All the nets have called Virginia, of course, and MSNBC has called D.C. too, though no results are in yet (Maryland closes at 9:30). With 65% in, it’s 62% to 37% in Virginia, with 25 delegates to Obama and 11 to Clinton. CNN now has Obama’s combined super- and pledged delegate total passing Clinton’s, for the first time since Iowa.
Mike Henry, the deputy campaign manager for Clinton, just resigned. Call me crazy, but when a candidate fires her top two aides in a couple of days? Maybe a bad sign. Just maybe.
CNN is airing a Clinton stump speech for some inexplicable reason, and there was a Hillary sign in the background that was being held upside down in clear view of the camera. Someone ought to send that to The Fail Blog.
P.S. With 78% in, the Virginia margin’s up to 63%-36%, with delegates 36 to 16. Given as the last four polls in Virginia showed him up by an average of 18.25%, I think it’s safe to say that a 27% margin beats expectations.
P.P.S. The very second the polls close, CNN calls Maryland for Obama. I love it when that happens. Which, thankfully, has been pretty often. Wolfie also calls D.C.
P.P.P.S. With 91% in, no change in Virginia. With 49% in, D.C. is 76% to 24%, with all 3 delegates called so far going to Obama. His speech in Wisconsin is getting serious airtime on CNN. I haven’t actually watched a stump speech of his since New Hampshire, but it’s gotten much, much better in the past month. “We need to change the mindset that got us into war”, “John McCain won’t ever be able to say I supported this war in Iraq, because I opposed it from the start” – this is great, great stuff.
P.P.P.P.S. Wait, scratch the upside down sign. This is Fail Blog material:
Via Ben Smith.
P.P.P.P.P.S. Maryland’s not fully in, but here’s how things stand:
D.C., 98% reporting:
Obama: 75%, 9 delegates
Clinton: 24%, 1 delegate
Maryland, 39% reporting:
Obama: 63%, 11 delegates
Clinton: 34%, 5 delegates
Virginia, 99% reporting:
Obama: 64%, 43 delegates
Clinton: 35%, 22 delegates
Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty good.