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Allen Roland: Obama Sweeps 3 States, Takes Lead

Obama's On The Move / Sweeps Three States And Leads Nationally

By Allen Roland

"Obama's on the move, sweeping Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington state and the sleeping giant ( The American people) have awakened with a vengence to their opportunity to not only make a difference but take back their country from the establishment." -- Allen L Roland

Barack Obama declared tonight that his clean sweep of the Democratic contests shows that Americans are ready for change.

Obama received a raucous reception at the Democratic Party dinner in Richmond, Va., which was decidedly more enthusiastic than the one received by Hillary Clinton.

"People want to turn the page. They want to write a new chapter in American history," Obama said. "Today, voters from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the heart of America stood up to say. 'Yes we can.' "

Here's a four minute video of his victory speech last night ~

And indeed they are for the Obama excitement is spreading like wildfire and could become a conflagration if Obama sweeps Virginia, Wash D.C and Maryland next Tuesday which represents another 175 delegates.

For the first time, Senator Obama has also now eclipsed Senator Clinton nationally in an opinion poll: a Newsweek poll now puts his support at 42 per cent nationally, a point ahead of the former first lady.

Obama won clear victories in Nebraska and Washington state, and Louisiana. The Politico website reports that Obama also won an overwhelming victory in the caucuses in the US Virgin Islands. It says that Obama got 90 percent, compared to 8 percent for Hillary Clinton.

In overall totals in The Associated Press count, Clinton had 1,095 delegates to 1,070 for Obama. A total of 2,025 is required to win the nomination at the national convention in Denver.
With last night's events, 29 of the 50 states have selected delegates.
( Two more, Michigan and Florida, held renegade primaries and the Democratic National Committee has vowed not to seat any delegates chosen at either of them)

Maine, with 24 delegates, holds caucuses on Sunday. Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and voting by Americans overseas are next, on Tuesday, with 175 combined.

Then follows a brief intermission, followed by a string of election nights.

The date of March 4 looms large, 370 delegates in primaries in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Mississippi is alone in holding a primary one week later, with a relatively small 33 delegates at stake.

796 Superdelegates may hold the key to who gets the final Democratic nomination and so far, 213 have publicly committed to backing Clinton and 139 have pledged their support to Obama, according to a survey by the Associated Press.

The rest are undecided but being actively courted by both sides. The worst case scenario would be the Democratic nominee decided by the establishment ( superdelegates ) with the preference of the people and counted delegates from Primary states ignored.

The Democratic party would never recover from this injustice and McCain would win big in November.



Allen Roland is a practicing psychotherapist who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website He also guest hosts a weekly national radio show on Conscious talk radio

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