Barack Obama swept all three Democratic contests yesterday, winning the popular vote convincingly in Louisiana (57-36), Washington (68-31), and Nebraska (68-32). In case there were still any doubts about his broad appeal, for the record that’s a largely African-American Southern state (Louisiana), a white progressive West Coast state (Washington), and a white conservative red state (Nebraska). This means that Obama and Hillary Clinton are virtually tied in delegate counts, with Clinton holding a small advantage if preliminary superdelegate counts are included, and Obama holding a larger advantage if they’re not.
Obama looks to do very well in the upcoming contests, and he’ll need to maintain his momentum if he wants to do well on March 4th, when the big prizes of Texas and Ohio are at stake. Unlike the ill-fated and make-believe “Joementum” of 2004, Obamamentum (or should it be “Obamomentum”?) looks like the real deal. Besides, the Clinton campaign is starting to get a little stale.
On the Republican side, John McCain seems to be having a little trouble wrapping up the nomination. Even after his chief competitor Mitt Romney left the campaign for the vomitously lame cause of “party unity”, Mike Huckabee continues to make a strong stand. Yesterday, Huckabee won handily in Kansas (60-24) and appears to have won a tight victory in Louisiana. McCain may have managed a small victory in Washington (with only about a quarter of the vote), but the results remain too close to call. Just to put this into context, Huckabee is the candidate whose most recent gag-worthy gem is “I didn’t major in math. I majored in miracles, and I still believe in them.” And, he’ll definitely need one if he wants to be more than just a thorn in the side of John McCain.