Obama and McCain Sweep Potomac Primaries: VA, MD, DC
Barack Obama resoundingly defeated Hillary Clinton in yesterday's Potomac primary.
The WaPo reports: "On a day when there was huge turnout in the area, the senator from Illinois won Virginia with about 64 percent of the vote. In Maryland, where the polls were kept open an additional 90 minutes because of bad weather, he was winning with about 60 percent to Clinton's 37 percent. He was headed for an even bigger win in the District, where he was attracting about 75 percent of the vote. The lopsided wins mean Obama will emerge with a clear majority of the 168 pledged delegates at stake in the area, as well as a widening lead overall among the more than 65 percent of pledged delegates who have now been accounted for nationally. When superdelegates are added to the calculations, Obama and Clinton are still in a highly competitive race, but Obama has seized the overall lead."
The importance of Texas and Ohio for Clinton has become strikingly clear. The question is, can she stop the momentum?
Obama has a campaign-within-a-campaign targeting the superdelegates.
According to CNN this morning, Obama's delegate count is at 1215 while Clinton's is at 1190. John McCain's stands at 812 to Mike Huckabee's 217.
McCain had a tougher time against his last remaining challenger, but pulled out wins in all three primaries.