While Texas voters were fairly evenly divided, Robstown leaders and voters were solidly behind former First Lady Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton won 51 percent of the votes cast in Texas in the March 4 Democratic Primary, while Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won 47 percent.

But in Nueces County, Clinton won about 66 percent of the Democratic presidential votes, while Obama won only about 33 percent.

The numbers leaned much more heavily toward Clinton in Robstown, where Clinton trounced Obama at every polling site, with more than 80 percent of votes cast.

Despite the close statewide victory, Clinton will likely net only two delegates from the Texas Democratic primary because of the proportional system Texas Democrats use to allocate delegates by senate districts.

On the other side of the ledger, Obama won handily in caucuses held throughout Texas Tuesday, netting more overall delegates than Clinton, although the state's caucuses determined about half as many delegates as the Texas Democratic primary.

"Based on a large sample of caucus results in all 31 state senate districts, Senator Obama is projected to post a substantial victory in the Texas caucus and, thereby, net at least seven delegates," said Obama Texas State Director Adrian Saenz. "This means that Senator Obama will win at least five more pledged delegates from Texas than Senator Clinton."

According to The Associated Press, Obama's lead in pledged and superdelegates was 1,564 to Clinton's 1,463 after Tuesday's contests. Among pledged delegates only, Obama leads by 140.

Only 12 contests, with 611 pledged delegates, remain in the presidential race.

Obama is likely to end the primaries with a lead in pledged delegates. But neither candidate will likely be able to reach the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination, which means the Democratic presidential race will be settled by the roughly 800 superdelegates, barring new contests in Florida and Michigan. The Democratic Party stripped those two states of all their delegates after the states moved their primaries before Feb. 5.

"By fighting the (Texas) primary to a near-draw and earning a resounding victory in the caucus, the people of Texas have moved Barack Obama one step closer to claiming the Democratic nomination for president," Saenz said.

Clinton gained the endorsements of several key political leaders from Robstown, including U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, state Rep. Abel Herrero, and Robstown Mayor Rodrigo Ramon Jr.

She also received a symbolic key to the city from Ramon during her Feb. 13 campaign stop in Robstown and thanked Ortiz, Herrero, Ramon, state Rep. Solomon Ortiz Jr., former state Sen. Carlos Truan and former County Judges Terry Shamsie and Richard Borchard at the outset of her Robstown speech.

Obama enjoyed little public support from Nueces County political leaders, with the most notable exception being state Rep. Juan Garcia, Obama's former college roommate.

Obama had virtually no public support from Robstown leaders, and no symbolic tokens, although the Illinois senator received the endorsement of Texas-based Mexican American Democrats, the oldest Latino group within the Texas Democratic Party.

Obama also won the Hispanic vote in Iowa, Virginia, Connecticut, Washington and Illinois, but not in other key states with large Hispanic populations such as California and Arizona.

Both campaigns heavily courted South Texas Hispanics.

Clinton apparently did much better with Texas Hispanics given her easy win in Nueces County, and predominately Hispanic Robstown particularly.

At Precinct 13 at Salazar Elementary School in Robstown, Clinton won 86 percent of the votes to Obama's 12 percent.

At Precinct 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Robstown, Clinton won 64 percent, Obama had 26 percent and former contender John Edwards won 10 percent.

At Precinct 35 at Lotspeich Elementary School, Clinton won 85 percent of the votes to Obama's 14 percent.

At Precinct 37 at the Johnny S. Calderon County Building, Clinton won 79 percent of the votes to Obama's 19 percent.

At Precinct 54 at Ortiz Intermediate School, Clinton won 83 percent of the votes to Obama's 16 percent.

At Precinct 55 at Hattie Martin Elementary School, Clinton won 82 percent of the votes to Obama's 17 percent.

At Precinct 104 at Lotspeich Elementary School, Clinton won 84 percent of the votes to Obama's 15 percent.

At Precinct 105 at San Pedro Elementary School, Clinton won 83 percent of the votes to Obama's 15 percent.

At Precinct 108 at the Nueces County Airport, Clinton won 83 percent of the votes to Obama's 15 percent.

Robstown political strategist Joseph Ramirez was active in Clinton's campaign in South Texas, and Robstown particularly.

Ramirez hosted a Clinton rally and a caucus training event in Robstown last week with about 75 Robstown residents in attendance. Clinton campaign representatives were on hand to explain to Robstown voters how they could vote in both the primary and the caucuses.

Ramirez said prior to Election Day that Robstown voters were behind Clinton because they could better relate with her.

