Tonight we saw Hillary Clinton, outspent by 3 to 1, pull off a key victory. The winning results are the proof that she is becoming a better, more personal candidate each day. With a 10% margin of victory, as of 1am Eastern time, Senator Clinton has accomplished three remarkable goals:
A: Stop the calls for her to drop out.
B. Boost her online fundraising as detailed in Pamela’s post. As of 11:30 PM Eastern over 2.5 Million had poured in over the Net. Online fundraising is one of the keys to her continued financial viability.
C. Highlight a deficiency in Senator Obama’s campaign: Barack Obama seems unable to connect with the base Democratic constituency of white, working class voters. Can Barack Obama beat the electoral math and John McCain if he can’t connect with this swing voter group?
USA Today, hours after the first results were called, used as a portion of their analysis a WSJ poll taken on March 24-25, prior to many of his recent gaffs about bitterness, guns and religion. USA Today goes on to note two key presidential election facts :
In the past two presidential elections, Democratic nominees Al Gore and John Kerry lost to George W. Bush in part because they lost white working-class voters by double digits. Democrats took control of Congress from the Republicans in 2006 in part because they narrowed their losses among this group. Obama would almost certainly have to do the same to beat Republican John McCain.
Hillary Clinton has won 7 of the major election battleground states, and 9 if you include Florida and Michigan. It is proof that she does connect with many different people on a very personal level.
Yet, there is a steep delegate battle to be fought in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.