Oklahoma: Clinton, McCain win

February 5, 2008 7:24:36 PM PST
John McCain edged Mike Huckabee in Oklahoma's Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, while Hillary Rodham Clinton cruised past Barack Obama in the Democratic race.McCain, the Arizona senator, had about 38 percent of the vote with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee had 33 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 24.

Clinton, a New York senator, had been heavily favored in Oklahoma over Obama, the Illinois senator who did not campaign in the state in the weeks leading up to the election. She received 55 percent of the vote to 30 percent for Obama with 86 percent of precincts reporting.

The Associated Press called the race based on surveys of voters made at polls.

Moderates, older voters and families with incomes of $50,000 or less a year helped Clinton carry the state, according to data from exit polls conducted for The Associated Press. McCain had key support from moderate voters, while Huckabee was strong among conservative voters.

The only suspense in the Democratic race was whether John Edwards would meet the 15 percent threshold to collect any delegates in the state's five congressional districts. He had almost 11 percent with 86 percent of precincts reporting.

Edwards, who finished a close second to retired Gen. Wesley Clark in the 2004 Democratic contest, visited the state several times before suspending his campaign.

While registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in Oklahoma, the conservative state has not supported a Democrat for president in a general election since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The state has approximately 1 million registered Democrats and 800,000 Republicans.