including Travis and Tarrant counties.

Some caucuses had to be moved outside to accommodate all of the voters.

Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson had projected 26 percent of the state's 12.75 million registered voters would cast ballots.

The Democratic presidential race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama drew close attention.

Some Williamson County precincts reported depleted ballot supplies.

Austin police dispatched several patrol cars to quell a minor disturbance at a Travis County precinct. No arrests were reported.

More than 2,000 people trying to attend the Democratic caucus in the North Texas town of Little Elm waited in the parking lot for about two hours before being allowed into a building to convene.



From the Associated Press | 10:37 p.m.

Clinton breaks losing streak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton finally had a confetti night.

The Democratic presidential hopeful claimed victory in the Ohio primary Tuesday night and said that means, "We're going strong and we're going all the way."

Confetti rained down on her Ohio rally as she took the stage. She told the crowd her performance was a victory for everyone who's been "counted out but refused to be knocked out."

She and Barack Obama were in a tight race in Texas as she spoke, and her claim of Ohio victory had yet to be affirmed. Earlier, Clinton broke Obama's winning streak by taking Rhode Island, after Obama was declared the winner in Vermont.

Despite the turn of fortune, Clinton's still got an uphill fight to overcome Obama's lead in delegates.



From the Associated Press | 10:25 p.m.

GOP Senator Cornyn wins primary

HOUSTON (AP) - State Representative Rick Noriega of Houston took the lead in a four-way Democratic race to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

But it was too early to tell if the veteran of the war in Afghanistan would be able to avoid a runoff election in his bid to face Republican Cornyn in November.

Noriega was leading, followed by Gene Kelly, a perennial candidate who draws in voters with his famous name -- like the song-and-dance star.

Cornyn easily defeated consultant Larry Kilgore in the Republican primary.

Noriega is a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army National Guard who spent 14 months in Afghanistan.



From the Associated Press | 10:10 p.m.

Clinton holds slight lead in Texas, leads in Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have split a pair of New England primaries and are vying for bigger prizes in Ohio and Texas.

Clinton holds a narrow lead in Texas with votes from nearly 30 percent of the precincts counted. The former first lady is in front in Ohio.

Earlier, Obama won Vermont's Democratic primary while Clinton quickly countered by winning in Rhode Island.

Obama has the lead in the delegate chase, 1,389 to 1,276, in The Associated Press count.

Meanwhile, Republican John McCain has gained the 1,191 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination, completing a remarkable comeback. President Bush invited him to lunch -- and an endorsement -- at the White House tomorrow.

McCain's last remaining major rival, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, has conceded defeat.



From the Associated Press | 9:48 p.m.

Winners in Texas congressional primary races

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press reports the following are
winners in their primary races for Congress:

-- District 3: Republican incumbent Sam Johnson
-- District 4: Republican incumbent Ralph Hall
-- District 14: Republican incumbent Ron Paul
-- District 16: Democratic incumbent Silvestre Reyes
-- District 19: Democrat Dwight Fullingim
-- District 23: Republican Lyle Larson



From the Associated Press | 9:44 p.m.

Lawmakers on both sides of Craddick debate fighting for jobs

AUSTIN (AP) - So far, so good in the re-election bids of some Democrats under fire for backing GOP Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick during a failed 2007 attempt to overthrow him.

Representatives Kino Flores, Aaron Pena, Dawnna Dukes and Kevin Bailey are among a group of Democrats, known around the Texas Capitol as Craddick Ds, who sided with Craddick.

Their primary opponents have used their support of Craddick as campaign fodder.

Flores and Pena had narrow leads over their opponents in early vote returns.

Dukes also was leading.


From the Associated Press | 9:32 p.m.

Longtime education board member Berlanga wins Democratic primary

DALLAS (AP) - State Board of Education member Mary Helen Berlanga remains the choice of Democrats in South Texas.

Berlanga, who was first elected to the state board in 1982, beat challenger Lupe Gonzalez in the Democratic primary. The Corpus Christi lawyer's District 2 seat included 15 counties,



From the Associated Press | 9:21 p.m.

Hall wins first contest in hopes of 15th term

DALLAS (AP) - Republican Rep. Ralph Hall bested four other candidates to win his primary election.

