This weekend has produced some incredible results in the Democratic presidential nomination process. Barrack Obama scored a clean sweep this weekend of all the states in play. Not only did he win each contest, he won by a landslide across the board. Now Obama’s lead in delegates is growing and there is clear evidence that he is building up some very strong momentum, to put it lightly.
I believe that the longer this primary plays out, Obama will benefit from the additional exposure. Maybe Barrack didn’t win on super tuesday but he showed the nation that he truly compete with the very formidable Clinton machine…..and maybe that’s all many voters needed to see.
I couldn’t have said it better than Matt Yglesias:
“Back in October 2007, Clinton was beating Obama in Maine by a hilarious 47 to 10 margin, but it seems he’s carried the state today, once again by a large margin. My understanding, though, is that this doesn’t really count because it’s a small state, much as Utah doesn’t count because there aren’t many Democrats there, DC doesn’t count because there are too many black people, Washington doesn’t count because it’s a caucus, Illinois doesn’t count because Obama represents it in the Senate even though Hillary was born there, Hawaii won’t count because Obama was born there. I’m not sure why Delaware and Connecticut don’t count, but they definitely don’t.
Realistically, Clinton seems to have difficulty winning anywhere she can’t mobilize racial polarization in her favor. Obama has, of course, deployed polarization to his benefit in a number of states (South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana most notably) but he’s also dominated the states with very few black voters.
UPDATE: I forgot about Missouri. Obama’s win in Missouri, of course, doesn’t count because the state was called too late.”
I see an echo of the Guliani strategy here from the Clinton campaign and she better hope it’s not too late before the Texas and Ohio contests come along.