(CNN) – Barack Obama is headed for an easy victory in Vermont, fueled by overwhelming victories among voting blocs that have solidly aligned with Hillary Clinton in other states.
Though women voters and seniors are the backbone of Clinton's support, in Vermont more than two-thirds of women, and roughly 60 percent of voters age 65 and higher, went for Obama.
One of the key reasons this groups went for Obama? The Iraq war. While the issue has fallen in importance among voters in several other states, Vermont voters ranked it nearly as important as the economy, and those who said it was the number one issue went for Obama over Clinton by nearly 3 to 1.
Obama often touts the fact he was initially opposed to the Iraq war while Clinton voted to authorize it. He has consistently beaten Clinton among voters concerned about Iraq - and in Vermont, this gap clearly proved decisive.
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– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
Because the people of Vermont knows what's best. So will Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island
Finish Her off Barack
I have the answer to why Obama won: More people voted for him!
God is with you despite the odds against you.
Why is Lou dobbs very biased against a winner: OBAMA.
Come on CNN that is 12 in a row. Surely SNL won't get mad if you report that. 12 in a row YYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEESS WE CAAAAAANN!!
The reason Vermont went to Obama is because he has swept the last 11 and will continue to do will. I dare say he is our next democrat nominee.
How many delegates is Vermont worth? Obama does well in states with few delegates, but loses BIG states like California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and maybe Ohio and Texas tonight.
In a general election, you want the candidate that can with the big electoral states.
Vermont voted for him because he made one speech against the war. If actually had to vote on it, he would vote the same as Hillary. Every vote he ever made in the Senate (when he's not voting Present) is exactly the same as Hillary's. Go Hillary!
Obama won Vermont because the people of this state are smart and knows who to count on !!
YAY Vermont !!
YES WE CAN!!!
Hey all Democrats and Progressives -
No matter what. Eye on the prize. No McCain!!
Brothers and sisters unite!
Come on Vermot – you'll be kicking yourself if he gets the nomination
Yes, true, Iraq is important, and those voters in Vermont ahve always been pretty cool and more liberal than the rest. But, alas, they cannot figure out that Obama is all about preaching to the choir. His senate record shows that he will either vote with the majority, ie status quo, or vote "present." That is why his senate record was not distinguished. With such a pattern and so much political ambition, he would surely have voted along with everyone else to authorize the president to begin war as a last resort. Too bad there was no way of testing Barack Obama further.
He won it because people like him more.
Way to go Vermont!!!
Great reporting guys!
No precincts have "officially" reported in, yet CNN is projecting the winner, when THE POLLS HAVE NOT CLOSED! Your constant polls and projections are destroying the election process. I say we impose a media blackout until ALL polls have closed.
pack up your bags Hillary. 1 down 4 more to go!
We all know VT was for Obama...
It's now a virtual mathmatical certainty that Obama will finish the primaries with more pledged delegates than Clinton.
NUMBERS DON'T LIE PEOPLE.
Check out the calculator and play with the number all you want. She'd need better than 60/40 wins in ALL THE REMAINING STATES.
Congratulations to Senator Obama and good luck against Senator McCain in the general election. I'm proud of the way both of them have conducted their campaigns to this point and hope for more of the same into the fall.
God Bless America.
Hillary negative attacks didn't work.
Thank you, Vermont. Thank you Senator Obama, Mrs. Obama, and your beautiful girls for the hard work and sacrifice are making for all of us.
Yes We Can!!!
Go All the way Hillary!!
If obama wins this i will sit back and enjoy the gop beating him in the GE
Here we come look out world!!!!
Drop out Hillary for the sake of the party
YES WE CAN!!!!!!!
Not bad, not bad at all.....
I'm confused how he is delcared to have 'won' if at the moment there are 0% of the precincts reporting.
Is this in order to declare him a winner before the other 3 states come in for Clinton?
I will vote for him if he ends up as the candidate, but I do not think he is up for the job. Still, it's better than what we have now (hopefully)