Senator Barack Obama has racked up his ninth straight victory with a win in the Wisconsin Primary by 17 points 58/41 %.Ã‚Â Senator Obama is also expected to win the Hawaii primary as well.Ã‚Â Tonight has got to be depressing for the folks in the Clinton Campaign; really depressing for Senator Clinton.
Update: At the time this story was initially posted the total for Obama was 9-0.Ã‚Â With Hawaii’s caucus win, its 10-0.
Barack Obama cruised past a fading Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday night, gaining the upper hand in a Democratic presidential race for the ages.
It was ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ninth straight victory over the past three weeks, and left the former first lady in desperate need of a comeback in a race she long commanded as front-runner.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The change we seek is still months and miles away,Ã¢â‚¬Â Obama told a boisterous crowd in Houston.
He cut deeply into ClintonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political bedrock in Wisconsin, splitting the support of white women in Wisconsin almost evenly with the former first lady and running well among working class voters in the blue collar battleground, according to polling place interviews.
The economy and trade were key issues in the race, and seven in 10 voters said international trade has resulted in lost jobs in Wisconsin. Fewer than one in five said trade has created more jobs than it has lost.
Obama began the night with 1,116 delegates in tabulations by NBC News, and Clinton with 986. It takes 2,025 to win the nomination at the partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s national convention in Denver; Wisconsin offered 74 national convention delegates and an early test of support in industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Voters also went to the polls in Hawaii, which had 20 delegates at stake and where neither Clinton nor Obama campaigned in person.
Speaking in Houston, Obama noted the results in Wisconsin and told cheering supporters, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Houston, I think weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve achieved liftoff.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Adding to tonights crushing defeat, Senator Clinton is now in a virtual tie in the polls running up to the March 5th primary contests in Texas and Ohio. A CNN poll out Monday gave Clinton a narrow 50%-48% lead against Obama in TexasÃ‚Â and a separate USASurvey poll gave Clinton a slighter larger 50%-45% lead. I think I hear the pitter-patter of Clinton pledged super-delegate feet running around looking for a place to hide.
UPDATE: As the delegate tally clears up in the coming days we’ll know more, but at first glance Senator Clinton could need to pull around 70% of the delegates on March 5th to overtake Senator Obama’s pledged delegate lead. Does anyone really think that is probable, much less possible?Ã‚Â I know it ain’t over till it’s over; but the momentum is certainly on Obama’s side.
UPDATE #2: (From MSNBC FirstRead) The Delegate math: After last nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contests, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where things stand: The NBC News Hard Count is Obama 1,168, Clinton 1,018. There are 53 delegates unallocated, including 19 in MD, 10 each in CO and GA, 6 in WI, 4 in HI, and one each in DC, TN, NY and IL. We estimate a conservative 27-26 split here. The Superdelegate Count: Clinton 257 versus Obama 185. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a grand total of: Obama 1,355, Clinton 1,276. Counting only the superdelegates he has now, plus his pledged delegates, Obama needs 65% of remaining PLEDGED delegates to hit the magic 2025 number. Reaching that is probably unrealistic, but when you add in the unaffiliated 353 superdelegates (76 of whom are not yet known yet and won’t be appointed until April, May and June), his magic percentage number is down to 48%. On the flip side, Clinton needs to win 58% of all remaining pledged delegates simply to get the pledged delegate lead back. Forget 2025. And if you assume Obama wins Vermont, Wyoming, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, Montana, and South Dakota, then the magic percentage number in the states Clinton wins rises to 65% — SIMPLY TO GET THE PLEDGED DELEGATE LEAD BACK…