February 13th, 2008
08:46 AM ET
12 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. L mckee

    Kids safer with McCain as Pres.? Are you kidding??? This is the same man who thinks the surge is working, it is safe enough to walk around Bagdad, and we will probably be in Iraq for a hundred years. For that mentality alone he should be disqualified. He is not much different from Bush AT ALL, not anymore. And as far as 'real world issues abroad' that all began and ends with the iraq war. Our blunder in Iraq is at the heart of everything. It is no longer "it's the economy stupid" it starts deeper...its the war stupid.

    Wake up America, alot of our problems are tied to this war.

    February 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Oregon Independent


    Your understanding of the Constitution is flawed. The requirement is that: "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

    McCain qualifies because he was born to U.S. citizens. This makes him a natural born Citizen no matter where he was actually born.

    It's an easy one to miss.

    February 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    McCain, get ready, Bubba, because you're about to lose this election to our next President in 2008, Barack Obama!!! So don't develop any false hopes!

    Kathryn Irby
    Metairie, LA

    February 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. jay nyc

    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 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. marc from indiana

    Whoa Jenny. What has he accomplished. Working with someone on a bi-partisan basis is NOT an accomplishment. It just shows that he is civil. Having more time in elective office is also not an accomplishment. Heck, in most states being a state senator is a part time job. What did he do for his day job? Peddle Amway? It has been shown on a repeatable basis that when you corner a bunch of these Obamites and ask for his concrete accomplishments, all you get is dumb looks or obscure generalities.

    February 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Mary

    Obama is going to be left with egg on his face after his pontificating in a manner that presents himself as the preemptive nominee. Hillary will make a comback – place your bets on the Texas Hold Em showdown for Hillary – the true hero.

    February 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Oregon Independent

    Both Obama and Clinton have promised to remove our troop from Iraq in a very short time frame: 1. This would be logistically impossible; and, 2. This would create a power void Iran would be more than happy to fill. If you like $6 a gallon gas and a more unstable middle east; be my guest.

    I for one am not going to trust our national security to two individuals who either don't have enough experience/knowledge of military affairs to actually be factual or who are lying to their own party to get the nomination.

    McCain's the one I trust on military issues. Oh, and the President has very little impact on the economy. The Congress has more to due with that and it takes from 2 to 10 years for most economic policies to really take full force. A President is pretty much at the whim of the natural flow and eb of a market based economy.

    I guess there's always Communism?

    February 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. adams

    Mccain just voted for a bill that is a violation of the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On Unreaonable search.

    This bill is part of the law of the land, and grounds for impeachment.

    This bill is also in violation of the Oath of office.

    I think it is pathetic for a presidential canadate to be violating the Constitution.

    February 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. A Change Will Come

    Hi everyone I have been reading comments on these posts for quite some time and I am outraged at how in the year 2008 we still have people posting racially insensitive comments on here or how naive some people are to what's really going on in America. Obama is not full of all talk…..he is talking about things that we as all Americans should want to change.

    The steadfast bureaucracy of BUSH/CANEY regime will not end if we elect MCAIN or I as I call him Bush Light….he talks like Bush agrees with Bush and will behave just as Bush has. The man who is responsible for wrecking our nation in eight years. Why would anyone want to have four years of another Republican president?

    I say for all of you who post negative ads about Clinton or Obama should look in the mirror and look in your bosses face when they tell you that the plant is closing and we are sending more jobs over to India. I am all for Obama however if Hillary should win the nomination by some miracle…I will not hesitate to vote for her as Democrats and as a person who sees the big picture any Democrat we can get in office is an upgrade from Bush or Bush Light.

    February 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Najah

    Thank You Jenny!

    I'm tired of people bashing Obama and not doing the research! Like Hillary keeps screaming that she is the only one for universal heathcare and thats BS! Obama want to LOWER the cost of heathcare so that everyone can afford it, while Hillary wants to keep it at the price its is now but make compaines offer it to employees. I have one very important question....what good is that going to do if people can't afford it in the first place?

    February 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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