Posted: February 5, 2008 11:42 PM
Obama Scores Series of Midwest Wins, Narrowly Loses in Missouri
With wins in Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, North Dakota and a out-of-the-gate victory in Iowa, Sen. Barack Obama’s Midwest appeal could prove key to his eventual success as the Democratic nominee.
Both Obama and rival Sen. Hillary Clinton have made stops across the Midwest over the past few days. Saturday, Obama made appearances in Minneapolis and St. Louis.
Although Obama did well throughout the region, it was in the closely watched Missouri contest where Clinton eked out a closely fought contest. Clinton, with 87 percent of the precincts reporting, garnered 50 percent of the vote compared to Obama’s 47 percent.
“Missouri will actually carry some weight,” NewsHour analyst David Brooks said, attributing Clinton’s success in the state to endorsements from influential politicians in the state.
Despite his disappointment in the Show-me State, Obama did score a decisive victory in his home state of Illinois. The state’s popular senator secured a substantial lead in state polls well before Tuesday’s vote.
In Kansas, the birthplace of Obama’s mother Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama rolled over Clinton, scoring 73 percent of the support.
“While Obama has won the support of the governor and some other top Democrats, the Kansas City Star endorsed Clinton,” the Washington Post reported.