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. Midwest Voter

    I have a question for Clinton supporters. What is the justification for campaining in Florida, because they are important and should be heard, and skipping Wisconsin? It appears to me Hillary is picking and choosing who is important, or who can save her...

    February 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. BobW Rochester, NY

    "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."

    I would suggest that rather declare someone has no record because the information isn't spoon fed to you, that you take some time and do some basic research. Let me give you hint...read the Congressioal Record and the information posted on his web site.

    February 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Lory


    February 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. DontBeIgnorant

    You think your children will be any safer with HILLARY??! please....

    February 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Jeff

    Why are Republicans voting for Obama in the open primaries?
    Because they know McCain can beat Obama anytime, but Hillary would be tougher.
    Don't be misled by the CNN poll that Obama can beat McCain handily.

    February 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. PAO

    Ancher, you wrong...civics 101....McCain is considered a natural born citizen as defined below...

    The 14th Amendment defines citizenship this way: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." But even this does not get specific enough. As usual, the Constitution provides the framework for the law, but it is the law that fills in the gaps

    Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in those gaps. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"

    Anyone born inside the United States
    Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe

    """Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S."""

    Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
    Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
    Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
    Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
    A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

    February 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. George, Canada

    Seems CNN and the GOP analysts are doing their utmost best to ensure Obama wins this thing; their claim that Obama would stand a better chance against McCain can convince potential Hillary backers to change their votes.

    February 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. JB

    Hillary is trying to ignore the Constitution, and claim wins in the biggest States, and therefore the winner. THAT IS NOT HOW IT WORKS!

    In order to protect State's rights, and make sure that NY and CA don't run the country, the electoral process was established this way. She has lost virtually every State.

    Let alone, she has offended virtually every State along the way. Give it up and go away!

    February 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Just a thought

    You know, I have NEVER seen a SINGLE comment on these boards from a Clinton supporter that outlines a positive, progressive, hopeful view of where the country could go under her leadership.

    Rather, we are swamped with fear-mongering and lies. Makes you wonder what kind of country we'd have under her leadership.

    February 13, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Randy - Denver

    Ancher please remove your Cranial Rectal Inversion McCain is a naturl born US Citizen yours is a fallacious argument that has been overrulled several times in the past 100 years, American parents on American soil> American

    February 13, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Mike Edom - Atlanta

    May be the "Hill" is too high for Hillary or the "Bill" is too much for her since she can't raise enough money to keep up with Obama's pace.So surprising she still can't read the hand writing on the wall.

    February 13, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Sean Chong

    Seems like a lot of people are writing off how many pledged delegates Hillary has, thus neglecting the voices of so many. The DNC makes a mess out of this election, by eliminating Michigan and Florida from the vote. Florida, a heavily Latino state and a swing state, will most likely vote for Hillary, and this time for their punishment, may help swing the entire state for Mccain. Michigan, a blue collar state, will most likely go for Hillary too. DNC trying to write off blue collar and Latinos?

    I'm also wondering why Latinos and Asian-Americans have been tagged racists in this election by CNN?

    February 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Jessica, Rolling Meadows, IL

    Please God I pray that you intervene and that you expose the condition of Obama's heart. God you said that the proud will be brought down and the humble will prevail. God I pray that you have mercy on America and forgive us for all of our short comings. God we need you grace and mercy.

    Please open our eyes to see what is true. May we not make our decision to vote based on the color of ones skin, but that we take this election seriously and vote for the right man or woman for office. I pray that all votes are founded on a GOD giving conviction of the heart.

    February 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. KRoss

    Look out for the dirty tricks! The Clintons are about to pull from their book of dirty tricks. They are not graceful losers nor are they gracious winners. Bill is somewhere losing his mind because this is not fairing well with his legacy.
    I like Obama and McCain. They will have a great race for the White House. Finally two people with some real integrity.

    America is fed up with the Clintons!

    February 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. KW

    Obama cannot beat McCain because in the end Clinton supporters will either stay home and not vote or vote for McCain.

    February 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. NickNasc

    Alot of You Clinton people are getting scarey! Do you know what the difference is that I see as an independant between you and the Obama Supporters on these blogs? ( I am on the Obama side for disclosure purposes) But if you read these Blogs you see that Most but not all of the Clinton supporters just say the same lines..over and over and over even when they are corrected in FACTS that are posted from quotes directly from interviews or stats approved by both candidates.

