Posted: February 11, 2008 4:28 PM
Obama Courts Md. Voters in Bid to Sweep 'Potomac Primaries'
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama celebrated victories in Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands over the weekend, and hopes to continue his victory streak in Tuesday’s “Potomac Primary” — when Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia vote.
The senator is currently polling ahead of rival Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York in Virginia by 17.3 points, and in Maryland by 21 points, according to polling averages released Monday by Real Clear Politics.
Obama made appearances in northern Virginia over the weekend, speaking to supporters in Alexandria and Virginia Beach. On Monday, he made stops in Baltimore and College Park, Md.
“We have won on the Atlantic coast, we have won on the Gulf coast, we have won on the Pacific coast and we have won between those coasts,” he said to supporters in Virginia Beach, according to the Associated Press.
Between the three primaries, about 168 delegates up for grabs, according to the Online NewsHour and NPR’s delegate estimates.
“If he were to win (Maryland) by large enough margins, Obama could gain a lead over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race for the first time,” the Baltimore Sun reported.
However, the Sun predicts that if the Maryland vote is close, the two candidates will probably split the state’s 70 delegates, “and Clinton will probably retain her national lead.”
Obama’s winning streak even carried through to Sunday night’s Grammy awards — he won in the “best spoken word album” category for the audio edition of his book, “The Audacity of Hope.”