February 13th, 2008
08:46 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama, McCain sweep Potomac primaries

 Sen. John McCain picked up wins in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Sen. John McCain picked up wins in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - While Sen. John McCain was inching toward the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama staked a claim as the Democratic front-runner.

Obama's wins in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia primaries propelled him past Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for delegates.

According to CNN calculations, Obama has 1,215 delegates to Clinton's 1,190.

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  1. GO Hillary!

    obama's message is ignorant to the real world issues abroad.
    we are sitting bait if he's in.
    i will vote for mccain if needed to protect my children.

    February 13, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. hard time getting posts approved!

    Don't fall for the Obama rhetoric! Look at his record or lack of one. He has accomplished NOTHING in the senate. He is one of the MOST partisan senators.

    He talks a good game, but his actions don't back it up!

    February 13, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Ancher

    John McCain was not born in the United States of America but rather born in Panama to US Citizens while his father served in the navy which appear to eliminate him from serving as President.

    February 13, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Hawkeye

    Not so much for Obama, but against Hillary. She is showing her true colors and Queen Clinto is ordering OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, if whe doesn't do well. What a fine President she would make. Thanks America for finally waking up.

    February 13, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Floating Democrat

    Obama is like candy floss.

    It looks good.

    It tastes good.

    But when you look closer you see that it lacks substance and doesn't really satisfy you.

    February 13, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Jim in FL

    Hillary's experience: Madison Guarantee, Rose billing records, Travelgate, cattle futures, FBI files ….. looks like experience worthy of the Big House, not the White House. She gets my vote .. if I'm on the jury, that is .. GUILTY.

    February 13, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Rob:NC

    Will this finally be the end of Huckabee? I just don't understand why he thinks he has any chance. Sure, McCain hasn't gotten 1191 yet, but Huckabee would likely need to win EVERY SINGLE contest left and by ridiculous margins. I think there is a better chance of him parting the Red Sea then getting 1,191 at this point.

    I'm an Obama supporter anyway, so I could care less who the Republican nominee is because hopefully once Obama officially becomes the nominee he will soundly beat McCain in November.

    If Obama can carry his momentum into TX, OH, and PA and win there, will that finally be the end of Hillary? I really hope so.

    OBAMA '08!

    February 13, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Joe

    The wheels are coming off for the HillBilly campaign while Obama keeps on gaining steam!

    OBAMA '08 Yes We Can!!

    February 13, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. vicki $$$$$$$$

    Hillary can no longer justify her 35 years of experience. She has nothing to offer Americans that is revolutionary , to back up her ,, vote for me I have so much experience . WHY SHOULD WE VOTE FOR YOU ?????? Her experience hasn't gained her insight into the way to lead our country. . Now that she isn't even doing a good job with her own campaign the confidence in her experienc etheory is dwindling. I f we needed a captian for our political debate team she would be our man . Obviously her extensive experience with Minorities Women and children , while admirable ,, isn't helping her solve the problems facing America ..

    February 13, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. FC

    Hillary may be ready to lead, but an increasing percentage of voter's won't follow.

    February 13, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Michelle D. Atlanta, GA

    The people have spoken.

    February 13, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Bailey

    Am so tired of Hillary saying that Obama's wins are only because of the large black populations in some of these states, well what about Idaho,Washington state , Nebraska, Maine and Colorado. Last time I checked there were little or no blacks in these states. Hillary just needs to admit that there are alot of white people who support Obama as well, and that might be problem for her.

    February 13, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Joe

    I cannot stand the fact that anyone who supports Obama's candidacy is immediately labeled by the Hillary people as having been tricked or fooled in some way by his smooth talking, and fancy speeches...I mean, seriously. Just because your candidate doesn't have the ability to deliver a rousing speech that goes beyond the simple purpose of the speech and inspires those watching or listening to it, doesn't mean that you have to marginalize someone for having that ability. Thats no different than the Bush people in '00 and '04 marginalizing Gore and Kerry for being smart. They knew that their candidate (Bush) couldn't keep up with Gore or Kerry intellectually, so instead of trying they'd just lower expectations of his performance so much that he couldn't possibly disappoint, and then criticize the opponents for being "booksy" while he was "folksy."

    The Hillary camp's marginalization of Obama based on his abilities as a public speaker and communicator and her lacking in the area, is just the same.

