Obama Sweeps, Huckabee Continues The Fight

The big news tonight is Obama and Huckabee. First, Obama has managed to sweep all three states tonight on the Democratic side which included Louisiana, Washington, and Nebraska. As a kicker, Obama managed to win the Virgin Islands as well.

Story on Obama from CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Voters in Saturday’s Republican contests showed they’re not yet ready to support Sen. John McCain as their party’s nominee while Sen. Barack Obama cut into Sen. Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race for Democratic delegates.

Obama claimed victory in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington on Saturday, as well as in the Virgin Islands.

“The stakes are too high and the challenges are too great to play the same old Washington game with the same old Washington players and expect a different result,” Obama told a hugely pro-Obama crowd of Democrats at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Richmond, Virginia.

“People want to turn the page. They want to write a new chapter in American history.”

Clinton has 1,100 delegates and Obama has 1,039, according to CNN calculations.

Of course Clinton made no mention of them, she didn’t win a single contest today. This is another notch on the Obama momentum belt and, whether or not it’s a lot of delegates, it’s three more states that Hillary didn’t win. I’ll update the delegate count later tonight or tomorrow as they get calculated.

Next, Mike Huckabee pulled an upset in Kansas and has just been declared the winner in Louisiana as well. Washington is still too close to call as of this writing in McCain’s column by a 2% margin and he’s now been declared the winner by the state GOP Chairman. Here’s more on Huckabee’s victories:

On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee upset front-runner McCain in Saturday’s Republican contests.

The former Arkansas governor beat McCain in Kansas by nearly a 3-1 margin.

Huckabee also was leading in Louisiana.

In Washington state, the Republican caucuses were too close to call.

Huckabee’s Saturday wins show that Republicans are necessarily following in line behind McCain, the Arizona senator and presumptive nominee.

“People across America are gravitating toward our campaign and realizing that there is still a choice. And that’s what we’ve said all along, that this race is far from being over,” Huckabee said after the first results came in.

I’ll have some video of Huckabee reacting to the results shortly.

Update:

Here is the slew of calls for Obama as the night wore on:

Obama continues to be on the move against Hillary Clinton. These states aren’t giving him the nomination, but they are taking more away from Clinton. I’ve got to say, the Obama campaign has to be feeling pretty good right now, especially heading into Virginia/Maryland/DC on Tuesday, the 12th.

Here is Huckabee’s reactions to at least the Kansas victory:

It’s quite astonishing really. I’m wondering if McCain supporters have sort of stayed home thinking that he has the nomination wrapped up. In the same regard, perhaps Huckabee and Paul supporters were energized to actually get out and vote for their candidate against McCain. Huckabee will be on Meet the Press tomorrow, I’m sure they’ll be discussing all the victories, I’ll have the full video tomorrow of that interview with Tim Russert.

  • chandrakanth

    The purportedly greatest democracy of the world is slightly better than the Middle East region where women are second class citizens. The way Americans are voting it appears that they do not want a woman to rule them but dont mind her running for the post. They think that by voting Obama they are testifying their non-apartheid credentials. But women have been at the receiving end longer than the blacks have been.
    Americans want to be macho to the whole world and by having a woman at the helm, I suppose they cannot prove that !!

  • hillplus

    Or perhaps, chandrakanth, they don’t think she is the best candidate for the job.l I am a woman and would love to see a woman at the helm. NOT CLINTON. We have to suffer for the next four years now anyway because the very best candidate recently left the race.

    MITT ROMNEY 2012

  • teri armstrong

    I don’t believe that Obama is winning because Clinton is a woman. I believe he is winning because he is sincere, likable and articulates his ideas without being mean spirited or degrading towards the other candidates. It has nothing to do with the fact that Hillary is a woman, any more than Obama’s popularity having to do with the fact that he is black.

  • Decided

    Teri –
    The numbers speak for themselves – more than 1/2 of the men are going to Obama…. Before him, a lot of them were going to Obama/Edwards. I think Chanrakanth makes a good point…. the US is pretending to be ready for a women president. I hope that we’re both proven wrong!

  • Anthony

    I just looked at Gov. Huckabee’s website and apparently they are disputing the Washington results on the basis that McCain was only leading by about 200 votes with 13% percent of the vote remaining to be counted and also Washington has stopped counting the votes. Why would they stop counting the votes in such a close contest with 13% yet to be counted? Just Curious…

  • Teri Armstrong

    Washington state has stopped COUNTING the votes? Yes, Huckabee’s campaign needs to question that if that is the case…
    My son insists that there is a conspiracy going on and that Huckabee will never be the nominee because he is not the Washington, DC insider that McCain and Thompson are, and so he can’t be controlled and manipulated by the party. I have always been sceptical of this..but I am beginning to think my son may be right. It would explain a lot of things…Sigh…I hope the American public will surprise all of them and vote him in.
    As for Clinton…I would love to see a woman in the White House, just not her. I would have voted for Condi in a heartbeat, and so would my husband.

  • Dave

    For those who feel that people are voting for Obama just because Hillary is a woman, I have a simple question. Why are YOU voting for Hillary? Is it because you want to see a woman president? If that is your reason for wanting Hillary, then of course you would see men who vote for Obama as voting just on the basis of gender, rather than looking at the candidates in a very fair way.

    Some people don’t like Obama because “he is black”. I prefer Obama because he is a great candidate who happens to be black, not because he is a great black candidate. Hillary isn’t a great candidate, but she makes a lot of people think she is a great female candidate.

