Arizona Democratic primary, 2008

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Arizona Democratic Primary, 2008
Arizona
2004 ←
February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05)

  Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop.jpg Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg
Nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton Barack Obama
Party Democratic Democratic
Home state New York Illinois
Popular vote 229,501 193,126
Percentage 50.37% 42.39%

The Arizona Democratic Presidential Primary took place on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008, and had a total of 56 delegates at stake. The winner in each of Arizona's eight congressional districts was awarded all of that district's delegates, which totaled 37. Another 19 delegates were awarded to the statewide winner, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The 56 delegates represented Arizona at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Eleven other unpledged delegates, known as superdelegates, also attended the convention.[1]

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Arizona Democratic Presidential Primary Results - 2008
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Democratic Hillary Rodham Clinton 229,501 50.37% 31
Democratic Barack Obama 193,126 42.39% 25
Democratic John Edwards 23,621 5.18% 0
Democratic Other Candidates 3,748 0.82% 0
Democratic Bill Richardson 2,842 0.62% 0
Democratic Dennis Kucinich 1,973 0.43% 0
Democratic Others 824 0.18% 0
Totals 455,635 100.00% 56
Voter turnout  %

Analysis[edit]

One of the most diverse states in the nation with a heavily Latino population, Hillary Rodham Clinton was declared the winner of the Arizona Democratic Primary. According to exit polls, 68 percent of voters in the Arizona Democratic Primary were Caucasian and they opted for Clinton by a margin of 53-38. Clinton also won the Latino vote in Arizona by a margin of 55-41, which accounted for 18 percent of the electorate, as well as the Native American vote by a margin of 53-45 which accounted for 5 percent of the total voters in the primary. Obama carried the African American vote by a margin of 79-12, which accounted for 8 percent of the electorate. In terms of age, Obama won all voters under the age of 40 while Clinton won those over the age of 40. In terms of educational attainment, Clinton won all those who had a high school diploma, some college and/or college graduates while Obama won those who possessed postgraduate degrees. Clinton won self-identified Democratic voters and all ideological groups while Obama carried Independents in the state. Pertaining to religion, Clinton won all the major denominations in Arizona – Protestants backed Clinton 51-38, Catholics 57-37, Jews 51-44, and other Christians 47-46. Obama won nonreligious voters and voters who affiliated with other religions.

Clinton performed extremely well statewide in Arizona – carrying all counties but two: Coconino and Yavapai. She carried Maricopa County, which contains the state capital and largest city of Phoenix by a healthy margin as well as many of its suburbs. She also performed well in Southern Arizona, carrying Yuma and Tucson. She also carried seven of the state’s eight congressional districts – the 5th District, which contains Tempe and Scottsdale, was won by Obama.

Former Governor Janet Napolitano endorsed Obama.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arizona Democratic Delegation 2008". The Green Papers. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01.