    Obama is the truth, and his time is NOW. Actually, now is the only time. He's in a unique position to be able to get elected and make a real difference. It is SO HARD to change the status quo – think about making small changes in habits at home, or at your office or job. Now think about making those changes when the ENTIRE country is watching, and the vast majority of the powerful elite are forcefully resisting that change. In such a circumstance, we need an ally like Obama who, even if he had no other qualifications whatsoever (which he obviously does), would STILL make a better choice for Democrats than clinton because he doesnt start out bearing the cross of being the face of the hatred and acrimony that a fairly large % of the country has towards the democratic party.

    Hillary steals Obama's argument that fundamental change needs to be made in washington, agreeing that it is broken and needs to be fixed. Then, in the very next sentence, talks about how she's been a part of that very system that she just agreed was fundamentally flawed, for her "entire adult life." I'm sorry, but thats like applying for a job as an executive at a Fortune 500 company and hoping that your "lifelong experience" as an executive at Enron will help you get hired.

    February 13, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Jessica

    Wonderful, Wonderful, and congratulations for Mr. Obama! As, for Mrs. Clinton I hope she is able to read between the lines. I just do not respect or trust a woman who allows her husband to make her the biggest fool in front of our entire country!
    Not just once, but many many times. She has no respect for herself! How does she expect other countries to respect us with her in charge? Can she really keep the country as her main priority? Who is going to keep and eye on slick Willy? When the cat is away.... it has been shown to the world, how he does love to play.

    February 13, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe NM


    We need to move this country FORWARD and away from the Clinton/Bush years....

    February 13, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Celeste

    Could you please let the people elect the President instead of the Media...How can you say Obama has staked his claim as the frontrunner when he has a minimal lead in the delegate count. Hillary has lead for months now and you never gave her that kind of headline....I am sick of the media running the show. It is time to stop trying to influence voters with your headlines...Shame on you....List one thing Obama has done with any level of experience and you trust him to run the White House....Shame on you.

    February 13, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. gene

    March 4, 2008 the Texas primary and 228 delegates at stake. Latino residents are likely to make up to one of every three Democratic voters in the primary, Many of the black voters remain loyal to Hillary Clinton and remember the good Clinton years. Hillary arrived in El Paso yesterday with a rally attended by 10,000 enthusiastic supporters.Henry Cisneros one of the most popular and powerful hispanic in the state and the nation lives here and will campaign and tour the state for her. SHe will follow this with wins in Ohio and Pa. These are large industrial states that are rich in delegates. Obama's lead will vanish and Hillary will be the nominee.

    February 13, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. Ellen

    Why is CNN now proclaiming Obama the front runner? It has been less than a week since he has taken the lead, and one would think Obama now leads by a decisive margin. McCain did not proclaim himself the frontrunner until he was ahead by almost 500 delegates. It is far from over folks, and I think your analysts need to acknowledge that this contest is far from over.

    February 13, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. YES WE CAN

    YES WE CAN make a fool of Democrats following the pied piper based on his motivational speaking ability. YES WE CAN drive some Democrats to become so fed up with the media's hype that we will end up voting Republican. YES WE CAN still fall for whatever the media portrays, even though we though that we had learned the lesson through Bush! YES WE CAN jump off a cliff just because everyone else is doing it.

    NO WE CAN'T afford on the job training for inexperienced Obama. NO WE HAVE NOT heard much on the issues! This nomination run is a circus.

    Obama is NOT JFK, nor is he MLK.
    Wake up people. He is a junior senator with a talent for speaking...

    February 13, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. AJ, IL

    Obama's on a roll. That's 8 wins in a row! Hey CNN stop reporting total delegates (pledged and superdelegates) and just report pledged delegates. Superdelegates can change their minds at any time and should not be talked about in relation to primary and caucus wins at this point!

    According to MSNBC, Obama has 1078 pledged delegates to Hillary's 969 pledged delegates!

    I am FIRED UP! and READY TO GO!

    Time to go make another Obama donation and phone calls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  21. Smorman

    McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which was then a U.S. territory. So he was born in the U.S.

    February 13, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. notpc

    Obama wins......move to Canada

    February 13, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Zach

    Obama has mostly won in states which are going to be in the Republican column in the general election. Media is creating a fairy tale around Obama and ignoring the facts.

    February 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. aggiemom

    I am from Texas and



    February 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. miss

    I get so tired of people saying that Obama doesn't have experience. What president has experience when he becomes president? Duh!!

    February 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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