    My own feelings when it comes to it is that Hillary strikes me as someone who knows how to manipulate the political system. Put her in a room with a bunch of other politicians, and she will woo them, and convince them that she will help them if they ask for her help. That is the old-school political system, and is why she has the most super delegates at this point. In addition to this, Hillary does not and has not shown respect to the other candidates, even when Edwards was still running. She will say her piece in a debate, then give a sour little look when someone else is saying something that doesn’t go along with her ideas.

    Obama on the other hand, has raw charisma and gives the feeling that people will listen to him because he means what he says. He won’t say different things based on who he is talking to, though the wording may change to take something that may offend people and make it seem less offensive. Listen to Obama speak, not just small clips, or read a transcript, but really listen to him.

    I would love to see a woman president, but at the same time, people should NOT vote for someone on the basis of race or gender, but instead on who will do the better job. Can you really say that you would prefer Hillary if she wasn’t a woman and was a man who said and acted the way Hillary does?

    And don’t get me wrong, there are a few things that Obama is for that I disagree with, but overall, he is the best candidate out there.

  • Are the people who are voting for Obama actually believing this “movement” that is supposed to change the world?? Come on people. How could you even think that this young, underqualified senator is ready to run our country. A country that is in dire need for a politician that knows what to do!
    Hillary Clinton is a woman–that is not the case. Barack Obama is half african-american—yet he owns more than 80% of the african american votes—what does this tell you? Yes, that race is the ticket.
    Why is it that Clinton is in this double bind between politician, woman, and gender?
    People voting for Obama are stupid, and just want to believe in a change that is far from it in reality. America needs to recoup and gain leadership again, not get leadership from someone who is going to learn on the job because it is naive to think that this young man can get his many promises done. Laws and policies take time to get into place, yet people are believing his preachings of “a new change” in the white house, and that change can happen just like that. You will see if he is indeed our president…

  • Michael

    Jennifer, you may not be ANTI-OBAMA, but you certainly sound like you are anti-Obama supporters.

    I do not think that people voting Clinton or Obama are “stupid,” but rather charged about some heated issues. Obama had a very good response to the attack on his “experience” in the last debate. I would look to that and question the validity from there.

  • Michael,
    I am not anit-Obama, I must admit, I let my opinion sound one-sided the other night. I like him very much, He has honorable character, truth, and inspiring dreams….the ingnorant word of “stupid” should have never been used to describe my frustrations.

    ON DEADLINE: Obama Has Much Yet to Prove
    By RON FOURNIER

    Associated Press Writer

    Amid the poetry and promise of Barack Obama’s election-night address came this hard truth: “There will be setbacks,” he said, “and we will make mistakes.”

    Whether intentional or not, the Illinois senator set the tone for the grueling next phase of his presidential campaign. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will look to set him back. And she will seize on every mistake.

    The rivals fought to a draw on Super Tuesday, splitting the delegates almost evenly while each emerged with bragging rights. Obama won the most states. Clinton seized delegate-rich California and New York.

    The calendar now favors Obama, whose strength among blacks and upscale, educated voters gives him the edge in states holding contests this month.

    He also has a cash advantage after raising more than twice as much as Clinton in January.

    So why worry? Despite Obama’s successes so far, it’s hard to argue with Bill Clinton that it’s a “roll of the dice” to vote for a freshman senator less than four years removed from the Illinois legislature. Obama still has much to prove. The potential for setbacks and mistakes is high.

    REZKO: Obama’s relationship with indicted businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko threatens his image as an antidote to the poisons of Washington. Rezko, accused of scheming to pressure companies seeking state business for kickbacks and campaign contributions, poured thousands of dollars into the campaigns of Obama and others. Rezko also helped Obama increase the size of his yard in a transaction that the Illinois senator now calls a “boneheaded” mistake.

    RECORD: Scrutiny of Obama’s record will increase with each step he takes toward the Democratic nomination. The New York Times recently poked holes in Obama’s explanation of his role in legislation that ultimately benefited a nuclear energy company whose executives and employees have donated more than $200,000 to his campaigns.

    RACE: Obama makes history with every victory as the first black candidate with a serious shot at the White House. But the question persists: Can a black man win it all? Obama drew support from four in 10 whites across 16 states _ more than he had captured in earlier primary states. He and Clinton tied among white men while Clinton led among white women. Clinton won six in 10 Hispanic voters, a crucial group that helped her win in California and Arizona.

    TEMPERAMENT: Unlike his rival, Obama has never experienced a tough campaign _ and it shows at times. Remember when he said in New Hampshire that Clinton was “likable enough”? It grated on female voters. He needs to avoid looking rude, crabby or cocky. His friends would tell you that’s not always easy for him.

    EXPERIENCE: The unusually self-aware Obama acknowledged last summer that it was “a stretch” for voters to consider him for the presidency. He needs to avoid a miscue that underscores his inexperience. About one-fifth of the Democratic voters Tuesday said they favored a candidate with seasoning, and Clinton won nearly all their votes.

    The good news for Obama: A majority of Democratic voters want change, and 70 percent of those voters backed the Illinois senator.

    “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time,” Obama told supporters Tuesday night. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

    That is a killer line, the kind the sends chills down voters’ spines. But it was another line, much earlier in the address, that reflected a more pragmatic side of Obama. The side that wonders and worries about what the his-and-her Clinton candidacy has in store for him.

    Indeed, there will setbacks and mistakes, Obama told the adoring crowd, and “that is why we need all the help we can get.”

    On Wednesday on “The View,” former Sen. Obama supporter Whoopi Goldberg announced that she voted for Hillary. On Thursday, the video of Whoopi’s announcement was YouTube’s single most watched news and politics clip. More than 200,000 people watched Whoopi explain that Hillary was the first candidate to propose taking tax breaks away from companies that ship jobs overseas. Watch. Listen. Think again.