Hillary Clinton’s campaign came back from the dead last night. The Buckeye state’s Democratic voters in Ohio overwhelming supported the Senator from New York, as did citizens in Rhode Island and Texas.
A joyous Ohioan crowd shouted “Yes we will!” after Clinton dedicated her victory to those who had been “counted out”. The politician also rightly pointed out that no candidate has received the nomination without winning Ohio:
You know, they call Ohio a bellwether state. Itâ€™s a battleground state. Itâ€™s a state that knows how to pick a president. And no candidate in recent history, Democrat or Republican, has won the White House without winning the Ohio primary.
Clinton did more than win in Ohio last night. She beat Barack Obama by about ten or eleven points, depending on who you ask. She also flexed her muscle in Rhode Island with an eighteen point lead and trickled by Barack Obama by about four points in Texas. The numbers certainly matter, but Clinton also beat Barack to the celebratory punch.
Together, we’re going to make history. To those little girls, I say this is America, and we do believe you can be anything you want to be, and we want our sons and our daughters to dream big. I have big dreams for Americaâ€™s future. The question is not whether we can fulfill those dreams, it’s whether we will. And here’s our answer: yes, we will.
Perhaps she’s taking our advice?
Things weren’t as joyous at Barack Obama’s headquarters in Austin. The Senator congratulated Clinton on her Ohio win and said the Texas fight would be tight, but his hope seemed to be diminished. Still, Obama won Vermont, which doesn’t count for much, but at least last night wasn’t a total bust. He also leads in delegate count.
Hillary Clinton will now have to convince voters – and superdelegates – that she’s the stronger candidate against GOP nominee John McCain.
No doubt the candidates are going to turn all their attention to Pennsylvania, the next “big” state, which votes on April 22nd – seven weeks away. Is it too early to start drinking?