Even with his Tuesday night win, Hall still must win in November to keep a seat he has held for 28 years.

The Rockwall Republican switched parties in 2004 after his district was redrawn to benefit a GOP candidate. But even as a Democrat he had often voted with Republicans.

His district takes in county in the northeast corner of Texas.



From the Associated Press | 9:20 p.m.

Paul wins congressional nomination in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - Republican Ron Paul didn't get many votes for president in his home state, but he easily won the primary night nomination for his congressional seat.

Paul - an Internet sensation in his presidential bid - easily defeated local Councilman Chris Peden in the Houston-area District 14 on Tuesday night.

Paul, a 10-term congressman, only drew single-digit votes for president.



From the Associated Press | 9:11 p.m.

McCain: "Most important part" of campaign begins

DALLAS (AP) - Arizona Senator John McCain says "we begin the most important part of our campaign," now that he's clinched the number of delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination.

McCain and his wife appeared at a rally in Dallas where a big sign bearing the magic number of 1,191 was on prominent display.

McCain expressed gratefulness to the broad support he's received, not only from Republicans, but independents and as he put it, "independent thinking Democrats."

He also took a few moments to praise his last rival standing, Mike Huckabee, who announced earlier that he's dropping out of the race. McCain called the former Arkansas governor a "great, fine, decent American."

McCain says his campaign will make a "respectful, determined and convincing case to the American people" that his election as president is in the best interest of the country.

Next stop for McCain, the White House. He'll have lunch with President Bush - and pick up Bush's endorsement. The two will make a joint statement afterward.



From the Associated Press | 8:56 p.m.

Some polls stayed open late in Texas

AUSTIN (AP) - Some polls in Texas stayed open more than an hour late tonight because so many people were waiting in line to cast their primary election ballots.

Election officials in Travis and Tarrant counties confirmed some polling places were open beyond the normal 7 p.m. closing time.

The Texas secretary of state's office has predicted record turnout -- as many as 3.3 million Texans were expected to cast their ballots.

Meanwhile, Texas gave Republican John McCain the delegates he needed to clinch the GOP presidential nomination with a victory over Mike Huckabee.

Barack Obama was leading Hillary Rodham Clinton in early returns in the race for the Democratic nomination.



From the Associated Press | 8:45 p.m.

Hispanic voters, late deciders boost Clinton's hopes in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the Texas primary to keep her Democratic presidential campaign alive -- she can thank Hispanics.

That's according to an exit poll for The Associated Press and television networks.

Hispanics turned out heavily in Texas and early on voted 2-to-1 for the former first lady.

The Associated Press reports Clinton might also be glad she ran a late round of commercials that questioned Barack Obama's ability to be commander in chief.

Voters who made up their minds in the last three days before the primary broke strongly for Clinton.

Overall, Texas Democrats were more likely to view Clinton as better qualified to be commander in chief and believe that she offered clear and detailed plans to solve the country's problems.

They viewed Obama as more inspirational.

Survey results were from interviews of 2,009 Democratic primary voters and 1,332 Republican primary voters conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International in 40 polling places across Texas on Tuesday.

Margin of sampling error plus or minus 3 percentage points in the Democratic primary and 4 percentage points in the GOP election.

The samples include 434 Democratic voters and 267 Republican voters who voted early or absentee and were surveyed in the past week by telephone.



From the Associated Press | 8:44 p.m.

McCain clinches GOP nomination; president to endorse him

WASHINGTON (AP) - Now that John McCain has clinched the Republican presidential nomination, he has a date tomorrow at the White House.

McCain will have lunch with President Bush, who will endorse him. The two will make a joint statement afterward. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says: "The president has said he looks forward to vigorously campaigning for the GOP and tonight it has become clear that the GOP nominee will be Senator John McCain."

According to the AP count, the four-term Arizona senator surpassed the magic number of 1,191 GOP delegates as voters in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas put him over the top.

In an AP interview, McCain said: "The most important race begins."

Republicans won't officially nominate McCain until early September at the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Shortly after AP called the race, McCain's chief remaining rival, Mike Huckabee, withdrew from the race.



From the Associated Press | 8:23 p.m.

Huckabee to drop out of presidential race

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Huckabee is dropping out of the presidential race.

