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Vol. LXII, No. 6
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
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Clinton, McCain Take N.J.; Obama Wins Princeton

Matthew Hersh

Sen. Hillary Clinton won the New Jersey Democratic primary Tuesday night, with Sen. Barack Obama falling short in the state, as the pair squared off in 22 states across the country.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona easily won the state’s Republican primary, taking 55 percent of the vote, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney coming in a distant second with 28 percent.

Ms. Clinton won New Jersey despite a late spike in national polls for Mr. Obama, the Illinois senator who campaigned in the Meadowlands Monday. As of 11 p.m., with 77 percent of precincts counted, Ms. Clinton had secured 53 percent of the vote, compared to Mr. Obama’s 44 percent. The Associated Press declared Ms. Clinton the winner in the Democratic primary just before 10 p.m. A total of 107 of 127 of the Democratic delegates were at stake Tuesday. The remaining 20 delegates belong to party and elected officials who are not bound to one particular candidate.

Mr. McCain secured all of the Republican Party’s 52 delegates.

It was a different story in the Princetons, however, where Mr. Obama won decisive victories in the Borough and Township. According to unofficial results in Princeton Township, Mr. Obama won 2,674 votes to Ms. Clinton’s 1,476. In Princeton Borough, Mr. Obama won 1,548 votes to Ms. Clinton’s 680. Despite having already dropped out of the race, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards received 28 votes.

In the Borough, Mr. Obama won 1,548 votes; Ms. Clinton received 680, and Mr. Edwards took 14 votes.

On the Republican slate in the Township, Mr. McCain secured 590 votes and Mr. Romney received 240 votes cast. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received 53 votes. In the Borough, Mr. McCain took 216 votes, with Mr. Romney coming in second with 80 votes, and Mr. Huckabee receiving 25 votes.

Mr. Obama won the county elections in Mercer County, taking 53 percent of the vote to Ms. Clinton’s 46 percent.

In both Princetons, voter turnout was relatively high, with more than 50 percent of registered voters taking part in the primaries.

For complete results, go to

February 5 Primary Results

Democratic Primary
Princeton Borough
Princeton Township
Barack Obama: 1,527 Votes (67.5%)
Hillary Clinton: 683 (30.2%)
John Edwards: 20
Uncommitted: 14
Dennis Kucinich: 9
Bill Richardson: 6
Uncommitted: 2
Joe Biden: 1

Total Votes Cast: 2,262
Barack Obama: 2,791 (63.2%)
Hillary Clinton: 1,541 (35%)
John Edwards: 38
Uncommitted: 20
Dennis Kucinich: 10
Joe Biden: 5
Bill Richardson: 4
Uncommitted: 4

Total Votes Cast: 4,413
denotes winner of the contest.
Republican Primary
Princeton Borough
Princeton Township
John McCain: 216 Votes (65.6%)
Mitt Romney: 80 (23%)
Mike Huckabee: 25
Ron Paul: 25
Fred Thompson: 1
Rudy Giuliani: 1
Ralph Nader (write-in): 1

Total Votes Cast: 349
John McCain: 590 Votes (62.5%)
Mitt Romney: 240 (25.5%)
Mike Huckabee: 53
Ron Paul: 45
Rudy Giuliani: 8
Fred Thompson: 7

Total Votes Cast: 943
denotes winner of the contest.

Election results are not official until certification by the County Board of Elections.

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