Saturday, February 9, 2008

Obama Clean Sweeps Hillary

Today's vote outcome reaffirms the momentum Obama has demonstrated since before Super Tuesday. Hillary needs to worry. Even before today's outcomes a poll showed the Illinois Senator with the lead nationally. Does she have any dirty tricks left? Hillary has even had the temerity of calling Obama the establishment candidate. Why else is she trying to steal the delegates from the boycotted Florida and Michigan contests?

Obama's victory was broad, as it was decisive. He won among men (52%), women (54%), lower and upper income voters, and was almost evenly split among those who voted who would best be the commander-in-chief:

Sen. Barack Obama will win the Louisiana Democratic primary, CNN projects.

[...] With 50 percent of Democratic precincts reporting, Obama led Hillary Clinton 53-39 percent. Huckabee led McCain 48-39 percent, with 49 percent of Republican precincts reporting.

Obama and Huckabee both claimed victory in Saturday's earlier contests.

Obama was projected to take Washington state and Nebraska by a substantial margin, and Huckabee scored a resounding win in Kansas.

Huckabee won all 36 of the Kansas delegates at stake.

Obama and Huckabee have done well in caucus states like Iowa, where grass-roots efforts are more likely to have greater influence.

Obama catching up on the delegate count:
In all, the Democrats scrapped for 161 delegates in the night's contests.

In initial allocations, Obama had won 31, Clinton nine.

In overall totals in The Associated Press count, Clinton had 1,064 delegates to 1,029 for Obama. A total of 2,025 is required to win the nomination at the national convention in Denver.

Its no wonder she is in a state of panic:
Hillary Clinton's most senior advisers are in a state of "panic" about her presidential prospects and are plotting to enlist Democrat leaders in Congress to thwart her rival Barack Obama's ambitions.

The Clinton camp is braced for Mr Obama to win a series of primary elections over the next three weeks, which they fear could hand the Illinois senator unstoppable momentum in the race for the White House.

Mr Obama has begun calling those "super delegates" - 795 congressmen and senior party officials who could break a dead heat - who are committed to Mrs Clinton, asking them to change their minds and help him wrap up the nomination.

As of tonight, the two candidates were neck and neck but Mr Obama appeared to be gaining momentum.