"After graduating Yale Law School, she came here to South Texas to fight for the working people and give them a voice," Ramirez said. "Many of the people that she registered to vote then will be voting for her in this election.

"She is fighting for issues that Hispanics deeply believe in, such as education and war-related issues."

Ramirez said Obama does not have the same strong support of the Hispanic community.

"My personal opinion, because of his inexperience in dealing with the everyday person, he just hasn't connected with the Hispanic community," Ramirez said. "The effort isn't there. The effort is being targeted towards young urbans."

Ortiz, a native of Robstown, initially supported New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for president. Ortiz and Richardson, the only Hispanic candidate for president in 2008, became friends while both served in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ortiz said he hoped to be supporting Richardson well past March and into November, but Richardson dropped out of the presidential race Jan. 10 after poor finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire.

"I knew in the end I would end up supporting, which is what I did, supporting Senator Clinton," the Robstown native said.

Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, switched his support to Clinton and he introduced Clinton at her Feb. 13 campaign speech at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown.

Ortiz said the fairgrounds location was chosen after an exhaustive search across the county by Clinton's advance team led them to believe the Robstown site was better suited for security purposes. Clinton's entrance was through an enclosed area of the Central Pavilion Arena, he added.

"The No. 1 priority is the security of the candidate," Ortiz said. "When they came to Robstown, they went wild."

Ortiz said prior to Election Day that Robstown would be critical to Clinton's success in Nueces County.

"It's a known fact that when we have county-wide elections and a close race, it is Robstown that put the (winning) candidate across the finish line," Ortiz said. "Robstown is a key element for candidates to win."

Ortiz said it is that loyalty Robstown voters show to particular candidates, coupled with Clinton's previous visits to South Texas, that made up the wealth of support the New York Senator enjoyed in the small town of about 12,000.

"(Clinton) is well known is South Texas," Ortiz said. "She is not a stranger coming to Texas looking for a vote."

Ortiz also said that he and Clinton both serve on their respective Armed Service committees, and he believes she is well equipped to handle the role of commander in chief of the nation's armed forces.

"She is an excellent lady and always willing to listen to anybody and any plan you might have," Ortiz said.

Ortiz said having Clinton in office over Obama and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona would benefit Robstown immensely.

"I don't think she will ever forget coming to Robstown and the way she was received by the people," he said.

Herrero, another Robstown Democrat, has been actively supporting Clinton for president. Herrero literally stood behind former President Bill Clinton during a recent Clinton campaign event in Corpus Christi.

Bill Clinton campaigned Feb. 22 and 23 in Corpus Christi at Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters on Webber Road and at an early voting site. The former president came back to Corpus Christi Monday and was introduced by Ortiz at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center.

Herrero addressed a gathering of Students for Hillary at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi last week as part of a statewide early voting effort. Students for Hillary coordinated efforts to increase student turnout in the Texas Democratic Primary.

"I think she's proven that she has been involved in this part of Texas, even prior to her candidacy for president, and is not now just visiting for the sake of generating votes, but has shown an genuine interest in improving the lives of individuals in this area," Herrero said.

"Beyond that, she has laid out specific plans as they pertain to education, healthcare, and economic development; issues that are important to working families in the area."

Herrero said he would support Obama if the Illinois senator is the Democratic nominee for president, but Herrero said he's been behind Clinton for a long time.

"I endorsed her a year ago," he said. "I previously met her in '92 and I was very impressed with her. She's someone that has been a proponent of public education, affordable and accessible healthcare, and all those issues that are relevant and important to constituents of District 34."

When Obama visited Corpus Christi on Feb. 22, he opened by thanking elected officials that supported his campaign, but state Rep. Juan Garcia was the only local official named by Obama.

Clinton, by contrast, referred to several former and current local elected leaders during her Feb. 13 campaign stop in Robstown.

Garcia spoke at a "Stand for Change" rally Feb. 28 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Garcia, a roommate of Obama's at Harvard University, said Obama wants to end divisive politics and bring change to Washington, D.C.

Garcia and Ramon did not return telephone calls seeking comment on the presidential race.

Obama had several noteworthy politicians and entertainers campaign for him throughout South Texas and Corpus Christi.

New York Sen. Edward Kennedy endorsed Obama and made a campaign stop for Obama at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi Feb. 20 as Kennedy campaigned for Obama across South Texas.

In endorsing Obama, Kennedy said: "I am convinced we can reach our goals only if we are not petty when our cause is so great- only if we find a way past the stale ideas and stalemate of our times - only if we replace the politics of fear with the politics of hope - and only if we have the courage to choose change. Barack Obama is the one person running for president who can bring us that change."