Friday, 4 January 2008, 02:43 GMT
Mike Huckabee has won Iowa’s Republican caucuses – the first nominating contest of the 2008 US presidential election.
Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, came second.
At the Democratic caucuses, Barack Obama won a close race to defeat Hillary Clinton and John Edwards – but it is still unclear who was second.
Past Iowa caucuses have broken some campaigns and given big boosts to others, correspondents say. The next contest is on Tuesday in New Hampshire.
3 Jan: Iowa caucuses
8 Jan: New Hampshire primary
15 Jan: Michigan primary
19 Jan: Nevada caucuses; South Carolina primary (Rep)
26 Jan: South Carolina primary (Dem)
29 Jan: Florida primary
5 Feb: some 20 states including California, New York, New Jersey
Obama and Huckabee set to win in Iowa
Simon Jeffery in Washington
Friday January 4, 2008
Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee today looked set to declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses, with the major US television networks called the contest for the Illinois senator and former Baptist preacher.
The earliest precinct reports bore out the last month of polling in Iowa, showing a close three-way race among the Democrats and a two-way battle in the Republican field – but the numbers moved to Obama and Huckabee as the night progressed.
With 86% of Democratic precincts reporting, Obama was at 37%, with Clinton and Edwards on 30% each.
Obama and Huckabee win Iowa
Al Jazeera English
FRIDAY, JANUARY 04, 2008
5:29 MECCA TIME, 2:29 GMT
Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have won their party caucuses in the US state of Iowa, the first test in the race to choose the candidates for president.
Bidding to become the first black president of the US, Obama, a first-term senator, beat rivals John Edwards and Hillary Clinton on Thursday.
Huckabee, a Baptist preacher turned Arkansas governor, was a virtual unknown until the final weeks of the campaign. He defeated Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, despite being outspent by tens of millions of dollars.
Official Results: Democrats
Jan 3, 2008
10:30 PM CT
Senator Barack Obama : 37.55%
Senator John Edwards : 29.81%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.44%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.10%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.94%
Uncommitted : 0.14%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.02%
Precincts Reporting: 1767 of 1781
(Percentages are State Delegate Equivalents.)
2008 Iowa Republican Caucus Results
(An earlier report, fyi coverage of the caucus by Al Jazeera)
US presidential race kicks off
Al Jazeera English
FRIDAY, JANUARY 04, 2008
4:41 MECCA TIME, 1:41 GMT
Americans in the state of Iowa have begun choosing their candidates to vie for the presidency this year.
Democrat and Republican candidates were in the state hoping to secure the support of political activists as the long race to be the next president of the United States got under way on Thursday.
After months of furious political campaigning, the 16 candidates will plunge into the state-by-state battle to choose two presidential candidates from the 16 currently in the race for the two parties’ nominations.
Obama, the Illinois senator who would be the first black in the White House, said in his message: “I will carry your voices to the White House and I will fight for you every day I’m there.”
For his part, Edwards used a factory worker who had lost his job in Newton, Iowa, to make the case he was the candidate who could battle corporate interests and secure US manufacturing jobs.
Edwards, the 2004 vice-presidential candidate, has made his promise to fight special interests the centrepiece of his campaign.
However, caucus night requires Iowans to leave their homes and join their neighbours at a community gathering spot to publicly declare their support for a candidate and sub-freezing temperatures could put some people off voting.
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