Key States Give Clinton The Delegate Lead.
Obama Momentum Falls Short.
Kennedy Endorsements of Obama Turn Sour with Major Loss in Massachusetts and California.
Hispanics and Women line up behind Hillary.
Clinton Trumps the Media Bangwagon for Obama.
Hillary Clinton showed herself to be the candidate to beat in the Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night, winning California and a string of key delegate rich states across the nation. While Barack Obama, wins in smaller caucas states which will keep him in the race for now. Image Above: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., points to supporters at her Super Tuesday primary night rally in New York Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola / AP)
With 95 percent of precincts reporting this morning, Clinton is holding a nearly double-digit lead in California (51.9 percent to 42.4 percent), buoyed by a record turnout by Latino voters, who strongly favored her. Combined with key victories in the East, the performance gave Clinton a strong, but not commanding lead in the delegate count.
The latest accounting shows Clinton with 845 delegates to Obama's 765. It takes 2,025 delegates to claim the Democratic nomination.
Now the race will shift to a series of primaries that could favor Obama, including contests in Virginia and Louisiana, before heading to the large delegate rich states of Texas and Ohio, where Clinton could do well.
Even though Obama won more states overall, Clinton won the states she needed, the more populous ones rich with delegates such as New York and New Jersey.
And the Democratic primary season will continue, perhaps into early spring.
Clinton's win in Kennedy country rattles Obama surge
Hillary Clinton last night delivered a blow to the power of the Kennedy legacy with a victory in Massachusetts that blunts Barack Obama's momentum and restores her chances of capturing the Democratic nomination in the weeks ahead.
Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic presidential nomination, historians may look to her primary win in California as key.
The reason, beyond the complexities of delegates, may come from the nation's most populous state's status as a trend-setter. A split in victories on "Super Tuesday" between New York Sen. Clinton and Illinois Sen Obama in the other 21 states voting made her California win all the more dramatic.
"California was very, very critical," said pollster Mervin Field, who has been following presidential elections for more than half a century. "The fact that he didn't win some people might construe as a watershed victory for Hillary Clinton, the fact that the Obama surge somehow got arrested in California."
Clinton, who could become the first woman U.S. president, worked to build on strong support for her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who embraced the state and befriended Hollywood and Silicon Valley leaders.
She won endorsements from top officials in the world's eighth largest economy, from its senior U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein, to the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Women and Latinos gave Clinton major support as expected, according to exit polls.