It was only a matter of time before I used that corny line.
This Saturday Barack Obama swept the states of Louisiana (57-36%), Nebraska (68-32%), and Washington (68-31%), as well as the Virgin Islands (90-8%). He increased his delegate count to pull within striking range of Hillary’s lead; they now stand at 1123 Clinton, 1120 Obama.
The Democratic battle continues today with Maine’s primary, where 34 delegates will be awarded. Then Tuesday are the contests in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, awarding 38, 99, and 101 delegates respectively. Current polls show Obama with double-digit leads in the delegate-rich states of Maryland and Virginia.
In the Republican contest, Mike Huckabee surprised by winning the states of Louisiana (43-42%) and Kansas (60-24%) while making a strong showing in Washington (McCain 26%, Huckabee 24%, Paul 21%, Romney 16%, Undecided 13%). He captured all 36 delegates from Kansas, while the Louisiana and Washington delegates have yet to be distributed.
John McCain still holds a commanding lead in delegate totals with 724 to Huckabee’s 234. The Republicans duel on Tuesday in the same locations as Democrats. They will fight for the 19 delegates in D.C., 37 delegates in Maryland, and 63 delegates in Virginia; both Virginia and D.C. are winner-take-all contests. Look for John McCain to extend his lead on Tuesday, as he is currently leading Maryland and Virginia polls by double-digit margins.