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Obama Wins Virginia

February 12, 2008

Barack Obama has won the Virginia primary. The Illinois Senator easily defeated Hillary Clinton. Contests in Maryland and D.C. have yet to be called.

Obama's triumph made it six straight over Clinton, the former first lady, now struggling to keep up in a race she once commanded.

The number one issue for voters in each primary, the economy, according to CBS exit polls. A majority of voters said they were looking for change.

"Everywhere I go Americans are telling me they want to turn the page, they want to write a new chapter in American history," said Obama.

Hillary Clinton has already set her sites on next month's primaries in Texas and Ohio. Turnout for Tuesday's primaries were big, with some voters waiting up to 45 minutes to cast their ballots.

Obama will now hope to carry this momentum in to next month's primaries. In all, there were 168 delegates at stake in the three
Democratic primaries.

Clinton began the night with 1,147 delegates, to 1,124 for Obama. Both are far from the 2,025 needed to win the nomination at the Democratic National Convention this summer.


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