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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Obama wins Virginia

Major traditional media outlets have just begun projecting that Barack Obama has won the Virginia primary, one of three contests in the Chesapeake Bay region tonight.

Hillary Clinton had lowered expectations in the state by citing race and recent trends, but the streak that began on Saturday continues today, and that has to hurt.

Polls closed at 7:00 PM Eastern time, an hour ahead of the contests in D.C. and Maryland. Obama is also favored in those.

No official counts are currently available for Virginia, but the wire services and television networks are all making projections. Updates to follow.

UPDATE: With 8% of precincts reporting, Obama's lead is 67% to 37%. Granted, it's early, but if this margin holds, spinning low expectations in exchange for Texas and Ohio becomes much more difficult in the Clinton camp.

UPDATE II: And with 17% reporting, the gap closes a bit, 61% to 38%, but it doesn't look like any surprises are in store.

UPDATE III: On the Republican side, with 23% reporting, John McCain has a slight edge over Mike Huckabee, according to CNN, with the race too close to call. This, despite most polls heavily favoring Huckablee.

Also, polls scheduled to close at 8:00 PM in Maryland will now close at 9:30 Eastern, due to heavy snow and bad weather.


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