The Illinois Democratic Presidential Primary
took place on Super Tuesday
, February 5, 2008, with 153 delegates at stake. The winner in each of Illinois's 19 congressional districts
was awarded all of that district's delegates, totaling 100. Another 53 delegates were awarded to the statewide winner, Barack Obama
. The 153 delegates represented Illinois at the Democratic National Convention
in Denver, Colorado
. Thirty-two other unpledged delegates, known as superdelegates
, also attended the convention and cast their votes as well.
Polls indicated that then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama
was leading then-U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
by double digits in the days before the contest in his home state of Illinois.
Chicago Public Radio reported on March 13, 2008, that the delegate counts were recalculated and Obama won 106 delegates to 47 forClinton.
It was no surprise that Barack Obama cruised to a landslide victory in Illinois, the state he had represented in the U.S. Senate
since 2004. He enjoyed massive support in his state among all demographics. According to exit polls, 57 percent of voters in the Illinois Democratic Primary were Caucasian
and they opted for Obama 57-41; 24 percent of voters were African American
and they, too, backed Obama 93-5; and 17 percent of voters in the primary were Hispanic
and they narrowly backed Obama 50-49. Obama won all age groups but tied Clinton among senior......