Posted: February 12, 2008 9:36 PM
Obama Continues Potomac Victories, Wins 7th Straight in Maryland
Adding to an earlier victory in Virginia, Sen. Barack Obama cruised to an easy victory in the Maryland’s primary Tuesday, according to media projections.
The Illinois senator had been expected to do well in the state, with sizeable black populations in Baltimore and suburban Washington, D.C., a group that has strongly supported the senator in past contests.
The victory was the seventh in a row for Obama, who largely split the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday contests a week ago with rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Obama poured money into the region, airing television ads starting more than a week ago and spending an estimated $1.4 million. Clinton began her media campaign last Friday, costing an estimated $210,000.
Earlier in Virginia, Obama had been projected the winner within moments of the polls closing, riding the support of a coalition of black, young, white and higher-income voters to a strong win.
Maryland’s polls, which had been set to close at 8 p.m. EST, were kept open an additional 90 minutes by a judge’s order after bad weather in parts of the state and heavy traffic in the D.C. region.