This has been a very bad weekend for Hillary Clinton. So, bad that she has fired her campaign manager. Now, there is no way that you loan yourself $5 million then turn around and fire your campaign manager and try to say that everything is hunky-dory. I don’t think you can do that and get away with it.
Barack Obama has taken Maine today. He took Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State yesterday. He took them all by fairly wide margins. Kos, who I think is very knowledgeable, thought that Barack Obama needed to survive Super Tuesday in order to fight to the end. Now he thinks that Hillary has to survive February. Virginia, Maryland and DC are on Tuesday. According to Poll Tracker, Barack Obama appears to be leading in Virginia and Maryland by a good margin. On February 19, there is Hawaii.
BTW on the Republican side, I have no idea what happened in Washington State. HorsesAss has an excellent summary of the confusion. Huckabee appears to be lawyering up.
Update: It appears that the Washington State Republican party chair, Luke Esser, simply called the election for McCain. Enough said. There was no advanced statistical analysis of the remaining votes or precincts. He just, as we say in the South, eyeballed it.
Senator Barack Obama racked up his fourth decisive victory this weekend, winning the Maine caucuses on Sunday, as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced her campaign manager and longtime aide in the biggest shakeup of her campaign to date.
In a fast-paced day of striking contrasts, Mr. Obama showed new confidence as he soaked up the roar of his crowds, drawing a crowd the campaign estimated at 18,000 people to a convention center here. He referred only in passing to his victory in Maine, where he won 59 percent of the vote in a state that Mrs. Clinton had thought could be hers. (more…)