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Obama’s Victory in Maine

Posted on 2/13/2008 2:33:00 PM

Barack Obama raked up another win over the weekend. He won the caucus in Maine allowing him to narrow the gap between him and Hillary Clinton. Voters braved harsh conditions such as harsh winds and snowfall on Sunday to vote for the statewide caucuses. The votes will help to decide how the state’s 24 delegates will be allotted at the party’s national convention in August. Obama secured 15 of Maine’s delegates while Clinton won nine.

The win follows wins in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State and the US Virgin islands. All five weekend wins ensures that he is now neck and neck with Clinton. Obama was jubilant over his win and announced to a crowd of supporters that, "we have won on the Atlantic Coast, we have won on the Gulf Coast, we have won on the Pacific Coast" and places in between."

Coming out of what has been a harrowing weekend, Clinton appointed a new campaign manager. Patty Doyle will step down to give way to Maggie Willams. Williams was the Chief of Staff during Bill Clinton’s term at the White House. Patty Doyle stated to the press that her resignation was not imposed upon by Mrs. Clinton or any other senior member in her team.

Both Clinton and Obama will face off again on Tuesday. A number of contests are lined up for the two contestants including Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Obama appears confident after the weekend’s results.

Voters in Maine seem to be attracted to the promise of change that Obama offers, while Clinton managed to win votes for the experience that she brought with her. In the meanwhile, McCain continues to consolidate his lead over rivals and appears to be the most likely Republican nominee.


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