The ever chugging train of Barack Obama continued puffing along as the Illinois Senator swept through three more states on his road to the Democratic convention. He gained an easy victory over Clinton in Nebraska by 68% to 32% and in Washington by 68% to 31% while his margin of victory in Louisiana was 57% to 37%. It is expected he will do well in Maine and should easily gain victory in Tuesday’s eelction in Washington D.C. was well as in Maryland and Viginia. An interesting facet of his victories is the manner in which his name brings out more voters, there were twice as many voting in Nebraska this year as in 2004. The latest AP count indicates Obama may be slightly ahead in delegate support.
Some Democratic analysts worry the Clinton-Obama struggle will undermine their chances for victory in November. They express concern over expenditue of money, time, and energy while John McCain can sit calmly by and work at raising funds. We beg to differ with this view. Obama and Clinton are energizing Demcorats to come out and vote. They are stirring emotions, passions, and keeping their names in the everyday headlines. The end result will be greater momentum going into fall elections.
The real issue is what happens at the convention. Obama is gaining triumph in more states while Clinton wins the larger ones. Reality is those large states will vote Democratic regardless of whether Clinton or Obama is on the ballot. The more they fight with one another, the greater will be the vote count in November.
In the meantime, John McCain got whipped soundly by Huckabee in Kansas. McCain might well suffer from inaction in terms of having a public forum.