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Clinton Praises Supporters; Ca. Still Undecided

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By Perry Bacon Jr.
11:28 p.m. NEW YORK -- Following a series of results that left the Democratic race effectively tied -- just as it was before the balloting -- Hillary Clinton stuck mainly to criticizing President Bush and praising her campaign for its wins tonight.

"In record numbers, people voted not just to make history, but to remake America," Clinton told a crowd of several hundred supporters in a ballroom here. "People in American Samoa, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee and the great state of New York," she declared as loud applause drowned out her words.

Clinton congratulated Barack Obama by name, but also implied a criticism of him with her line that it was important to elect a president who is "ready on Day One."

And aware that the biggest contest of the night had not yet been decided, she said, "It's not over yet, because the polls are still open in California."

Aides said she planned to stay in a holding room at the ballroom, at least for a while, to wait for the results of California, but did not expect that she would speak again.

10:27 p.m.NEW YORK -- Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. John Kerry and Gov. Deval Patrick all went for Barack Obama after long courtships in which they were wooed by both Clintons. But the Massachusetts voters chose Hillary Clinton.

After CNN called the Bay State for Clinton, supporters gathered in a ballroom in Midtown loudly cheered and waved signs. Her backers, while not taking any shots at Obama's high-profile trio, said this was a huge win.

"You've got to call this an upset," said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). "It's not even close. It's very encouraging."

The endorsements from all three had been expected to be blows to Clinton, particularly the defection of Kennedy, who went with Obama and then aggressively stumped on the Illinois senator's behalf over the last week.

Much of Kennedy's activity was in the Southwest, so it's still unclear how his outreach affected voters there. Obama has struggled among Latinos, and his aides hope Kennedy helps him win that key voting bloc.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 5, 2008; 11:30 PM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton , Northeast / Mid-Atlantic , Primaries , The Democrats  
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