The former Arkansas governor is withdrawing after John McCain clinched the nomination by getting 1,191 delegates.

Huckabee was the Arizona senator's chief remaining rival.



From the Associated Press | 8:20 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodman Clinton has won the Democratic primary in Rhode Island.



From the Associated Press | 8:20 p.m.

Winners in Texas congressional primary races

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press reports the following are winners in their primary races for Congress:

District 3: Republican incumbent Sam Johnson



From the Associated Press | 8:18 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned Mike Huckabee will drop out of the presidential race shortly.



From the Associated Press | 8:11 p.m.

GOP Senator Cornyn wins primary

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Senator John Cornyn is one step closer to keeping his seat in Washington.

Cornyn has won the GOP primary.

A legislator who served in Afghanistan had the early lead among Democrats competing for the chance to challenge Cornyn on November 4th.

State Representative Rick Noriega of Houston was leading Corpus Christi high school teacher Ray McMurrey and perennial candidates Gene Kelly and Rhett Smith.

Noriega is a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army National Guard who spent 14 months in Afghanistan.

Cornyn already has about 7.6 million dollars in the bank for the fall campaign.



From the Associated Press | 8:08 p.m.

Poll: Clinton leads in Texas with whites, Hispanics

WASHINGTON (AP) - Early results from Texas exit polls show Hillary Rodham Clinton has a slight lead among white voters, and is getting a strong edge from Hispanics.

Barack Obama is getting his customary hearty support from blacks. More than eight in 10 are backing him.

Hispanics are making up three in 10 voters in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary, slightly up from the 2004 contest. More than six in 10 Hispanics are supporting Clinton, similar to the edge they've given her in many previous states.

She and Obama are splitting white men about evenly. That's a group where Obama has been making inroads in recent contests. About six in 10 white women are supporting Clinton, her usual margin.



From the Associated Press | 8:01 p.m.

McCain clinches Republican presidential nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) - John McCain has clinched the Republican presidential nomination. The Associated Press count of delegates showed McCain surpassing the requisite 1,191 needed to win the party's nod. The victory was redemption for the four-term Arizona senator. He sought the nomination in 2000 but lost to George W. Bush.



From the Associated Press | 8:01 p.m.

BULLETIN (AP) - John Cornyn, GOP, nominated U.S. Senate, Texas.



From the Associated Press | 8:00 p.m.

BULLETIN (AP) - John McCain, GOP, nominated President, Texas.



From the Associated Press | 7:50 p.m.

Obama, Clinton duel in Ohio, Texas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are dueling in competitive contests in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island.

Earlier this evening, Obama defeated Clinton in the Vermont primary. It's his 12th straight win over the former first lady. Clinton is hoping to rebound later in the night in the other three states.

Obama has taken an early lead in Texas based almost entirely on votes cast before primary day.

The Ohio count is being delayed by heavy voting that kept some polls in Sandusky and Cleveland open for 90 minutes past the scheduled 7:30 p.m. closing time.

On the Republican side, John McCain first added Vermont, then Ohio to his column, moving to within about 130 of the delegate total needed to clinch the GOP nomination.

President Bush has invited the Arizona senator to the White House tomorrow for a show of support.



From the Associated Press | 7:47 p.m.

Four Democrats vie to face Cornyn this fall

HOUSTON (AP) - A legislator who served in Afghanistan had the early lead tonight among Democrats competing for the chance to challenge GOP U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

State Representative Rick Noriega of Houston was leading Corpus Christi high school teacher Ray McMurrey and perennial candidates Gene Kelly and Rhett Smith.

Cornyn was leading consultant Larry Kilgore in the Republican primary.

Noriega is a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army National Guard who spent 14 months in Afghanistan.

Cornyn already has about 7.6 million dollars in the bank for the fall campaign.



From the Associated Press | 7:38 p.m.

Big focus on Democrats as health care and Iraq war concern Texans

HOUSTON (AP) - A 51-year-old Dallas man's job made him a perfect metaphor for the millions of Texans who voted today.

Logan Daffron is a juggler.

Like the multiple balls Daffron tries to keep in the air, Texas voters had multiple issues to consider.

The economy? The war? How about health care? A candidate's experience? The lure of change?

Daffron, who is self employed and has no health insurance, says he voted for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, citing her efforts to achieve health care reform.

