February 13th, 2008
08:46 AM ET
7 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. Cheryl

    How unfortunate that clinton supporters choose to trash Obama, instead of realizing that their candidate - at least up until this point - has not been able to get the "job" of winning done. Even though I'm an Obama supporter, if Hillary gets the nomination, I will come together to get rid of the republicans. Too bad that Clinton suppoters want to whine and leave the party when things don't go their way.

    As always, the attitude of the Clinton people proves my long standing theory about democrats - WE ARE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY!!

    Obama 08

    February 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Eye Opener

    Now that Senator Obama has taken the lead and is the clear frontrunner, perhaps the press should begin to start looking closely at his record.
    Voters who think he is still the underdog and have fallen for the eloquent poetry and rhyme without substance and real content should watch him closely and scrutinize him the way they have done to Senator Clinton.
    While I truly believe that both candidates have the genuine desire to change the course of this country, a promise of hope, audacious or otherwise may not be enough to bring real change.
    Washington is still the good old boys club and like it or not, it wll take experience, political savvy and a thick skin to change Washington.

    On another note, 90% of black votes went to Senator Obama durng the last races is proof enough that RACE is very much an issue in this election whether his campaign wants to admit it or not.

    February 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Ado

    Go Obama! And go Huckabee. The longer he stays in the race the further right it is going to pull McCain. And that, of course, is good news for democrats looking ahead to November.

    Also, I am tired of all the talk of Hillary's experience and that Obama has done nothing. Most of the 35 years of "experience" that she talks about is as First Lady of Arkansas and the United States. Other than that, its Walmart, Corporate Law and now the US Senate. The truth is, both Obama and Clinton have been good Senators and both garner respect from their colleagues. So let's just throw out the talk of experience and look at where they stand on issues, who is electable and who is appealing to our better natures and who is appealing to fear and divisiveness. Seriously, Hillary just doesn't get it. Its not about us vs. them. There is no Civil War in the US (last I checked). Let the Republicans and the die hard right think of it that way. But true progressives, true American patriots will realize that we are all in this together. I really don't hear Hillary addressing things from that perspective.

    If she is the nominee I will support her, but I hope she is not the nominee!!!

    February 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Charlotte

    If Ophama is the nominee McCain will be the next president.

    February 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. wwossen

    "Republican voters who decided not to vote in their own party’s primary – they chose Obama by an even larger margin, 71 to 25 percent over Clinton in Virginia"

    I think the republicans are voting for Obama so they want have to face Hillary in the Fall. The rich / republicans and the media are working things out. Looks like we may be looking at 4 more years of republican blood sucking.

    I am wondering if republican need to win In November their best chance to bit and win the white house is Clinton. Why do they vote to obama so he can win the primaries? The entire poll indicated that Obama is biting McCain in 4% margin. So why are republicans vote for Obama. Do they really won’t Clinton or Obama On general election? I guess their easy target is Obama. They all vote for him and bit him bad in November. I think their chance to win Clinton is slim that is why they wont her out. Republicans do not allow Democrats to vote in the primaries to stop this kind of tricks..

    February 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. SJ

    Obama mirrors his speeches from our past great leaders; ML King and JF Kennedy. These great men had actions behind their words so we all were caught up in their ideals. Obama has no past records of his actions of "change" only empty promises that his followers want to hear.........

    Obama has no past record that we can see the change he has made in his short political career. How does he plan to implement them?

    I am a Teacher and his views of our failing educational system and his plans for change is frightening not only for us; but the children. Since he attended an elite private (white) school for his education he is clueless to what our true educational system is struggling with. Not only is he ignoring the "working backbone" of our country; but is neglecting the future leaders by his ignorance of what our educational system needs to succeed. Hillary knows; she understands; and has fought for the children of our country.

    Obamaites are similar to cult follower. They are swept up with empty words, promises of the better life, and never ask the most important questions. It will be too late when they "wake-up" and see what has happened, what they've done, and will question themselves as to how did I let this happen.

    February 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. tanicha

    Fair Tax HouseBill 25

    February 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Jen

    OBAMA HAS NOTHING TO OFFER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH VOTERS. ANYWAY, IT IS YOUR COUNTY – YOU CAN VOTE FOR ANYONE YOU LIKE.

    GO HILLARY

    GO HILLARY

    February 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Larry

    Ancher, read the Constitution and you will find out that you are wrong. He is eligable to run. But dont let silly things like facts get in your way.

    February 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Digraj

    Hillary may stink and Obama might come off as lacking substance.... but not over my dead body will I vote for the type of political party that we currently have.. one that is so corrupt, dysfunctional, and has degraded our position in the world today. I travel internationally, and us Americans have become the laughing stock of the world. Go democrats!!

    February 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. PilotLight

    Obama is like a broken record. All he says is 'Change, change, change.'

    But change is just a word if you don't have the means to initiate it.

