HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – Fresh on the heels of his win in Wisconsin–and after thanking the people of the Badger State for "their extraordinary civic pride"–Obama told an audience in Houston, Texas, that the change America seeks is "still months and miles away."
"We will need you to fight for every delegate it takes to win this nomination," the Illinois senator said to crowd of over 18,000 at the Toyota Center.
"And if we win the nomination, if we are blessed and honored to win the nomination, then we're going to need your help to win the election in November."
The battleground that is the race for the Democratic nomination has recently turned into a fierce back and forth over the role of both pledged delegates and super-delegates.
A story appearing on the political website Politico.com Tuesday alleged that a source in the Clinton campaign revealed that part of their strategy is to whittle away Obama's slight lead in pledged delegates by pulling them into Clinton's corner. It's an allegation the Clinton campaign flatly denied.
Speaking of the New York senator, both her campaign and Obama's confirmed Clinton phoned Obama to congratulate him on the Tuesday win. A spokeswoman for Obama said the call came shortly after the Illinois senator left the stage.
In what could be called his victory rally– even though it wasn't billed as one–Obama also urged the voters of Texas to participate starting as early as "today," because in the Lone Star State, early voting for the March 4 election opens up on February 19.
"If you didn’t vote today you can start tomorrow or the next day or the day after that," he said.
Obama then moved into a few modified lines from his stump speech of late, telling the crowd it will take "more than big rallies," "rousing speeches," and "policy papers" to bring about change. Instead, he said it will require "something more."
"The problem that we face in America today is not the lack of good ideas. Its that Washington has become a place where good ideas go to die."
-CNN Political Producer Chris Welch