Election 2008

Clinton Faces a Painful Drought of Victories

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Democrat Hillary Clinton entered Tuesday's Potomac Primaries with a narrow lead and left smarting with three losses to Barack Obama.

Jim VandeHei of Politico.com says she's not favored in any contests until March 4, and he says that's a long time to wait for a chance to win. VandeHei reports that Clinton lost "badly" in all three races Tuesday, bottoming out in virtually every demographic group.

"It was a miserable day for her, and it's a miserable month for her," VandeHei says. Clinton has now lost eight consecutive states, and he says she's likely to lose in Obama's home state of Hawaii and in Wisconsin before the early March contests in Texas and Ohio. That leaves the New York senator in a tough position.

"She'll go 0 for 10 in 27 days, without a victory," he says. "That is not a formula for success."

By contrast, the Illinois senator received more votes than all Republican candidates combined in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

VandeHei says Arizona Sen. John McCain has all but settled the GOP contest.

"The truth is, McCain's going to win the Republican nomination," VandeHei says. "It's a mathematical equation; he has the delegates wrapped up."



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