By Yussuf J. Simmonds, Sentinel Assistant Managing Editor
By Jennifer Bihm, Sentinel Staff writer
The Democratic primary continues; Obama is still ahead in pledged delegates. Clinton won Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas, and Obama won Vermont.
It was billed as Super Tuesday II, and the voters of Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont did not disappoint the rest of the nation. Campaigning was fierce and the results were a mixture of joyfulness and setbacks. At press time, Senator Hillary Clinton had won Ohio and Rhode Island decisively and seemed to have eked out a victory in Texas. Senator Barack Obama took Vermont.
Clinton’s victories could hardly be seen as momentum said Obama supporters, as they would barely make a chink in the Illinois senator’s delegate lead with only twelve contests left. Wyoming, Mississippi and Pennsylvania are next.
“I would assume that there are going to be people who want to bring this to an end one way or another, because [Republican nominee] John McCain’s out there,” Obama told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
However, Clinton’s camp vehemently disagreed, jubilantly chanting Obama’s slogan, “Yes we can!” in Columbus Tuesday night.
“For every one who has ever been counted out but refused to be knocked out, for every one who has stumbled but has stood right back up ... this one’s for you,” Clinton shouted back to her supporters.
“As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. We’re going on, we’re going strong and we’re going all the way. No one in recent history has won the White House without winning in Ohio.” she added, referring to the state’s significant electoral vote.
Now as the race continues, each candidate will be gearing up to take the fight all the way until a nominee is selected either via the pledged delegates, the super delegates or the combination of a compromise. One thing seems certain, the Democratic primary will continue.
Historically, primaries were mildly competitive campaigns leading up to the party conventions after which the real cutthroat race began between each party’s nominees culminating in the November election. However, 2008 will forever be remembered as the advent of the Super Tuesday II primary and the race for the Democratic nomination. Also, this election will be the first since John F. Kennedy where the next occupant of the White House will be coming directly from the U. S. Senate—be it Democrat or Republican—Clinton, Obama, or Senator John McCain, all three are current senators.