Posted: February 12, 2008 10:21 PM
Obama Projected to Sweep Potomac Primary, Takes Delegate Lead
Sen. Barack Obama was projected to complete his sweep of the Potomac Primaries Tuesday as the Associated Press and other news organizations called the Democratic hopeful the winner in the District of Columbia primary late Tuesday.
Earlier in the evening, Obama was also projected to win the Virginia and Maryland primaries.
D.C. marks the eighth consecutive contest in which Obama has defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton since Super Tuesday.
“We have now won east and west, north and south, across this heartland of the country we love,” Obama said Tuesday night before a crowd in Madison, Wis.
Obama has taken the lead in the race for Democratic delegates for the first time, inching ahead of Clinton, the AP reported.
He got the boost from newly released results from the Washington state caucus, which was held last Saturday.
The state Democratic party said Tuesday night that Obama won 56 of the state’s 78 delegates, and Clinton won 26. He was also certain to pick up more delegates than Clinton from the three contests he won Tuesday.