Senator Barack Obama waves after speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday in Madison, Wisconsin. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Barack Obama says he has a "new American majority", and judging by the results of the Potomac Primaries, it looks like he's onto something.
Obama topped Hillary Clinton in all three races yesterday, winning by a margin of almost 2-to-1 in Maryland and Virginia and 3-to-1 in the District of Columbia.
What's significant is not just that Obama won, it's how he did it – pulling away many of the voters who make up Clinton's political base. Obama did well as usual among young voters, independents and African-Americans.
But, that wasn't all. He beat Clinton among voters 65 and older, blue collar workers and women. In Virginia, he won the white vote along with every income, education and religious group. He even won a majority of Latino support there.
This all leaves Hillary Clinton in a pretty tough position. Obama's wide margins in the races over the last week mean that Clinton not only needs to win in Ohio and Texas on March 4th, but she needs to answer back with a couple landslides of her own.
It's a tall order, especially when Obama has all the momentum riding on his side. He has now won eight races in a row and leads the delegate count 1,253 to Clinton's 1,211. Polls show him gaining strength in both Wisconsin and Hawaii, which vote next Tuesday.
Also, Obama's campaign has also been bringing in $1 million a day from more than 650,000 contributors, and he continues to draw arena-sized crowds to his rallies.
Here’s my question to you: How can Hillary Clinton stop Barack Obama's momentum?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jim from College Station, Texas writes:
Jack, Let me start by saying that I'm a Hillary supporter. What strikes me when I see video footage of the crowds standing behind Hillary and to an even greater extent behind the Republican candidates, are mostly old, white, stuffed shirted establishment supporters. And then I see standing behind Obama: young, old, black, white, Hispanic, common folks enthusiastically showing their support for him. I get the feeling that I'm looking at the past versus the future and the future is what it’s all about.
Hillary is feeding Obama's momentum. She has lost eight contests since last weekend and not mentioned a single one on the campaign stump. By ignoring the contests, she has also not stopped to publicly thank any of her supporters in these states. This kind of snub is not the way to secure a loyal base. She comes off as less gracious by the day.
Paul from Syracuse, New York writes:
It’s very apparent that each state is different. With that said, drawing conclusions on what women or blacks did in one state will have no effect on what will come in Ohio and Texas. I think by now in history we should know to never count out a Clinton.
I agree, she can’t stop him. This is a movement in this country, not an election. The people are tired of being treated badly and not being heard. Hillary should do what is best for the country and support Obama because that is what Americans want.
Carlotta from Granger, Indiana writes:
How can she? Two terms of Bush have left the American people feeling so beaten down that they are desperately clinging to this Obama guy that doesn't bother them with specifics, instead pumping them up with pep talks like a college coach. If what Americans really want is a coach, I hear Bobby Knight is free. That would scare the crap out of al Qaeda.