It's an issue Clinton has worked on since her husband Bill Clinton was president.

A record turnout was anticipated for the presidential primary as the Clinton-Barack Obama race captured center stage.



From the Associated Press | 7:37 p.m.

Democratic voters in Texas unsure of rival candidate

DALLAS (AP) - Whoever wins the Democratic presidential nomination will have some fence-mending to do in Texas before the November 4th election.

An exit poll for The Associated Press and TV networks found that only about half of those who voted today for Barack Obama said they'd be satisfied if Hillary Rodham Clinton wins.

Even fewer Clinton supporters - just over one-third - said they would be satisfied with Obama.

AP reports Texas Democrats were more likely to view Clinton as better qualified to be commander in chief and said she offered clear and detailed plans to solve the country's problems.

They viewed Obama as more inspirational.

About half of the exit-poll voters in the Democratic Party named the economy as the top issue.

Republican primary voters also named the economy the top issue, followed by terrorism and the war in Iraq.

GOP voters said they most looked for a candidate who shared their values, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee carried that group.

AP reports the next two qualities were experience and saying what he believes, and presumptive nominee John McCain won with those voters.

Survey results were from interviews of 1,453 Democratic primary voters and 1,119 Republican primary voters conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International in 40 polling places across Texas on Tuesday.

Margin of sampling error plus or minus 4 percentage points for each primary.

The samples include 434 Democratic voters and 267 Republican voters who voted early or absentee and were surveyed in the past week by telephone.



From the Associated Press | 7:11 p.m.

TX Primaries-Caucus Problems

DALLAS (AP) - The Democratic presidential campaigns today traded accusations of primary day shenanigans in Texas.

That prompted the Democratic party to issue a stern reprimand to follow the rules.
Allegations flew from the campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama that staffers were signing up participants in advance of precinct caucuses.

Other claims involved the alleged swiping of caucus packages containing tools for the second round of voting in the quirky Texas
Democratic primary system.

Participants are not supposed to sign up for the caucuses unless they show up.

Obama's campaign issued a news release accusing Clinton's campaign of a handful of incidents in various precincts.

Clinton's campaign helped reporters get in touch with a witness to early signups by an Obama worker.

The Texas Democratic Party intervened.



From the Associated Press | 6:59 p.m.

Exit poll: Clinton holds whites in Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) - Exit polls suggest Hillary Rodham Clinton is getting strong support in Ohio's Democratic presidential contest from groups that have been the foundation of her candidacy.

Clinton, the survey indicates, is taking strong margins among white, blue collar and older voters.

Early results from exit polls of Ohio Democratic voters say Barack Obama is not doing as well as he had in recent contests in eroding Clinton's support from those groups.

The Illinois senator is doing best among voters who have been with him from early on in this year's voting. He's getting backing from nine in 10 blacks, two thirds of voters who are under age 30, and just over half of college graduates.



From the Associated Press | 6:39 p.m.

McCain wins Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) - John McCain is the winner of two of today's primary contests: Ohio and Vermont.

The Republican presidential candidate has moved to within about 130 of the delegate total needed to clinch the nomination.

Aides are getting ready to display a giant banner bearing the magic number -- 1,191 -- to serve as a backdrop for an anticipated victory celebration.

Over on the Democratic side, Barack Obama is the winner over Hillary Rodham Clinton in Vermont, but Ohio remains too close to call. The Vermont victory is Obama's 12th straight over the former first lady.

There are also primaries in Rhode Island and Texas.

The Associated Press has been making its calls based on surveys of voters as they left the polls.



From the Associated Press | 6:00 p.m.

MONTPELIER, Vt. - In Vermont, Barack Obama has won the
Democratic primary and John McCain has won the Republican primary.

Obama has now won 12 straight contests over rival Hillary
Clinton.

The win for McCain pushes him even closer to securing the GOP
nomination.



All eyes will be on Texas as voters head to the polls today.

That is because democratic presidential candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are in a tight race.

Experts predict that Texas voters could decide the democratic presidential nominee.

Polls show Republican John McCain with a wide lead.

Stick with KBTX News 3 and KBTX.com today for up to the minute election results.

We'll have live reports throughout the day from around the Brazos Valley and stories from across the Lone Star State.


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