Final Numbers- Obama wins
From the Iowa Democratic Party:
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA : 37.58%
SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS : 29.75%
SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON : 29.47%
GOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON : 2.11%
SENATOR JOE BIDEN : 0.93%
UNCOMMITTED : 0.14%
SENATOR CHRIS DODD : 0.02%
PRECINCTS REPORTING: 1781 OF 1781
(PERCENTAGES ARE STATE DELEGATE EQUIVALENTS.)
7:50: Obama passes Hillary, for the first time.
7:52: More than 25% in, and Obama and Hillary are tied.
7:54: 0.37% separates the big three.
7:56: Obama leads, for the first time. 0.68% separates the big three.
8:00 Without knowing from where the returns are coming, the trend has clearly been a build for Obama, as the night progresses. Hillary is now almost a point and a half behind.
8:03: CNN has declared Huckabee the Republican winner.
8:05: Hillary's closing on Edwards. Obama's opening up his lead. Even so, it's an extremely tight race.
8:09: Just passed the 50% mark, and Obama's looking good in a very close race.
8:15: The margins have been fairly stable, with Obama a few points ahead, and Edwards about a half point better than Hillary.
8:18: The youth vote came out big, for Obama.
8:21: With such tight numbers, Obama has to be feeling good about his lead. The race appears to be for second.
8:25: Obama's now four points up.
8:28: The race is now neck-and-neck. Between Edwards and Hillary, for second.
8:29: Obama is now five points up, with more then three-fourths in. Without knowing the dynamics of the remaining precincts, it's hard to see how he fails to win. Big.
8:33: Obama up five and a half.
8:37: Just checked the CNN website. They've declared Obama the winner. Edwards maintains a tiny, but consistent, lead over Hillary for second.
8:45 Hillary's flirting with not breaking 30%. If she finishes below it, the pundits will eat her alive. She's still just a breath behind Edwards.