    This habit of ignoring the truth and spreading nothing but negative and knowingly false information is why Clinton is loseing her Base. It is pitiful and counter productice...don't take my word for it but 8 straight CRUSHING loss' in a row and her followers leaving her in droves should tell you somthing.
    If you want people to listen to you post FACTS to refute or make your case. Use this forum to build a case for your Candidate not bad talk. that is why Obama is sweeping the country WE ARE ALL TIRED OF IT.

    Don't Bash CNN for reporting what is going on. Is it CNNs fault that she does or says somthing wrong or fires people or acts unprofessional? NO! They are doing their job and reporting it. Saying it is the MEDIA that is making Obama just makes you look like them..thinking people are stupid and will follow anyone who gets on TV. People are aware, educated and involved. This is a great time in our country, don't spoil it..

    February 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Kat

    GO OBAMA! It's about time that all this has paid off. All you negative Hillary supporters crack me up! What one bad article about Hillary and you ALL Hillary supporters SCREAM biased but suddenly a good post that has nothing negative in it comes up and you just start hacking away again. You will NEVER be happy. And Hillary will never win the nomination!

    OBAMA 08!!!

    February 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Friends don’t let friends post drunk !

    GO Hillary! February 13, 2008 8:48 am ET

    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.

    Of course, protect your kids by signing off on a 100 year war as opposed to advancing this Country.

    Great line of reasoning, indicative of Hillary’s demographic… the uneducated and dim.

    February 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Scott M.-Kalamazoo, MI

    FYI for Ancher: If you're parents are both United States Citizens and you are born out of country you simply have duel citizenship with that country of birth and the United States. It doesn't make you any less American. Not that I'm a McCain supporter but he has every right to run for president.

    February 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Kevin (Jonesboro, GA)

    Ancher – McCain is an American citizen. I am an Obama supporter but would never question his citizenship or service to our country. As you mentioned, both of his parents are Americans and unless they revoked their citizenship at the time when John was born, all o ftheir children would be American citizens, regardless of where they may have been born. To do otherwise would cruelly punish the hundreds of thounds of service men and women who serve our country throughout the world.

    February 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. raf

    Ancher, have you posted this same thing at least twice before under a different name?

    Each time, several people respond to your theory explaining exactly why it's wrong, citing the laws and constitutional references that show McCain is perfectly eligible to run.

    For at least the third time: the Constitution says a president must be a "natural-born citizen." Since it doesn't define the term, U.S. law is allowed to, and U.S. law has in fact defined a "natural-born citizen" to include people born abroad to American citizens (whether the parents were in the military or not).

    U.S. law isn't contradicting the constitution in this case, it's complementing it, like it's supposed to. Please, please, PLEASE drop this.

    February 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Michael, Orlando FL

    Hillary keeps saying that she is tested and ready. How has she been tested? What has she ever lead? What experience does she have? What qualifies her to be President? All the Hillary lovers bash Obama on his lack of experience, yet completely ignore that their queen has no experience either. Just because she says she has experience, does not make it so. Remember rule number one, if a Clinton's mouth is moving, they are lying, if their mouth is not moving, they are thinking of their next lie.

    February 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Beth

    Go O! I am truly praying for Obama to win the nomination and the election, because I believe it will be a fresh start for our country.

    Bush's war on Iraq has been a catastrophe for our country and the world. Politicians like Hillary who authorized this war, failed the American people when we needed them most. She did not ask the hard questions, when she could have been our voice for sanity.

    Now, when the boulders of death, debt and suffering are falling in an avalanche upon us, HRC discusses the details of her little pebbles of policy. She wants to be held "accountable" for those pebbles of policies, but when it comes to the most important vote of her career, she denies being responsible and says "If I knew then what I know now". Well, what did she know then? Then as now, there was no proof of WMD or an Al Qaeda connection. So what is she talking about?

    Because of Hillary's vote and the vote of other failed political leaders, hundreds of thousands are dead, trillions of dollars spent and millions are suffering, and the US has lost its prestige in the world.

    We cannot afford business as usual leaders. We need inspiration and a refreshed heart and soul. America is great because we have the freedom to vote, and can renew our country. Let's not miss this wonderful opportunity.

    Honor those who died and who are suffering by contributing to the Obama campaign. And please, Vote O!

    February 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Beverlee

    It's NOT just "Yes We Can", it's "Yes We Are!"
    Go "O"

    February 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. bruce

    shame on you CNN. The Clinton News Network!

    February 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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