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Feb 06,2008
Clinton top vote-getter in N.J. primary
by UPI

TRENTON, N.J. - U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton appeared poised to be the winner in the New Jersey Democratic primary.

While numbers were not available from much of the state, Clinton was making a strong showing. With 45 percent of the vote in, Clinton had 55 percent to 42 percent for her Senate colleague, Barack Obama of Illinois.

The 70 Democratic Convention delegates selected by the primary vote will be divided proportionately between Clinton and her Senate colleague, Barack Obama.

The state has another 57 super delegates. State Sen. President Dick Codey, an Obama supporter, told New Jersey Network they should be divided according to the primary vote, but Gov. Jon Corzine, a Clinton backer, said that would involve changing the party rules mid-election.

Clinton, who represents neighboring New York in the Senate, had an overwhelming lead in polls last year. Obama has gained a lot of ground in recent weeks.

Democrats saw record turnout for the primary. In previous election cycles, the primary was in June, when both parties usually had a presumptive nominee.

© 2008 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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