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Live Blog: Montana Primary

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9:00 p.m. CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC have all called the state of Montana for Barack Obama. Obama ends the primary campaign with victories in 29 states, plus the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Guam. Obama also won the Texas caucus. Clinton ended up winning 20 states plus Michigan, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico.

9:36 p.m.Obama ended up winning states with a cumulative Electoral Vote total of 227, compared to 294 for Clinton (excluding Michigan). Clinton was greatly aided by winning the highly populated states of California, New York, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The state with the largest number of Electoral College votes won by Obama was his home state of Illinois.

9:40 p.m. (3% reporting)
Obama = 55%
Clinton = 42%
No preference = 3%

9:46 p.m. (9% reporting)
Obama = 58%
Clinton = 39%
No preference = 3%

11:27 p.m. (39% reporting)
Obama = 58%
Clinton = 40%
No preference = 2%

It appears Obama will net more votes than Clinton by the evening's end with his growing advantage in Montana.

8:38 a.m. (100% reporting)
Obama = 57%
Clinton = 41%
No preference = 2%

Obama won approximately 27,5000 more votes than Clinton in Montana.

The total Montana Democratic primary turnout of 181,401 voters (40.3 percent of the 2004 general election vote) was just 1,223 votes more than Smart Politics' estimated turnout of 40.0 percent of the 2004 general election vote (180,178 votes).

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