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Victories and attacks

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It's tough to think of two states more different than Wyoming and Mississippi.

But we won Wyoming on Saturday, and we just learned that we won Mississippi by a large margin tonight.

Between those two states, we picked up enough delegates to erase the gains by Senator Clinton last Tuesday and add to our substantial lead in earned delegates. And in doing so we showed the strength and breadth of this movement.

But just turn on the news and you'll see that Senator Clinton continues to run an expensive, negative campaign against us. Each day her campaign launches a new set of desperate attacks.

They're not just attacking me; they're attacking you.

Over the weekend, an aide to Senator Clinton attempted to diminish the overwhelming number of contests we've won by referring to places we've prevailed as "boutique" states and our supporters as the "latte-sipping crowd."

I'm not sure how those terms apply to Mississippi and Wyoming -- or Virginia, Iowa, Louisiana, or Idaho for that matter.

I know that our victories in all of these states demonstrate a rejection of this kind of petty, divisive campaigning.

But the fact remains that Senator Clinton's campaign will continue to attack us using the same old Washington playbook. And now that John McCain is the Republican nominee, we are forced to campaign on two fronts.

It's up to you to fight back. Please make a donation of $25 today:

https://donate.barackobama.com/math

Thank you,

Barack

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Mississippi Voters Head to the Polls

ASSOCIATED PRESS (March 11) - Voters are headed to the polls for Mississippi's presidential primary. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are battling for the state's 33 delegates.

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Ferraro won't disavow her Obama race remarks

Who knew that Geraldine Ferarro was a raging racist? Is this indicative of the Clinton campaign?

Campaigns trade barbs over her suggestion that being black gives the Illinois senator an edge.

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
10:01 PM PDT, March 11, 2008


The regular sniping between the campaigns of Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton got a little more intense Tuesday after Geraldine Ferraro, a onetime Democratic vice presidential nominee and current Clinton fundraiser, refused to back down from comments implying that Obama has done so well in the race because he is black.

In a telephone interview last week with the Daily Breeze of Torrance in advance of a local appearance Sunday, Ferraro said: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman [of any color] he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is."

In a brief Associated Press interview Tuesday while in Harrisburg, Pa., Clinton said she did not agree with Ferraro. She added, "It's regrettable that any of our supporters -- on both sides, because we both have this experience -- say things that kind of veer off into the personal."...(Click here for remainder of article).

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2nd Muslim Elected to Congress From Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The grandson of the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson won a special election Tuesday to succeed her, keeping the seat in Democratic hands and becoming the second Muslim ever elected to Congress.

Democrat Andre Carson had a 5,000-vote lead over Republican Jon Elrod out of nearly 59,000 votes counted. With 88 percent of 445 precincts reporting, Carson had about 53 percent of the vote compared with about 44 percent for Elrod.

Carson will represent a district that covers most of Indianapolis for the remainder of the year. In a primary in May, he'll seek to be the Democratic nominee for a full two-year term.

In his victory speech, Carson told more than 100 supporters gathered at a downtown Indianapolis hotel that he would have to "hit the ground running." One of his top priorities, he said, would be ending the war in Iraq.

"We need to bring our men and women back home and end this useless war," Carson said.

Elrod held out hope for a late surge and did not concede defeat. Elrod campaign manager Kyle Casting said the candidate would not give up until the last vote was counted.

"We are waiting for the last ballots to come in. There are several precincts left to come in," Casting said....(Click here for remainder of article).

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Obama's Mississippi Win Blunts Clinton's Recent Delegate Gains

By Catherine Dodge

March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama's victory in Mississippi last night along with his weekend win in Wyoming has enabled him to erase the advantage with delegates Hillary Clinton won in high-profile races in Ohio and Texas last week.

Clinton's hurdle in amassing delegates for the Democratic presidential nomination is illustrated by Obama's victories in the small states that eliminate her gains.

Obama, an Illinois senator, appears to have won 19 or 20 of the 33 delegates at stake in the Mississippi primary. He netted two more delegates than Clinton in the March 8 Wyoming caucuses. Based on incomplete results, Clinton, a New York senator, had a net gain of about 6 or 7 delegates after her comeback wins March 4 in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island and her defeat in Vermont.

"That's been the essence of Obama's strategy: To pay at least as much attention to the caucus states and the smaller states as to the primary states and the larger states," said William Galston, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. "And it's paid off."...(Click here for remainder of article).

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Clintons’ trashy tactics—pffft!

By PAT MURPHY

Americans are discovering as much about Hillary and Bill Clinton's below-the-belt tactics as her sleep-inducing nostrums for saving America. Understanding Bill and Hillary's obsessive claim on the White House is crucial to understanding the self-serving emptiness of their purpose.

The Clintons justifiably are desperate. Hillary was the unbeatable, inevitable Democratic nominee awaiting coronation just a year ago. Then upstart Barack Obama, a first-term U.S. Senator and unknown, defied the Clinton juggernaut of inside-Washington pros.

All Obama had was charisma and a message of "hope"—qualities quickly embraced by Americans hungry for change in the tiresome political cycle that perpetuates insiders such as the Clintons in power, but cheats the nation's fortunes. Obama's contrast to the wooden Hillary was spectacular.

When Hillary's menu of boasts failed to quell the Obama state election triumphs, the Clintons went into action the only way they know—sucker punches, insinuations, sneers, tricks that come close to smears, snake oil cons....(Click here for remainder of post).

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Hillary's Inconvenient Truth

by Dylan Loewe
Posted March 11, 2008 | 09:27 AM (EST)


With recent rumblings of the possibility of a revote in Florida and Michigan, Hillary supporters are starting to sense the beginnings of a Clinton comeback. But there is little evidence that new votes in Florida and Michigan will be valuable enough to put Clinton back on a trajectory that leads to the nomination.

Clinton currently trails Obama in pledged delegates by 156. She leads Obama among superdelegates by 38, a lead that has been cut by more than half since Super Tuesday. Florida has 185 pledged delegates. Michigan has 128.

In January, Hillary won Florida with 50% of the vote, seventeen points higher than Obama. But at the time, Edwards and Kucinich were still in the race, and received a combined 17% of the vote. Thus far, exit polls have suggested that Edwards and Kucinich supporters have trended toward Obama.

But let's assume Hillary's dream scenario. We will assume that more than 60% of those Edwards and Kucinich voters cast votes for Hillary. We will assume that, despite all evidence to the contrary, Obama's aggressive campaigning in the state won't see any other increase in support. In such a situation, Hillary would win Florida 60-40, netting, at most, 37 delegates....(Click here for remainder of post).

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