Sunday, February 10, 2008

Obama Rolls Clinton In Three More States

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) trounced Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in caucuses held today in Nebraska and Washington and Louisiana's primary. Obama beat Clinton by 2-1 margins in Nebraska and Washington, while he sailed past her in Louisiana by more than twenty points. The AP claims Clinton still holds a 27-vote delegate lead over Obama, 1,084 to 1,057, after Obama's three big wins today. This race looks like it will definitely go all the way to the convention.

On the Republican side, former Gov. Mike Huckabee embarrassed frontrunner Sen. John McCain with a huge win over McCain in the Kansas GOP caucus today. Huckabee also narrowly defeataed McCain in the Louisiana primary and was running neck and neck with him in the Washington GOP caucus. Mathematically, it looks next to impossible for Huckabee to stop McCain, who has already won 719 delegates compared to Huckabee's 234. McCain needs just 1,191 to win the nomination. However, Huckabee is forcing McCain to spend money he really can't spare right now if he hopes to have enough money to be competitive this November. It appears many of the people who formerly supported former Gov. Mitt Romney are choosing the more conservative Huckabee over the more moderate McCain. Republicans fear Huckabee could deal McCain another major blow with a defeat in the upcoming Texas primary.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not too surprised that creationist Kansas went for Huckabee.

Fort Wayne Democrat said...

On the one hand, Obama's win in Nebraska is highly surprising (there is a grand total of ONE state legislative district in the state with an African American senator). On the other hand, it's next to Kansas and perhaps the Midwestern-Boy-Makes-Good theme carried over the border.

But in talking with one family member and one friend who live in Omaha, I think that Obama's victory is due to his incredible personal appeal (he spoke in Omaha last week) and great organization (my friend reported getting four phone calls to support Obama in the caucus; none came from Clinton's folks).

And while we're on topic of "west of the Mississippi," a cousin in Colorado reported that when she was called by an Obama volunteer she shared a concern about Obama's alleged political involvement with some anti-gay folks. The volunteer referred her to a website but also followed up; my cousin received a call the next night from Obama's GLBT coordinator for the state to set the record straight (so to speak).

Impressive.

Anonymous said...

If these superdelegates ignore the wishes of the people and hand the nomination to Hillary, the Democrats will have handed the election to McCain.....are you listening, Indiana superdelegates like Bayh????????

ProCynic said...

Huckabee is more conservative than McCain only on social issues. On everything else, including crime and national security, he is very definitely the Republican Jimmy Carter. That this joke of a candidate is even in the race for POTUS is an embarrassment to our political system.

BLACK MALE VOTER said...

iT WILL BE A SAD DAY FOR THE DEMOCRATS IF OBAMA IS THE NOMINEE. HE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED, DEMOCRATS WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN IN LIEU OF OBAM. CLINTON IS THE BEST CANDIDATE TO ENSURE CHINA DOES NOT SPIKE THE COST OF THERE GOODS AND THERE INTEREST RATES ON THE TRILLIONS WE OWE THEM. IF AMERICA IS SATISFIED WITH BUYING CHINESE CARS. FURNITURE, CLOTHING, APPEREL ETC. THEN VITE FOR OBAMA. EDITORIALS ARE MADE FOR PEOPLE THAT CAN'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES, THE MEDIA IS CREATING AOBAM, OBAMA HAS NOT CREATED ANYTHING WITH ANY TYPE OF MAGNIFICENT RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT. AMERICA ENJOYED GREAT PROSPERITY DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE ON A GLOBAL BASIS??? DON'T LET THE MEDIA SHAPE YOUR OPINION. VOTE FOR CLINTON.

Anonymous said...

How do you know what "the people" want, 12:10? This one would like Hillary but I would support Obama.

I was talking to a client the other day and he is a big burly truck driver that was wearing a Hillary button on his hat.

Supporters for both candidates are all over the map. Stop acting like you have a clue what all of the Dems in Indiana want.

Anonymous said...

Testify, 2:56...testify!

And while you're at it, reach one post up from yours, and smack the snot out of 12:45. What an ALL CAPS GOOF.

Supporters of Obama and Clinton run the gammit in this state and nationally.

The real crime will be when the Fla. and Mich. delegations are scremaing to be recognized at the convention. And they will. Greatly aided by Hillary and her forces.

THat's the enxt big controversy, because this race is so close, and because those two states are huge. Obama signed a pledge not to campaign in either, to abide by DNC rules. He even forbade his campaign to palce his name on the ballot in Michigan, over the objections of his staff, who said Hillary's camp would stop at nothing to win.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that the two extremists left in the race (Clinton and Huckabee) are not the front-runners. Unfortunately, should Obama and McCain secure their parties' nominations, they'll have to do the reverse of most presidential candidates: run toward their respective base in the general election.

I'm not sure I can take six months of pandering to the Bible Belt and conservative talk-show hosts by McCain and to the unions and NAACP by Obama.

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that the candidate with honor followed the rules in MI and FL and SHE didn't.

Look, this country is ready for a woman President, just not THAT woman. She'd kill all the down-ticket prospects in Indiana, handing the House back to Bos and Crew. I can't back that. Period.