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Obama Wins Wyoming Contest

Posted March. 10, 2008 03:00,   


Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama clinched a victory in the Wyoming caucuses held Saturday, beating Senator Hillary Clinton by a wide margin. Obama garnered 61.4 percent of the vote, while Clinton won 37.8 percent.

With this crushing victory, the Obama camp cleared up the gloomy mood created in the wake of the defeat suffered at the Mini Super Tuesday on March 4 and showed confidence that they can turn the tide in favor of Senator Obama.

With Obama highly likely to also win in Mississippi primaries scheduled for Tuesday following the critical win in Wyoming, the Obama camp is optimistic that the Illinois senator will continue his momentum until the Pennsylvania primaries due on April 22. The state of Mississippi, with 33 delegates up for grab, has a relatively large number of black voters.

However, Wyoming has just 12 delectates and Obama won by a small margin in a delegate count, giving Clinton five.

Considering the fact that he has been very strong in small state caucuses, and that his margin of victory in Wyoming is relatively small compared to those of previous caucuses in small states, some warn against hasty optimism.

The Clinton camp also put the result in a positive light, saying that they did better than expected.

According to the Associated Press tally, Obama leads Clinton in the race for delegates by 1,578 to 1,468 as of March 8.

Of the total 796 super delegates, 340 have yet to endorse any candidate.

In a poll of 80 super delegates conducted by the Washington Post on Sunday, a majority of them said that they will cast their votes for a candidate who are deemed more competitive in the general election, if there is a negligible gap between the two candidates.

In nationwide approval ratings, the two democratic candidates are locked in a neck-and-neck race. According to a Newsweek survey carried out on March 5 to 6, Obama led Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent. But some polls showed that Clinton narrowly leads Obama.

In a virtual race with Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Obama won McCain by one percentage point while Clinton defeated the Arkansas senator by two percentage point.

Obama is overwhelmingly popular with black voters (80 percent to 10 percent), those aged 40 and under (60 percent to 35 percent) and highly-educated holding a college degree (50 percent to 41 percent). On the contrary, Clinton is backed by white voters (53 percent to 35 percent), those aged 60 and over (51 percent to 33 percent) and those with no more than high school diplomas (48 percent to 38 percent).