Politics

Hillary losing ground with whites, women

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s crushing losses in Maryland and Virginia highlight an erosion in what had been solid advantages among women, whites and older and working-class voters.

While this week’s results can be explained by those states’ relatively large numbers of blacks and well-educated residents — who tend to be Barack Obama supporters — her presidential campaign could be doomed if the trends continue.

Clinton is holding onto some of her supporters who are largely defined by race and often by level of education, such as low-income white workers and older white women, exit polls of voters show. She’s been losing other blocs, again stamped by personal characteristics, such as blacks, men and young people both black and white, and better-educated whites.

Is Hillary’s fall a loss for women too?

It’s Obama’s to lose now. The race is as good as over.

On the Democratic side that is. The Obama Phenom is gaining velocity and surge, not losing it. Sen. Barack Obama will get his comeuppance from the media—the kind of sorting-through-each-pebble raking that all front-runners endure. But he’ll get it after he passes the magic number of 2,025 delegates that allows him to slip his finger through the Democratic gold ring — the nomination. His raking will come too late to benefit Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Revisiting the youth vote

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Her real name is not Anabelle but that’s the one she wants me to use when I write about our conversations.

Obama cuts into Hillary’s base

Hillary Rodham Clinton has set up Texas and Ohio as her firewall, but the results from Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama’s most recent victories give her plenty of reason to worry it will hold up.

McCain ‘fired up’ by victories

Republican John McCain said he was “fired up and ready to go” against either Democratic presidential contender as he celebrated primary victories Tuesday in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

“We do not yet know for certain who will have the honor of being the Democratic Party’s nominee for president,” McCain said of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. “But we know where either of their candidates will lead this country, and we dare not let them.”

He told supporters at a hotel in Alexandria, Va.: “My friends, I promise you, I am fired up and ready to go.”

Another Obama sweep; McCain wins VA, MD, DC

Barack Obama ran his winning streak to 8 for 8 Tuesday night, sweeping the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia primaries, following up on strong wins in five other primaries and caucuses over the past week.

Obama finishes the sweep as the undisputed front runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination and the final delegate count is expected to wipe out Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presumptive lead among so called “super delegates.”

On the GOP side, John McCain continued his inevitable march to the Republican nomination with close wins in Virginia and DC and a convincing win in Maryland.

Clinton, shaking up her campaign staff by sacking her manager and deputy manager, appears to be conceding February to Obama, deciding instead to concentrate on delegate-laden states like Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Karma comes crashing down on Clintons

For years, Bill and Hillary Clinton treated the Democratic National Committee and party activists as extensions of their White House ambitions, pawns in a game of success and survival.

She may pay a high price for their selfishness soon.

Top Democrats, including some inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign, say many party leaders — the so-called superdelegates — won’t hesitate to ditch the former New York senator for Barack Obama if her political problems persist. Their loyalty to the first couple is built on shaky ground.

Exit polls show Obama with wide support

Sen. Barack Obama was drawing strong support across race and gender lines Tuesday in Virginia in a bold grab at some of the core backers of his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama was evenly splitting the state’s white vote with Clinton, according to prelimary figures from exit polls, a blow to the New York senator who has long held a clear advantage with that group. Until now, Clinton has gotten more than half their vote, allowing her to offset Obama’s huge margins with blacks.

Clinton runs low on excuses for losing

Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has found a lot of ways to explain her string of losses to Sen. Barack Obama. She’s going to have to come up with yet another excuse for losing Virginia Tuesday night.

Obama prevailed by a 2-to-1 margin in the state based on exit surveys. He was also expected to win primaries in Maryland and the District of Columbia, after sweeping four states plus the Virgin Islands this past weekend.

It’s been a weekly challenge for Clinton, once the “inevitable” front-runner, to justify her losses.

Obama takes Virginia, DC; McCain edges in VA

A surging Sen. Barack Obama has captured both the Virginia and District of Columbia primaries Tuesday while polls remain open later than scheduled in Maryland due to weather.

Sen. John McCain has captured a close race in Virginia.

With Obama expected to capture 60 percent of the vote in the Old Dominion, the Illinois Senator continues to put distance between himself and former frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The television networks declared Obama the winner in DC based on exit polls.

Clinton has already moved on, hoping to rebound in delegate-laden states like Ohio, Texas and Ohio.