After 12 Straights Losses, Clinton Wins OH, RI, TX
Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primaries in Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas yesterday while Barack Obama won in Vermont.
The Clinton campaign will try to spin this as Hillary’s “Comeback Kid” moment without acknowledging that the delegate math makes it nearly impossible for Clinton to win enough delegates to win the nomination.
Clinton wiped away the debate last night with a robust victory in Ohio and a narrow win in Texas. But as she vowed to keep campaigning, the tight vote in Texas signaled she may yet face a tough decision in coming weeks. The slim margin in the Texas popular vote and an additional caucus process in which she trailed made clear that she would not win enough delegates to put a major dent in Sen. Barack Obama’s lead. And regardless of the results, she emerged from the crucible of Ohio and Texas with a campaign mired in debt and riven by dissension.
But, don’t expect that reality to interfere with Clinton’s feeling that the nomination is somehow owed to her. What we can expect is that the Clinton campaign will ramp up the negative campaigning even more so pulling out of their hats more fear-mongering ads, more race-baiting statements from campaign surrogates and more attempts to circumvent agreed upon rules because they no longer work for the Clintons. In other words, more of what we usually expect from Republicans.