February 11th, 2008
08:52 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama beats two Clintons in one day

Obama won his second Grammy Sunday.
Obama won his second Grammy Sunday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama beat more than one Clinton Sunday.

The Illinois senator won over presidential rival Hillary Clinton in Maine’s Democratic caucuses. And he beat out her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in a slightly less snowy contest: the Grammy Awards.

Obama’s win in the spoken word album category for the audio version of his book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” – his second Grammy - ties him with Bill Clinton, who’s also won two. Hillary Clinton has also taken top honors in that category, for “It Takes a Village.”

Bill Clinton had been considered for the audio version of his book “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.” He wasn’t the only former Democratic president in the category: Jimmy Carter had also been nominated, for his book “Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World.”

Obama and Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand
February 11th, 2008
08:35 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama rolls into Potomac primaries after weekend sweep

 Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters before a rally Sunday in Alexandria, Virginia.
Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters before a rally Sunday in Alexandria, Virginia.

(CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama carries momentum from a sweep of weekend contests into this week's primaries in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is coming off a campaign shake-up, while her advisers are seeking to lower expectations for this month's Democratic contests.

Obama came out ahead in Sunday's Democratic caucuses in Maine after wins in Saturday's Louisiana primary and Democratic caucuses in Nebraska, Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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February 11th, 2008
06:24 AM ET
7 years ago

TICKER MORNING EDITION: Monday, February 11, 2008

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama won two battles with a Clinton yesterday.

He pulled out a victory over Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the Maine caucuses, a result that defied the most recent polling. And he beat out former President Bill Clinton in a slightly less snowy contest: the Grammy Awards.

Obama's win in the spoken word category for the audio book version of his book "The Audacity of Hope" - his second Grammy - ties him with President Clinton, who's also won two. Hillary Clinton has also taken top honors in that category, for "It Takes a Village."

The latest CNN count now finds Clinton holds a narrow 27-delegate lead over Obama, 1,148 to 1,121, ahead of Tuesday's votes in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. - but there are enough delegates at stake in tomorrow's Potomac primary to shift the balance.

(Obama has won 986 delegates in voting so far this year - compared to 924 for Clinton - but she maintains a lead thanks to greater support among "superdelegates," an elite group of almost 800 Democratic Party officials and leaders who also will cast votes at the nomination convention this summer. CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon and CNN Polling Director Keating Holland will lay out the latest in the hunt for delegates in a new story later today at http://www.CNNPolitics.com)

Meanwhile, Republican Mike Huckabee's campaign - fresh off of two stunning weekend wins - is "exploring all available legal options regarding the dubious final results" in the one state the former Arkansas governor didn't come out on top, Washington State. (Hours earlier, Huckabee had complained to reporters that the vote in Louisiana was "a weird deal" and "kind of cooked" in favor of John McCain. He ended up taking the top prize in that state's GOP primary, 43 to 42 percent over likely Republican nominee McCain - though that won't mean he gets the delegates at stake, because he failed to meet the 50 percent threshold required under state party rules.)

Weekend results aside, the GOP nomination may be just about out of statistical reach for the former governor - but reports of his campaign's demise may have been greatly exaggerated.

– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


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February 11th, 2008
06:20 AM ET
7 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 11, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Clinton Replaces Top Aide Amid Losses
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton shook up her presidential campaign yesterday, replacing campaign manager and longtime aide Patti Solis Doyle with Maggie Williams, her former White House chief of staff, in an acknowledgment of the unexpectedly difficult struggle in which she finds herself against Sen. Barack Obama.

WSJ: Huckabee Coy on Ticket's No. 2 Spot
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spent a chunk of his Sunday morning dancing around the question of whether he would serve as Arizona Sen. John McCain's running mate, should Sen. McCain get the Republican Party's presidential nomination as expected.

Washington Post: Huckabee Protests Washington Results
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is crying foul after John McCain's apparent victory in the Washington caucuses on Saturday.

NY Times: Losses Signal Challenges for McCain
Just as Senator John McCain appeared poised to become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, he was reminded over the weekend that many Republican voters still have not climbed aboard his bandwagon.

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
February 11th, 2008
06:08 AM ET
7 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday, February 11, 2008

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Compiled by Rebecca Sinderbrand, CNN Washington Bureau

* Hillary Clinton tours a GM plant and attends an employee roundtable in White Marsh, Maryland, and then attends a campaign event in Charlottesville, Virginia.

* Mike Huckabee attends campaign rallies in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Weyers Cave and Roanoke, Virginia.

* John McCain holds a press conference in Annapolis, Maryland, attends a campaign rally and holds a media availability in Richmond, Virginia.

* Barack Obama holds campaign rallies in College Park and Baltimore, Maryland.


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