New York Democratic primary, 2008

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New York Democratic primary, 2008
New York (state)
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  Hillary Rodham Clinton-cropped.jpg Obama portrait crop.jpg
Candidate Hillary Clinton Barack Obama
Home state New York Illinois
Delegate count 139 93
Popular vote 1,068,496 751,019
Percentage 57.37% 40.32%

The 2008 New York Democratic primary took place on February 5, 2008, also known as Super Tuesday. Polls indicated that New York Senator Hillary Clinton was leading rival Senator Barack Obama by double digits in the weeks before the contest,[1] and she ended up winning with roughly 58% of the vote.


Vote discrepancies[edit]

New York is announced as part of the roll call of the states during the third day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. New Mexico had yielded to Illinois, which in turn yielded to New York so that Senator Hillary Clinton could make a motion promoting party unity.

After the votes were initially counted on election night, certain districts near New York City were found to be missing their vote tallies for Obama.[2] The New York Times conducted a review of the unofficial results from the primary. They found that, among New York City's 6,106 election districts participating, 80 districts did not record a single vote for Obama, including heavily black districts like Harlem, as well as districts next to others where Obama had very favorable results. City election officials reviewed the vote tallies and found several inaccuracies. For example, in Harlem where Clinton led Obama 141 to 0, the recounted vote was counted as 261 to 136, Clinton.[3] In Brooklyn the primary night vote was 118 to 0, Clinton, whereas the recounted vote went 118 to 116, Clinton.[3]

Democratic leaders blamed the discrepancies on "human error" due to weary election officials on primary day. According to ABC News, however, other candidates such as John Edwards did not have this problem; it seemed to be almost exclusive to Obama.[4]

The counting errors only occurred in the election night tallies, which are always unofficial. Following normal procedures, the votes were re-tallied before being officially certified.[5] The final, official results left Clinton with 139 pledged delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and Obama with 93.[6]


Key: Withdrew
prior to contest
New York Democratic presidential primary, 2008[6]
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates[7]
Hillary Clinton 1,068,496 57.37% 139
Barack Obama 751,019 40.32% 93
John Edwards 21,924 1.18% 0
Dennis Kucinich 8,458 0.45% 0
Bill Richardson 8,227 0.44% 0
Joe Biden 4,321 0.23% 0
Totals 1,862,445 100.00% 232

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New York Democratic Primary". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Obama Robbed in NY". New York Post. 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Sam (2008-02-16). "Unofficial Tallies in City Understated Obama Vote". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Count All the Votes!". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  5. ^ "NYC Recount Underway For Democratic Primary". CBS. 2008-02-19. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  6. ^ a b New York State Elections Results
  7. ^ New York Times Election Guide 2008