Posted: February 12, 2008 7:16 PM
Obama Projected to Win Va. Primary; GOP Race Too Close to Call
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama appears set to extend his winning streak to six contests with the Associated Press and other news organizations projecting that he would win the Virginia Democratic primary.
Meanwhile, the GOP race in Virginia between Arizona Sen. John McCain and Mike Huckabee remained too close to call.
Shortly after the polls closed at 7 p.m., the AP called the Old Dominion state for Obama, who polled far ahead of rival Sen. Hillary Clinton there before Tuesday’s regional Potomac primaries.
Polls close at 8 p.m. in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
According to exit polls, more than eight in 10 voters in the Maryland and Virginia Democratic primaries said the country is ready to elect a black or female president, the AP reported. In both states, 9 in 10 Democrats said the economy was in bad shape.
African-Americans made up more than a third of Democratic voters in Maryland, a little less than that in Virginia. In both states, women outnumbered men in the Democratic contests. Men and women were pretty evenly divided in the Republican primaries in both states, according to the surveys.
Over the weekend, Obama racked up consecutive wins in Maine, Washington state, Nebraska, Louisiana and the Virgin Islands.