By Paul Gleiser | February 13, 2008 | Print This
The 44th president is going to be a man.
That’s what it looks like following the Potomac Primaries, the contests held Tuesday in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
On the Republican side, it looked early on like Mike Huckabee was making a race out of it in Virginia. Fox News had it as too close to call into the evening. But when all of the ballots were counted, McCain won Virginia by nine percentage points. In the three races, McCain picked up 107 delegates. He now has 812 delegates of the 1,191 needed to win the Republican nomination. Expect Huckabee to come under intense pressure to throw in the towel.
It was a great night for Obama. He swamped Hillary Clinton in all three races, beating her two-to-one in Maryland and Virginia and three-to-one in D.C. Delegates in the Democratic primaries are awarded proportionally. So Obama picked up 98 delegates to Hillary Clinton’s 31 for the night.
The race is still tight on the Democratic side. Obama is now in the lead among committed delegates with 1,215 to Clinton’s 1,190. But momentum is clearly on Obama’s side and Clinton absolutely must win Ohio or Texas on March 4 (truth be told she needs both) or her race will effectively be over.