Senator Barack Obama soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in yesterday’s Wisconsin Democratic primary. With his double-digit 58% to 41% victory, Obama racked up a ninth consecutive win over Clinton in the presidential campaign. Very early reports from the Hawaii caucuses have Obama headed toward a landslide triumph over Clinton there, leading her by a 77% to 23% margin. A win in Hawaii would extend Obama’s win streak to ten consecutive victories over the Senator from New York.
In what is now becoming a common, but somewhat bizarre pattern in her political behavior, Clinton once again made arrangements to flee the primary state that she has just lost. This time, she didn’t even stick around long enough to see the voting results begin to come in. Instead, she managed to arrange a “practice speech” in Youngstown, Ohio. Once again, she failed to extend any word of congratulations to Obama. Reportedly, at her engagement in Ohio, Clinton even ignored the fact that the Wisconsin voting actually had taken place on Tuesday, although she found the time to thank a high school marching band.
Obama had entered the Wisconsin contest with a great deal of momentum. In addition, with a substantial number of liberal Democratic voters centered in and around Madison, it was anticipated that he would win. In recent days, though, Clinton had invested a noticeably increased amount of time and money campaigning in Wisconsin, hoping against hope to shut down Obama’s eight-state winning streak before she confronted the decisive contests in Ohio and Texas on March 4th. However, Obama’s winning streak has given Obama a lead in the pledged delegate count and a boom in his campaign’s momentum heading into those crucial March 4th votes.
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