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Headline: Huge Potomac Sweep For Obama and McCain

Both John McCain and Barack Obama won huge victories in all three primaries held yesterday. Obama's wins were decisive, handing him 60 percent of the vote or more, topping out in DC at a full 75 percent. The primary races moves through Wisconsin and Hawaii next week, looking toward the big Ohio/Texas showdown on March 4.

Yesterday's victories officially move Obama ahead of Clinton in the overall race for delegates – but only easing ahead by about 30, in what's still an exceptionally tight race. Clinton gave a well-received speech from Texas, where she is campaigning, following the announcement of the returns.

McCain's leads were solid, though slightly less overwhelming than Obama's. He captured between 50 percent up to a high of 68 percent in DC. As the Republicans give the winner the whole prize, he gathered every delegate the Potomac states had to offer. Accepting his wins, McCain said this,

"Hope, my friends, is a powerful thing. [But] to encourage a country with only rhetoric, rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people, is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude."

Are you surprised by the outcomes last night? Though Hillary is far from out of the race, her streak of losses is certainly noticeable. Will she rebound in the coming states? Has the Republican party accepted John McCain?


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roor roor 9 years
Wow juju, what you said was all kinds of awesome (yay!). and to quote you "The only unrealistic thing in this election is the expectation that there would be any difference between a McCain presidency and the GWB presidency you're so right , a lot of the polls have shown people's dissatisfaction with the way George Bush is running the country esp in terms of the war and the state of the economy; so for America to move forward there has to be a new leader who does not have an agenda that is just an extension of the current leadership - something needs to change. And I lean more to the fact that if a Republican is in office, there won't be much significant change ... otherwise wouldn't George Bush have already effected change? or at least started the ball rolling?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
"cow tow" ROTFL I can just imagine Obama with bovine in tow, in talks with Nuclear reactor companies!
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Geez, McCain, what a cheap shot at Obama. I believe that we need more than blind hope to fix the problems with our country. And because I am an educated voter, not looking solely at party affiliations and what the TV tells me, I am supporting Obama. All these people that say he has no plans are clearly not educating themselves on the candidates, which is simply un-American. It is our job as voting citizens to educate ourselves on ALL presidential candidates, and that means turning off the cable news and reading prior speeches, checking out voting records and bills proposed, and studying their plans. Get with it, America!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Also, Obama is a potential threat to Independent voters - a group that McCain has been courting as well... Very well said, Juju!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Well said, Juju!
juju4 juju4 9 years
I said this before in another post, but I'll say it again: It's sad that people don't think that someone with great ideas can lead this country to do great things. I think people don't want to hope because they are afraid of disappointment. I've read Obama's thoughts on the issues, and his plans for the future. I've researched his record and the actions that he has taken in the past that back-up his commitments to these issues. I see nothing unrealistic about it. The only unrealistic thing in this election is the expectation that there would be any difference between a McCain presidency and the GWB presidency. I think McCain is scared of Obama. Obama does have "sound, proven ideas" and not just rhetoric...but I think the whole republican party was so sure that Hillary would get the Dem. nomination that they haven't taken the time to look into what Obama is about. No candidate -- Republican, Democrat, or otherwise -- will spell out in a speech their whole step by step plan for reform on any topic. If people are looking to speeches to get the fine details about a candidate, they aren't going to find them.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
A lot of people assume that since Obama is so great at public speaking, that he can't possibly have great ideas behind all that. However, his ideas are really intellegent. He has a better economic plan than Hillary, and a better health care plan.
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
i love how both clinton and mccain took little parts of obamas touches. for clinton she is now all the sudden a U2 fan, when she used KT Tunstall before i found that to be funny. and with mccain although it was it was obivious he was having fun with it the 'fired up and ready to go' line was a nice touch. however im not surprised that obama won last night and by such big margins. i will admitt though virgina had me nervous for a minute but alas it was all good! the fact that hillary is putting all her chips on texas and ohio just shows that her back is up against the wall and in order for her to even get the nomination she will have to win BOTH states by large margins which i dont really see happening. it really showed her true colors last night that she didnt even thank her volunteers in MD, VA and DC for all their hard work, she also did it this weekend dismissing all the people that did show up to the contests in Maine, Washington, Nebraska and Lousiana. i dont know it just seems like she is a very sore loser.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Much depends on who McCain's running mate will be. It will be a though balance act to serve both the moderates and conservatives, in addition to activating the base. He seems a little drained at the moment, but that is understandable. Maybe Mike Huckabee is a secret agent from the Democratic party sent to make McCain look bad! I think Obama is on a roll right now, and he will be hard to stop. He doesn't just have voters behind him but a movement and grass root operations. There haven't been a single positive news story about Clinton since super Tuesday. She doesn't just need to win Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but win them with a margin over 60%. In Maryland Obama carried both white female voters AND voters over 65, and that is a first! A lot of people vote for Hillary without knowing her plans and policies, and a lot of people vote Republican without knowing what the candidate is going to do in the White House. To say Obama supporters a group is uneducated about his policies and politics in general is a tired construction made up by the Clinton campaign, and is certainly not supported by statistics.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I have hope too. A lot of hope. I HOPE he has a plan for the economy. I HOPE he doesn't vote AGAIN for the Patriot Act. I HOPE he doesn't cow tow again to the Nuclear Reactor building companies. Yes. I too have hope for America.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Well, on the McCain factor, I've said this before and I'll say it again: While he is not the most conservative of the lot we had running, and I'm still a Fred Head, he is who most people have gotten behind and I believe the party will get behind him. Additionally, I believe once he has announced his VP, who most likely will be pretty conservative (CONSERVATIVE, NOT NECESSARILY PART OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT) you will see more people get behind him. The Republican party usually tends to be a bit more Rank and File than the Democratic, which is why I think you've seen most of the others running fro the nomination drop out. When they saw McCain pull ahead, for the unification of the party, they pulled back (except for Mike "I'd rather get tattooed and go on tour with Winehous" Huckabee.) As for the Democratic side, I believe it is a very different story. It is still such a tight race there that there is no reason for one of the two to back out, unless a I'm the President Nom, your the VP Nom scenario is worked out behind closed doors.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
"Hope, my friends, is a powerful thing. [But] to encourage a country with only rhetoric, rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people, is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude." I agree with Mccain (even tho he's not my favorite) when he says that. I know many people who have fallen for Obama without even knowing his ideas or policies, but simply by his mesmorizing rhetoric. He is very good at it, and whether his policies and ideas are agreed with or not, there are some people who just take to him because of his persuasive, hope-filled, extemporaneous speech.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
I find it surprising that these margins weren't flip-flopped: a big-time win for McCain and a slightly smaller margin for Obama.
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