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Obama wins big over the weekend

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Barack Obama dominated national politics this weekend in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. He won decisive victories in Washington state, Louisiana, Nebraska, Maine, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to NPR, Obama won 57% of the Louisiana vote. Although it was reported that voter turn-out was significantly lower than in other states, 220,000 Louisiana democrats made their way to polls this past Saturday to show their support for the Illinois senator. New York Senator Hillary Clinton captured 36% of the vote (136,959 voters) for a total of 20 delegates. Newshour reported that Obama took the state despite President Bill Clinton asking Louisiana voters to remember the work Sen. Clinton has done for the state post Hurricane Katrina.
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Barack Obama dominated national politics this weekend in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. He won decisive victories in Washington state, Louisiana, Nebraska, Maine, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to NPR, Obama won 57% of the Louisiana vote. Although it was reported that voter turn-out was significantly lower than in other states, 220,000 Louisiana democrats made their way to polls this past Saturday to show their support for the Illinois senator. New York Senator Hillary Clinton captured 36% of the vote (136,959 voters) for a total of 20 delegates. Newshour reported that Obama took the state despite President Bill Clinton asking Louisiana voters to remember the work Sen. Clinton has done for the state post Hurricane Katrina.

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In Nebraska, Obama won 16 of the state's 24 delegates. Like, the Washington Democratic Party, the Nebraska Democratic party reports the number of state delegates won and not actual numbers of caucus participants. Nebraska numbers are: Obama, 68% and Clinton, 32% (eight delegates.)

Obama earned 35 delegates in the Washington caucuses with Clinton gaining 15. According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, "They came by the thousands -- 21,000 by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' estimate -- to see Sen. Barack Obama at Key Arena on Friday and to hear the message of hope and change that has propelled him to the final rounds of the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination. And Obama delivered the message they wanted to hear."

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire endorsed Barack Obama for president Friday, providing a last-minute lift to the Illinois senator on the eve of the state's hotly contested Democratic caucuses. ...But she said Obama is a charismatic and skilled leader who can bring the country together, help solve nagging problems, and restore the country's image abroad.

The Baltimore Sun also endorsed Obama over the weekend, writing, "He wants to forge a new reality in Washington where consensus replaces confrontation. And he has shown a remarkable ability to enroll a diverse array of Americans in his cause, convincing a new generation that it too has a stake in Washington.'

That endorsement followed Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch's endorsement who Saturday became the second prominent Rhode Island Democrat to back Obama. "He's the greatest hope for our country," Lynch said in a phone interview Saturday, just over three weeks before Rhode Island's March 4 primary.

Obama won the Maine Democratic caucuses Sunday. Democrats in 420 Maine towns and cities decided how the state's 24 delegates will be allotted at the party's national convention in August. He took 59% of the vote (2,079 voters) gaining 15 delegates while Clinton garnered 40% of the vote (1,397 votes) for nine delegates.
 

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