    February 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Kathy

    Obama has a lot of experience as a state senator and I live in IL . He did wonderful things in the state senate if anyone really CARES TO LOOK. He one who plays well with others to get the job done. GO Obama

    February 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. paula monroe nc

    I am voting for Obama because he ISPRIRES people to make a difference. Government can't fix the apathy but people helping each other will move us forward.
    As far as National Security, Obama will do a much better job than Bush-he is a no nonsense leader who does not want to be surrounded by "yes" people.
    We would not be in such a perilous situation if someone had been able to tell Bush that Iraq was a bad idea. Afganistan needed to be dealt with 1st and Al Quaida wiped out there. Instead, we have suffered huge financial and irreplacable human losses in Iraq. Bin Laden is just sitting back and waiting until we are stretched to the max and then will attack again.
    Obama '08 Yes We Can!

    February 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    JOHN McCAIN IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE AND NEVER WAS A CONSERVATIVE. IT IS TOO LATE TO CHANGE HIS OLD AND OBSOLETE BRAIN TO BECOME A CONSERVATIVE AFTER 72 YEARS.
    HE WILL NEVER GET OUR CONSERVATIVE VOTES NOMATTER WHAT HE OR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOES OR SAYS. AS FAR AS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS CONCERNED, IT IS A DISASTER TO NOMINATE A HALF LIBERAL, HALF REPUBLICAN, HALF GEORGE BUSH SOUDING CANDIDATE, AND ASKS US, LIFE TIME REPUBLICANS TO VOTE FOR A LOSER JOHN McCAIN.
    PLEASE INFORM JOHN McCAIN THAT HE IS """NO RONALD REAGAN""".
    REPUBLICAN FROM FLORIDA.

    February 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Jamauri

    GO OBAMA--10 consecutive WINS in a row. Hilary is losing badly! OBAMA has been victorious is THE MOST STATES (over 22) and HE HAS THE MOST DELEGATES--including SUPER DUPER DELEGATES. Change is coming people and he is the man to make it happen. He is NOw in the LEAD! OBAMA 08

    February 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. John

    GO OBAMA! (response to earlier post): Voting for McCain is not necessarily a safe vote for your children; he is the candidate who said that we can start calling the Iraq War the hundred years war. Obama will clearly need the right advisors in order to succeed but that goes for any president. He will be able to lead the leaders in the right direction and that is why he will be a good president.

    February 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. SGC

    Why don't some of you HRC take the time and actually listen to Senator Obama, or go to his website and read where he stands on certain issues...or better yet read his book. I've read his, Hillarys, Bills, and Al Gores...the only way to make an informed decision is to be informed....dont try and play Carl Rove George W tactics by saying Obama only looks good or speaks well, but he has no substance...it only makes the party look foolish, but most of all it makes all of HRC fans look idotic....just take the pounding you getting, acknowledge it and move on...but nooooo, you guys just want to SPIN and try to blast Senator Obama

    Obama 2008..Rhode Island is behind you!

    February 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Jim Wade, IA

    CNN.com, the one place on the internet where you can find hordes of people who aren't smart enough to see through Hillary's BS.

    February 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Rex

    I didn’t want to vote for Bush, but he was the closest thing to a President that had been offered for some time.

    Now it appears McCain is next “least worst alternative.”

    We are not at a time of peace. Nor will surrender fabricate peace out of chaos.
    Our only hope is that McCain is surrounded by a good team and that he listens to them.

    Unless Newt can still run as an independent.

    February 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. From PA

    What McCain had said:

    "Hope, my friends, is a powerful thing. I can attest to that better than many, for I have seen men's hopes tested in hard and cruel ways that few will ever experience... To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude… I do not seek the presidency on the presumption that I am blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save my country in its hour of need. I seek the presidency with the humility of a man who cannot forget that my country saved me."

    February 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Hillary Supporter – "I'd vote for McCain over Obama."

    and thats why we need change....

    February 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Barbara

    I think Obama will make an excellent President. Look at who we had in the White
    House in the past. The Clintons!! I think it is so unfair to read about all the negative messages for Obama. Well, look at all the states that Obama are winning! It don't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Obama must have what it takes to become President or he would not be winning!!!!

    February 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Kat

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Janice S

    Obama is the best candidate! He can get people to 'talk to one another' and that is more than any other candidate can say! Also, yes McCain has a great background but we don't need another "spouse' who has done criminal wrong doings as Cindy McCain has done! A First Lady or a First Gentleman should represent their spouse and have good morals and values! Does anyone know about McCains wifes 'stealing drugs' years ago and had to only pay a fine, vs getting jail time! Let's keep the 'Clean' in the white house! We know it's not Bill or Hillary but it is defintely Obama and his wife!

    February 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Mark, Austin, Texas

    Obama can beat the Republican candidate! He offers a real message with real substance.

    Texas for Obama!

    February 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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