NEW YORK (CNN) – Barack Obama was looking to score major victories Tuesday in Ohio and Texas - wins he hoped would put Hillary Clinton away, and provide him with a clear path to the Democratic presidential nomination. But long before polls closed in either state, his campaign was laying the groundwork for contests in states to come.
It was a smart precaution: the New York senator has won the Ohio and Rhode Island primaries, assuring that the race for the Democratic presidential nomination would go on. As of 11:45 p.m. ET, CNN had not projected a winner in Texas. Earlier in the evening, Obama won the Vermont primary.
Anticipating the race would continue, the Illinois senator opened campaign offices in Mississippi last week, and began an advertising effort to try and woo the state’s voters. He has already aired more than 80 television ads in the state, which will hold its own primary next week. Compared to the pricey media markets in Ohio and Texas, Mississippi has been a relative bargain: Obama has only had to spend $23,000 on ads that have appeared in four different markets across the state, according to TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN’s consultant on political television advertising spending.
Next stop for Obama and Clinton is Wyoming on Saturday, where 12 delegates are on the line. Neither candidate has bought television time to try and influence Democratic voters who will attend that state’s caucuses, though Obama is scheduled to campaign there later this week. Mississippi’s primary, with 33 delegates at stake, follows on March 11.
– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
How did the experts say: SHE HAS TO WIN IN OHIO AND TEXAS BIG!
Yes she won neckto neck! So let's see what's coming up. Very interesting.
Bam kick it up a nodge!
here we go again with another dirty negative politic . let see what else she is coming out with this time the next super tuesday. i heard loser and womanizing bill is already on the ground. i agree with kay.
This makes me laugh. Obama is really starting to sweat it out now that he knows there are some people out there who aren't fooled by this so-called "CHANGE" he wants to bring about. I guess tonight was a clear indicator that people are starting to realize that boring, drawn-out speeches aren't going to get things done. Obama thought that Clinton would be out of the running after March 4th, but he underestimated the intelligence of the voters in these states. Face it Barack, not everyone is gonna be roped in to your hot air.
And to all of the people that say he has an "overwhelming" lead, I hope you all realize that the superdelegates are going to decide this. It was shown that even if either candidate won EVERY SINGLE state by a good majority (and this was BEFORE it was projected that Clinton would win Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island, mind you) neither won of them will reach the number of delegates they need to secure the nomination. So the Obama fan club can brag all they want about an "overwhelming" lead (which isn't really all that big). It's the superdelegates that will decide who the nominee is. Unless Howard Dean has a change of heart and decides against cheating the voters in Michigan and Florida but that's another story. The fact that superdelegates would decide the nomination was estimated quite some time ago; the Obama supporters should tune in to the news a little more often. I thought these were smarter, college educated voters. Guess a college education isn't what it used to be; the fact that college kids are swooning and drooling over Obama is a clear indicator of that. The older voters that are picking Clinton show that they have been around long enough to know that experience is what counts. They know how to read people and you don't need a college degree hanging on your wall to know how to do that.
Shannon in Galesburg, IL March 5th, 2008 12:03 am ET:
Obama needs to win everything between now and Pennsylvania to get back on track, and he needs to win it all convincingly.
Hunny, bad news for you even though Barack lost 3 states tonight, three HUGE states... Hillary did not gain a simple thing except staying in the race, we are still at roughly the same delecate vote we were this morning. Get your facts straight, SWEETHEART.
Oh and Hillary, Keep up with your fear mongering ads, it might have won you the states tonight, but if you keep that up it's gonna hit you in the backside.
Just as Bill Clinton didn't care about the office of the presidency, Hillary doesn't care about the DNC. She cares about Hillary.
I will pray for this country tonight.
Hillary is fully showing the face of the typical egocentric and 'selfish' american. It is only, and really only about 'Me, Me, Me'.
In truth, she doesn't care for the seniors and latinos at all. In addition, if she would care for women a single bit, then she would have left Bill after his Lewinsky affair. This would have truly helped women, and gained her respect from everyone.
Fortunately, more than 70% of our fellow-americans are rather un-selfish and truly caring for the best of our country and nation. Obama and McCain are good representatives for those, Hillary isn't.